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by James Moreland January 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm 172 0

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

 

by Dickson Mercer November 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm 175 0

By Dickson Mercer
Washington, DC
November 13, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Frank Devar and Serena Burla each won $500 for winning today’s Veterans Day 10K on a cool, blustery morning in Washington, D.C.’s West Potomac Park. Early on, though, the men’s winner was a tad confused.

“Where are the Ethiopians?” Pacers Racing Team member Bert Rodriguez said to his teammate, Devar, on the starting line of this always competitive race. The question set Devar to wondering: Was the 12th annual Veterans Day 10K – contested on an out-and-back, flat-and-fast course starting on Ohio Drive – not offering its generous 10-deep prize purse?

Event host Capital Running Company, as it turned out, indeed offered its usual prize purse. And for at least one Ethiopian runner, it was a marathon, not a lack of prize money, which kept him off the starting line.

Last year Abiyot Endale won his second straight Veterans Day 10K the day after racing the HCA 8K in Richmond. While Endale was back in Richmond yesterday, this time it was for the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, in which he placed fourth in 2:19:19. That was enough to keep Endale away from attempting a potential three-peat, and the door was thus left open for top locals such as Rodriguez and Devar.

Devar’s 7th place finish last year came in a personal best of 30:40. This year he took control of the race early to win in a new personal best of 30:23, a per-mile average of 4:53.

Rodriguez, who was 2nd in 30:53, stayed with the eventual winner “until I couldn’t keep up with [him] anymore,” he said laughing.

For Rodriguez, the time was just a second off his personal best, set here last year, in what might also be the 32-year-old Arlington resident’s last local race before he and his wife move to Charlotte, N.C. in February. (He did announce plans to return for April’s Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Miler.)

Look back at the Veterans Day results for 2005 and you will see that Rodriguez was 10th in 33:01. The next year he was 8thin 32:42. The year after that Rodriguez was training with Pacers and shaping up into a top local runner.

Devar graduated last year from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. The 23-year-old Arlington native is working part time for Pacers while making a go at improving upon college bests of 8:13 for 3,000 and 14:10 for 5,000.

Georgetown Running Company’s Sam Luff, 23, of Rockville was third in 31:00. His teammate, Ryan Witters, 23, of Washington, DC was fourth in 31:17. The master’s crown went to Ray Pugsley, 42, of Potomac Falls, VA. His time of 32:44 put him just outside the top 10 overall.

For the women, this was Burla’s race from the start. Having recently moved to Falls Church from Missouri, the 29-year-old Olympic Trials qualifier took out the opening mile right around 5 minutes en route to a near event record breaking time of 33:04, a per-mile average of 5:19. Svetlana Zakharova set the event standard in 2000 with 32:53.

Burla’s Riadha running club teammate, Kristin Anderson, who was second in 35:04, a time good enough to win some years, admitted that Burla’s quick early pace took her away from her race plan, or at least partially away from it.

Anderson’s plan was to run five seconds off Burla through the mile. Thing was, she was expecting Burla to go through in 5:30.

“I tried to not get overwhelmed by it, just work hard,” Anderson said of her 5:10 opening mile. “I just tried to take a deep breath, and keep working for it. It helped when some guys came around. Actually, I kept picturing every guy was a girl.”

This was the 28-year-old adjunct college professor’s first race since track season, she said. After some time off, Anderson, of Arlington, said she went into a base building phase that has been greatly aided by the arrival of Burla, her new training partner.

Burla, who ran 2:37:06 at the 2010 New York City Marathon, is preparing for January’s U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. After today’s race she set out for another hour of running, up-tempo, making her unavailable for an interview. Riadha’s Alisa Harvey, 46, of Manassas, VA was the top female master in 38:13.

The third place female, Anna Holt-Gosselin of Georgetown Running Company, knew better than to get mixed up in the early pace set by Burla and Anderson. Still, the 23-year-old Vienna, VA resident said, after clocking 35:39, that she had run her best race this year.

Many of today’s participants ran in honor of men and women serving in the armed forces. Members of a Howard County, MD based group of women who met each through LiveNow Fitness ran in honor of Delma Johnson’s husband, Eric Johnson, who is overseas with the U.S. Army.

