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By James Moreland
Washington, DC
June 2, 2012
For the Washington Running Report

The storms were thunderous the night before but the dawn brought a perfect morning. Ten of thousands of runners, walkers, and spectators came out for the serious business of raising money for the Cure. More than $11 million dollars was a proudly ambitious amount that was achieved. Much of the success of the huge event comes from the powerfully optimistic view of the people involved.

With work being done on the mall, the event began in a new spot with the running portion heading north on 15th street in the shadow of the Washington Monument and turning west onto Constitution. A little further along the way the walkers, who made up 80% of the field, waited for their turn onto the course that circled back around before heading south to Independence and back down to the regular finish line at 5th Street.

The event would continue to have a flood of participants flowing down the boulevard for hours after the start. The mood was joyous and hopeful with the color pink standing out as the color of survivors. There were 171 survivors listed among the 5K runners led by Judy Pickett, 48, of Cameron Park, CA and Kathleen Hammett, 40, of Hollywood, MD. Both of their times are elite times for their age group, finishing ninth and tenth overall. In the walk there were hundreds more survivors.

Women have been populating road racing at a greater and greater pace. In the last couple of years they have passed men in total numbers. It was little surprise that today’s event drew women at a two to one rate among the nearly five thousand finishers in the running portion.

There was a little confusion on the correct path from Constitution to Independence. At the finish line Martha Nelson improved by near a minute from last year’s seventh place to win it all in 17:59. Meghan Ridgley was again second but she was a minute slower than last year. Third place Mijiko Phelps was the top master in 19:43. Not far behind her in fifth place was the grandmaster favorite Dee Loughran, 53, in an excellent 19:55. She had the top age graded time with a superb 88.7%. Nelson and Pickett also exceeded the national standard of 80% for the women.

The top two men exceeded the national standard as well. Last year’s winner Wilson Komen improved on his race time to 15:28 but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Thomas Adam of Charlottesville, VA (left) looked calm strolling around the starting mats before the race. But when the race started he bolted away from everyone but Komen. His fine 15:16 was easily enough to be crowned champion.

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By James Moreland
Sterling, VA
May 26, 2012
For the Washington Running Report

Fun run start .

For the last nine years this special race that starts underneath the ladders of two fire trucks in Sterling, has acted like the official start of the summer season. Raced on Memorial Day weekend the region usually blasts out a ninety degree day to test the runners. The course is a two loop jaunt around the Community Center. After cresting the first long hill at the end of the second mile runners get to run under an uncapped fire hydrant. A quick look at the times will tell you that the first real scorcher of 2012 took its toll on the nearly 500 10K finishers.

Only one event record was broken and that was Christy Dannenberg’s 19 & younger record of 42:22 set in 2004. Race winner Melissa Saunders, 19, took the crown in a very nice 41:21. The elite division for the Runner Rankings is 41:15. Only two others years, both extra hot, had a winner slower than forty minutes.

Katie Clarke, 19, got a late start finishing in 42:58 but her net time of 42:25 was near the former event record. Only one women in the top ten finishers returned from last year, sixth place Mandana Mortazavi, 48 in 45:16. Fourth place Kim Isler was the masters champion in 44:23.

In the men’s race, Ray Pugsley, 43, was the consensus favorite to win it all. Pugsley cruised home in 34:37 for his third win in five tries. He had set the 35-39 record winning in 2006 with 33:29. The next year he was second to Jorge Pardo, 38, who took his record with 33:21. In 2008 he came to for revenge besting Pardo 33:21 with an excellent 33:02 but was again second as Philippe Rolly, 35, won it all in 32:49. All three broke the previous record. The next year Pugsley returned as a master to win it all in 33:02, again. Only one runner older than Pugsley has won the race. That was Linda Foley, 46, back in 2008.

In 2007, runner-up Max Werner, 23 , had the second fastest teen time in 35:41. Today he topped his best Cascades 10K with 35:39. The teen record was set by C.W. Moran with 32:34. The following year he joined Philippe Rolly in a blistering charge down the final hill finishing in an identical time of 30:40. Rolly got the victory by an eyelash, while Moran settled for the 20-24 record. Last year Ethan Pacifico (left) was fourth overall in a solid 37:53. This year he was fifth, improving to 36:57. He still has three more years to try for Werner’s time.

For the older runners, Roland Rust, 60, continues his top ranked spring season with an excellent 40:24 for the second best age graded time, after Pugsley, in tthe event. It makes you realize how good Patrick Griffith was. Griffith is one of three runners, Moran and Rolly, with two age group records. He had a fabulous 38:46 back in 2005 at age sixty.

Four runners from the 50 Plus Club with a combined 161 races run so far this year came out to race. Jim Noone, 67, took another title with a solid 44:18. Bob Gurtler, 77, who normally prefers the 5K with 28 already this year, ran his fifth 10K of the year in 1:06:53. Karen Young, 43, and Bill Stahr, 51, have a combined 35 races each in the 5K and 10K.  Stahr, who won his age group in 44:12, ran a record 78 10K races in 2009. Young, who just missed running fifty or more for the third time with 49 in 2001, leads Stahr this year so far 19 to 17.

 

                   Awards Listing (No Duplicate Prizes)

OVERALL MALE  (GUN TIME)
Place Num   Name     Lname      Age City                  Time    
===== ===== =================== === ===================== ======= 
    1     3 Ray Pugsley          43 Potomac Falls VA        34:37 
    2   506 Max Werner           23 Potomac Falls VA        35:39 
    3   346 Douglas Haines       27 Centreville VA          36:28 

OVERALL FEMALE  (GUN TIME)
Place Num   Name     Lname      Age City                  Time    
===== ===== =================== === ===================== ======= 
    1   422 Melissa Saunders     19 Potomac Falls VA        41:21 
    2    44 Katie Clarke         19 Sterling VA             42:58 
    3   251 Mary Beth Chosak     33 Arlington VA            43:21 

MALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 19   (NET TIME)
    1   336 Ethan Pacifico      16 Potomac Falls VA        36:57 
    2   118 Patrick Wilson      19 Sterling VA             38:33 
    3   508 Zawad Chowdhury     18 Potomac Falls VA        38:43 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 19   (NET TIME)
    1   499 Samantha Phillips   19 Potomac Falls VA        48:13 
    2   459 Kayla Grimmett      18 Sterling VA             48:23 
    3   283 Barbara Rion        19 Sterling VA             49:00 

MALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 24   (NET TIME)
    1   505 Kyle Kinnally       24 Ashburn VA              36:52 
    2   450 Matt Weber          21 Sterling VA             37:46 
    3   493 Tim French          20 Sterling VA             44:05 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 24   (NET TIME)
    1   129 Emily O'Connor      22 Sterling VA             47:15 
    2   211 Erica Raggio        21 Sterling VA             50:41 
    3   307 Lauren Cummings     23 Olympia WA              53:05 

MALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29   (NET TIME)
    1   119 Sean Wilson         25 Sterling VA             37:39 
    2    22 Mike Tosto          28 Sterling VA             41:14 
    3   306 William Fastenau    25 Olympia WA              43:11 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29   (NET TIME)
    1   453 Kristina Keller     29 Cleveland OH            45:11 
    2   514 Amanda Gould        29 Centreville VA          46:40 
    3   213 Heather Hanks       29 Clifton VA              48:08 

MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34   (NET TIME)
    1    87 Dennis Haeberle     31 Reston VA               42:10 
    2    18 Caldwell Clarke     33 Leesburg VA             42:19 
    3   370 Andy Gingrich       32 Centreville VA          42:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34   (NET TIME)
    1   105 Alison Slade        31 Odenton MD              46:00 
    2   491 Laura Portillo      30 Potomac Falls VA        46:37 
    3   466 Melanie Bell        30 Potomac Falls VA        49:37 

MALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39   (NET TIME)
    1   327 Robert Osterried    39 Sterling VA             40:28 
    2   181 Robert Antonellis   36 Sterling VA             42:37 
    3    32 Thomas Luke         36 Potomac Falls VA        45:21 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39   (NET TIME)
    1    27 Keisha Voigt        39 Sterling VA             47:17 
    2    80 Kristy Persons      36 Potomac Falls VA        47:19 
    3   365 Laura Sibley        39 Potomac Falls VA        49:41 

MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44   (NET TIME)
    1   270 Alan Sherman        40 Silver Spring MD        37:06 
    2   431 Rob Meadows         40 Lansdowne VA            39:50 
    3    97 Bin Mu              43 Reston VA               40:14 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44   (NET TIME)
    1   295 Kim Isler           44 Oakton VA               44:20 
    2   529 Karen Young         43 Boyds MD                48:15 
    3    98 Jie Zheng           41 Reston VA               48:58 

MALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49   (NET TIME)
    1   358 Craig Hymes         49 Reston VA               39:22 
    2   538 Ed Milenski         45 Potomac Falls VA        39:36 
    3   509 Mark Fanelli        48 Reston VA               41:46 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49   (NET TIME)
    1   533 Mandana Mortazavi   48 Leesburg VA             45:12 
    2   428 Annie Downer        48 Herndon VA              50:26 
    3   193 Cj Schwartzrock     45 Sterling VA             51:35 

MALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54   (NET TIME)
    1   532 Bill Stahr          51 The Plains VA           44:10 
    2   168 Gregory Gould       51 Sterling VA             45:14 
    3   354 Alan Riggs          54 Lovettsville VA         50:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54   (NET TIME)
    1   382 Pamela Thomas       52 Sterling VA             53:15 
    2   169 Laurie Gould        51 Sterling VA             54:07 
    3   187 Suzanne Cooper      51 Sterling VA             55:50 

MALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59   (NET TIME)
    1   163 Ken Krehbiel        58 Washington DC           46:12 
    2   345 Keith Hosman        57 Dale City VA            48:45 
    3   424 John Klemens        55 Potomac Falls VA        49:47 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59   (NET TIME)
    1   465 Kathie Brumbaugh    55 Herndon VA            1:03:09 
    2   218 Laura Carter        55 Sterling VA           1:11:55 
    3   225 Connie Boswell      55 Sterling VA           1:15:59 

MALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64   (NET TIME)
    1   207 Roland Rust         60 Bethesda MD             40:23 
    2   258 Bill Koetter        63 Ashburn VA              55:30 
    3   482 Halle Overhamm      61 Germany               1:03:06 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64   (NET TIME)
    1   313 Jaine Summers       61 Annandale VA          1:07:42 

MALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69   (NET TIME)
    1   290 Jim Noone           67 Fairfax VA              44:15 
    2   390 Patrick Brown       67 Reston VA               55:22 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69   (NET TIME)
    1   387 Pat Welch           67 Vienna VA             1:00:58 

MALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 99   (NET TIME)
    1   411 Chan Robbins        74 Arlington VA            53:58 
    2   507 Ken Quincy          74 Vienna VA             1:00:14 
    3   474 Bruce Wayne         75 Potomac Falls VA      1:05:16 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   186 Son Huynh           33 M South Riding VA       48:38

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   211 Erica Raggio        21 F Sterling VA           50:41
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By James Moreland
Broadlands, VA
March 10, 2012
For the Washington Running Report

In its 20th year this popular 5 mile race upgraded yet again. First, they certified the course (over the years the race has started from a quite a few different sides of the course). The race has already been famous for its prolific random awards. This year the race expanded to five year age groups to make the age challenge even more fair. The food has always been fun with dozens of doughnuts and coffee to go along with the healthier apples and bananas. This year there were scores of commemorative cupcakes with eatable logos. Comparing the different types for taste was an enviable task.

Last year David Nightingale battled Karl Dusen for the title winning in 23:56. Dusen’s 24:03 was solidly ahead of third place Gurmessa Megressa’s 24:25. Last year the event was a week after the mammoth St. Patrick’s Day 8K, which had been won by Demesse Tefera. Tefera started but dropped last year. This year Tefera battled New York’s Teklu Deneke, pulling away in the final sixty meter down hill charge to finish in 24:55. Dusen finished third this year in 25:53, all alone with fourth place Charlie Ban arriving nearly two minutes later. The certified course was about 250 feet longer than last year but that hardly explains the slower times. The sunny day was cool with a more than just pleasant breeze. The top reason may be that tomorrow will be national class competition at the massive (7500 person) St. Patrick’s Day 8K. Tefera will be there to defend his title.

On the women’s side which has now become the larger of the two sexes in most races, the course saw seven runners more than a minute faster than last year’s champion. Runner-up and former Runner Rankings champion Hirut Mandefro could not keep pace with Askale Merachi, a new face in town. Mandefro ran a very nice 29:02 but she was closely shadowed by two new faces, Anna Gosselin, 23, in 29:10 and Maura Carroll, 22, in 29:13. Merachi turned the final corner in seventh overall at 28:28. If the course had been a few meters longer she would have finished her rundown of sixth place man Bryan Young 28:26.

Peggy Yetman, 43 of Leesburg, VA was testing the waters again in her first race since surgery in December. Everyone in the field was amazed by her excellent 29:16, staying with the lead pack the whole way. She will tell you she was delighted with the race .She will thinking, “Another month of recovery and I could have one it all.” One of her first races after she arrived from Texas was right here just five seconds short of the title in 29:01. Mandana Mortazavi, 48, (in photo) was the second master in 35:47.

After the race, there were lots of folks to thank for the race’s continuous success and checks for Children’s National Medical Center. The race won a special award to get an additional $75,000 to add to the already massive $106,000 they had gathered from the proceeds of the event.

 

Awards

FEMALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                    Age City                  Time  
===== ===== ======================= === ===================== ===== 
    1     4 Askale Merachi           24 Washington DC         28:28 
    2   536 Hirut Mandefro           26 Washington DC         29:02 
    3   617 Anna Gosselin            23 Vienna VA             29:10 

MALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                    Age City                  Time  
===== ===== ======================= === ===================== ===== 
    1     5 Teklu Deneke             32 New York NY           24:55 
    2     3 Demesse Tefera           29 Washington DC         25:00 
    3   615 Karl Dusen               29 Mt Airy MD            25:53 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 14
    1   556 Logan Cunningham         14 Ashburn VA            39:32 
    2   123 Campbell Brown           13 Herndon VA            44:21 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 14
    1   482 Jonathan Kerr            13 Ashburn VA            39:10 
    2   381 Andrew Bouras            13 Ashburn VA            39:29 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 19
    1   289 Melissa Saunders         19 Potomac Falls VA      32:04 
    2    26 Amelia Jones             17 Baltimore MD          33:16 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 19
    1   481 Alex Kerr                18 Ashburn VA            30:13 
    2   329 Steven Hurwitt           19 Ashburn VA            30:23 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1   613 Maura Carroll            22 Washington DC         29:12 
    2   270 Elisabeth Flores         21 Sterling VA           35:34 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1   107 John Baldwin             20 Reston VA             31:09 
    2   630 Jim Bradshaw Jr          20 Springfield VA        35:04 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1   616 Susan Hendrick           26 Washington DC         30:01 
    2   299 Jessie Yester            27 Richmond VA           30:31 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1   614 Charlie Ban              27 Falls Church VA       27:48 
    2   407 Nyandusi Omurwa          28 Kingston PA           28:02 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1   233 Erica Cline              33 Leesburg VA           35:59 
    2   247 Kathryn Hessen           32 Ashburn VA            37:07 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1   612 Brian Young              33 Washington DC         28:25 
    2   635 Ryan Parks               33 Fairfax VA            32:40 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1   239 Kathleen West            36 Chantilly VA          37:54 
    2   181 Sally Stevenson          38 Ashburn VA            38:38 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1   601 Gregory Stemberger       35 South Riding VA       28:43 
    2   602 Brian Szabos             38 South Riding VA       29:33 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1   494 Peggy Yetman             43 Leesburg VA           29:15 
    2   323 Jill Benhart             43 Broadlands VA         40:06 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1   467 Andrew O'Brien           41 Centreville VA        30:51 
    2   550 Atle Nesheim             43 Ashburn VA            32:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1   604 Mandana Mortazavi        48 Leesburg VA           35:27 
    2   487 Stephanie Cappiello      48 Ashburn VA            39:27 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1   619 Jim Nielsen              46 Ashburn VA            29:11 
    2   549 Jeff Gilliland           47 Clifton VA            32:34 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1    25 Judy Graham              54 Baltimore MD          37:03 
    2   399 Sarah Buckheit           51 Reston VA             37:59 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1   542 Martin Calhoun           50 Herndon VA            30:18 
    2    24 Nicholas Jones           52 Baltimore MD          32:37 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1    40 Elizabeth Baumgarten     55 Stone Ridge VA        38:14 
    2   497 Carol Beaupre            55 Ashburn VA            45:50 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1   129 Kevin Apsley             55 Herndon VA            35:22 
    2   448 Rob Colburn              56 Ashburn VA            37:01 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1   310 Linda Leatherbury        60 Great Falls VA        69:20 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1   334 Bill Koetter             63 Ashburn VA            42:36 
    2   434 Ting Yi Oei              63 Reston VA             43:56 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 69
    1   254 John Baxter              65 Fairfax VA            41:37 
    2   219 Donald Burnham           65 Aldie VA              48:42 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 99
    1   362 Chan Robbins             74 Arlington VA          40:20 
    2   125 James Chapman            71 Herndon VA            41:17 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   390 Dimitri Shanin          35 M Springfield VA       34:16

