Washington, DC

By Steve Nearman
Rockville, MD
April 29, 2012
For the Washington Running Report

The Kenyans came from Chapel Hill, NC and from Royersford, PA. The Ethiopians came from the Bronx and Washington, DC. They all came in pursuit of a $1,000 first prize, not bad for running a 10-kilometer race not far from their home bases.

Credit the Kenyans from Ben Kurgat’s Chapel Hill camp with sweeping the overall win, but the Ethiopians sure showed depth at the 17th Kaiser Permanente Pike’s Peek 10K today in Rockville.

But the biggest winner of the morning goes to the weather. Some 1,307 men and 1,445 women who finished the downhill trek from the Shady Grove Metro to White Flint Mall down the usually car-congested Rockville Pike were treated with perfect weather – bright sun, 50s warming into the 60s, and a slight tailwind.

“It was nice weather, not as hot as last year,” said Kristin Rapp, who enjoyed a personal best 53:39 after running here in 2009 and 2011.

The elites made the best of the weather as well. Although the tailwind was not quite as strong as it was last year – producing seven of the nine fastest men’s times and six of the nine fastest women’s time in race history – the elite man still rewrote a bit of the record books today.

Julius Kogo successfully defended his 2011 title, falling just six seconds short of last year’s time in 28:12. His 28:06 is the event record, so now he owns the No. 1 and 2 fastest times. But he might have broken his record today had there not been slick pavement from overnight rain. Finishing shortly after Kogo was training mate Hellen Jemutai, who moved up from sixth last year to capture the victory in 32:54, the exact same time as last year and etching her name twice in the top 10 times ever.

Both earned $1,000 and a plaque for winning the Road Runners Club of America Eastern Regional 10K Championships.

The manner in which Kogo and Jemutai achieved their victories could not have been more different.

After the start was delayed about 10 minutes due to a fender-bender on Rockville Pike, Kogo, bearing bib #1, vaulted from the start with fellow Kenyans and the Ethiopians in pursuit.  In fact, 12 East Africans were in the lead pack by one mile, swiftly passed in 4:35.

The pack, with its frequent lead exchanges, began to disintegrate to six members as they tackled a short uphill approaching the third mile marker and just four as they crossed the halfway point in 14:10. By the end of the fourth mile, Kogo and Ethiopians Abiyot Endale and Zenbaba Yigeze finally dropped another Ethiopian Fikadu Lemma, who would eventually finish sixth.

Then Kogo began to execute his plan.

“I felt good and I just started picking it up from four miles,” said Kogo, 26, who also was runner-up in 2010. “Then just approaching six miles, I picked it up again.”

Kogo gapped Endale and Yigeze by 10 meters through five miles and slowly was pulling away until Endale made a last-ditch effort to catch Kogo before the last steep downhill to the finish. Kogo was too fast.

“I know Kogo,” said Endale, who was training at altitude in Ethiopia for three months until arriving back in the Bronx last week. “He’s a very good runner. I’ve never been this close to him before. Around 4 ½ miles, I was pushing the pace. I made a mistake by pushing too early.”

Endale bettered his third-place finish last year but one spot in 28:16 for $750 and training mate Yigeze was third in 28:20 for $650. Endale’s time was the fourth-fastest ever here and Yigeze earned the #6 clocking all time.

Jemutai (in photo) left no doubt very early whose name was going in the $1,000 check. She bolted from the started and took a large lead by the end of first mile, hitting 5K in 16:16 and winning by 56 seconds. With no women to push her, she was ably paced by training mate Nicholas Kurgat, who was second last year but coming back from an Achilles injury.

Third-placer Tezeta Dengersa, a Washington-based Ethiopian, said it best about Jemutai’s fast start. “She said ‘OK, goodbye, thank you’!” mused Dengersa, a 31-year-old Turkish citizen born in Ethiopia.

Jemutai enjoyed the win but fell short of her goal. “I wanted to run 32 minutes today,” said the 30 year old from Kapsabet, Kenya. “I realized at mile four that I was starting to slow down. I felt like I needed more water.”

Yihunish Delelecha, a 30-year-old Washington-based Ethiopian, was second in 33:50 and Dengersa was eight ticks behind her. Elena Orlova, a 42-year-old Russian training in nearby Gaithersburg, was top master and sixth overall in an impressive 34:26.

Top male master was 41-year-old Chris Juarez of Alexandria, the 2002 Marine Corps Marathon champ, 14th overall in 30:46. Jack McMahon of Silver Spring was the second oldest finisher, at 81, running 56:58 and beating 422 younger men to the finish.

After the race in the White Flint Mall parking lot, runners did their share of sun-bathing, chatting with friends and family, and eating healthy foods such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Chinese fried rice, pizza, and Popeyes fried chicken.

Sean Dixon, 45, from Waldorf, MD, took some time to relax after the race.

“I’m glad I’m here,” said Dixon, newly retired from the Marines and Coast Guard but now working in Human Resources at the Office of Homeland Security while going to the University of Maryland Baltimore County for his degree in information systems management.

No wonder he does not have the time to train as he used to.

“This was my third Pike’s Peek 10K, but I’m nowhere near race shape,” said Dixon, whose wife Kristy stayed home with their three children Israel (15), Simone (13), and Ashley (12) so he could enjoy the morning. “I ran a pretty even race (51:26) but I’ve run faster here, 44 minutes in 2007, 46 minutes in 2010. My allergies, the pollen, have made me fatigued, under the weather. Threw my training out the window.” He said he does hope to participate in a sprint or Olympic triathlon this year.

Mark Malander also said he was not near race shape. He ran a stellar 33:05 here six years ago but has been hampered for the past year by an Achilles injury. However, the fiercely competitive Malander was happy to be able to run.

“Last year, I was injured and I was the driver for the elite athletes,” said the 54-year-old Malander of Herndon, a geologist for 30 years for Exxon Mobil. “This is the slowest I’ve run on this course (36:24). It’s frustrating to get clobbered by all those 50-year-old guys.” He said his training now turns to the New York City Marathon this fall.

Kristin Rapp, on the other hand, said she was in better shape than last year. Training for the Boston Marathon two weeks ago certainly helped, she said. And Pike’s Peek was the longest run she has had since the rather-toasty Patriots’ Day marathon in Beantown.