Johnson, along with Lesley Smith, Evelyn Cooper, Kendra Booth, Grace Bristol, and Aixa Flanders push each other through boot camp-style workouts during the week, they said. On the weekends, however, they head to the races, where it is every woman for herself.

“We go, ‘Go team!’” explained Johnson. “Then it’s, ‘See you at the finish!’”

The 12th Veterans Day 10K benefited Luke’s Wings. A member of the Wounded Warrior Transportation Assistance Program, Luke’s Wings provides travel planning and complimentary airline tickets to wounded warriors and their families during the service member’s hospitalization and rehabilitation. This enables families to be with their loved ones at such a difficult time.

At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, Linda Duyen Nguyen of Annandale, VA won the grand random prize of a 7-day resort stay for two.

 

MALE Open
    1    48 Frank Devar          23 Alexandria VA         30:23 
    2    15 Bert Rodriguez       32 Arlington VA          30:53 
    3    20 Samuel Luff          24 Rockville MD          31:00 
    4    22 Ryan Witters         23 Washington DC         31:17 
    5  1854 Tristram Thomas      24 Baltimore MD          31:50 
    6    28 Ryan Hanson          23 Rockville MD          31:55 
    7     3 Wilson Komen         33 Washington DC         32:12 
    8     5 Christopher Sloane   28 Rockville MD          32:15 
    9  1706 Dennis Wolff         29 Hartford CT           32:17 
   10    45 Dickson Mercer       30 Washington DC         32:19 

