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by Jamie Corey June 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm 0

Runners take a moment to ask if they really want to put themselves through a 5k with temperatures in the 90s at the Women's Distance Festival in Bluemont Park. Photo: DC Road Runners

Runners take a moment to ask if they really want to put themselves through a 5k with temperatures in the 90s
at the Women’s Distance Festival in Bluemont Park. Photo: DC Road Runners

[button-red url=”http://www.dcroadrunners.org/races/race-results/2013-results/2077-2013-womens-distance-festival.html” target=”_self” position=”left”] Women’s Race Results [/button-red][button-red url=”http://www.dcroadrunners.org/races/race-results/2013-results/2078-2013-run-after-the-women-5k.html” target=”_self” position=”left”] Men’s Race Results [/button-red]

Despite already rescheduling the Women’s Distance Festival 5k and Run After the Women 5k due to a scheduling conflict at Bluemont Park, dangerous temperatures nearing 100 degrees throughout the day almost left race director Alex Albertini with another predicament.

“If it was five degrees warmer, the race would have been called off for safety reasons,” Albertini said. “But everyone seemed to enjoy the race in tough conditions.”

The two races were part of the DC Road Runners Club’s Bunion Derby Series, consisting of eight races throughout June, July and August—some of the hottest months of the year. The series is free to the club’s members but in order to be eligible for a Bunion Derby age-group award in the fall, participants must volunteer with the club at least once.

Runners competed on the out and back course on the partly shaded Bluemont Park Trail in Arlington, Virginia. Though several runners had to dodge bikers on the trail, runners were satisfied with the low-key race that consisted of a steady uphill on the way out. Runners also seemed to enjoy the second half of the race, which started out with a water station and then took off on a steady downhill on the way back to the finish line.

First place finisher Anna Holt-Gosselin of Vienna, Va. did not seem bothered by the scorching temperatures while she bolted off the staring line from the rest of the pack. Holt-Gosselin held on to the lead all the way through the finish line, with a time of 19:44.

A graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Holt-Gosselin felt well hydrated after the race, adding that she drank much more water than usual to prepare for the heat.

The men’s race started 15 minutes after the women’s race, dubbing it the “Run After the Women 5K.” Rising senior Christopher Hoyle of Gonzaga College High School finished first in the men’s race, with six of his cross country teammates close behind him.

“This is my first road race of the summer,” Hoyle said. “I just wanted to go out and see what kind of shape I was in.”

The DC Road Runners Club, which was voted the best 2012 running club in the Washington area by RunWashington readers, is among several running organizations in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Well known for their Saturday long-runs that kick off at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Rosslyn, Va., runners noted that they chose DCRRC out of other clubs partly because of perks like competing in the Bunion Derby Series races.

“It’s an excuse to get out and meet people while having a great atmosphere,” said Adam Pearlman. “And I like the friendly competition during the races.”

Pearlman found some “friendly competition” during the evening race as he went head to head with another participant, each of them competing back and forth for 2.5 miles.

The Women’s Distance Festival 5k and Run After the Women 5k took place on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Participants’ goals in the two races varied throughout but one goal seemed to remain the same: get through the toughest months of the year to the fall running season.

Colleen Lerro is in the beginning stages of her training for the Marine Corps Marathon. She aims to qualify soon for the Boston Marathon—a goal she came short of two minutes in her most recent marathon. Lerro said that training and racing through the toughest months of the year won’t be as much as a challenge for her as it is for some.

“I’m the crazy one who likes the heat,” Lerro said.

Though Lerro does not dread the heat like others, she noted that she does take precautions, like eating pretzels in an effort to raise her salt intake.

As runners came in to the finish on the Bluemont Park Trail, many were groaning out-loud in pain caused by the heat. But many runners will continue to endure this type of pain that comes from the heat with an expectation that they will be rewarded later on in the cooler months of the year, when marathons take place. Even after they moan and chug down gallons of water throughout the summer months, runners all over the Washington Metropolitan Area will keep training and racing in events like the Women’s Distance Festival 5k and Run After the Women 5k to become more resilient.