“I wasn’t trying to run a fast time,” said the 34-year Rapp, who lives in nearby Kensington and works close to the finish as an accountant at CAS. “I just wanted to get back out there after Boston.”

 

Open & Masters By Gun Time, Age Groups By Net Time 
                            No Duplicate Prizes

     MALE OPEN Gun Time
         1     1 Julius Kogo           26 Chapel Hill NC       28:12# 1000 
         2     3 Abiyot Endale         25 Bronx NY             28:16#  750 
         3    76 Zenbaba Yigeze        29 Bronx NY             28:20#  650 
         4    25 Tariku Bokan          30 Herndon VA           28:48#  600 
         5     7 Kitema Nigusse        31 Bronx NY             28:49#  550 
         6    12 Fikadu Lemma          28 Bronx NY             28:54#  500 
         7    24 Birhanu Alemu Feyissa 30 Silver Spring MD     28:55#  450 
         8     4 Deresse Deniboba      29 Bronx NY             28:56#  400 
         9    15 John Itati            38 Royersford PA        29:00#  350 
        10    14 Kennedy Kemei         33 Chapel Hill NC       29:21#  300 
     # Under USATF OPEN guideline    

     FEMALE OPEN Gun Time
         1    18 Hellen Jemutai        30 Chapel Hill NC       32:54# 1000 
         2  3216 Yihunish Deleiecha    30 Washington DC        33:50   750 
         3    19 Tezeta Dengersa       31 Washington DC        33:58   650 
         4    20 Tiringo Shiferaw      27 Washington DC        34:18   600 
         5    16 Gladys Asiba          34 Royersford PA        34:26   550 
         6    40 Elena Orlova          42 Gaithersburg MD      34:26*  500 
         7    22 Christine Ramsey      29 Baltimore MD         34:53   450 
         8    72 Lisa Thomas           36 Alexandria VA        35:48*  400 
         9    46 Laura O'Hara          32 Alexandria VA        35:54   350 
        10    37 Lindsay Donaldson     26 Washington DC        35:57   300 
     # Under USATF OPEN guideline    
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     MALE MASTERS Gun Time
         1  1005 Chris Juarez          41 Alexandria VA        30:46*  250 
         2  2778 Douglas Woods         43 Gaithersburg MD      34:19   200 
         3    68 John Piggott          46 Williamsburg VA      34:40*  150 
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     FEMALE MASTERS Gun Time
         1    45 Alisa Harvey          45 Manassas VA          37:35*  250 
         2    43 Denise Knickman       43 Baltimore MD         39:30   200 
         3  2863 Darcy Strouse         48 Frederick MD         39:34   150 
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     MALE GRANDMASTER Gun Time
         1    50 Mark Neff             50 Derwood MD           35:00*      
         2    51 Greg Cauller          52 York PA              35:07*      
         3    65 Stephen Chantry       57 Williamsburg VA      35:26*      
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     FEMALE GRANDMASTER Gun Time
         1    71 Cindy Conant          51 Kensington MD        39:47*      
         2   932 Win Persina           52 Washington DC        41:34       
         3    53 Alison Suckling       56 Arnold MD            41:39*      
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     MALE SR-GRANDMASTER Gun Time
         1    60 Roland Rust           60 Bethesda MD          38:07*      
         2    66 Rick Platt            61 Williamsburg VA      39:02*      
         3  1083 Timothy Morgan        61 Damascus MD          39:36*      
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     FEMALE SR-GRANDMASTER Gun Time
         1   301 Alice Franks          63 Rockville MD         46:39*      
         2  1472 Ann Rosenthal         62 Bethesda MD          50:32       
         3  2520 Joann Szczepkowski    66 Rehoboth Beach DE    51:41       
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     MALE AGE GROUP:  15 - 19 Net Time
         1  3041 Stephen Alexander     15 Gaithersburg MD    36:05    75 
         2   715 Andrew Lu             18 Rockville MD       41:08    50 
         3  3291 Nicholas Miller       16 Arnold MD          43:16    25 

     FEMALE AGE GROUP:  15 - 19 Net Time
         1   291 Abby Peterson         15 Rockville MD       46:08    75 
         2   683 Mary Marg Sheridan    18 Chevy Chase MD     46:18    50 
         3   649 Nina Geleta           16 Manassas VA        46:18    25 

     MALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 24 Net Time
         1  2898 Gregory Decker        23 Rockville MD       35:04    75 
         2  2982 Kyle Grimm            24 Frederick MD       36:49    50 
         3  2550 Kevin Hom             24 Arlington VA       41:02    25 

     FEMALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 24 Net Time
         1    57 Kelsey Budd           22 Oakton VA          37:17    75 
         2  2675 Elizabeth Laseter     23 Washington DC      37:44    50 
         3    44 Jillian Pollack       23 Arlington VA       37:59    25 

     MALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29 Net Time
         1    74 Eric Chirchir         28 Jackson Heights NY 29:38#   75 
         2     6 Worku Beyi            25 Bronx NY           29:41#   50 
         3    26 Karl Dusen            29 Rockville MD       30:05    25 
     # Under USATF OPEN guideline    

     FEMALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29 Net Time
         1    36 Susan Hendrick        26 Washington DC      36:23    75 
         2    35 Lauren Woodall        26 Washington DC      37:28    50 
         3  3052 Lindsay Larose        29 Arlington VA       39:39    25 

     MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34 Net Time
         1    77 Seife Geletu          30 Washington DC      31:22    75 
         2    30 Jake Klim             31 North Bethesda MD  31:32    50 
         3    64 Dickson Mercer        30 Washington DC      32:31    25 

     FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34 Net Time
         1    39 Elizabeth Young       32 Washington DC      36:11    75 
         2   249 Robin Wrightson       32 Washington DC      38:07    50 
         3   101 Kristin Andrews       30 Chevy Chase MD     38:21    25 

     MALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39 Net Time
         1    33 David Wertz           36 Arlington VA       31:58*   75 
         2   347 Philippe Rolly        39 McLean VA          32:19*   50 
         3  1072 Edi Turco             39 Arlington VA       33:14    25 
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     FEMALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39 Net Time
         1  1615 Mary Davison          39 Bristow VA         38:41    75 
         2  1014 Cristina Burbach      37 Washington DC      39:16    50 
         3  1708 Lisa Reichmann        38 Gaithersburg MD    39:33    25 

     MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44 Net Time
         1  2545 Joerg Schroeder       44 Rockville MD       36:10    75 
         2   559 Kris Simms            40 Baltimore MD       36:14    50 
         3  3002 Scott Koonce          40 Gaithersburg MD    36:20    25 

     FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44 Net Time
         1   876 Amanda Turner         40 Gettysburg PA      40:47    75 
         2   991 Sarah Johnson         41 Bethesda MD        42:10    50 
         3  1024 Janice Lunenfeld      42 Rockville MD       42:25    25 

     MALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49 Net Time
         1  2891 Frank Perna           49 Bethesda MD        35:01*   75 
         2   556 Jim Nielsen           46 Broadlands VA      35:35    50 
         3    67 Greg Dawson           46 Williamsburg VA    35:48    25 
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     FEMALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49 Net Time
         1   624 Sandra Griffin        45 Upper Marlboro MD  44:53    75 
         2  3078 Laura Gurney          47 Bethesda MD        45:02    50 
         3  2848 Janet Braunstein      45 Washington DC      45:54    25 

     MALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54 Net Time
         1    50 Mark Neff             50 Derwood MD         34:59*   75 
         2    51 Greg Cauller          52 York PA            35:06*   50 
         3  1009 Jean-Chri Arcaz       51 Rockville MD       35:46*   25 
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     FEMALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54 Net Time
         1    71 Cindy Conant          51 Kensington MD      39:44*   75 
         2   932 Win Persina           52 Washington DC      41:31    50 
         3  1553 Janeth Scott          50 Columbia MD        41:55    25 
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     MALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59 Net Time
         1    65 Stephen Chantry       57 Williamsburg VA    35:25*   75 
         2  2714 James Cooper          56 Potomac MD         35:50*   50 
         3    56 Dan Lawson            56 Gaithersburg MD    36:32*   25 
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     FEMALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59 Net Time
         1    53 Alison Suckling       56 Arnold MD          41:36*   75 
         2  3072 Debbie Flynn          55 Cross Hill SC      42:37*   50 
         3  2452 Betty Blank           59 Falls Church VA    44:49    25 
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     MALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64 Net Time
         1    60 Roland Rust           60 Bethesda MD        38:04*   75 
         2    66 Rick Platt            61 Williamsburg VA    39:00*   50 
         3  1083 Timothy Morgan        61 Damascus MD        39:33*   25 
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64 Net Time
         1   301 Alice Franks          63 Rockville MD       46:33*   75 
         2  1472 Ann Rosenthal         62 Bethesda MD        49:24    50 
         3   414 Nancy Avitabile       64 Bethesda MD        49:43    25 
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     MALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69 Net Time
         1  1316 Donald Hensel         67 Gaithersburg MD    45:54    75 
         2  2191 William Rowell        68 Olney MD           46:06    50 
         3  1259 Walter Brown          68 Montgomery Vill MD 47:13    25 

     FEMALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69 Net Time
         1  1042 Chris Craun           66 Bethesda MD        50:26*   75 
         2  2520 Joann Szczepkowski    66 Rehoboth Beach DE  50:36*   50 
         3  2957 Gretchen Bolton       66 Bethesda MD        55:50    25 
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     MALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 74 Net Time
         1  3150 Gerry Ives            72 Washington DC      47:21    75 
         2   745 Jack Mangold          70 Chevy Chase MD     55:48    50 
         3  2860 Nils Borj Tallroth    70 Bethesda MD        59:50    25 

     FEMALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 74 Net Time
         1   578 Linda Carter          70 Potomac MD         66:15    75 
         2  2432 Betty Smith           71 Rockville MD       68:03    50 
         3  1443 Jamie Wollard         73 N.Bethesda MD      84:29    25 

     MALE AGE GROUP:  75 - 79 Net Time
         1  2958 Skip Grant            76 Chevy Chase MD     48:43*   75 
         2  2521 Alan Rider            76 Reston VA          54:28*   50 
         3  1327 Bob Archibald         79 Fayetteville PA    58:08    25 
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     FEMALE AGE GROUP:  75 - 79 Net Time
         1   138 Pat Cuff              75 Montgomery Vill MD 66:42*   75 
         2   180 Marianne Parakkal     76 Gaithersburg MD    68:55    50 
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     MALE AGE GROUP:  80 - 99 Net Time
         1   441 Jack McMahon          81 Silver Spring MD   56:58*   75 
     * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

     FEMALE AGE GROUP:  80 - 99 Net Time

 

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By Steve Nearman
Washington, DC
March 17, 2012
For the Washington Running Report

There was little drama determining the champions of today’s Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon and Half Marathon around the four quadrants of Washington, DC. There was plenty of drama, however, from the thousands of runners whose bodies were not so acclimated to the unseasonably warm temperatures.

Local favorite Michael Wardian of Arlington and George Washington University medical student Meghan Bishop ran dominating races and easily tamed the field of 3,181 starters (3,129 finishers) at the seventh annual race. Wardian, who outruns the field in what seems like at least a marathon or ultra a weekend, covered the 26.2-mile course on autopilot, winning here for the sixth time in seven years in a pedestrian 2:26:35. He earned $1,000.

Wardian opened a big gap early, but had to fight off eventual runner-up Travis Barczak, a 22-year-old Detroit native in his marathon debut. Barczak charged a mile down North Capital Street and drew even with Wardian at 11 miles. But the rookie was no match for the 37-year-old veteran, and six miles later Wardian dismantled Barczak’s hopes for a marathon victory.

“I was smelling blood,” said Barczak, who competes in cross country and is on spring break from Wayne State University this week. “I saw the front guy was relaxed. You’ve got to take advantage of the down hills.”

Wardian was unfazed.

