By Brenda Barrera
May 20, 2012
For the Washington Running Report
There was much to celebrate at this year’s fifth anniversary of the Marine Corps Marathon Historic Half held in Fredericksburg, VA on May 20, 2012. The event has grown every year and had close to 6,000 finishers, compared to 3,800 from the inaugural 2008 event. For starters, it was a commanding victory for hometown favorite Bert Jacoby who came to the starting line with one goal: to win. And that he did in 1:11:33, almost three minutes ahead of defending champion Wyatt Boyd, from Washington, DC, who finished in 1:14:27. Brandon Dick, 25, from Fredericksburg took the final podium spot with his 1:15:36 finish.
What a far cry from Jacoby’s 2011 race experience when he was the very last person to cross the start line and he raised money for charity for each person he passed.
“This time I was focused,” smiled Jacoby. “Time did not matter; it was all about place.” He stayed at the finish area with his mother who used her iPhone and the MCM Runner Tracking options to follow his sister, Anne. She completed the race in 1:35:27.
Next up for the Jacoby is a move to Charlottesville for graduate school at the end of the summer. “I’m looking forward to training with the group out of Ragged Mountain Running.”
Courtney Chapman, 28, is juggling a heavy load at medical school in Norfolk, VA and yet still able to improve her race times. Chapman is best described as a tough competitor with a wide smile that is easy to spot whether she is clipping along at a fast pace or flying up a hill. And fly she did at the famous hospital hill on her way to a 1:21:56 victory. That is a big leap from her 2010 MCM Historic Half race when she posted a 1:31:10 finish.
Arlington’s Katherine Marden, 31, fresh off last weekend’s Ragnar Relay Cape Cod (“I had the longest leg”) finished in 1:26:44. She was followed by Marine Capt. Erin Demchko, 27, from Dumfries, VA who was pleased with her 1:29:02 finish.
“The hill wasn’t as bad as the hype,” said Demchko, “I had a riot and got a PR!”
Top masters division finishers were Lt. Col. Thomas Blackwell, 41, of Vienna, VA in 1:19:58 and Alexandria’s Stefani Watterson, 42, of Alexandria, VA who crossed the line in 1:33:41.
Mike Collotta, 58, (left) from Washington, DC has been running races for more than two decades and still finding interesting events like this one. “I especially liked the historical parts of the course,” said the DC Road Runners member. “The Marines provided extra inspiration.”
Deanna Cabrey, running for Team Fisher House, was pleased with her finish of 1:41:43. “I surpassed my goal of running a 7:45-8:10 pace,” said the 20-year-old college student. Cabrey started supporting the Fisher House when she was just ten and began giving 10% of her allowance to the charity.
Wedding bells will be ringing soon for John Swift and Sarah Longava (right) from Bristow, VA who crossed the finish line together just under two hours. Swift presented her with an engagement ring. And she said, “Yes!”
NBC’s “Biggest Loser” is a reality show about overweight contestants trying to lose weight and also adopt a healthy lifestyle. It has inspired not only contestants and viewers, but also First Lady Michelle Obama.
A highlight for many runners was to share the field with two familiar faces from the hit show. Contestant Lauren Lee, 27, from Poolesville MD, (right) sporting her yellow “Biggest Loser” tank top finished in 2:14:33 and the TV show’s host, Alison Sweeney, wearing bib#1,not only had duties firing the starting pistol but jumped in and ran 2:05:30.
“The show really makes you believe in the human spirit and overcoming whatever your obstacles,” said Sweeney who looked unfazed and fresh after the uphill finish. “I never would have dreamed of doing this [half marathon] before the Biggest Loser,” smiled the host. As with many finishers she was pleased that she had beaten her projected time.
New Course Records Set in Semper Fred 5K
Kenyan Reuben Mwei, 26, living in Lithia Springs, GA is planning on racing the MCM 10K this fall and wanted to check out the “Marine Corps” experience. Not familiar with the course, Mwei picked a good competitor to tuck behind, defending champion Jordan Zwick.
