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Charley Townsley Ripple Run in second year

October 19, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tie dyed wearing runners and walkers of all ages gathered for the 2nd annual Charley Townsley Memorial Ripple Run on Saturday, October 13.

The Ripple Run is a tie dye, Grateful Dead themed memorial run to honor the late Charley Townsley. Townsley, who passed in 2012, was the Sports Editor for the Toledo Chronicle and Tama News Herald as well as the father of the current Sports Editor Allison Graham. Charley was an avid supporter of South Tama sports, a huge fan of the Grateful Dead and also enjoyed nature. Proceeds from the event will be go back toward South Tama students and their activities.

The race is in its sophomore year and is held at the beautiful Otter Creek Lake and Park just outside of Toledo.

Article Photos

Participants and volunteers pose for a picture following the Charley Townsley Ripple Run and breakfast. The fun run was held on Saturday, October 13 at Otter Creek Lake and Park.
News Herald Photo/Georgia Zimmerman

The top male and female winners of the Charley Townsley Ripple Run were brother and sister, Tommy and Isabelle Tyynismaa. Tommy is 13 and in 7th grade at South Tama and Isabelle is a sophomore at Wartburg College where she runs track and field. Isabelle was a top runner for South Tama and broke the 100, 200 and 400 meter records for the Trojans in her senior year at STC.

Race Results

10 and under

Tanner Large

2. McLane Warren

Edwin Warren


Tommy Tyynsimaa


Isabelle Tyynsimaa

Abby DeBaillie

Laura Novotny


Tyler Ver Meer

Dirk Whitebreast

Charity Lyon

Ashley Warren


Donnielle Wanatee

Annette Lacina

Janelle Quigley


Karla Novotny

Joellen Cecak

Shelly Riley


Warren Riley

Becky Thiessen

Dot Kendall

Anita Townsley

Sherrie Moore


1. Joel Beane



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