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   389 Regina Pace             41 F Springfield VA       41:05

 

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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 [button-red url=”http://www.swimbikerunphoto.com” target=”_self” position=”left”] Photos [/button-red]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

 

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By James Moreland
Leesburg, VA
January 1, 2012
For the Washington Running Report

Truth be told, of all the races held on the turn-of-the-year weekend, this one offers the most adventure. Through the years, the wacky weather has been anything from a warm but heavy rain to a blistering cold wind chill where hiding on the down side of one of its many hills is actually a plus. Or perhaps we could have a storm of the century as we did at the start of 2010 where no one even dreamed of trying to leave the house. The voting is in and this year’s sunny, windless day with close to sixty degrees of warmth has been chosen for the race’s official weather.

December had been mild but when the sun continued to shine on the New Year many people still had time to head down to Ida Lee Park and sign up for the 10K that started at 10:40 or the 4K fun run that started twenty minutes before that. The 4K was an untimed event but when the race announcer started the event, about 400 happy people bounded down and across the opening field. Most of them looked as if they were going for a fast time. As is custom when the 10K starts, runners will begin meeting returning 4K runners near the bottom of the ¼ mile hill. This year the start was rushed so we could get going before the 4K winner (and he did receive an award) crossed the starting line.

Runners were advised that the course was still a little damp and with the warmer weather the way would be soggy. The course, however, was very solid . . . for a cross country course. After bounding down the hill runners briefly take a road toward the first of many hills. The tree-lined country road is just dirt but the footing was not bad. Just before the second mile runners crisscross between the farm buildings at the crest of the hill. From there, runners snake down the long hill to the bottom of the course. Then, joy of joys, they added gravel to the paved roads and the climb back up to mile four was made without ever looking up. The crews at the water stops cheered us on, perhaps amazed that we made it to the top. The day was so wonderful. Many of the runners come year after year, not for fast times but to enjoy a fun course to start the year.

Course record holder Abiyot Endale (32:24 – 2011) which he pilfered from runner-up Aaron Church who produced the event’s fourth fastest time (33:05 – 2011), were absent. Matt Maline (above) had been third in a swift 33:55. This year, with no one to chase and a light challenge behind him, he coasted to victory in 35:02. William Bylund finished the final climb a little more than a minute later in 36:27. Matt Woods produced the third place time in 36:54. Most runners are at least two minutes slower than on a road 10K.

Kevin Lynch (left) was top master last year in 39:01. This year he aged up to the 45-49 division and won again, this time in 39:36. Grandmaster Bruce Halpin, 55, ran 41:50 last year which would have been nifty this year as William Clem, 52, was tenth overall in 41:52. Alas, he ran 42:02. Still, with generous five year age groups both runners went home with first place awards.

Malcolm Senior, 61, proudly set the event age group record with 42:42 last year. This year he again coasted to victory by a mile.

Bill Stahr, 51, ran five races for the holiday weekend for 146 races in 2011 and three already for the New Year.

For more than a year Bill Joyce, 67, has been not been racing. He comes out to the races looking on longingly. Today he renewed his racing with a very solid 49:23. He modestly started 16 seconds behind the leaders. When told, “He’s back!” he demurred with, “Well, not yet.” Later that evening I spoke with Ronnie Wong, 65, and advised him that he would be looking over his shoulder very soon. He had already seen the results as well as the last two 5Ks run by Jason Page, 66, another returning champion. Last year John Elliott, 73, was disappointed by his 50:34 even though it was an event record. This is not a fast course. Doug Morris, 73, (below) was not far behind in 52:30. This year Morris rambled home in 52:23 but his net time was 51:04.Doug, you are an elite runner who belongs at the front of the starting line.

Many racers ran more than one race on this weekend, perhaps it is easier when the races start later in the day. Six of the top ten women were forty or older. Heather Schaffer, 40, of Potomac falls, VA (left) led the way in 44:26. Young Zanny Ludtke, 18, was next in 45:45, followed quickly by four runners from Leesburg. Mandana Mortazavi, 48, took third place with a gun time of 46:38. She had the closet time toward a new age group record. (46:30).Mandana, you must also start closer to the front (net time of 46:32). After all you did when you were fourth overall at the Running in Hope 10K just the day before in 43:05.

Karen Young, 43, also had five races for the weekend for 144 races for 2011. She raced her 49th 10K in the morning of the 31st. Sunday morning she proudly announced, “I got my Blank last night.” The Blank is an award given to runners in the 50 Plus club who race 50 or more races in a single distance. Naturally she started the year up again with a 10K in the morning followed by a 5K in the afternoon on Sunday. “Toward the end I looked up ahead of me and saw a lot of people walking. I didn’t think I was going that slow,” said Young after the race. Young is often a Ranked Runner.

Jacqui Hanson, 41, also needed to start closer to the front. She finished top in her division with 46:41 but started twenty seconds behind the leaders. Tenth place Carole Jones, 54 (below), was top grandmaster in 48:37. Next year when she turns fifty-five she might just speed past the event record of 50:23 set by Heather Sanders in 2011.

At the awards ceremony, 75-year-old Patricia Cuff was tops in her division. The awards were announced old to young. When we got to the 45-49 age group, there was another Patricia Cuff (junior?). Yes, she was the daughter. Running is for families. Ecris Williams, 71, did not make the race for the first time in the 14 runnings of the event. She still hold records in three divisions.

Before and after the race Dave Berry, who travels up from South Carolina each year, was entertaining the crowd with his music, much of it from the sixties and seventies. The youngsters enjoyed his oldest song, the Hokey Pokey.

The joy of this event is that when you finish there are rows of chairs in a heated auditorium with indoor plumbing. There was plenty of bottled water and lots of hot coffee and cocoa. Bagels with cream cheese as well as bananas are laudable runners’ foods. Even better was the scores and scores of fresh baked giant cookies from Vie de France.

Always your fastest race of the year and for most the best.