“I started throwing in some 5:17 miles and putting some distance on him,” Wardian recounted. “He was running pretty fast. It was cool. I like to race. And if somebody wants to race, let’s get it on.” Wardian traveled solo from the Southwest Waterfront past Nationals Stadium and all through Anacostia back to the finish.
Barczak slowed considerably over the second half (1:16:41) and ended in 2:28:56. Scott Allen of Washington, DC (2:36:05), Benjamin Emmanuel of Arlington (2:38:24) and Philippe Rolly of McLean (2:41:34) followed.

“I was hoping to run 2:35 but I ended up at 2:41,” said Rolly, who turns 40 this year and is prepping for a successful masters campaign.

Bishop, meanwhile, had no visions of grandeur in her first race over 10 miles. Wearing headphones on a course full of live bands, the 26-year-old from Blue Bell, PA, said she was just happy to be running again after three busy years of medical school, working 80 hours per week to become an orthopedic surgeon.

“I was not expecting to win,” said Bishop, whose last long race was two years ago at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile. “I was just hoping to go under three hours.” Bishop, who was a top distance runner for the College of William and Mary, came close – 3:01:40 – leading the entire course. She took home a $1,000 check for her sweat.

Immediately upon cross the finish line, she took up residency in the medical tent. “My legs were wobbly near the end,” Bishop admitted. “It is probably from dehydration.”

Bethany Sachtleben, 20, from Manassas, trailed her by nearly 10 minutes in 3:11:25. Silvia Baage of Washington (3:13:50), Noalig Montagnon of New York City (3:15:05) and Patricia Soumoff of Southampton, NY (3:16:13) were next.

Four hours into the marathon, drama began to consume the finish area as many runners collapsed or nearly collapsed. The culprit most likely was the temperature, which was mid-50s with haze at gun time 8:00 a.m. but rose into the 70s and full sun by the afternoon.

“We were ready for everything, heat, cold, you name it,” said Dan Cruz, head of media relations for the Rock ‘n’ Roll series. “There were about five minutes when it looked like a war zone.”

In the accompanying half marathon, which drew 16,477 starters and 16,291 finishers, Ricky Flynn nailed his only goal, which was to win, speeding around 13.1 miles in 1:06:39. Flynn, with a personal best 1:04:15 last fall, said he signed up for the race more as a workout as he transitions from marathon training to track sharpening for this June’s Olympic track and field trials. Flynn placed a surprising 12th in the Olympic Marathon trials in January in a debut 2:12:29.

“I was using it as more of a workout than a race, trying to get back in track shape,” said the Lynchburg, VA, resident who grew up in nearby Damascus, MD. His “workout” banked him $1,000.

Flynn said he traded the lead with Washington-based Ethiopian Gurmessa Mergerssa for the first five to six miles. Once they hit Mile 7, Mergerssa abruptly backed off the pace and Flynn turned it on for the next mile. “I just pushed the pace to make sure he didn’t come back on me,” he explained. Mergerssa fell back more than a minute and posted a 1:07:57 time. Italian Paolo Natali was third in 1:08:07.

Ethiopians Askale Merachi and Tiringo Getachew swept the women’s half in 1:16:52 and 1:20:42 respectively. Local favorite Lisa Thomas of Fairfax was third in 1:22:17.

Just before noon, Janette Ray and her training partner Dexter proudly completed the half marathon. Both received their finisher medal around their neck and their water. Then Dexter rolled over onto the pavement in total content.

Not to worry, Dexter is a 6-year-old white lab who has assisted Janette in four marathons and now her fourth half marathon in the past two years. Dexter is Janette’s right arm, a limb she lost to cancer as a baby.

“He needs exercise and so do I,” said Janette, a Kingstowne, VA, resident who was united with Dexter five years ago after a second surgery on her left arm. “I couldn’t move the arm so he minimizes the load.” Janette said Dexter pulls laundry out of the dryer and carries things on his back, along with walking with her five to six miles every day after her work at the Office of the Secretary of Defense Washington Headquarters Services.

Janette was waiting for her husband John to complete the full marathon.

“I’d like to do marathons again but I have a balance problem now and I’m afraid of falling on my face,” the 49-year-old said. “Today we ran 10 minutes per mile which is pretty good for us. Dexter ran all the way through nine miles; then we walked. This is the first race where they actually gave him a finisher’s medal!”

 