“I was off my goal of 14 minutes,” said Mwei, an Academic All-American at Adams State. He crossed the finish line in 15:27, beating the 2010 course record of 15:59. Arlington’s Zwick, 25, was anxious to stretch out his legs having driven 11 hours from Rochester, NY the night prior. He finished with an impressive 15:36. Stephen Harrison, 23, from Fredericksburg was third in 16:19.
Reigning women’s champion Molly Roohi should probably listen to her coach, or maybe not. The advice for this day was not to race but Roohi did it anyway. It paid off as she clocked 19:03, setting a new course record (old course record 19:37 from 2009) and knocking 38 seconds off her 2011 time. Masters standouts Michelle Dolby, 44, from Fredericksburg finished next in 20:57 and Alexandria’s Kristin McCann, 40, took third place in 21:49.
By Brenda Barrera
May 20, 2012
For the Washington Running Report
What is a classic race? It is an event that is judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding and the NCB Capital Hill Classic 10K is just that – a quality event with a long tradition that dates back 33 years with proceeds benefiting the Capitol Hill Cluster, a public school with three campuses.
Ideal weather conditions greeted runners on Sunday as the number of participants increased from last year with 2,149 runners finishing the 10K.
The honor roll of winners for this classic May race include: Kean, Wardian, Gramsky, Endale, and Wilson. Well, it took local standout Gurmessa Megerssa, 32, a few tries with runner-up honors in 2009 (30:56) and 2010 (31:31) but for 2012 he was finally able to add his name to the list of talented winners with his 31:37 finish.
Australian Alex Dreyer, 22, a 10,000M specialist out of Eastern Kentucky University, took the second spot in 31:54. Washington DC’s Wilson Komen, 34, won the race last year in 32:23 but had to settle for third this year despite a faster finishing time of 32:05. It should be noted Komen also did the double. He ran the accompanying 3K, winning his age group in 9:35.
If Navy Lt. Amanda Rice is at the starting line, expect a standout performance. The 28-year-old dental resident based in Rockville, MD has been heating up the local competition since she arrived from the west coast. Rice handily won the women’s race in 36:31 and certainly did not hide her enthusiasm. Rice finished almost a minute ahead of DC youngster Sheetaye Beneie, 19, who crossed the line in 37:30. Kaitlin Sheedy, 29, also from Washington, DC took the third spot with her 40:36.
The 3K event is a great introductory distance for newbie runners and attracted close to 500 runners this year. The shorter distance also serves as an opportunity for the swifter to test their leg speed. John Kingstedt, 19, from Huddinge, Sweden won in 8:54 and Tiringo Shiferaw, 27, from Washington DC was the first woman in 10:42.
10K Awards Listing Age Group Awards Based on Net Times MALE Place Name Ag City Time ===== ======================= == ===================== ======= 1 Gurmessa Megerssa 32 Washington DC 31:37 2 Alex Dreyer 22 Perth Australia 31:54 3 Wilson Komen 34 Washington DC 32:05 FEMALE Place Name Ag City Time ===== ======================= == ===================== ======= 1 Amanda Rice 28 Rockville MD 36:31 2 Shetaye Beneie 19 Washington DC 37:30 3 Kaitlin Sheedy 29 Washington DC 40:36 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 14 1 Willem Lensink 14 Falls Church VA 44:19 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 14 1 Page Harrison 13 Washington DC 53:22 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 20 1 Haydn Borghetti-Metz 15 Rogersville TN 36:02 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 20 1 Rebecca Hinch 19 Leesburg VA 47:45 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 21 - 29 1 Richard Andrews 25 Washington DC 33:28 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 21 - 29 1 Jennifer Leehey 26 Washington DC 41:18 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39 1 Colin Fishwick 34 Willoughby OH 33:13 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39 1 Erica Solway 30 Washington DC 41:01 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49 1 John Zimmerman 45 McLean VA 35:05 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49 1 Kerry Rodgers 43 Washington DC 42:50 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59 1 Christopher Ryan 53 Washington DC 37:52 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59 1 Blake Rushin 50 Vienna VA 48:33 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69 1 Spider Rossiter 60 Washington DC 40:07 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69 1 Nancy Avitabile 64 Bethesda MD 51:09 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 79 1 Ralph Bayrer 72 Washington DC 1:02:29 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 79 1 Tami Graf 75 Lusby MD 1:08:15