                           Awards Listing - Men
MALE
Place Num   Name                   Ag City                  Finish 
===== ===== ====================== == ===================== ===== 
    1   483 Matt Maline            28 Oak Hill VA           35:02 
    2   347 William Bylund         27 Great Falls VA        36:27 
    3   367 Matt Woods             32 Falls Church VA       36:54 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 01 - 19
    1   268 Steven Kool            17 Vienna VA             40:56 
    2   398 Devon Kirk             16 Purcellville VA       43:13 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1   382 Andrew Knotts          20 Martinsburg WV        37:42 
    2   414 Andrew Castles         20 Gainesville VA        47:19 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1    58 Eric Hammesfahr        26 Leesburg VA           47:10 
    2   356 John Heydon            26 Frederick MD          47:46 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1    68 Adam Borbidge          33 South Riding VA       38:40 
    2   281 Nate Verwys            34 Fairfax VA            43:07 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1   442 Aaron Holley           36 Washington DC         38:42 
    2   464 Marty Newhouse         39 Falls Church VA       44:25 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1    44 Kenneth Shapiro        42 Frederick MD          39:55 
    2   379 Lawrence Kusko         42 Stephen's City VA     42:49 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1   421 Kevin Lynch            45 Chantilly VA          39:36 
    2   304 James Darling          47 Falls Church VA       42:54 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1    28 William Clem           52 Bethesda MD           41:51 
    2   334 James Dunn             51 Leesburg VA           44:45 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1   428 Bruce Halpin           55 Ashburn VA            42:00 
    2   297 Richard Morgan         59 Silver Spring MD      43:31 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1    88 Malcolm Senior         61 New Market MD         44:24 
    2   232 Richard Cleland        62 Leesburg VA           51:34 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 69
    1   377 Bill Joyce             67 Herndon VA            49:07 
    2   303 Jack Tozier            69 Arlington VA          55:03 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 99
    1    83 Douglas Morris         73 Delaplane VA          51:04 
    2    49 Louis Garczynski       71 Sterling VA           63:12 

MALE LEESBURG RESIDENT
    1   198 Chris Stotler          44 Leesburg VA           43:16 

MALE ROTARIAN RESIDENT
    1   472 Thomas Dunlap          39 Round Hill VA         51:19 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   217 Jarrod Dungan          31 M Leesburg VA         44:35
                           Awards Listing - Women
FEMALE
Place Num   Name                   Ag City                 Finish 
===== ===== ====================== == ==================== ===== 
    1   369 Heather Schaffer       40 Potomac Falls VA     44:26 
    2   184 Zanny Ludtke           18 Round Hill VA        45:45 
    3   327 Mandana Mortazavi      48 Leesburg VA          46:38 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 01 - 19
    1   251 Catherine Gorick       18 Broadlands VA        52:43 
    2   123 Shannon McClellan      17 Boonsboro MD         57:57 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1    56 Erika Hansen           20 Oakton VA            48:27 
    2   393 Julia Crowley          20 Waterford VA         53:11 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1   183 Cassie Ludtke          27 Round Hill VA        55:45 
    2   432 Tara Larrick           27 Stephen's City VA    59:10 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1   438 Sharon Logue           33 Leesburg VA          46:47 
    2   489 Kathryn Dunn           31 Purcellville VA      47:46 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1   308 Tiffany Graham         36 Reston VA            49:01 
    2   203 Alison Smith           37 Leesburg VA          49:58 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1   325 Jacqui Hanson          41 Leesburg VA          46:21 
    2   392 Lydia Pelliccia        44 Washington DC        47:24 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1    31 Tonya Stotler          45 Leesburg VA          46:52 
    2   279 Patricia Cuff          47 Alexandria VA        48:45 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1   201 Carole Jones           54 Ashburn VA           48:31 
    2   364 Kelly Pickard          52 Oyster Bay NY        50:44 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1    95 Peggy Davis            59 Vienna VA            55:28 
    2   299 Maria Nusbaum          59 Reston VA            58:37 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1   162 Freyda Greenberg       62 Falls Church VA      60:07 
    2   239 Patricia Danielle-Kay  60 Reston VA            64:05 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 69
    1   234 Pat Welch              67 Vienna VA            62:37 
    2   418 Punkin Lee             65 Middleburg VA        66:50 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 99
    1   291 Patricia Cuff          75 Montgomery Vill MD   76:29 

FEMALE LEESBURG RESIDENT
    1   325 Jacqui Hanson          41 Leesburg VA          46:21 

FEMALE ROTARIAN RESIDENT
    1   403 Sharen Gromly          58 Winchester VA        80:30 

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   176 Linda Reynolds         49 F Leesburg VA        62:34

 

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By James Moreland
December 31, 2011
Ashburn, VA
For the Washington Running Report

The Hogettes helped out in the fun run. They also noted that a race about hope would fit in nicely with the Washington Redskins.

This the third iteration of the Ringing in Hope races that began last New Year’s Eve. It was followed by an early summer rendition started just down the road. After having a 3K to accompany the main event 10K last year, the races moved to a more logical 5K-10K format.

This year the two races started together with the 5K racing one loop in reverse of last year and finding new ground. For the 10K which was run as an out and back prior, the course offered two loops with slight adjustment. In the final quarter mile of the 5K the 10K split off to circumnavigate the shopping center and surrounding neighborhood, while the 5K raced around the final two corners of the plaza to cross the ChronoTrack mats.

This made things easier than having 10K runners cross the mats twice. And as there were nearly 2,000 runners with the 1K fun run included, it was easier to score. Many of the participants chose to walk the 5K. Often with two distances runners decide to change their race afterwards and it does make scoring a little harder to do.

The really fast runners easily lapped the walkers and many of the 5K runners. A curious phenomenon of racing is that often slower runners make a brilliant burst of speed at the very end leaving one to wonder why it took them so long to finish. On the other hand the truly gifted artisans will ease up when they have verily achieved their victory.

Joshua Hardin, 20, of Sterling, VA started about seven seconds late but bolted past the leaders early. He coasted in the file half mile to win easily in 33:32. He trotted across the line in what one scorer called a “ten minute pace” and at first was thought to be a mid pack 5K finisher. He may have needed to slow to get past the multitude of 5K finishers as he was alone among the 10K runners. Doubters need only see his 32:23 overall win at the Leesburg 10K last August ahead of Seife Geletu who earned 23rd place in the Elite division of the Fall Runner Rankings. Aaron Church set the standard last year in 32:14 as well as winning the summer version in 33:02.

Jonathan Phillips, 19, was the runner-up in 34:49 and then three submasters battled for the third spot. Brian Szabos, 38, took command in the end with a pure 6:00 pace and 37:18 finish.

For the women, the standard was a very solid 30:24 in the summer by Sarah Bard and Anna Bernal had been tops a full year ago in 39:45. Today Melissa Saunders, 19, ran away from three ladies more than twice her age. Her nifty 41:00 even had her as the fifteenth 10K finisher of the day. Lisa Chilcote (left) has been a busy bee racing all around the region this year but usually just over the official border. In the fall she settled a bright colored flower at the Veterans Day 10K in 40:04 to earn the fifth masters spot in the rankings. It also made her the favorite today but not by much. Cathy Ross, 41, had run a very solid Richmond Half Marathon.  Mandana Mortazavi, 48, had been used to ruling the Loudoun County races. These three did not begin to sort out until the second half of the race. Chilcote was runner-up in 41:39 on a reasonably flat course with a few deceptively tough hills. Ross was just a little way behind in 42:24 with Mortazavi cruising in with 43:05.

Ryan Hughes, 15, (left) battled three other runners for the 5K honors. His 17:08 is the second fastest time behind Axel Tarnvik, 18, who ran a 16:41 in the summer. Indeed the next 8 runners all bested the second fastest time of the summer. Last winter in the 3K only one runner beat 49-year-old Ted Poulos and his 10:55 and that was Tarnvik who ran 10:27.

Poulos, now 50, was sixth overall in 19:03 easily the top master as he enters his full first month as a grand master. For the year Poulos has run 170 races, just his tenth best yearly total. During one five- year stretch in the last decade he ran 1235 of his nearly 5000 career races. It has been many years since he has not had fifty overall wins in a year. This year his total is 64.

