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by James Moreland October 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm 98 0

By James Moreland
Fairfax, VA
October 30, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

After all these years could this perennial race be doomed to success? Competing against the massive Marine Corps Marathon with its little sister race 10K with nearly seven thousand finishers, the ‘gallop’ keeps roaring along, for equestrians note that of the four gears-–walk, trot, canter, and gallop–gallop is the fastest. With nearly five hundred races in the region between Labor Day and Veterans Day, the Goblin Gallop expanded again to nearly 20% more finishers than last year. Maybe it is because discerning runners and walkers alike see that the race has what it takes.

Tons of free parking close by is a wish come true. As soon as you get out of your car you already hear the Spark Plugscranking out tunes. While the songs are mostly from my generation, they are so lively that people could easily forget the first white Halloween. Naturally, the media made it seem scarier than the scores of hundreds of costumes worn by the participants. Everybody from Fairfax east ducked the near freezing soaking that cut many of Saturday events’ participation in half. Nine inches in western Maryland barely ranked a notice. The question was how are the corners of Fairfax Corner? How are the slopes of Random Hills?

Runners were more than adequately warned and though there were a few slick spots, the morning blossomed into a near perfect fall wonder. With the dominating Tezata Dengara over in Arlington winning the Marine Corps Marathon, Hirut Mandefro (right)had to be considered the favorite. She returned back in the area earlier this year after having been the top ranked runner for much of the last three years. Already this fall she had two solid wins, twice breaking 17:00. She also ran a swift 58:21 at the Virginia Ten Miler. Still, there was a new gunslinger in town and Anna Holt-Gosselin already has a fine reputation with a fall win at the Run! Geek! Run 8K and a smartly done Army Ten Miler in 59:19.

An even newer face on the scene, sub master Kristie Connelly, 36, made them both work hard on the roller coaster ride around the shopping center. Mandefro quietly secured another victory in a very nifty 17:42 on an honest course that is too hilly to be really fast.

Holt-Gosselin (left) was standing tall in second place with WRR summer cover man Bob Briggs, 54, close behind. Briggs, a former Olympic class racewalker as well as a 29:00 10K runner, must prefer the cooler weather as he improved on his 18:18 at the inaugural Let  Freedom Run 5K in July (18:18 2nd AG) to win his division in 17:57. He was the second best at the age graded table with 84.9%. Mandefro was fourth (83.6%) among the seven racers better 83%. Connelly took third overall in 18:05 with the seventh best age grade at 83%.

Two other women made that elite status and neither was a surprise. Top ranked master Alisa Harvey was sixth woman overall in 19:05 for an age graded 84.5%. Then there was Dee Nelson, 68. She capped off another excellent win for her 1,400th career race in an excellent 25:35, giving her the top age graded time for the event in 85.3%. Her best 5K of the year was more than two minutes faster.

At the awards ceremony, second place winner Gordon, 78, note, “I can’t stay with Tami.” Few can. Tami Graf has been looking to take down another Virginia State record. She has already raced faster but she has to have a certified course that also reports the race. Her 32:09 is more than two minutes faster than the current 34:26 and the more than generous Virginia has chosen to use net times, Graf’s was 31:50, to enhance the record book.

Former masters ranking champion Andres Wright (left) is back and already starting to produce times that earned him the title. At 44, his 16:56 was third best man at 83.1% but the prize goes to the fastest not the best age graded. He knew second master, Mike Colaiacovo, was the only one close at 17:02. Still wary, he was confident he would win. The third master was Jean Christophe Arcaz. At fifty, he can still hang with the young guys, racing 17:43, a step ahead in the age grading with 83.2%.

After the race Alan Rider, 75, noted that maybe the generous five-year age groups might go one more from 70 to 99 and include a 70 to 74 with the eldest being 75-99. That would have worked for him this year. Next year both Chan Robbins (25:15) and John Gluck (25:45) will have aged up from 74 and be gunning for top dog Skip Grant.

For the top men, Seife Geletu had been third overall in 16:01 last year. For nearly all the race it looked as if he had a chance to take the crown. The final quarter mile features a sharp turn cresting the long hill followed by a steep hundred meter downhill. From there it is two sharp turns to the final straightaway. Ryan Hanson(below) made the break early enough and jetted away to win in 15:43. Though Geletu was only five seconds behind, it was clear he would not be able to catch up.