3K Awards Listing Age Group Awards Based on Net Times MALE Place Name Ag City Time ===== ======================= == ===================== ======= 1 John Kingstedt 19 Huddinge 8:54 2 Eshetu Tjlahun 32 Washington DC 8:59 3 Seife Geletu 30 Washington DC 8:59 FEMALE Place Name Ag City Time ===== ======================= == ===================== ======= 1 Tiringo Shiferaw 27 Washington DC 10:42 2 Monica Kingstedt 50 Huddinge 11:44 3 Dionis Gauvin 37 Washington DC 11:58 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 14 1 Adam Schans 13 Washington DC 11:10 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 14 1 Anne Ryan 13 Washington DC 13:18 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 20 1 Otto Kingstedt 17 Huddinge 9:22 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 20 1 Laura Montermann 19 Falls Church VA 16:51 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 21 - 29 1 Tripp Southerland 27 Washington DC 9:22 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 21 - 29 1 Kristy Carter 21 Olathe KS 13:55 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39 1 Wilson Komen 34 Washington DC 9:35 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39 1 Rachel Smith 32 Silver Spring MD 12:23 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49 1 Tom Mahr 47 Washington DC 12:32 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49 1 Elizabeth Festa 45 Washington DC 14:49 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59 1 Anders Kingstedt 53 Huddinge 13:10 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59 1 Linda Rotunno 52 Washington DC 14:10 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69 1 Robert Weiner 65 Accokeek MD 14:49 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69 1 Sarah Burke 60 Washington DC 19:40 MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 79 1 Lance Bush 77 Washington DC 15:38 FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 79 1 Carol Kelly 71 Washington DC 28:15
By Brenda Barrera
March 22, 2010
For the Washington Running Report
With a brutal winter all but a distant memory thanks to temperatures that rose to the 70s, more than 9,200 runners finished this year’s fifth annual SunTrust National Marathon, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield National Half Marathon and Team Relay on Saturday in Washington, DC.
Local favorite Michael Wardian, of Arlington, VA (photo left), captured his fourth title, crossing the finish line in 2:21:58, and took home $2,000. For most of the contest it was a battle between Wardian, 35, and the defending champion, Patrick Moulton, 28, of Providence, RI with Wardian running in the lead and pulling ahead at each major split. Moulton’s 2:26:03 was well off his 2009 course record time (2:21:17) and afterward he said, “Hats off to Mike for his win.”
Wardian, who has garnered several honors this past year including 2008 and 2009 USATF Ultra Runner of the Year, felt pretty confident in his performance. Afterward he said he attacked every hill and stayed focused in order to post one of his fastest race times. “It was a terrific race,” exclaimed Wardian. “I love that my family was all able to be here.” Next up for the ultra marathoner is the Marathon des Sables and Comrades Marathon. Paul Howarth, of Albuquerque, NM, took third place in 2:27:19.
In the women’s race, Krista Vrombaut, who just started running competitively two years ago, captured the title with a PR in 2:51:17 and also received $2,000 for her win. “I played soccer in college and used to hate when our coach made us run three miles,” recalled the 27-year-old from Rock Island, IL. Michaela Driscoll, of Coventry, RI, ran 2:55:50 to finish second, and a local standout, Arlington’s Mary Beth Chosak, 31 (photo below), rounded out the top three with her time of 2:57:32.
The top masters were Kris Warszawski, 50, of Northville, MI, with a time of 2:44:00, and Tracy Wollschlager, 41, from Novi, MI, took the women’s title with her 3:03:50. Each earned $250.
Chris McDonald, 50, of South Riding, VA, won the wheelchair division with a time of 3:01:35.