Marathon by division

Div Name Sex Age City ST Net
1 Patrick Hearn M 21 Sykesville MD 2:46:46
2 Steel Flynn M 23 Mount Washington PA 2:49:55
3 James Graves M 21 Winston Salem NC 2:56:26
1 Benjamin Emmanuel M 26 Arlington VA 2:38:23
2 Jesse Contario M 28 Arlington VA 2:46:59
3 Andrew Zernovoj M 26 Emerald Hills CA 2:50:31
1 Nick Gramsky M 34 Vienna VA 2:39:46
2 Richard Velazquez M 31 New York NY 2:42:16
3 Daven Oskvig M 34 Amherst NY 2:45:55
1 Karsten Brown M 37 Front Royal VA 2:48:18
2 Chris Farley M 35 Arlington VA 2:51:59
3 William Uher M 37 Odenton MD 2:53:21
1 Camerino Ortega M 41 Chantilly VA 3:02:44
2 Joerg Schroeder M 44 Rockville MD 3:04:43
3 Stephen Sundown M 44 Upper Montclair NJ 3:06:44
1 Kelly Ricke M 46 Olathe KS 3:04:53
2 Robert Denmark M 46 Arlington VA 3:06:04
3 Gary Obert M 46 Arlington VA 3:10:19
1 Mark Neff M 50 Derwood MD 2:47:27
2 Glenn Trimboli M 50 Bloomfield NJ 3:16:29
3 Jim Cummings M 51 Mannington WV 3:21:25
1 Robert Towne M 59 Spokane Valley WA 3:27:06
2 Vernon Loeb M 56 Wynnewood PA 3:28:12
3 David Pinnick M 55 Manassas VA 3:31:58
1 Dana Beyeler M 60 Russell PA 3:10:51
2 Skotin Leonid M 62 RU   3:15:01
3 Von Jennings M 64 Clarksville MD 3:53:14
1 Gregory Chaconas M 66 Washington DC 4:01:53
2 Robert Walker M 67 Pittsburgh PA 4:13:04
3 Lynn Brown M 66 Crownsville MD 4:22:01
1 Won Yub Lee M 73 Salamanca NY 5:14:29
2 Benito Vazquez M 72 PR   5:15:45
3 James Simpson M 70 Huntington Beach CA 5:36:17
1 Elizabeth Bleuer F 22 Arlington VA 3:16:37
2 Esther Kendall F 24 New York NY 3:18:22
3 Alyssa Tewksbury F 23 Wyalusing PA 3:22:40
1 Ashley Duerr F 27 Falls Church VA 3:15:30
2 Sarah Moore F 29 Aliso Viejo CA 3:18:21
3 Keelin Wellott F 26 Rochester NY 3:19:45
1 Noalig Montagnon F 30 New York NY 3:11:29
2 Patricia Soumoff F 33 Southampton NY 3:14:53
3 Kathryn Claiborn F 31 Philadelphia PA 3:20:13
1 Ayano Murase F 35 Washington DC 3:26:39
2 Janie Hayes F 38 Washington DC 3:29:15
3 Leslie Kasmir F 36 Arlington VA 3:30:56
1 Sandrine Falgon F 41 Washington DC 3:20:03
2 Cathy Ross F 40 Burke VA 3:21:51
3 Melissa Senall F 40 Fairport NY 3:24:46
1 Ellen Komesarook F 47 Gaithersburg MD 3:21:42
2 Anne Helsabeck F 45 York PA 3:39:20
3 Phyllis Sevik F 47 Ellicott City MD 3:43:00
1 Barbara Haney F 53 Fort Washington MD 3:45:05
2 Theresa Gusman F 52 Dickerson MD 3:52:39
3 Patricia Keating F 50 Dayton MD 3:55:25
1 Myong Dunn F 55 Hanover MD 3:52:29
2 Elizabeth Baumgarten F 55 Stone Ridge VA 3:53:50
3 Stephany White F 56 Grovetown GA 3:56:46
1 Colleen Piccone F 60 Pittsford NY 4:17:01
2 Sandra Bradley F 60 Portland OR 4:21:12
3 Mary Fredlake F 62 Washington DC 4:30:37
1 Joanne Murphy F 66 Baltimore MD 4:55:05
2 Ruth Liebowitz F 69 Staten Island NY 5:33:52

 

Half Marathon by division

Div Name Sex Age City ST Net
1 Woohyun Kim M 14 Centreville VA 1:59:20
2 Jake Edwards M 14 Sykesville MD 2:10:21
3 Brandon Marquart M 14 Ellicott City MD 2:12:21
1 Thomas Selishev M 16 Silver Spring MD 1:19:37
2 Kevin Clark M 17 Fayetteville NC 1:33:23
3 Cory Staton M 15 Fairfax VA 1:35:18
1 Chris Hague M 23 Kensington MD 1:14:37
2 John Clark M 18 Carlisle PA 1:17:17
3 Conor Murphy M 18 Greenlawn NY 1:18:11
1 Darryl Brown M 29 Exton PA 1:09:29
2 Joe Kelly M 26 Arlington VA 1:13:09
3 Patrick Murphy M 27 Washington DC 1:13:29
1 Daniel Blouin M 33   CA 1:09:00
2 Phil Reutlinger M 33 Alexandria VA 1:12:43
3 Eddie Valentine M 32 Arlington VA 1:16:02
1 Matthew Thomas M 37 Alexandria VA 1:13:21
2 Tim Fahey M 38 Arlington VA 1:15:02
3 Mike Carriglitto M 36 Pottstown PA 1:16:01
1 Michel Couillard M 44   CA 1:19:12
2 Andrew Pugh M 42 Washington DC 1:22:20
3 Mike Bloemker M 43 Shawnee KS 1:25:27
1 Thomas Jensen M 48 Oakton VA 1:21:07
2 David Phipps M 48 Severna Park MD 1:23:35
3 John Michael Chapin M 45 Alexandria VA 1:24:37
1 Kevin D’Amanda M 50 Bethesda MD 1:21:26
2 Christopher Ryan M 53 Washington DC 1:24:58
3 John Whitridge M 50 Rockville MD 1:26:52
1 Bill Raabe M 57 Washington DC 1:24:23
2 William Loomis M 57 Silver Spring MD 1:33:50
3 Ken Krehbiel M 58 Washington DC 1:41:21
1 Bob Albritton M 60 Vienna VA 1:28:04
2 Carl Randall M 60 Fredericksburg VA 1:31:10
3 Bob Becker M 60 White Hall MD 1:31:48
1 John Morris M 67 GB   1:32:57
2 Michael Luke M 65 Roslindale MA 1:53:13
3 Michael Serene M 66 Akron OH 1:53:40
1 Malcolm Cohen M 70 Ann Arbor MI 2:22:10
2 David Loprinzi M 72 King City OR 2:22:35
3 Ken Morrison M 71 Manassas VA 2:27:01
1 Lou Wilson M 75 The Woodlands TX 3:21:43
1 Kerry Lane Magalis III F 13 Front Royal VA 1:52:10
2 Bryanna Leyen F 14 Perry Hall MD 2:05:58
3 Sarah Harmer F 14 Wall Township NJ 2:07:27
1 Rachel Labella F 16 Bristow VA 1:41:19
2 Mary Brass F 17 Dunwoody GA 1:46:25
3 Madison Oliver F 15 Clifton VA 1:52:34
1 Kerry Allen F 23 Washington DC 1:26:40
2 Susan Bentley F 23 Jamestown NY 1:27:04
3 Caitlin Dorman F 24 Washington DC 1:29:20
1 Teal Connor F 26 Washington DC 1:24:17
2 Wendi Robinson F 25 Washington DC 1:24:39
3 Laura Hutchinson F 29 Holyoke MA 1:26:57
1 Jeanna Composti F 31 New York NY 1:24:42
2 Bridget Holt F 33 Gambrills MD 1:25:09
3 Kendra Goffredo F 31 EC   1:26:47
1 Susan Dominowski F 35 Germantown MD 1:24:31
2 Chrissy Graham F 38 Olney MD 1:28:01
3 Jennifer Sober F 38 McHenry MD 1:28:36
1 Leslie Cohen F 44 North Potomac MD 1:24:32
2 Jennifer Smith F 41 Baltimore MD 1:32:12
3 Sally Foster F 40 Linthicum Heights MD 1:33:19
1 Grace McElroy F 45 Sleepy Hollow NY 1:29:51
2 Andrea Meuser F 45 Vienna VA 1:33:07
3 Shannon Smith F 46 Washington DC 1:35:19
1 Kathleen Russo F 52 Salisbury NC 1:40:04
2 Ruth McArthur F 54 Boerne TX 1:42:23
3 Teresa Lent F 50 Arlington VA 1:42:46
1 Linda Ottaviano F 56 Cold Spring Harbor NY 1:44:42
2 Susan Gold F 56 Fairfield CT 1:45:26
3 Linda Sheaffer F 56 Washington DC 1:54:06
1 Serge Harrison F 62 Cockeysville MD 1:54:05
2 Anne Forsha F 61 Derwood MD 1:55:21
3 Ann Rosenthal F 62 Bethesda MD 1:57:10
1 Chris Craun F 65 Bethesda MD 1:56:59
2 Janice Jacobs F 65 Arlington VA 2:07:39
3 Lucia Davidson F 66 Arlington VA 2:17:00
1 Sharon Leicham F 70 Memphis TN 2:23:12
2 Mary Dowell F 72 Lynn MA 3:09:58
3 Betty Wright-Thomas F 70 Washington DC 3:15:34
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2 Matilda Lowe F 78 Sarasota FL 3:43:42
1 Katy Curnyn F 91 Littleton NH 3:11:16
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By Steve Nearman
Baltimore, MD
October 15, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Stephen Muange had no idea what to expect in his very first marathon experience today at the 11th edition of the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon.