Just has in the summer the top three women included a record, with Amy Passeuer, 22, running 20:22 to reset the standard set by Karen Haddon in the summer, a teen with Jillian Stoddard, also faster than the old standard in 20:34, and a masters finisher. Cheryl Young, 42, just nipped Kathy Hoenig’s summer crown of 21:20 with a crown making 21:18.

For the seasoned runners, Alan Rider, 75, jovially promised a victory in the 10K. Then he had to run for his life to head off James Chapman for the title 57:14 to 57:38. Margaret Collie, 67 was the oldest female finisher, winning her division.

In the 5K Maynard Weyers, 75, (right) generally has his way and dominated in 27:45. Most likely Rider was a few strides behind him when they split directions at the 5K finish.

For the ladies, Lee Glassco, 80, was the beneficiary of expanded age groups of 80 & older for another victory. If you build the division, they will come. Barbara Potzick, 71, was lured out of racing retirement to give it a go. This was only her second event in five years. She predicted about forty minutes, and even running “easily to avoid injury” she finished in a marvelous 36:27. Now she is thinking about another race to earn a coveted spot in the Washington Running Report Winter Runner Rankings, which end the day before the 2012 St.Patrick’s Race in March.

             Awards Listing for the 10K (No Duplicate Prizes) updated 1/6/12

MALE OVERALL
    1  1835 Joshua Hardin           20 Potomac Falls VA        33:32 X 
    2   961 Jonathan Phillips       19 Oak Hill VA             34:49 X 
    3  1800 Brian Szabos            38 South Riding VA         37:18 X 

FEMALE OVERALL
    1   412 Melissa Saunders        19 Potomac Falls VA        41:00 X 
    2   829 Lisa Chilcote           41 N Bethesda MD           41:39 X 
    3   303 Cathy Ross              40 Burke VA                42:24 X 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 19
    1   912 Nathan Blevins          10 Manassas Park VA      X   40:27 
    2  1353 Marco Lim               15 Centreville VA        X   40:38 
    3  1390 Steven Hurwitt          19 Ashburn VA            X   41:49 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 19
    1  1957 Rachel Laveson          16 Annandale VA          X   48:34 
    2   247 Maddie Siegel           19 Aldie VA              X   49:36 
    3  1327 Grace Howard            12 Leesburg VA           X   51:16 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 29
    1  1124 Auguste Boti Bigore     28 Silver Spring MD      X   39:04 
    2   525 Alan Mendoza            29 Ashburn VA            X   39:53 
    3  2919 Miguel Perez            29 Silver Spring MD      X   40:45 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 29
    1   269 Amy Franklin            26 Leesburg VA           X   43:33 
    2  1861 Miranda Forte           26 Gaithersburg MD       X   44:32 
    3  1462 Dawn Gilbert            29 Manassas VA           X   45:33 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39
    1  1923 Jeffrey Hiott           38 Washington DC         X   37:26 
    2   622 David Pattie            37 Ashburn VA            X   39:02 
    3   191 Anthony Deluise         36 Ashburn VA            X   40:03 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39
    1   179 Danielle Newcome        34 Round Hill VA         X   43:59 
    2   403 Alison Gittelman        39 South Riding VA       X   44:24 
    3  1323 Carrie Leestma          32 Ashburn VA            X   44:37 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49
    1  1850 Craig Hymes             49 Reston VA             X   38:09 
    2   286 Lawrence Kusko          42 Stephens City VA      X   40:28 
    3   393 Chris Godesky           40 Arlington VA          X   40:31 
FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49
    1  1925 Mandana Mortazavi       48 Leesburg VA           X   43:05 
    2  2906 Christie Yang           40 Falls Church VA       X   44:25 
    3   340 Leslie Knibb            48 Washington DC         X   45:00 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59
    1   616 Jeff Bowers             50 Ashburn VA            X   41:49 
    2   167 Timothy Scott           56 Sterling VA           X   42:55 
    3  1948 Bill Stahr              51 The Plains VA         X   43:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59
    1  1774 Carole Jones            54 Ashburn VA            X   45:23 
    2   676 Elizabeth Baumgarten    55 Stone Ridge VA        X   46:54 
    3   547 Rosalind Poe            54 Leesburg VA           X   47:00 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69
    1  2950 James Hozik             66 Great Falls VA        X   49:56 
    2  1258 Bill Koetter            63 Ashburn VA            X   54:29 
    3   512 Mike Thorson            69 Reno NV               X   55:53 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69
    1  1089 Margaret Collie         67 Vienna VA             X   53:46 
    2   599 Janice Cooper           65 Annandale VA          X 1:14:58 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 79
    1   816 Alan Rider              75 Reston VA             X   57:14 
    2   198 James Chapman           70 Lovettsville VA       X   57:38 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   39:53   525 Alan Mendoza 29 M Ashburn VA                 39:53
FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   56:39   642 Noreen Holcomb 49 F Brambleton VA            56:39
              Awards Listing for the 5K (No Duplicate Prizes)

MALE OVERALL
    1  1083 Ryan Hughes             15 Ashburn VA              17:08 5 
    2  1842 Thomas Johnson          26 Arlington VA            17:16 5 
    3  1798 Gregory Steinberger     35 South Riding VA         17:22 5 

FEMALE OVERALL
    1  1276 Amy Passauer            22 Ashburn VA              20:22 5 
    2   655 Jillian Stoddard        18 Purcellville VA         20:34 5 
    3  1966 Cheryl Young            42 Reston VA               21:18 5 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 19
    1  1434 Chris Schopper          16 Broadlands VA         5   18:46 
    2  1373 Matthew Celsa           16 Sterling VA           5   19:04 
    3  1067 Adam Fischel            17 Broadlands VA         5   19:44 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 19
    1  1057 Ayan Adu                13 Brambleton VA         5   23:40 
    2  1367 Alyssa Coon             13 Ashburn VA            5   23:59 
    3  1951 Livia Sabloff            9 Leesburg VA           5   24:40 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 29
    1   281 David Pittman           27 Washington DC         5   19:07 
    2  1904 Danny Haley             24 Grasonville MD        5   21:43 
    3   667 Evan Stoddard           22 Purcellville VA       5   22:37 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 29
    1  1989 Brittan Holiday         22 Chandler AX           5   21:20 
    2  1410 Elisabeth Flores        20 Sterling VA           5   22:32 
    3  1123 Krystine Rivera         25 Ashburn VA            5   22:38 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39
    1   405 Adam Borbidge           33 South Riding VA       5   17:41 
    2   302 Glen Case               36 Ashburn VA            5   19:38 
    3  1929 Ben Jones               38 Ashburn VA            5   20:24 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39
    1   897 Nicole Knutson          32 Alexandria VA         5   21:21 
    2  1837 Shannon Nieves          30 Reston VA             5   23:12 
    3  1971 Elizabeth Clor          33 Chantilly VA          5   23:18 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49
    1  1873 David Sousa             40 Fairfax VA            5   20:28 
    2  1214 Eric Whitaker           43 Fairfax VA            5   21:12 
    3  1817 Jason Warde             40 Vienna VA             5   22:14 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49
    1   414 Kelly Saunders          42 Potomac Falls VA      5   24:49 
    2  1181 Constance Pullella      43 Leesburg VA           5   24:57 
    3  1256 Beth Alwin              48 Leesburg VA           5   25:46 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59
    1  1934 Ted Poulos              50 McLean VA             5   19:03 
    2   862 Tom Nealley             52 Reston VA             5   21:16 
    3  1253 Gary Dunlap             50 Leesburg VA           5   22:20 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59
    1  1987 Felice Berkowitz        52 Fairfax VA            5   24:22 
    2  2973 Shawn Miller            55 Ashburn VA            5   24:40 
    3   539 Cheryl Collins          53 Gainesville VA        5   26:28 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69
    1   765 Robert Driscoll         65 Chantilly VA          5   25:09 
    2  1131 Randy Latimer           61 Vienna VA             5   29:59 
    3  1142 Paul Behrs              67 Sterling VA           5   30:25 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69
    1  1224 Sherry Fitzsimmons      62 Ashburn VA            5   33:28 
    2   939 Kerry H Rader           62 Chantilly VA          5   41:22 
    3   646 Chris Ferrario          61 Fairfax Station VA    5   48:24 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 79
    1  1292 Maynard Weyers          75 Alexandria VA         5   27:45 
    2  1098 Thomas Grisard          70 Reston VA             5   38:43 
    3  1876 Norm Wingard            75 Loveland CO           5   40:58 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 79
    1   896 Barbara Potzick         71 Potomac MD            5   36:27 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 80 - 99
    1   773 Lee Glassco             80 McLean VA             5   53:31 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   22:38   320 Chase Strait  16 M South Riding VA           22:38
FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   24:34   381 Christina Lee 20 F Sterling VA               24:34

 

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By James Moreland
Burke, VA
November 26, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

No times for brakes as the race starts at the top of the hill.