After the race, most of the cold had gone away. The large crowd in the square ate hot dogs and listened for their number for the dozens of random prizes. The final prize was Redskins tickets. It did take quite a long time to hand out all the prizes that went three deep in five-year age groups. There were also team awards and costume awards. Next year’s event will be their 19th.

 

Awards Listing (No Duplicate Prizes)

FEMALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                   Ag City                  Time  
===== ===== ====================== == ===================== ===== 
    1  1520 Hirut Mandefro         30 Washington DC         17:42 
    2   951 Anna Holt-Gosselin     23 Vienna VA             17:55 
    3   713 Kristie Connelly       36 Alexandria VA         18:05 

MALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                   Ag City                  Time  
===== ===== ====================== == ===================== ===== 
    1  1540 Ryan Hanson            24 Bethesda MD           15:43 
    2  1519 Seife Geletu           29 Washington DC         15:48 
    3  1262 Jerry Greenlaw         23 Alexandria VA         16:26 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 99
    1     4 Alisa Harvey           46 Manassas VA           19:05 19:05  6:09 
    2  1436 Kim Isler              43 Oakton VA             20:17 20:17  6:32 
    3  1050 Karen Ashbrook-Barnes  41 Vienna VA             21:26 21:26  6:54 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 99
    1  1548 Andres Wright          44 Frederick MD          16:56 16:56  5:27 
    2  1535 Mike Colaiacovo        42 Ellicott City MD      17:02 17:02  5:29 
    3  1426 Jean-Christophe Arcaz  50 Rockville MD          17:43 17:43  5:43 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 01 - 14
    1   784 Morgan Wittrock        13 Vienna VA             21:23 21:23  6:53 
    2  1037 Emily Lichtenberg      12 South Riding VA       22:59 22:59  7:24 
    3  1298 Sierra Brooks          14 Clifton VA            23:07 23:07  7:27 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 01 - 14
    1  1036 Tyler Lichtenberg      14 South Riding VA       17:27 17:27  5:37 
    2  1459 Nati Digafe            13 Centreville VA        20:36 20:36  6:38 
    3  1033 Kai Stephens           14 Fairfax VA            20:59 20:59  6:46 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 19
    1   328 Christine Mayuga       15 Oak Hill VA           20:35 20:35  6:38 
    2   242 Jordan Lilly           19 Centreville VA        23:40 23:32  7:35 
    3  1538 Natalie Schlosser      18 Winchester VA         24:05 23:58  7:43 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 19
    1  1163 Daniel Anderson        16 Falls Church VA       19:14 19:14  6:12 
    2  1111 Neil Totten            15 Herndon VA            19:35 19:35  6:19 
    3  1186 Alex Min               15 Burke VA              21:00 20:48  6:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1  1215 Jenn Ennis             23 Richmond VA           18:35 18:35  5:59 
    2  1306 Maura Carroll          22 Washington DC         18:44 18:44  6:02 
    3  1094 Maria Cheshire         24 Bristow VA            21:44 21:44  7:00 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1    11 Sean McLaughlin        24 Centreville VA        19:25 19:25  6:15 
    2  1029 Brian Amaya            23 Herndon VA            22:03 22:03  7:06 
    3   402 Timothy Kutz           24 Fairfax VA            25:32 23:37  7:36 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1    96 Susan Hein             29 Chantilly VA          23:54 23:34  7:35 
    2  1319 Krystine Rivera        25 Ashburn VA            24:45 24:45  7:58 
    3   710 Martha Mishkin         28 Fairfax VA            25:01 25:00  8:03 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1  1406 Jason Myers            26 Alexandria VA         16:32 16:32  5:20 
    2   783 Ryan Werner            27 Washington DC         19:44 19:44  6:21 
    3  1448 Joshua Pinedo          26                       20:24 20:24  6:34 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1  1419 Jessica McGuire        31 Arlington VA          21:01 21:01  6:46 
    2  1255 Taylor Poling          30 Arlington VA          21:18 21:18  6:52 
    3  1185 Megan Brummer          32 Washington DC         22:09 22:09  7:08 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1  1420 Aaron Lyss             30 Washington DC         19:45 19:45  6:22 
    2   407 Jason Bryan            31 Springfield VA        19:53 19:53  6:24 
    3    51 James Brennan          32 Alexandria VA         20:29 20:25  6:34 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1   150 Melissa Hardt          35 Arlington VA          22:08 21:55  7:04 
    2   735 Margaret Albaugh       36 Falls Church VA       23:11 22:58  7:24 