So under sunny clear skies and favorable temperatures, the Kenyan distance runner laid back for nearly 26 miles before unleashing his potent finishing kick.

“Today I was scared and I didn’t want to push the pace,” said Muange, a 30-year-old who trains in Las Cruces, NM, after posting a 2:15:16. “It was my first marathon and I didn’t have any experience. Next time I will go out faster.”

His four-second victory in the last 300 meters earned Muange his largest career paycheck – $25,000. But that did not match the $27,500 his counterpart in the women’s race – Olena Shurkhno – took back to her homeland of Ukraine for not just outrunning all the females and defending her 2010 title but also for setting a new event record, good for another $2,500.

Like last year, Shurkhno put some real estate on her closest pursuers before she reached Clifton Park at Mile 19 and ran solo to the finish between Camden Yards and Ravens Stadium. In the process, she covered the course in 2:29:11, shattering Luliia Arkhipova’s 2009 mark of 2:32:09.

“I knew the record, I was trying for the record,” Shurkhno, a 34-year-old Ukranian who splits her time between her training camp in Russia and home in the Ukraine, said through her agent Andrey Baranov. “The biggest challenge was running against the wind alone. I ran 2:28 at San Diego this year.”

Conversely, Muange said he was not much affected by the gusting winds because he was tucked in a large pack of Kenyans and Ethiopians for much of the race. Many others of the 3,443 marathon starters found the winds to be bothersome. Two spots were particularly bad, going into Fells Point between 13 and 14 and around Lake Montebello between Miles 19 and 21.

It did not help local favorite Dave Berdan of Owings Mills, MD (left) in his quest for a U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, nor did the hilly course. Berdan was forced to run solo at the front of the race for the first 55 minutes and 49 seconds when the huge lead pack was not interested in running his pace.

“Nobody wanted to go with me,” said the 30-year-old school teacher. “They were going for the money. I was going for the time.”

The time was the Olympic qualifier “A” mark of 2:19 and Berdan was gutsy and went for it. By five miles through the Maryland Zoo and past Lake Druid, Berdan had more than a minute lead on 18 elite runners out of sight behind him.

Passing Pennsylvania Station and Mile 8 as the shade of downtown fell upon the runners, the pack quickly reeled in Berdan. Shortly before the 11-mile mark, where the course turns around at the Under Armour headquarters, Berdan was consumed by a tight group of 16.

“I knew I was going to be passed by these guys at some point,” he said. Berdan cruised by the half-marathon point on the flat roads of Inner Harbor in 1:08:30, well ahead of qualifying pace. But he knew the back 13 of the Baltimore course is more difficult than the first. He worked hard to stay with the Africans.

Eventually, attrition started to trim down the pack. Berdan was one of the first to go. “At about 17 miles, starting to go up hill at Patterson Park, I ran 5:30 and the pace was dropping to 5 minutes,” said Berdan, who would end up the 10th man crossing the line in 2:21:19, a big improvement on his 2:23:45 previous best.

He offered that the effort on a faster course like Chicago might have yielded a sub-2:19 but with family and job that trip was not feasible. Though disappointed, he said he might attempt a qualifier at the Philadelphia Marathon or half marathon next month.

Nine men were still in contention around Lake Montebello and past 21 miles. Three more dropped off in the next two miles and shortly after, as the course turned down Howard Street and straight for home, the pace quickened and the pack split in half.

In the first trio, Ethiopians Tesfaye Assefaudube and Ambesse Tolosa tried to shed Muange at 24 miles as they passed the National Guard Armory. But Muange had total faith in his kick. He had used his closing speed brilliantly in January at the 3-M Half Marathon in Austin as he outran another Ethiopian, Girma Tolla, who scratched from today’s race.

A prolific road race, Muange was a frequent flier on the U.S. roads this year, running the elite races Credit Union Cherry Blossom in Washington (7th) and Crescent City in New Orleans (7th) in April, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth, MN (4th) in June, Peachtree 10K in Atlanta (11th), Boilermaker 15K in Utica, N.Y. (4th), Crazy Eights 8K in Kingsport, TN (3rd), and Wharf to Wharf 10K in Santa Cruz, CA (5th) in July.

“I knew I had the speed,” Muange said. “Last year, I ran 27:14 for 10,000 meters and I ran an 8K in 22 minutes in August. I’m good in speed. I was not worried at the end.”

As the three reached the ally adjacent to Camden Yards, about 100 meters to the 26-mile marker, Muange turned it on and quickly put distance on Tolosa and Assefaudube, who hit the finish just four and six seconds, respectively, behind him. Tolosa earned $14,000 and Assefaudube banked $8,000.