An invasion from the Midwest might be an apt descriptor for the top finishers of the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield National Half Marathon, since the top three men and two of the top three women were from either Indiana or Illinois.
Coming off a personal best in the 5,000 at the Husky Classic in Washington with a 14:03, Mark Fruin, from Bloomington, IN, came to DC looking to run a sub-1:05:00 to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials. While he narrowly missed it with his 1:05:02 win, Fruin, who competes for Team Indiana Elite, was still happy. The 24-year-old credits a group effort, “It helped to come out here as a team.” Teammate Stephen Haas, 26, from Bloomington, IN finished second just 12 seconds behind in 1:05:14. Also making the podium was Jeff Jonaitis, 28, from Tinley Park, IL who set a PR with this 1:05:58.
The top local finisher, Silver Spring’s Dirk De Heer, finished 5th overall in 1:07:37 for his half marathon debut. According to his blog, De Heer thought the weather was amazing but noted the rolling hills on the course were tough.
In the women’s race another member of Team Indiana Elite, Laura Farley, 25, won in 1:18:38. Although her time was slower than 2009, Baltimore’s Phebe Ko placed higher with her second place 1:19:03 finish. “I’m coming off an injury so I wanted to use this race to test my fitness,” said Ko (photo left). Like many others in the race, she spent many hours training on the treadmill this past winter. Dani Prince, 24, also from Team Indiana Elite, rounded out the top three with her 1:19:37 finish.
This year’s race featured two icons of the sport: Four-time winner of the Boston and New York Marathon Bill Rodgers and Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of the first women’s Olympic Marathon, spoke at Friday’s Health and Fitness Expo and both also ran the half marathon. Rodgers, 62, finished in 1:46:02 and Benoit Samuelson, 52, won her age group in 1:22:33.
“It was a good solid run,” said Benoit Samuelson. “It’s an Honest Abe course, it’s not flat.” She’s coming back to DC in a few weeks to run the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile.
Next year’s race will be held on Saturday, March 26. For more information:www.nationalmarathon.com. Also, check out the May/June issue of Washington Running Report for race coverage.
2010 SunTrust National Marathon
Overall Men (clock time) 1. Michael Wardian, 35, Arlington VA - 2:21:58 ($2,000) 2. Patrick Moulton, 28, Providence RI - 2:26:03 ($800) 3. Paul Howarth, 32, Albuquerque NM- 3 2:27:19 ($700) 4. Matt Woods, 30, Falls Church VA - 2:33:30 ($500) 5. Ruben Galbraith, 26, Portland OR - 2:35:01 ($300) Overall Women (clock time) 1. Krista Vrombaut, 27, Rock Island IL - 2:51:17 ($2,000) 2. Michaela Driscoll, 30, Coventry RI - 2:55:50 ($800) 3. Mary Beth Chosak, 31, Arlington VA - 2:57:32 ($700) 4. Arien O'Connell, 26, New York NY - 2:57:45 ($500) 5. Shannon Saunders, 25, Charlottesville VA - 2:59:37 ($300)
2010 CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield National Half Marathon
6,239 finishers Overall Men (clock time) 1. Mark Fruin, 24, Bloomington IN - 1:05:02 ($1,000) 2. Stephen Haas, 26, Bloomington IN - 1:05:14 ($500) 3. Jeff Jonaitis, 28, Tinley Park IL - 1:05:58 ($250) 4. Adam Hortian, 25, Waterloo ON CAN - 1:07:19 ($200) 5. Dirk De Heer, 28, Silver Spring MD - 1:07:37 ($100) Overall Women (clock time) 1. Laura Farley, 25, Bloomington IN - 1:18:38 ($1,000) 2. Phebe Ko, 27, Bethesda MD - 1:19:03 ($500) 3. Dani Prince, 24, Bloomington IN - 1:19:37 ($250) 4. Kristin Andrews, 28, Bethesda MD - 1:21:00 ($200) 5. Kathryn Neeper, 26, Washington DC -1:21:06 ($100)