    3  1168 Ann Wessel             37 Vienna VA             25:55 25:20  8:09 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1  1271 Keith Freeburn         37 Centreville VA        17:17 17:17  5:34 
    2   734 Bob Koeppen            35 Alexandria VA         18:13 18:13  5:52 
    3  1423 Tim Davis              37 Springfield VA        19:52 19:52  6:24 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1  1300 Missy Salisbury        42 Lorton VA             24:34 24:34  7:55 
    2   544 Stephanie Hammond      44 Springfield VA        24:34 24:34  7:55 
    3   160 Melanie Massiah-White  42 Fairfax VA            24:43 24:43  7:58 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1  1432 Rob Meadows            40 Leesburg VA           18:40 18:40  6:01 
    2  1275 James Lister           42 Falls Church VA       19:17 19:17  6:13 
    3  1508 Tom Powers             43 Kensington MD         19:22 19:22  6:14 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1  1515 Annie Downer           46 Herndon VA            22:28 22:28  7:14 
    2  1032 Yoko Stephens          46 Fairfax VA            22:54 22:54  7:23 
    3   698 Angelika Kirkland      45 Oakton VA             24:41 24:26  7:52 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1   927 Craig Greene           46 Manassas VA           20:15 20:13  6:31 
    2   472 Robert Martin          48 Fairfax Station VA    21:03 21:03  6:47 
    3   282 Tim Martin             47 Manassas VA           21:38 21:38  6:58 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1   284 Sushila Nanda          50 Arlington VA          23:22 23:22  7:32 
    2   401 June Ring              50 Fairfax VA            23:37 23:32  7:35 
    3  1107 Sarah Buckheit         51 Reston VA             24:25 24:25  7:52 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1  1505 Robert Briggs          54 Springfield VA        17:57 17:57  5:47 
    2  1506 Terry McLaughlin       51 Spotsylvania VA       18:21 18:21  5:55 
    3  1182 Peter Cini             53 Fairfax VA            21:22 19:55  6:25 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1  1546 Heather Sanders        56 McLean VA             23:16 23:16  7:30 
    2  1247 Merrilee Seidman       57 Alexandria VA         25:51 25:51  8:20 
    3   377 Pat Warren             55 Kensington MD         26:44 26:44  8:37 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1  1248 Paul Bousel            58 Alexandria VA         21:24 21:24  6:54 
    2   526 Stuart McFarren        55 Arlington VA          22:22 22:22  7:12 
    3    10 James Moreland         59 Gaithersburg MD       23:36 23:36  7:36 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1  1507 Gail Contreras         60 Fairfax VA            33:32 32:50 10:34 
    2    13 Maureen Babcock        61 Cambridge MA          34:39 33:33 10:48 
    3   192 Claudia Tuller-Brooke  60 Annandale VA          34:55 34:50 11:13 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1   850 Michael Wesbecher      63 Oakton VA             21:41 21:32  6:56 
    2   253 Gary Robinson          60 Bellaire TX           25:40 25:07  8:05 
    3   281 Paul Riede             60 Stafford VA           25:37 25:21  8:10 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 69
    1  1568 Dee Nelson             68 Gaithersburg MD       25:35 25:35  8:14 
    2   427 Mary Schade            65 Arlington VA          47:24 46:33 14:59 
    3   491 Joannene Maynard       65 Kingsville MD         48:50 48:08 15:30 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 69
    1   893 Mike Golash            68 Washington DC         24:06 24:03  7:45 
    2   189 Richard Wiley          67 Centreville VA        28:42 28:25  9:09 
    3  1132 James Verdier          69 Alexandria VA         29:54 29:47  9:35 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 99
    1  1422 Tami Graf              75 Lusby MD              32:09 31:50 10:15 
    2   186 Winnie Gordon          78 Fairfax VA            46:59 46:18 14:54 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 99
    1  1196 Chan Robbins           74 Arlington VA          25:15 25:15  8:08 
    2   916 John Gluck             74 Alexandria VA         25:45 25:34  8:14 
    3     9 Alan Rider             75 Reston VA             28:45 28:32  9:11 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   639 Andrey Gochev          26 M Springfield VA        22:46 20:48  6:42 

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   242 Jordan Lilly           19 F Centreville VA        23:40 23:32  7:35

 

by James Moreland January 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm 139 0

Headline
Rehau Rotary Resolution 10K Adventure Race 
Mild Weather for Tenth Anniversary 
By James Moreland
Janaury 1, 2007
Leesburg, VA
For the Washington Running Report

In the photo below, the lead pack crosses the first ditch down the opening mile.