“My left foot hurt me a little after 30 kilometers,” said Tolosa, who twice has run 2:08, in 2004 and 2006.

Pre-race favorite and 2008 victor and course-record holder Julius Keter was 11th in 2:21:53.

Behind them, the women had been keying off defending champion Shurkhno. A group of 10 at five miles dwindled down to six by 10 miles and five by the half marathon passed in 1:15:22.

“I started to pick up the pace after the half marathon,” Shurkhno said. “It was a little bit slow between miles 13 and 14. I didn’t remember the course from last year. But I started to remember it at Miles 20 and 21 around the lake and at the finish. I love the lake but it’s windy.”

Shurkhno (left) slowly pulled from her competition and entered the loop around Lake Montebello with a solid 30-second lead.

Behind her was Russian Ludmila Biktasheva, working her way back into serious competition after the birth of daughter Yana two years ago next week. In her third marathon, she said she found the second half of the course “challenging, but overall I’m satisfied with second place.” Her 2:29:57 also surpassed the event record and was a three-minute personal best.

“From 16 to 20 miles, the third place woman and I were running together but after 20 miles, I was running alone in second place,” said the 37-year-old Biktasheva, who scored $14,000. “I was keeping the pace but she was slowing down.”

Hellen Kimatai of Kenya was third in 2:31:10, good for $8,000.

Masters competitions in the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon were won by Alexey Khokhlov, a 40-year-old Russian living in Gaithersburg, MD in 2:28:57 and local favorite 43-year-old Denise Knickman of Baltimore in 3:09:47. Each earned $1,000 for their triumphs.

In addition to the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon, the Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival – its largest field ever with 25,000 entrants – attracted another 9235 starters in the half marathon and 2,959 starters in the 5K.

In the accompanying CareFirst Half Marathon Habib Ettarfaoui of Pikesville, MD and Katrin Kreil of Hannover, Germany nailed victories in 1:11:59 and 1:24:07, respectively. In the 5K, Tristram Thomas of Baltimore and Cara Wettlaufer of Nottingham, MD were top finishers in 15:34 and 1:19:14, respectively.

“It was a beautiful day, a little windy, but we had a great competition in the men’s race being so close and a record for the women,” Lee Corrigan, President of Corrigan Sports Enterprises and Race Director of the Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival, said. “All in all, a great day for Baltimore.” 

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By Steve Nearman
Arlington, VA
October 09, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Tesfaye Sendeku left little drama today at the nation’s largest 10-mile footrace, the Army Ten-Miler. Just two miles into the race along Constitution Avenue, he already was 19 seconds ahead of the field. By the midpoint near the Washington Monument, he was 38 ticks out front.

That was a wild contrast to the women’s race behind him. It turned into a battle of three international teammates with one local American closely trailing and hoping to spoil a sweep. Such were the storylines of the 27th running of the Army Ten-Miler. Staged out of the Pentagon North parking lot for the first time in at least a decade, some 23,300 starters and 21,890 finishers of the 30,000 entries enjoyed superb weather conditions – temperatures in the upper 50s to lower 60s, calm breezes and low humidity.

The first people to benefit from the conditions were the Golden Knights, who to a man landed on the bulls-eye near the start line as they parachuted down from high in the sky. Then off went the early starters, consisting of dozens and dozens of hand-cyclists, some visually-impaired runners, and scores of
Wounded Warriors.

It was the Wounded Warriors that moved Sendeku on this morning. While he was using the race as a long tempo run in preparation for the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon just six days away, he had other motivations for passing up a paycheck elsewhere to run Army for free.

“I didn’t care about time, I just wanted to win,” said Sendeku, who forgot to start his watch before finishing in 47:51. “I came to support the Army and the Wounded Warriors program. [Army Ten-Miler] has no prize money. It is more than the prize money. I’m very glad to run for the Wounded Warriors.” His team ran this year to honor David Wynne Francis, an Army veteran who passed away last month.

Two 28-year-olds with the Army’s World Class Athlete Program training at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO – Robert Cheseret, brother of U.S. record holder Bernard Lagat, and Augustus Maiyo, a Kenyan-turned-American – pursued Sendeku for most of the race and had to sort it out for second with a kick in the last 50 meters. They finished second and third, respectively, with the same time of 48:21.

The Brazilian Army team again performed admirably, placing Frank De Almeida (4th in 48:46) , Clodoaldo  Da Silva (5th in 48:56), 2008 Army champ Reginaldo Campos Jr. (7th in 49:11) and Cicero Da Rocha (8th in 49:21) in the top 10.

But the drama was in the women’s race. Teammates Tezata Dengera, Serkalem Abrha-Biset (left), and Shiferaw Tiringo-Getachew, who train together in Washington, exchanged the lead in a tight pack from early on with Amanda Rice of North Bethesda closely clinging on in fourth. They passed through five miles in 28:18 and 10K in 35:14, and it was not until shortly before nine miles on the 14th Street Bridge that Rice, a U.S. Navy lieutenant at Bethesda Naval Hospital, fell off for good and eventually ended up fourth in 57:17.

The 30-year-old Dengera, a Turkish citizen born in Ethiopia, waited until the last half mile to unleash her kick, triumphing in 56:35. Abrha-Biset, still recovering from a marathon in Montreal two weeks ago, could not respond, following five seconds later and Tiringo-Getachew was right behind her.

“I’m still tired from the marathon I ran two weeks ago in Montreal,” the 24-year-old Abrha-Biset said, clocking 56:40.

“And I knew that,” Dengera countered with a smile. “I ran the first half of the race pretty comfortable. It was according to the plan I made during training.”

Tiringo-Getachew said she was happy with third in 56:44.

For 2004 Olympian Dan Browne of Chula Vista, CA, victor here in 1997, 1998, and 2004, he was hampered by a nagging right hip injury and never challenged, struggling in at 44th place in 54:27.

Peggy Yetman of Leesburg, VA, repeated as top female master in 1:00:01 and Edmund Burke of Burtonsville, MD, took male masters honors in 52:57.

“I dropped off a little at the end,” said Yetman, a 42-year-old mother of two in training for Ironman Cozumel in November to add to three Ironman Kona podium finishes. “I went out conservatively so I wouldn’t blow up.”