The glorious weather continues to reign (not rain) throughout the busiest weekend of the year. Many runners took a break from the busiest racing day of the year to eat dinner and go out shopping. Friday seemed like Sunday. Then Saturday was almost perfect. Locals even thought it was almost too warm, while a few slender Caribbean transplants announced that anything colder than 70 degrees was too cold.

The sun was already warming up the day as runners lined up just above Burke Lake and released by the magic ‘G’ word plunged down the fast first half mile. From there the course circled around the lake like a necklace with only a few gentle hills. The weather had been dry but not enough to make the gentle layer of leaves crackle.  Some of the lead runners played traffic cop and warned unsuspecting hikers that an avalanche of runners would soon be heading their way. Everyone wanted to be out on this day.

Many of the Thanksgiving weekend races are called fun runs as nearly 10% of all the racers for the year come out to play. Still, lots of the top racers are eager to try out their stuff. Early in the race Keith Freeburn, 37, took over the lead duties. Freeburn has been coming on strong for the last year though rarely at the very front of the pack. He knew Rob Bell, 22, was right there with him and that helped propel both of them to very solid times, especially for a course that is half cross country. Right at four miles the runners headed up a steady incline and Bell made his move. The final half mile is mostly a quick downhill but the final 100 meters is the steepest hill on the course. Bell held on to win in 28:42; Freeburn was next in 28:48.

Usually youngsters do best on cross country and, being generally lighter, fly up hills better. Today six of the top 13 men were masters. Fifth place Kevin Lynch, 44, (right)was earliest the top master in 30:06.  David Pinnick, 55, commanded the grandmaster field, finishing 20th overall in a swift 33:47.

Looking around the field Laura Ramos, 32, (left) must have felt like the favorite. However, this is a traveling weekend and you never know when a ringer is going to come into town. Olivia Poblacion, 25 of Corvallis, OR came in from the west coast to set the new standard for the event in an excellent 30:59 that made her the eight finisher overall. Ramos followed her in with a very nice 32:42.  Before the race Sushila Nanda, 50, smiled and said yes her leg was still bothering her but she had a few more races that she wanted to do before she would fix it. She blasted out with the lead women covering the first mile in about 6:30. After that she settled in some but still had a very nifty 37:14 to finish as the second master and the first runner older than fifty, Cathy Ross was the first master at fourth overall in 34:26. The grandmaster and 20th overall was Janet Janas. Janas is coming off her first WRR Runner Ranking in the fall season.

After the race there were bagels and bananas to go with gallons and gallons of hot coffee with real cream and bottled water. One runner said as he offered his young daughter a cinnamon raisin bagel, “I ran in the race; you eat the food.”

 

OVERALL MALE  (GUN TIME)

Place Num   Name                Age City                  Time    
===== ===== =================== === ===================== ======= 
    1   212 Rob Bell             22 Gainesville VA          28:42 
    2   211 Keith Freeburn       37 Centreville VA          28:48 
    3   232 Adam Roggia          26 Stafford VA             29:47 

OVERALL FEMALE  (GUN TIME)
Place Num   Name                Age City                  Time    
===== ===== =================== === ===================== ======= 
    1   109 Olivia Poblacion     25 Corvallis OR            30:59 
    2   265 Laura Ramos          32 Silver Spring MD        32:42 
    3   206 Leah Stiegler        21 Vienna VA               33:32 

MALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 19   (NET TIME)
    1   297 Steven Kool         17 Vienna VA               31:11 
    2   267 Joe Brough          16 McLean VA               31:25 
    3   328 Steven Harokopus    15 Vienna VA               36:30 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 19   (NET TIME)
    1   319 Tara Landy          18 Burke VA                35:06 
    2    89 Kayla Grimmett      18 Burke VA                37:02 
    3   249 Mary Pollin         15 Burke VA                37:16 

MALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 29   (NET TIME)
    1   207 Jason Dods          22 Vienna VA               33:05 
    2    55 Alec Rosenman       23 Fairfax Station VA      34:25 
    3    54 Mark Brier          26 Wilmington DE           35:33 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 29   (NET TIME)
    1   170 Emily Williams      29 Arlington VA            38:47 
    2    53 Lauren Rosenman     25 Fairfax Station VA      38:49 
    3   163 Heather Hunter      25 Fairfax VA              40:47 

MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39   (NET TIME)
    1    85 Michael Feeney      34 Burke VA                29:59 
    2   359 Frank Gold          34 Warrenton VA            30:28 
    3   345 Oscar Tiglao        34 Lorton VA               31:48 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39   (NET TIME)
    1   397 Laura Barringer     35 Fairfax VA              38:41 
    2   269 Mary Blair          32 Springfield VA          39:08 
    3   281 Romana Johnson      37 Dumfries VA             39:22 

MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49   (NET TIME)
    1   331 Kevin Lynch         44 Chantilly VA            30:04 
    2    30 Dennis Billings     42 Woodbridge VA           30:54 
    3   322 Matt Anderson       45 Fairfax VA              31:04 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49   (NET TIME)
    1    73 Cathy Ross          40 Burke VA                34:25 
    2   136 Barbara Murillo     46 Fairfax VA              39:20 
    3   338 Mary Maver          46 Springfield VA          39:57 

MALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 59   (NET TIME)
    1   370 David Pinnick       55 Manassas VA             33:44 
    2   233 Myron Kremer        54 Winchester VA           36:09 
    3    80 Malcolm Carlyle     54 Leesburg VA             36:17 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 59   (NET TIME)
    1   324 Sushila Nanda       50 Arlington VA            37:13 
    2   155 Janet Janas         50 Clifton VA              41:04 
    3    61 Cynthia Martin      54 Springfield VA          41:13 

MALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 69   (NET TIME)
    1    35 Robert Taylor       61 Alexandria VA           38:11 
    2   364 Jim Avila           63 Arlington VA            42:12 
    3   246 Rick Rice           65 Burke VA                43:56 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 69   (NET TIME)
    1   263 Carolyn Rice        66 Burke VA                45:18 
    2   259 Kathryn Fanelli     62 Annandale VA          1:00:39 
    3     4 Nancie Becker       61 Rockville MD          1:16:59 

MALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 99   (NET TIME)
    1    10 Chan Robbins        74 Arlington VA            40:58 
    2   111 Robert Gurtler      76 The Plains VA           53:01 
    3   226 Dick Nanto          70 Clifton VA            1:01:11

 

The final climb to the finish was no “walk in the park.”

 

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By James Moreland
Washington, DC
November 20, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Organized Chaos even changed the words of a popular Clapton tune to match the race.

This first year race planned for everything down to perfect racing conditions. Not only did they have a D.J. but they even boasted a live band, Organized Chaos, as well. They got the National Park Service to relent and allow parking along Ohio Drive to allow the nearly six hundred participants to have a shorter walk to the start just north of West Basin Drive. With spacious parking across from the Tidal Basin, less than ¾ of a mile along Independence Avenue past the brand-new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the race is likely to grow in size next year.

