By James Moreland
Arlington, VA
February 12, 2012
For the Washington Running Report

The largest race series in the area run by Pacers and sponsored by the National Guard got Photos underway as runners got literally blown across the starting mats for the third annual Love the Run You’re With 5K. The event started a few yards away from the Pentagon City store, one of six Pacers stores in the area.

The race was again posed to get larger as it started with 1,314 finishers in 2009 and grew to 1,694 last year. Nearly 2,000 runners signed up and with winter being timid this year and giving us the second meager snow storm on Saturday, things looked really good. Then the winds descended from the top of Army-Navy Drive seemingly challenging runners in both directions. The thermometer dipped to one of the lowest of the year, about 21 degrees as the race got underway.  At 964, the number of women nearly doubled the 494 men, for a total of 1,458 finishers.

Race announcer Chris Farley, one of the leading participants in last year’s series, noted that the race started with a hill but also ended with a hill. In reality, it started with a steep hill and then charged to the bottom of Army-Navy Drive, nearly a mile. What goes up must come down. Runners girded themselves for the long climb so that they could explode down the final half mile for a powerful finish.

Runners descend the hill in the final half mile.

Ryan Witters had a tenuous thirty-meter lead at mile two. He knew if he could crest the hill still in the lead he could hold off the three-runner pack waiting to pounce right behind him. His time of 15:47 made for the second fastest 5K time in the region so far in 2012 on a course that could not be called fast even on a spring morning. Paul Guevara was next in 15:55. Third place Tripp Suntherland missed 16:00 by a second with fourth place Jerry Greenlaw arriving home in 16:07.

Lauren Woodall was tops for the women in a very nice 19:29. Kelly Devine battled for the runner-up spot in 20:03, just 9 second ahead of Kristin Thomas from Newark, DE. After that, the next four women were close together, all breaking 21:00 minutes.

The race started right near the Champps Restaurant and all the runners had a tag on their bib to get a free drink. Runners praised the blanket instead of the T-shirt as a premium. More than one runner lamented that it would be a lot colder when they took off the blanket to run the race. It sure seems as if everyone stuffed themselves into the restaurant after the race. There were prizes for the top ten male/female finishers in three categories.

  • Co-Dependent (registrant is in a relationship)
  • Stupid Cupid (registrant is single)
  • Love ‘em or Leave ‘em (well . . it is complicated)

Each one of these categories also could be formed into two-person teams.

After that there was cash for the top three overall and three deep in age groups. After a generous four divisions for younger than 19 runners, the awards were presented in ten-year age groups.

There were apples and bananas and lots of Muscle Milk for tired runners but everyone hustled over to Champps to get out of the howling wind and get some hot food. It was a great day of racing and many of the runners dressed up in colorful holiday costumes. The weather may have been the toughest of this mild winter but the runners all seemed to be happy. The people with the toughest job, the course marshals, were very vocal, cheering runners to the finish. They were great!

                               AWARDS LIST 

                          FEMALE OVERALL RESULTS

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1222 Lauren Woodall         26 WASHINGTON         DC   19:28.6   19:28.5 
    2  1093 Kelly Devine           27 ARLINGTON          VA   20:03.0   20:02.7 
    3  1116 Kristen Thomas         23 NEWARK             DE   20:13.8   20:11.4 

                           MALE OVERALL RESULTS

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1981 Ryan Witters           23 WASHINGTON         DC   15:45.5   15:45.5 
    2  1595 Paul Guevara           25 ALEXANDRIA         VA   15:54.7   15:54.7 
    3  1053 Tripp Southerland      27 WASHINGTON         DC   15:59.6   15:59.6 

                             AGE-GROUP RESULTS
                        Love The Run You're With 5K

                         FEMALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 7

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1612 Ella Harrison           5 FALLS CHURCH       VA   37:03.3   35:51.8 
    2  2013 Kasey Birtell           7 FALLS CHURCH       VA   50:50.1   49:53.2 

                          MALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 7

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1613 Rheinhardt Harrison     7 FALLS CHURCH       VA   23:28.0   23:24.3 
    2  1620 Jeffrey Heiges          7 ELLICOTT CITY      MD   26:54.9   26:33.9 
    3  1648 Alex Ihrig              7 ALEXANDRIA         VA   32:11.1   32:01.9 

                         FEMALE AGE GROUP:  8 - 10

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2136 Seneca Willen          10 FAIRFAX            VA   24:32.8   24:11.4 
    2  1700 Andie Ledoux            8 ARLINGTON          VA   29:02.6   28:52.1 
    3  1545 Kerry Ellis             8 CHEVY CHASE        MD   31:27.6   31:09.0 