MALE Masters
    1    13 Ray Pugsley          42 Potomac Falls VA      32:44 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 19
    1 John Morgan          18 M ANNAPOLIS MD          33:18 33:18  5:22 
    2 Alexander Waldt      18 M BALTIMORE MD          34:05 34:05  5:29 
    3 Noah Howard          16 M WASHINGTON DC         39:50 39:27  6:21 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 20 - 24
    1 Jerry Greenlaw       23 M ALEXANDRIA VA         32:58 32:58  5:19 
    2 Alexander Wepsala    24 M WASHINGTON DC         36:40 36:39  5:54 
    3 Cole Ashcraft        20 M WASHINGTON DC         37:17 36:42  5:55 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 25 - 29
    1 Paul Guevara         25 M ALEXANDRIA VA         33:00 33:00  5:19 
    2 Andrew Ciarfalia     29 M RESTON VA             33:37 33:37  5:25 
    3 Andy Sovonick        25 M GAITHERSBURG MD       33:45 33:45  5:26 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 30 - 34
    1 Ben Ingram           34 M WINCHESTER VA         34:08 34:08  5:30 
    2 Steven Staats        33 M WASHINGTON DC         35:29 35:26  5:43 
    3 Dwayne Bax           30 M WASHINGTON DC         37:17 37:17  6:00 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 35 - 39
    1 David Wertz          35 M ARLINGTON VA          32:38 32:38  5:16 
    2 Eric Lavigne         35 M PHILADELPHIA PA       32:40 32:40  5:16 
    3 Marcos Galicia       36 M SILVER SPRING MD      36:10 36:08  5:49 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 40 - 44
    1 Matthew Frank        44 M LOUISVILLE CO         36:42 36:40  5:54 
    2 Andrew Pugh          42 M WASHINGTON DC         37:28 37:23  6:01 
    3 Dave Cahill          40 M ARLINGTON VA          37:58 37:55  6:07 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 45 - 49
    1 Derik Thomas         45 M ALEXANDRIA VA         34:53 34:53  5:37 
    2 Poul Wisborg         48 M WASHINGTON DC         38:35 38:22  6:11 
    3 Warren Djuric        49 M SPRINGFIELD VA        38:46 38:46  6:15 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 50 - 54
    1 Jean-Christophe Arca 50 M ROCKVILLE MD          35:48 35:48  5:46 
    2 Kevin Dix            52 M MANASSAS VA           40:00 39:58  6:26 
    3 Terry Basham         52 M DUMFRIES VA           40:46 40:38  6:33 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 55 - 59
    1 Paul Serra           55 M LUSBY MD              41:28 41:20  6:39 
    2 Ken Krehbiel         58 M WASHINGTON DC         41:47 41:47  6:44 
    3 Rod Devar            58 M ALEXANDRIA VA         42:20 42:10  6:48 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 60 - 64
    1 Malcolm Senior       60 M NEW MARKET MD         40:43 40:41  6:33 
    2 Jim Wright           62 M GAITHERSBURG MD       41:46 41:42  6:43 
    3 Jay Jacob Wind       61 M ARLINGTON VA          44:17 44:17  7:08 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 65 - 69
    1 Jim Noone            67 M FAIRFAX VA            44:59 44:57  7:14 
    2 Bob Chase            66 M FALLS CHURCH VA       45:29 45:23  7:19 
    3 John Sullivan        66 M WASHINGTON DC         53:57 52:53  8:31 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 70 - 74
    1 Gerry Ives           72 M WASHINGTON DC         45:56 45:44  7:22 
    2 Malcolm O'Hagan      71 M CHEVY CHASE MD        48:20 48:12  7:46 
    3 Chan Robbins         74 M ARLINGTON VA          50:57 50:55  8:12 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 75 - 79
    1 Skip Grant           76 M CHEVY CHASE MD        50:06 49:54  8:02 
    2 Alan Rider           75 M RESTON VA             56:01 55:50  8:59 
    3 Robert Gurtler       76 M THE PLAINS VA         63:16 63:02 10:09 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 80 - 99
    1 George Yannakakis    80 M SPARKS GLENCOE MD     52:49 52:44  8:30 
    2 Jack McMahon         80 M SILVER SPRING MD      58:26 58:14  9:23 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1  1378 Mike Cahill    33 M Washington DC         39:58 39:42  6:24
FEMALE Open
    1  1708 Serena Burla         29 Falls Church VA       33:04 
    2  1709 Kristin Anderson     28 Arlington VA          35:04 
    3    17 Anna Holt-Gosselin   23 Vienna VA             35:39 
    4  1704 Jacqui Wentz         23 Baltimore MD          36:07 
    5     7 Wendi Robinson       24 Washington DC         36:46 
    6    27 Maura Carroll        22 Washington DC         37:05 
    7     6 Lisa Thomas          35 Alexandria VA         37:10 
    8     8 Lindsay Wilkins      33 Arlington VA          37:30 
    9    19 Susan Hendrick       25 Washington DC         37:34 
   10    44 Laura O'Hara         31 Alexandria VA         37:42 