“If we can get through this”, said DC Road Runners Club member Erica Holmes of Germantown, Md. “We can get through anything.”

 

by Charlie Ban May 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm 0

Grant Beck leads the way at the We've Got Your back 5k. Photo: Charlie Ban

Grant Beck leads the way at the We’ve Got Your back 5k. Photo: Charlie Ban

While Josef Tessema and his three pursuers were sprinting through the streets of Reston in hopes of first prize at the We’ve Got Your Back 5k, Carly Rebeiz of Sterling, Va. was thrilled to just be running.

[button-red url=”http://prracing.racebx.com/files/results/4d9205ce-7a0c-46c1-8929-4f56c0a86522/51978d1c-157c-4a3e-845b-7d23c0a86524/2013%20We’ve%20Got%20Your%20Back%20Overall.htm” target=”_self” position=”left”] Results [/button-red] Three years ago, she ran into a goalie while playing soccer and herniated two discs in her neck. Her husband, Alex was there and saw her fly back six feet. After 10 months of testing and conservative treatment options, she opted for spinal fusion surgery, and bone from her hip replaced those discs. With therapy, strengthening and additional treatment, she has reclaimed her life and gotten back to [button-red url=”https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.660884560605446.1073741847.189448104415763&type=1″ target=”_self” position=”left”] Photo [/button-red]where she can play soccer several nights a week.

“It got to the point where it was so painful, you have to do something about it,” she said.

“My life was on hold for a few years, but I missed soccer too much to give it up, it was too much of a part of my life.”

Having that treatment option motivated her to come out to run the race, which benefitted the Spinal Research Foundation. Alex ran with her, a partner to her accident, treatment and recovery.

“I ran the whole time, I completed it,” she said. “Alex was with me through this whole three year journey: driving me to appointments, taking care of dinner, walking the dog. He was there for so much.”

She was excited by the number of people who came out to the race, and hopes they took the cause’s message to heart.

“It’s so important to have the right treatment options,” she said. “Living with that kind of pain should not be necessary you just want to live your life.

Up front, Tessema, of Springfield, gunned it, with good reason. With $300 in prize money, he was anxious to see if he had shaken an illness that had kept him under the weather for two weeks. He found out less than four minutes in that he was just fine. Splitting 4:30 for the mile and 9:11 for the two mile, he eased in to finish in 14:49, 21 seconds ahead of Reston’s Abu Kebede and Washington’s Demissia Gulti, who edged Washington’s Takele Gebrelul by one second to shut him out of the prize money.

Barbara Fallon Wallace of Alexandria returned to the race and retook her top spot in 17:27 from Vienna’s Anna HoltGosselin, who had defeated her here the year before. Holt-Gosselin moved up in the second mile ahead of Clifton’s Jackie Gruendel.

Fallon Wallace, a physical therapist, sends some of her patients to the Spinal Research Foundation and wanted to celebrate the cause.

Some of the foundation’s physicians helped bring the Stanciu family from Vienna out to the race. Michelle brought her children, Victoria and Daniel, who impressed her with their efforts.

“I’m so proud of them,” she said. “They didn’t train for it other than their normal daily activity, they got up early, chose to run the 5k instead of the mile, it’s so incredible.”

Victoria, who loved the portion of the race on the W&OD Trail, was so enthusiastic about finish that she sprinted from her mom, who was left holding her long-sleeved shirt with her timing bib on it, prompting Michelle to chase after her so her finish could be recorded.

Daniel ran ahead of them, capitalizing on the fitness he gained playing basketball and reveling in the event.

“I mostly like the running part,” he said. “I got to see my friends, it was fun.”

 

by Dickson Mercer November 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm 113 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 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

 

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