Results
Top Men
1.   Tesfaye Sendeku, ETHIOPIA/CA, 47:51
2.   Robert Cheseret, Colorado Springs, CO, 48:21
3.   Augustus Maiyo, Colorado Springs, CO, 48:21
4.   Frankc De Almeida, BRAZIL, 48:46
5.   Clodoaldo Da Silva, BRAZIL, 48:56
6.   Tariku Bokan, ETHIOPIA/MD, 49:08
7.   Reginaldo Campos Jr., BRAZIL, 49:11
8.   Cicero Da Rocha, BRAZIL, 49:21
9.   John Mickowski, Colorado Springs, CO, 49:37
10.  Charles Ware III, Wheeling, IL, 49:46

Top Masters
1.    Edmund Burke, Burtonsville, MD, 52:57
2.    Mike Scannell, Gland Blanc, MI, 53:39
3.    Liam Collins, Cortlandt Manor, NY, 54:13

Top Women
1.   Tezata Dengera, TURKEY/Washington, DC, 56:35
2.   Serkalem Abrha-Biset, ETHIOPIA /Washington, DC, 56:40
3.   Shiferaw Tiringo-Getachew, ETHIOPIA/Washington, DC, 56:44
4.   Amanda Rice, N. Bethesda, MD, 57:17
5.   Erin Koch, Chevy Chase, MD, 57:48
6.   Emily Shertzer, Jonestown, PA, 58:00
7.   Kelly Calway, Manitou Springs, CO, 58:04
8.   Emily Potter, Southern Pines, NC, 58:23
9.   Caitlin Chrisman, Charlotte, NC, 58:34
10.  Meagan Neldo, Charlotte, NC, 58:56

Top Masters
1.      Peggy Yetman, Leesburg, VA, 1:00:01
2.      Alisa Harvey, Manassas, VA, 1:01:56
3.      Bethann Telford, Fairfax, VA, 1:04:45

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By Steve Nearman

Alexandria, VA February 27, 2010

For the Washington Running Report

 

Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust Company announces that it will be the Title Sponsor of the inaugural Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, set for September 19, 2010.

Long a community leader in the Washington region, the venerable financial institution now partners with the Woodrow Wilson Half Marathon to promote fitness and well-being in the community it has called home since its inception some 158 years ago.

“Burke & Herbert Bank is Northern Virginia’s hometown bank and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate our role in the community than to be the lead sponsor of this terrific event,” said Scott McSween, President and Chief Operating Officer at Burke and Herbert Bank. “A half marathon tests determination, endurance, and strength – all key characteristics of our Bank which has served folks in our community since 1852. We are most proud to serve as the inaugural sponsor of what I know will be a wonderful event.”

The destination half marathon will begin at the historic Mount  Vernon home of George Washington in Alexandria, Virginia and will end at the new luxurious National Harbor resort in Maryland. The 13.1-mile course will be certified by USA Track & Field.

The half marathon is the first professional race ever across the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge and will include an Awakening Statue finish and a Rude Awakening climb up the majestic Woodrow Wilson  Bridge. Completed in 2008, the wider new bridge removed an infamous Interstate 95 bottleneck that had been the bane of frustration for Beltway motorists for decades.

The race will benefit six charity partners: the American Heart Association, Autism Speaks, Alice Ferguson Foundation, Child & Family Network Centers of Alexandria, Washington Area Women’s Foundation, and Back on My Feet – DC.

“We are fortunate that years of careful planning and fiscal restraint have put Burke and Herbert Bank in a position to sponsor a new tradition in Northern  Virginia. We are proud to be of assistance to the worthy charities serving the needs of our community,” said Hunt Burke, Chief Executive Officer. “I am delighted that people will associate Burke and Herbert Bank with this Half Marathon for years to come.”

Steve Nearman, event founder and director, echoed Mr. Burke’s comments, adding:

“We are overjoyed that the Burke & Herbert Bank name will grace our half marathon. Burke & Herbert Bank has set a very high standard of quality, service, and satisfaction in banking and we are committed to doing the same in the race management business.”

For information, visit wilsonbridgehalf.com or call Steve Nearman at 703-587-4321. And stay updated on FaceBook – wilsonbridgehalf

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By Steve Nearman
Alexandria, VA
January 7, 2010
For the Washington Running Report

 

The destination half marathon will begin at the historic Mount Vernon home of George Washington in Alexandria, Virginia, and will end at the new luxurious National Harbor resort in Maryland. The 13.1-mile course will be USATF certified.

 

Registration began today at www.wilsonbridgehalf.com. Entries will be limited to 4,000 starters for the inaugural running.

 

For the first time since the Woodrow Wilson Bridge was first constructed in 1961, runners will have an opportunity to race across the infamous bridge which has been the bain of frustration for motorists passing over the Potomac River from Maryland to Virginia and back on the congested Interstate 95.

 

“Runners love bridges and until you actually run up and over the Wilson Bridge you cannot believe what a cool feeling that is,” said Steve Nearman, founder of Endurance Enterprises and event director of Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon. “You are right there with the vehicles and the view of Washington’s monuments is spectacular.”

 

Runners will be transported from National Harbor by bus to the start line at Mount Vernon. From there, the scenic course rolls along the George Washington Memorial Parkway to quaint historic Old Town Alexandria, then over the Potomac River via the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The world-famous Awakening statue will greet the runners at the finish line at National Harbor.

 

“The challenge on this course is the rise up the bridge at 10.5 miles, more than a half mile climb I affectionately call ‘The Rude Awakening,'” said Nearman, a veteran running journalist and distance competitor. “Boston may have its Heartbreak Hill, but we have a heartbreak hill of our own, too.”

 

Pacers Events, the race director for the highly successful GW Parkway Classic 10-Miler and other quality Washington area running events, will serve as race director for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon. See www.runpacers.com.

 

The race will benefit more than a half-dozen local charity partners. Training programs associated with the half marathon will be announced soon. Age group awards and prize money will be announced as well.

 

Hotel packages are being arranged for those athletes and their families interested in a weekend sightseeing visit to Washington’s plethora of attractions.

 

For information, visit wilsonbridgehalf.com or call Steve Nearman at 703-587-4321.

 

 

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