FEMALE Masters
    1     4 Alisa Harvey         46 Manassas VA           38:13 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 01 - 19
    1 Maggie Wood          14 F WASHINGTON DC         46:54 46:18  7:27 
    2 Christina Glasener   16 F WASHINGTON DC         46:36 46:18  7:28 
    3 Maria Luisa Navarro  19 F BALTIMORE MD          49:58 49:43  8:00 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 20 - 24
    1 Samantha Lee         23 F NEW PROVIDENCE NJ     38:51 38:48  6:15 
    2 Elizabeth Laseter    23 F WASHINGTON DC         39:33 39:27  6:21 
    3 Heather Jelen        24 F FALLS CHURCH VA       39:36 39:36  6:23 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 25 - 29
    1 Erin Swain           29 F ARLINGTON VA          38:31 38:31  6:12 
    2 Kelly Swain          26 F ARLINGTON VA          38:32 38:32  6:12 
    3 Ashley Palmer        28 F LYNCHBURG VA          39:25 39:25  6:21 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 30 - 34
    1 Christina Vanucci    33 F WESTLAKE OH           39:48 39:35  6:23 
    2 Jessica McGuire      31 F ARLINGTON VA          41:29 41:25  6:40 
    3 Ingrid Peterson      33 F WASHINGTON DC         41:50 41:35  6:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 35 - 39
    1 Barb Fallon Wallace  37 F ALEXANDRIA VA         37:46 37:46  6:05 
    2 Jackie Gruendel      36 F CLIFTON VA            38:08 38:08  6:09 
    3 Kristie Connelly     36 F ALEXANDRIA VA         38:41 38:41  6:14 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 40 - 44
    1 Samantha Cole        43 F ARLINGTON VA          39:23 39:23  6:21 
    2 Lisa Chilcote        41 F N BETHESDA MD         40:02 40:02  6:27 
    3 Julie King           44 F ALEXANDRIA VA         43:24 43:21  6:59 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 45 - 49
    1 Valinda Nwadike      46 F LEONARDTOWN MD        47:08 46:58  7:34 
    2 Mery-Angela Katson   47 F MCLEAN VA             47:58 47:34  7:40 
    3 Ellen Willison       45 F STAFFORD VA           47:56 47:47  7:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 50 - 54
    1 Patti Galleher       54 F DENVER CO             42:10 42:03  6:46 
    2 Carole Jones         54 F ASHBURN VA            44:38 44:27  7:10 
    3 Carla Freyvogel      54 F MCLEAN VA             50:12 50:01  8:03 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 55 - 59
    1 Betty Blank          58 F FALLS CHURCH VA       44:59 44:58  7:15 
    2 Liza Recto           55 F LEXINGTON PARK MD     48:50 48:48  7:52 
    3 Carol Brockschmidt   55 F WASHINGTON DC         52:20 51:56  8:22 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 60 - 64
    1 Ginny Hughes         61 F WARRENTON VA          49:14 49:05  7:54 
    2 Alice Franks         63 F ROCKVILLE MD          49:42 49:33  7:59 
    3 Mary Pultz           61 F SPRINGFIELD VA        66:06 64:38 10:24 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 65 - 69
    1 Joanne Murphy        66 F BALTIMORE MD          52:50 51:57  8:22 
    2 Karen Kautz          68 F SILVER SPRING MD      56:24 55:57  9:01 
    3 Nancy Malan          65 F WASHINGTON DC         68:04 67:43 10:54 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 70 - 74
    1 Jamie Wollard        73 F N BETHESDA MD         89:45 87:53 14:09 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 75 - 79
    1 Tami Graf            75 F LUSBY MD              61:47 61:42  9:56 

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1  1100 Dominique Gale 29 F Chantilly VA          50:57 48:15  7:46

 

by James Moreland October 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm 217 0

By James Moreland
Reston, VA
October 8, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Running is a sport for the young and even more so the young at heart. Running in races has increased every year in the last decade. With the economic down turn in the last few years, runners are coming out in even greater numbers. The annual Great Pumpkin 5K was blessed with a picture perfect autumn day and brought out big time racing numbers. Waiting for the race to start, one runner asked another if she was going to race with her. “Oh no, I don’t really run. I just came out for the fun.” The reply was, “Well next year, I will run with you.” The oldest runner of the race was Larry Dickerson, 80. He was wearing a bright yellow pair of running shoes that enviously caught the eye of one of the youngsters. Dickerson always near the top of the rankings, smiled and said, “I’ll will them to you.”

Colorful costumes were on display. One runner at the front of the pack was painted like a Halloween skeleton. Further back in the pack a woman was decked out in a full Batman costume. The Oktoberfest celebration at the Reston Town Center was set for the whole weekend with the race as a centerpiece. This year the late summer rains did a number on the pumpkin crop, so we missed out on a giant pumpkin like the half ton monster at the 2009 event. Still, there was lots of smaller pumpkin, often with faces designed on them.

Top ranked Henry Wigglesworth, 54, had scouted the course and found it to his liking. He was looking for another sub 17:00 minute race. A number of the older runners such as Jean Christophe Arcaz, 50, and Steve Robinson, 56, (coming back from a year layoff), were looking for some competition to spur on the fast times on a perfect racing morn. The first two, Wigglesworth (17:15) and Arcaz (17:44), both finished in the top eight overall. Arcaz noted that the top three just disappeared. He knew he would have to work hard to catch Wigglesworth. Wigglesworth noted after the race that he would have preferred Arcaz up on his shoulder pushing him to a faster time. He had been really impressed by Arcaz’s Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile (He had been first in 58:48). “Sub 60:00 is pretty good!” he exclaimed.