The Rotary Resolution 10K has been a challenging race from the start. The course is more cross-country than road. After charging down the grass covered field for the first quarter mile, runners get a taste of blacktop for a couple hundred meters. Then “the road is long with many a winding turn.” And by road we mean dirt as in “country roads take me home.” Mile two and three go through a farm where “life on a farm is kinda laid back.”

If you were a volunteer course marshal, the morning was brisk but just barely damp from the pleasantly unrequited promise of rain for the weekend. As a runner, missing the water at the first two ditches on the opening hill just meant that you were not muddy until the next mile. Most of the experienced runners were in shorts and by the last mile were hoping for rain to cool them off.

There was “no wind, no rain, or winter storm” to slow the runners this year. Times could have been very fast. With so many races in the area, the field of elite runners was diluted. Still, there were nearly five hundred finishers in the 10K and nearly two hundred more in the preceding 4K. The last two miles of the race are a little faster than most of the course with a long downhill and paved roads until that last quarter back up to the finish. Final quarters take care of themselves.

This year the favorite was Mark Stickley (44) of Winchester, VA. He had run in 2005 against a strong field, finishing fourth, second master in 34:50. This year he lingered back of the lead pack for the first half mile and then eased away from the field. While he had the third slowest winning time in the first ten years of the race, his 35:01 was near the 40-44 record set when Tim Schuler topped him in 34:33 to 34:50 in 2005. Next year he can gun for Chuck Moeser’s 45-49 record 34:44. In photo left, Andres Wright (40) of Frederick, MD used his newly minted masters status to cement a solid 35:25 second place award.

The battle for third was between two teens. Tim Maline (18) of Herndon, VA sprinted up the final hill for an excellent 36:08. Two years younger, Andrew Budiansky of Leesburg, VA was not far behind in 36:50. Awards were to the top three runners and the top two in five year age groups. Christian Falmagne (45) of Bethesda, MD was fifth as the last sub 6:00 pace finisher in 37:11.

Bruce Halpin (50) of Ashburn, VA ran a solid 40:49 for the grandmaster title just beating Michael Fitzgerald of Hagerstown, MD by five seconds. Bob Chase (60) of Pimmit, VA was tops in 46:43 surprising Lou Shapiro (65) of Silver Spring, MD in 47:02. Shapiro gave John Elliot some incentive with his second fastest course time for the 65-69 division. Elliott had set the record in 44:17 in 2005. Richard Williams (71) of Alexandria, VA (54:36) broke George Waxter’s best time to earn the second fastest time. Jerry Lewis, who often Duels with Williams set the record in 2005 with 53:59.

For the women, Jen Oblas of Leesburg, VA had finished second last year on the course that grew well past 10K in distance. This year she looked relaxed running ahead of the entire field. Her time was the slowest winning time so far but she did reset the Leesburg resident record with her 43:40. Anita Freres (41) of Reston, VA was the top master coming in second in 44:11 just out of reach of Oblas. Christine Goodrum of Leesburg (in photo above), VA was next in 45:10 holding off a late rally from Mariana Pargana of Washington, DC in 45:23. The rest of the top ten were very close as well with three places decided by just six seconds.

Tenth place Karen Young of Boyds, MD is getting an early start on the 10K. In 2005 she ran forty of them. Last year she only ran 38 10Ks in her 113 races for the year. Linda Sheimo (50) of Fairfax, VA ran a solid 51:10 for the grandmaster win. That is a ranked times and they do not come easy on this scenic course.

There were many, many young runners in the 4K. In the 10K the youngest runner for the males was Spencer Barrett (9) and for the females Amanda Eller (12) both of Leesburg VA. The record for the boys is still seven by Michael Castor. In 2000 phenom Aurora Scott of Portsmouth, VA, then just nine, was fifth overall in 46:02. Now sixteen she has run 16:37 for the fastest female 5K in the region in 2006.

After the race, runners enjoyed abundant quantities of refreshment inside the recreation Center.