The Hydrocephalus Association’s mission is to eliminate the challenges of hydrocephalus by stimulating innovative research and providing support, education, and advocacy for individuals, families, and professionals dealing with hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a buildup of fluid inside the skull, leading to brain swelling, sometimes called water on the brain. The disease causes many other health problems and at present the treatment is to drain the fluid, often with a shunt that diverts the fluid.

Many of the participants came as families who are there to support further treatment for their loved ones. One man who came to race told us that he had already had 33 surgeries. He was cheerful and boasted that he was happy to be able to come and race. Once the runners got underway, the larger portion of walkers followed behind them. The 5K race followed a straight out-and-back course along the Potomac River.

The first half mile leading to the Inlet River Bridge had many racers bolting along quickly. Young Colin Losey, 17 (left), bolted to the lead. On the way back runners were impressed how he seemed to get faster as the race wore on. At the finish one runner with more than fifty races under his belt this year said, “You should have seen how fast that lead runner was.” Losey won in 17:22. Few people had seen the runner-up and top master Ken Fandell (17:48), as he was from Chicago, IL. The third runner was a minute behind.

Dionis Gauvin, 37 (right), went out strong with the lead men and was anointed the champion long before the turnaround. She won easily in 19:39. Early on the second woman was Hilde Kahn, 48, of McLean, VA. Kahn (below on left) has been a regular runner at the Tidal Basin runs for years so she was really familiar with the early phase of this jaunt. Jaime Andrews, 31, was not far behind and by the mile had eased past Kahn. For the next half mile Andrews appeared to spending a lot of energy encouraging the lead runners coming back from the turnaround. Then as she circled the cones, she bolted away from the field to take the runner-up spot in 22:18. Kahn did not slow down, chasing after some familiar faces to the finish line which was about hundred meters further than the former finish of the Tidal Basin 3K to finish in 22:51.

On the way back runners saw nearly twice as many walkers as runners moving in bulk along the river side of the road. Three of the finishers are older than eighty. After passing the finish line runners were treated to a lot of great food and drink along with the cheerful live music. Fresh bagels and cream cheese were in abundance as well as picture perfect bananas. Many flavors of Honest tea and VitaCoco drinks vied with hot chocolate, coffee, and water to refresh the tired runners. Both City Sports and Road Runner Sports were on site, making the setup almost like a carnival.

The race collected from the race, sponsors, and donors more than $108,000 for the charity, an excellent start for this first time event. As the many random prizes were handed out, runners were encouraged to plan to come again the next year. By chance the young runner that sang the National Anthem, preceding the race, won the $100 Grand Prize.

FEMALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                   Ag City               Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== ====================== == ================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1   634 Dionis Gauvin          37 Washington DC      19:39 19:39  6:20 
    2    16 Jaime Andrews          31 Washington DC      22:18 22:15  7:10 

MALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                   Ag City               Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== ====================== == ================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1   471 Colin Losey            17 Chevy Chase MD     17:22 17:21  5:35 
    2   609 Ken Fandell            40 Chicago IL         17:48 17:47  5:44 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 19
    1   193 Dani Huber             13 Great Falls VA     25:48 24:28  7:53 
    2   545 Franzi Rattei          19 Alexandria VA      27:58 27:26  8:50 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 19
    1   460 Gabe Brown             17 Washington DC      18:53 18:51  6:04 
    2   544 Jose Perez             19 Beltsville MD      19:30 19:29  6:17 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 29
    1   419 Lauren Walter          25 Falls Church VA    23:16 23:04  7:26 
    2   145 Jessica Ford           25 Washington DC      23:45 23:30  7:34 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 29
    1   209 Ashton-Lee Johnson     24 Collegeville PA    18:58 18:58  6:07 
    2   356 James Sadighian        25 Alexandria VA      19:59 19:56  6:25 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39
    1   568 Susan Greenspan        34 Washington DC      23:22 23:18  7:30 
    2   257 Sarah Manning          39 Alexandria VA      24:35 24:29  7:53 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39
    1   397 Damon Taaffe           35 Arlington VA       18:45 18:44  6:02 
    2    73 Michael Cahill         32 Washington DC      19:04 18:56  6:06 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49
    1   619 Hilde Kahn             48 McLean VA          22:51 22:49  7:21 
    2   326 Paula Rasco            40 Woonsocket RI      25:00 24:45  7:58 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49
    1   274 Michael Mills          40 Washington DC      20:31 20:30  6:36 
    2   543 Greg Mastel            48 Washington DC      20:47 20:46  6:41 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59
    1    85 Jan Churchill          55 Annapolis MD       27:38 27:32  8:52 
    2    17 Jennifer Andrews       56 Columbia MD        31:58 31:44 10:13 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59
    1   391 Randall Stroup         52 Cumberland MD      20:58 20:57  6:45 
    2   477 Mark Nicholson         52 Ellicott City MD   22:12 22:07  7:07 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69
    1    48 Eleanor Blanchard      69 Bethesda MD        32:53 32:44 10:33 
    2   589 Ann Rodriguez          60 Springfield VA     33:38 33:21 10:44 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69
    1   615 Dan Eddy               60 Alexandria VA      21:36 21:33  6:57 
    2   172 Ronald Griffin         60 Silver Spring MD   25:49 24:31  7:54 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 99
    1    94 Joan Cleary            75 Edgewater MD       63:48 62:31 20:08 
    2   304 Christine O'Connor     80 Pinehurst NC       65:22 63:57 20:35 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 99
    1   280 Alfred Moses           83 Washington DC      54:53 54:17 17:29 
    2   355 Frederick Sachs        87 Baltimore MD       55:16 55:12 17:46

 

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By James Moreland
Rockville, MD
November 6, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

The Rockville 10K big claim to fame is that it is the longest running event in Montgomery County. As noted by Maryland State Senator Jennie Forehand, the event started as a ten mile race. For many years the race was run from Montgomery College as only a 10K. After racing in the local neighborhoods until 1991, the race raced south on the Pike to the Rockville Town Center, which was still in an earlier iteration.  In 1995, the race added a 5K that circled the campus, while the 10K stayed on a similar path, though there were minor variations. That year the random prize was a week vacation and it was hoped that would bring the numbers up. The race had usually stayed around 500 finishers in good weather or bad.

By the late 90s the race moved to Piccard Drive near today’s 2 mile mark in the 10K. King Farm was still really just a farm. The course meandered back and forth between Gude Drive and Gaither Road. Then King Farm was completed and the event raced back and forth through the new community. The course has changed a number of times for both the 5K and the 10K. Mercifully, the 5K starts after the 10K now and takes a different route so there is no longer as much confusion as runners get to the finish line.

The finish corral has its own balloon arch.

Now the race began to grow and in 2008 finally cracked 1,000 finishers in the combined events. The next year the race fell back to below 800 finishers before rebounding last year to a record 1206. In 2011, the weather was racing perfect at 40 degrees with a bright sun and no wind and the event cracked 1,000 finishers for the third time.

Parking became a tougher commodity this year. Runners who forgot to set their watch had an extra hour to secure the prime spots. The start/finish and the balloon arch by the awards stand started to fill with runners later but hundreds of runners gathered together in the back of the Safeway parking lot, effectively blockading the road. The race started promptly at 8:30 a.m. and whipped around the corner onto King Farm Boulevard. Jack rabbit Dee Nelson, 68, was among the early leaders. After more than 1400 races she still enjoys the thrill of starting the race. She would easily win her age group.