Third grandmaster Peter Cini (18:58) speculated that Arcaz was better the longer the race. Both he and Wigglesworth discussed where the best (fastest) 5Ks might be found. Late October offered one of the best choices at the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Goblin Gallop 5k & 1k Fun Run in Fairfax, VA at the end of the month. Robinson was so eager to be back on the circuit that he ran out quickly with the top dogs. After the race he was ecstatic. “I was hoping to break 21:00 and I almost broke 20:00,” he said with a wide grin of his new 55-59 event record in 20:05. Amazingly, after Wigglesworth’s 17:15 record, the next two fastest grandmaster age groups were set in the first year (2009) by Jason Page, 64, (19:27) and Bill Joyce, 65, (19:58). The master record was set by open class runner Ray Pugsley in 15:28.

The first year was Steve Magness upset reigning rankings champion Steve Crane by fifty meters in 15:05. The next year the course changed a bit and the top two runners dipped under 15:00 with third place Frank DeVar just missing in 15:03. This year the clear favorite was Abiyot Endale (left). In the spring he upped his game racing three of the fastest 10Ks in the region, finishing in the top three every time. His slaying of the field at the Pike’s Peek 10K in 28:19 gave a strong hint that Gurmessa Megeressa’s event record of 14:51 would soon be history. Today three more age groups would break 15:00 minutes. Looking relaxed, Endale always seems to be toying with the competition, winning easily in 14:25. Second place Girma Desta at thirty-five is still racing in excellent form for a marvelous 44:44. DeVar was again third but this time it was also the third fastest event time in 14:48.

There was cash for the top three overall but for some reason they decided not to pass out age group prizes on race day. Endale (89.5%) led five runners with age graded performances higher than 87%. Dee Nelson, 68, was third overall at 88:1% with her 24:45 finish.

In the women’s race Kayley Byrne, 23, took over early and won in a sparkling 19:05. The next two places were decided later in the race. Runner-up Karina Lubell posted a 19:44 with Tiffany Hevner not far behind in 19:56. Of the first dozen runners these two, at 31, were the only ones older than thirty. Last week at the McLean 5k Jen Norris (right) was fourth overall and top master. (The overall winner was Win Persian, 51,). That course was a similar rolling course with turns but it featured some misty showers that turned torrential for those who lingered on the course. Today Norris plowed ahead for the top masters spot in 22:20. Not far behind her were the top two grandmasters. Sushila Nanda, 50, ran a very credible 22:33 for the event record. She also stopped about every half mile with leg cramps. She started up again as some of the slower runners caught up. After the raced she was thanking them for helping to pace her. “I saw one woman who I thought might be in my age group and I wanted to beat her.” That runner was 55-year-old Elizabeth Baumgarten who just missed catching her in 22:37. That gave her the second highest age graded rating for the women at a national class 79.9%.

Female runners comprised 59% of the field. With all the racing competition of forty races a weekend and the massive Army 10 miler on tap tomorrow, the numbers were less than might have been expected for this wonderful race. Still, there were 1100 timed finishers, plus untimed runners as well. The kids’ race consisted of hundreds of little ones divided by age with four different colors of bibs.

Many volunteers worked long and hard to make this event work. Race morning started at 3:00 a.m. to get everything in place for the runners. At packet pickup whole families came out to help deliver the goods to the racers. On Friday, the Chen family had three young boys about 6 to 11 years old. They quickly took over the jobs with alacrity. Mom was able to just watch most of the time. The youngest made sure everyone got an Anthem bag while the oldest diligently marked off bibs before dispensing with the shirts. They really went to town when they got the chance to stuff the bag with race fliers, the more the merrier. Once a packet of fliers was finished they reached for more, exulting when more were provided. After the pick-up closed for the evening, we surprised them with an early Halloween, a bag of chocolate candies. It is a safe bet they will be back net year.