Men’s Awards

Place Num   Name                    Ag City               Finis 
===== ===== ======================= == ================== ===== 
    1     4 Mark Stickley           44 Winchester VA      35:01 
    2   465 Andres Wright           40 Frederick MD       35:25 
    3   534 Tim Maline              18 Herndon VA         36:08

MALE AGE GROUP: 01 – 19
1 282 Andrew Budiansky 16 Leesburg VA 36:49
2 377 Patrick Hayes 17 Ashburn VA 39:17

MALE AGE GROUP: 20 – 24
1 349 Tim Snyder 20 Frederick MD 38:12
2 535 Matt Maline 23 Herndon VA 42:20

MALE AGE GROUP: 25 – 29
1 457 Stephen Schmidt 28 Leesburg VA 43:25
2 27 Adam Borbidge 28 South Riding VA 44:46

MALE AGE GROUP: 30 – 34
1 406 Andy Mason 34 Hagerstown MD 38:06
2 374 Bradley Wedemeyer 30 Ashburn VA 42:17

MALE AGE GROUP: 35 – 39
1 340 William Sutherlin 37 Sterling VA 40:47
2 334 Kevin Knight 38 Leesburg VA 41:13

MALE AGE GROUP: 40 – 44
1 522 Bryan Mikesh 42 Fairfax VA 40:43
2 504 Alan Thatcher 43 Manassas VA 41:18

MALE AGE GROUP: 45 – 49
1 58 Christian Falmagne 45 Bethesda MD 37:10
2 232 William Clem 47 Bethesda MD 42:54

MALE AGE GROUP: 50 – 54
1 352 Bruce Halpin 50 Ashburn VA 40:47
2 407 Michael Fitzgerald 51 Hagerstown MD 40:51

MALE AGE GROUP: 55 – 59
1 296 Timothy Morgan 56 Damascus MD 42:10
2 46 Allen Vaughan 56 Stafford VA 45:41

MALE AGE GROUP: 60 – 64
1 506 Bob Chase 61 Pimmit VA 46:39
2 357 James Hozik 61 Great Falls VA 49:30

MALE AGE GROUP: 65 – 69
1 81 Lou Shapiro 65 Silver Spring MD 46:58
2 180 Douglas Morris 68 Delaplane VA 53:00

MALE AGE GROUP: 70 – 99
1 24 Richard Williams 71 Alexandria VA 54:34
2 1302 Alan Rider 70 Reston VA 58:48

MALE LEESBURG RESIDENT
1 282 Andrew Budiansky 16 Leesburg VA 36:49

MALE ROTARIAN RESIDENT
1 273 Matt Elliott 33 Leesburg VA 48:54

Women’s Awards

Place Num   Name                    Ag City               Finis 
===== ===== ======================= == ================== ===== 
    1   269 Jen Oblas               28 Leesburg VA        43:40 
    2   483 Anita Freres            41 Reston VA          44:11 
    3   553 Christine Goodrum       34 Leesburg VA        45:10

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 01 – 19
1 301 Kate Spiering 17 Leesburg VA 51:43
2 214 Breann Whiat 16 Washington DC 54:58

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 20 – 24
1 585 Katy Dannenberg 22 Sterling VA 46:57
2 455 Ashley Carlson 24 Weslaco TX 51:19

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 25 – 29
1 233 Mariana Pargana 28 Washington DC 45:22
2 234 Andrea Vasquez 29 Washington DC 46:32

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 30 – 34
1 378 Carla Tharrington 31 Haymarket VA 51:38
2 218 Tatiana Boskovich 30 Burke VA 54:03

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 35 – 39
1 196 Tamara Utne 39 Bristow VA 46:59
2 184 Karen Young 38 Boyds MD 48:27

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 40 – 44
1 494 Claude Romeyer Dherbey 44 Round Hill VA 48:16
2 294 Annie McCoy 40 Hamilton VA 49:45

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 45 – 49
1 198 Carole Roeder 49 Ashburn VA 49:14
2 490 Kathleen Armstrong 45 Ashburn VA 52:21

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 50 – 54
1 443 Linda Sheimo 50 Fairfax VA 51:06
2 216 Margaret Davis 54 Vienna VA 52:39

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 55 – 59
1 23 Jane Poole 59 Washington DC 53:39
2 255 Julie Pastor 56 Leesburg VA 58:33

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 60 – 64
1 176 Catherine Van Brocklin 60 Gaithersburg MD 59:34
2 1309 Punkin Lee 60 Middleburg VA 64:48

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 65 – 69
1 207 Ecris Williams 68 Reston VA 65:53
2 42 Jamie Wollard 68 N Bethesda MD 76:31

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 70 – 99

FEMALE LEESBURG RESIDENT
1 269 Jen Oblas 28 Leesburg VA 43:40

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