                          MALE AGE GROUP:  8 - 10

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1     5 Blake Deterding         8 ALEXANDRIA         VA   27:48.8   27:31.8 
    2  1443 Mark Berry             10 ALEXANDRIA         VA   30:28.2   29:51.1 
    3  1594 Paine Gronemeyer       10 ARLINGTON          VA   30:53.0   30:30.2 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  11 - 14

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1670 Sandy Kendall          14 ANNANDALE          VA   23:11.6   23:01.0 
    2  1708 Gillian Livingston     11 VIENNA             VA   24:15.4   23:11.0 
    3  1656 Jade James             13 OAKTON             VA   24:35.1   24:02.7 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  11 - 14

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1986 Andrew Wright          11 INDIAN HEAD        MD   24:11.1   24:09.9 
    2   876 Sam Phan               11 SILVER SPRING      MD   36:07.2   33:08.2 
    3  1716 William Luongo         14 ODENTON            MD   41:49.4   40:15.6 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  15 - 18

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1415 Sarah Angell           15 ARLINGTON          VA   21:17.0   21:09.9 
    2  1852 Sarah Sears            15 ARLINGTON          VA   29:31.5   28:47.7 
    3  1792 Elena Parcell          15 ARLINGTON          VA   29:50.9   29:08.6 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  15 - 18

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1844 Joe Schmitz            16 GETTYSBURG         PA   19:50.8   19:50.6 
    2  1582 William Goins          15 OAKTON             VA   23:22.4   23:20.3 
    3  1898 Ian Tarantin           18 VIENNA             VA   28:57.3   28:48.9 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  19 - 29

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1   443 Eileen Foley           22 HERNDON            VA   20:39.3   20:35.6 
    2  1901 Vanessa Taylor         25                         20:42.3   20:40.4 
    3  1120 Veronica Tinney        24 WASHINGTON         DC   21:04.1   21:02.7 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  19 - 29

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1588 Jerry Greenlaw         24 ALEXANDRIA         VA   16:06.0   16:06.0 
    2  1288 Jared Campbell         25 Alexandria         VA   16:49.6   16:49.6 
    3   633 Justin Kirk            26 ARLINGTON          VA   16:58.5   16:58.4 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1   897 Heather Purcell        35 ARLINGTON          VA   20:51.4   20:41.5 
    2  1261 Annie Grondin          39 ARLINGTON          VA   20:48.1   20:48.0 
    3   271 Colleen Carroll        39 DAVIDSONVILLE      MD   21:06.9   21:03.5 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1558 Sean Fitzwilliam       33 NEW ORLEANS        LA   16:35.2   16:31.1 
    2   926 Phil Reutlinger        33 ALEXANDRIA         VA   17:07.0   17:06.9 
    3    91 Russell Inman          38 BETHESDA           MD   19:48.6   19:48.6 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1   905 Mary Ransom            43 RICHMOND           VA   21:17.9   21:14.7 
    2  1972 Yuko Whitestone        40 SPRINGFIELD        VA   21:40.0   21:35.5 
    3  1242 Darcy Ytterdahl        42 OAKTON             VA   23:30.7   23:18.7 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1114 Derik Thomas           46 ALEXANDRIA         VA   17:55.3   17:55.3 
    2  1265 Dave Cahill            40 ARLINGTON          VA   19:31.0   19:25.9 
    3   755 Chris McKee            43 VIENNA             VA   19:27.6   19:26.8 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 59

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1   519 Michelle Hall          52 LOS ALAMOS         NM   24:46.9   24:36.8 
    2  2018 Wesi Boyer             50 NORFOLK            VA   24:49.8   24:43.1 
    3  1958 Myra Washington        54 MONTGOMERY VILLAGE MD   25:17.5   25:15.5 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 59

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1260 Denis Cloutier         50 ARLINGTON          VA   18:17.4   18:16.2 
    2  2047 Kevin Fitzgerald       53 WASHINGTON         DC   20:51.2   20:49.9 
    3  1124 Robert Towne           59 ARLINGTON          VA   21:32.9   21:31.0 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 69

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1919 Wilma Uribe            62 ALEXANDRIA         VA   32:58.6   32:15.5 
    2   550 Lynda Heran            62 ALEXANDRIA         VA   39:26.7   39:11.0 
    3  1753 Janet Miller           62 MIDDLE RIVER       MD   40:09.6   39:21.3 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 69

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1161 Geoffrey Vincent       63 ARLINGTON          VA   24:00.8   23:58.1 
    2  1057 Frank Spicer Jr        60 CLIFTON            VA   24:13.8   24:11.0 
    3  1217 Richard Witte          63 WATERTOWN          WI   25:57.8   25:24.1 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 99

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1   877 Helenann Phillips      75 ARLINGTON          VA   31:32.9   31:21.4 
    2  1821 Julissa Reyes          88 SILVER SPRING      MD   35:54.3   35:27.0