 

FEMALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                   Ag City                  Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== ====================== == ===================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1   467 Kayley Byrne           23 Oak Hill VA           19:05 19:03  6:08 
    2  1221 Karina Lubell          31 Washington DC         19:44 19:44  6:22 
    3   846 Tiffany Hevner         31 Columbia MD           19:56 19:56  6:25 

MALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                   Ag City                  Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== ====================== == ===================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1     3 Abiyot Endale          26 Bronx NY              14:25 14:25  4:39 
    2     2 Girma Desta            35 Washington DC         14:44 14:44  4:45 
    3     1 Joseph Devar           23 Washington DC         14:48 14:47  4:46 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 12
    1  1135 Emily Landeryou        12 Reston VA             22:22 22:16  7:10 
    2   613 Kate Brunotts          11 Ashburn VA            25:22 25:21  8:10 
    3  1134 Sophia Landeryou        9 Reston VA             25:55 25:47  8:18 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 12
    1   669 Ian Whitfield           9 Potomac Falls VA      20:42 20:42  6:40 
    2   660 Joshua Kay             11 Leesburg VA           23:08 22:46  7:20 
    3  1217 Owen Walker            12 Reston VA             24:13 24:13  7:48 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 13 - 15
    1  1177 Mary Pollin            14 Burke VA              22:07 21:58  7:04 
    2  1157 Morgan Witcock         13 Herndon VA            22:26 22:26  7:14 
    3   938 Kacey Hirshfeld        15 Reston VA             24:07 24:03  7:45 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 13 - 15
    1   719 Lewis Millholland      15 Falls Church VA       17:50 17:50  5:45 
    2  1191 Mikey Peterson         14                       21:32 21:27  6:54 
    3  1218 Eli Lifland            13 Fairfax VA            22:30 22:10  7:08 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 16 - 19
    1   780 Erin Geraghty          19 Woodbridge VA         20:50 20:50  6:43 
    2  1210 Gabrielle Merritt      16 Elon NC               21:55 21:55  7:04 
    3   483 Lisa Bell              18 Vienna VA             24:38 24:35  7:55 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 16 - 19
    1  1184 Chris Zapple           19 Falls Church VA       18:02 18:02  5:49 
    2  1208 Zachary Dailey         16 Great Falls VA        18:20 18:18  5:54 
    3  1068 John Tiernan           16 Reston VA             20:12 20:02  6:27 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1  1183 Natalie Anble          22 Fairfax VA            20:29 20:29  6:36 
    2   482 Julie Bell             21 Vienna VA             20:53 20:50  6:43 
    3   504 Amara Lewis            23 Alexandria VA         21:00 20:54  6:44 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1   873 James McLaughlin       23 Herndon VA            20:11 20:06  6:29 
    2  1058 Nate Perry             23 Herndon VA            20:12 20:07  6:29 
    3  1250 Benjamin Burnheimer    24 Ashburn VA            20:58 20:57  6:45 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1   785 Stephanie Manchin      27 Arlington VA          22:10 21:26  6:54 
    2   763 Melanie Clairy         29 Reston VA             22:14 21:39  6:58 
    3   841 Jayme Dorsett          25 Reston VA             23:37 23:07  7:27 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1    65 Charlie Ban            29 McLean VA             16:15 16:15  5:14 
    2   939 Andrew Ciarfalia       28 Reston VA             16:55 16:55  5:27 
    3   424 Sean McLaughlin        25 Centreville VA        17:28 17:28  5:38 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1   708 Dana Drever            34 Ashburn VA            23:56 23:23  7:32 
    2   862 Karen Preston          34 Ashburn VA            24:59 24:35  7:55 
    3   681 Jessica Sartorius      34 Vienna VA             25:52 25:52  8:20 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1   311 Dan Petouvis           33 Fairfax VA            18:10 18:09  5:51 
    2   684 Titus Mott             34 Reston VA             19:44 19:41  6:20 
    3  1027 Auberde Merilan        31 Reston VA             20:35 20:30  6:36 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1  1067 Paula Knepper          38 Reston VA             23:02 23:00  7:24 