For the men, even before the next turn onto Gaither Road the top finishers were being decided. The gentle climb to Shady Grove is about ¾ mile. Andre Orr and Daniel Miranda came bolting back down the hill side by side as if it were the final mile. Thirty meters behind them Karsten Brown was loping along saving effort for the later push in the race. The race is a series of long up and down slopes, the stiffest being on Gude Drive.  Robin Lerner berated the course with, “Why is the fourth mile always the hilliest?” on the final steps of the climb the brought runners to Rockville Pike. We know Lerner changed her clock because she did her warm-up at the Anything is Possible 5K in Bethesda earlier that morning at 1:50 a.m. That syndicated event promotes the cutesy idea of finishing before you began, thanks to the change back to standard time.

Meanwhile, Brown was already more than halfway back down the hill and had already changed to a stiffer arm swing and a more frenzied pace. He had bolted away into the lead and he wanted to have some space by the time he crested the final hill at the corner of Piccard and Redland. Then it would be a final half way victory parade. Brown, who races about 100 races and close to a 1,000 race miles a year, had just raced his fastest 5 miler the day before finishing third overall at the Down’s Park race in Pasadena, MD in 27:04. (That is slighter faster than his PR Rockville Rotary 8K in 26:55 this summer). Yesterday the top two finishers were out of his league. Today he paced himself to his first sub 34:00 10K, winning it all in 33:26.

Place four through six were all top masters runners. Dave Haaga, 50, was holding tight to Mark Neff, 49, at 4 miles with Jean Christophe Arcaz, 50, looking unhappy that he could not quite join the party.  Neff ran a very credible 35:38 to take the fourth spot by seven seconds with Haaga rounding out the top five.  Arcaz earned the masters title in 36:18. The oldest racer Jack McMahon, 80, still looks good, finishing in 59:10.

For the woman, homegrown talent Julie Sapper ran away with the race from the very beginning with an excellent 41:16. There was some confusion later as a man had mistakenly worn a tag assigned to a woman but that was fixed by the time awards were handed out. As with the men, top masters runners ran well with four of the top six being masters. Liliana Baron, 53, seemed to relish the hills bounding along to the runner-up spot in 44:58. Leah Birdwell, 17, finishing eight seconds ahead of Shelli Beard, 42 in 45:42 though both had identical net time. Gun times decide the top five while net times decide the age groups.

When they finish revising the results Phyllis Sevik, 47, will move up to fifth overall from top masters and Jen Norris, 40, will become the masters award winner. Alice Franks, 63, (in photo) joined Nelson as shoe-ins in the sixties. Barbara Scoggins may have had the best race at age 59 with a very nice 47:04.  Eighty-year-old Yvonne Aasen won the senior division.

The 5K is the younger brother for the event and though it is usually just as large, it does not draw as much recognition. Brown, who also races in Westminster, would recognize the race winner Greg Jubb, 21, who ran a nifty 15:58, which may be near Brown’s next 5K goal of breaking 16:00. Bennett Stackhouse, 27 was the runner-up in 16:26. Two Gaithersburg residents, Paul Jacobson, 48, and Dan Lawson, 56 battled for top masters honors. Jacobson’s eight-year difference was just enough to prevail by three seconds in 18:12.

Robin Stanley, 30, of Derwood, MD made it look easy winning in 20:07 with Teah Devan, 38, two minutes behind her. MCRRC president since 2009 Jean Arthur, 48, continues to astound this year with a third overall finish in 23:42.

After the race we met with racing legend Lou Shapiro, a sub 42:00 10K racer at age 69. This year he injured his hip and claims maybe by spring he will be able to run a 12 minute mile. Do not count out a much better comeback.

The 10K portion of the race is also one of the races in the Maryland RRCA series where running clubs from across the state compete.

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By James Moreland
Washington, DC
November 5, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Racers charge the final steps of the course on the grass.

The new race begins as a way to announce to the world that there is much more room for women in the political arena. The race director gave us a rundown of the percentage of women in many of the state and national public offices. As with racing these days there are a greater number of women than men and the thinking is that more of them should be in key decision making positions.

The course started on the quadrangle at American University where the playing field is completely level. One runner noticing that said, “This course looks real flat with two loops around here.” A more experienced Washingtonian said, “I already jogged the course and campus is on the side of the hill. We have to run all the way down to the track.”

On the course there were signs all along the way listing the countries of the world as well as .5 kilometer markers for both loops. About five minutes into the race flat turned to downhill as runners barreled around the corner to the track. Naturally the track was flat. Though the weather was windless and sunny with a near perfect racing temperature, there was actually ice on the inside lane of the track.

Leaving the track meant an uphill climb. “The course has a lot of turns but it is gonna be fun, said race winner Henry Wigglesworth, 53, of Washington, DC. Of course winning is fun. There were many walkers also in the event and on the second loop the faster runners caught up with them. Still, there was plenty of room for all.

Of the 346 finishers nearly three quarters of them were women. The top woman, Sally Okine, 20, won easily in 21:24. The top master was fourth overall Traci Siegel and the top grandmaster was Blake Rushin. For the men, Wigglesworth was tops in all three spots.

At right, Dana Arvanites, 23, strides home.

The age group prizes were very nice but perhaps the coolest prize was the random prize from Panera promising weekly loaves of for a year. The prizes were only for the top runner in each division, though we listed second place below as well. Overall went three deep.

After the race there was hot coffee and tea as well as lots of fresh bagels and trays upon trays of pastries.

Nearly everyone has a camera today and Jamie Shenk was there taking photos of his wife Kate (174), seen below finishing with Patsy Ashmore (173).

 

FEMALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                   Ag City                  Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== ====================== == ===================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1   330 Sally Okine            20 Washington DC         21:24 21:02  6:47 
    2   550 Rachel Clattenburg     27 Washington DC         21:56 21:54  7:03 
    3   218 Katherine Sancken      24 Washington DC         23:00 22:55  7:23 

MALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                   Ag City                  Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== ====================== == ===================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1   537 Henry Wigglesworth     53 Washington DC         17:53 17:53  5:46 
    2   335 Brian Beary            35 Washington DC         18:04 18:04  5:49 
    3    49 Eric Johnson           23 Washington DC         18:39 18:37  6:00 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 01 - 24
    1   392 Stefanie Claus         24 Washington DC         23:14 23:05  7:26 
    2    48 Elise Polentes         18 Washington DC         23:44 23:39  7:37 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 01 - 24
    1   551 Jay Cox-Chapman        24 Washington DC         19:19 19:18  6:13 
    2   309 Tommy Hunt             21 Washington DC         19:56 19:56  6:25 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 34
    1   373 Fisola Fasehun         25 Washington DC         23:20 22:59  7:24 
    2   219 Caroline Sancken       26 Washington DC         23:08 23:02  7:25 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 34
    1   541 Jason Carson           27 Bowie MD              18:39 18:39  6:01 
    2   245 Conor Shapiro          26 Washington DC         18:52 18:51  6:04 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 44
    1   387 Traci Siegel           40 Washington DC         23:15 22:58  7:24 
    2    81 Bettina Myers          42 Washington DC         23:42 23:39  7:37 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 44
    1   542 Rob Palmer             35 Silver Spring MD      19:22 19:21  6:14 
    2    24 Steven Kelts           39 Washington DC         20:03 20:01  6:27 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 54
    1   279 Blake Rushin           50 Vienna VA             23:25 23:21  7:31 
    2    69 Madelyn Leeke          46 Washington DC         28:57 28:29  9:10 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 54
    1   545 Jimmy Bisese           49 Washington DC         20:20 20:18  6:32 
    2   555 Allen Haywood          48 Washington DC         22:01 21:59  7:05 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 99
    1   282 Laura Bellis           56 Reston VA             24:58 24:54  8:01 
    2   351 Wendy Lesko            61 Kensington MD         33:03 32:32 10:29 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 99
    1   303 James Moreland         59 Gaithersburg MD       23:31 23:31  7:34 
    2   378 Mike Golash            68 Washington DC         25:04 25:01  8:04 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   296 Brian Tanenbaum        36 M Arlington VA          26:56 26:23  8:30 

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   269 Sabrina Izzo           25 F Washington DC         26:18 26:15  8:27

 

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