    2  1003 Tia Roy                36 Ashburn VA            23:34 23:25  7:33 
    3   692 Holly Khatchadurian    37 Reston VA             24:03 23:55  7:42 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1  1196 Joshua Doan            37 Arlington VA          18:37 18:36  5:59 
    2   748 Glen Case              36 Ashburn VA            18:52 18:51  6:04 
    3   107 Michael Rohlf          36 Washington DC         19:25 19:25  6:15 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1   824 Jen Norris             40 McLean VA             22:20 22:14  7:10 
    2  1141 Jill Jaggard           43 Great Falls VA        23:42 23:42  7:38 
    3   184 Terry Short            40 Reston VA             25:04 24:22  7:51 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1  1147 Tom Powers             43 Chevy Chase MD        19:11 19:10  6:10 
    2  1143 Shawn Flaherty         40 Herndon VA            19:54 19:54  6:25 
    3  1109 Matt Tourville         40 Alexandria VA         21:35 21:35  6:57 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1   937 Diana Hirshfeld        45 Reston VA             24:08 24:04  7:45 
    2   776 Chana Richitt          47 Manassas VA           25:30 24:05  7:46 
    3  1146 Suzanne Powers         45 Reston VA             25:04 24:43  7:57 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1   818 Robert Sichau          47 Alexandria VA         20:15 20:09  6:30 
    2  1105 Thomas Marks           45 Ashburn VA            20:31 20:31  6:36 
    3  1046 Robert Barlow          45 Reston VA             21:02 21:02  6:47 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1  1043 Sushila Nanda          50 Arlington VA          22:33 22:33  7:16 
    2   886 Carla Freyvogel        54 McLean VA             23:59 23:58  7:43 
    3   419 Daniela Micsan         52 Reston VA             26:03 25:59  8:22 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1  1004 Henry Wigglesworth     53 Washington DC         17:15 17:15  5:34 
    2  1170 Jean-Christophe Arcaz  50 Rockville MD          17:44 17:44  5:43 
    3  1187 Peter Cini             53 Fairfax VA            18:58 18:58  6:07 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1   396 Elizabeth Baumgarten   55 Stone Ridge VA        22:37 22:35  7:16 
    2   990 Cindy Beyer            55 Reston VA             24:59 24:49  7:59 
    3   553 Peggy Corley           55 Fairmont WV           25:01 25:01  8:04 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1  1207 Steve Robinson         56 Oak Hill VA           20:05 20:05  6:28 
    2  1239 Kenyon Erickson        57 Vienna VA             20:31 20:29  6:36 
    3  1169 Rod Devan              58 Alexandria VA         20:50 20:47  6:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1  1055 Catherine Kemper       60 Des Moines IA         28:59 28:53  9:18 
    2   403 Jane Blong             61 Potomac MD            34:49 34:45 11:11 
    3   147 Linda Echard           60 Reston VA             36:22 35:40 11:29 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1  1059 Jack Kehoe             63 Burke VA              25:08 25:05  8:05 
    2   550 Ting-Yi Oei            62 Reston VA             27:42 26:25  8:30 
    3   831 Jack Harvey            60 Centreville VA        26:53 26:45  8:37 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 69
    1  1220 Dee Nelson             68 Gaithersburg MD       24:45 24:45  7:58 
    2  1112 Rebecca Brown          67 McLean VA             36:06 34:38 11:09 
    3  1037 Feryal Barakat         67 Rockville MD          57:45 56:32 18:12 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 69
    1   509 Fred Kohut             66 Cold Spring NY        32:51 32:11 10:22 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 74
    1  1128 Abigail Edwards        71 Reston VA             40:34 39:09 12:36 
    2  1251 Yuidgard Deitrich      70 Washington DC         43:52 41:43 13:26 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 74
    1   676 John Gluck             74 Alexandria VA         25:04 24:58  8:02 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 75 - 79
    1   246 An Duong               75 Centreville VA        32:18 30:59  9:59 
    2   592 Bendy Viragh           77 Washington DC         32:38 32:30 10:28 
    3   976 Dick Coogan            79 McLean VA             38:27 38:01 12:14 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 80 - 99
    1   408 Larry Dickerson        80 Burke VA              28:43 28:36  9:13

 

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