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by Charlie Ban January 1, 2013 at 12:44 am 126 0

10k runners on their second lap navigate around 5k at the Ringing in Hope races New Year's Even in Ashburn. Photo by Cheryl Young

10k runners on their second lap navigate around 5k at the Ringing in Hope races New Year’s Even in Ashburn.
Photo by Cheryl Young

Catherine Mitchell bent down to remove the timing chip from her daughter’s shoe at the Ringing in Hope 5k in Ashburn. She paused, stood up to face Emma.

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Catherine and her husband Lance are triathletes and Emma aspires to join them. Though she is adept at swimming, she hoped to improve her running and targeted the New Year’s Eve race at Brambleton Town Center. At 10 years old, her goal was to break 30 minutes, which the trio, from Ashburn, did with 23 seconds to spare.

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She beamed with pride when Catherine told her about her dramatic improvement over her practice runs.

“She broke 30 minutes 18 years before I did,” Catherine said. The hometown race’s 5k offered recent Brambleon transplant Karl Dusen a chance to race seriously for the first time since the USATF Half Marathon championships in Duluth, Minn. six months prior. He cleared the field within the first half mile and cruised to victory in 16:25 over Jim Nielson’s 17:19, slightly ahead of Eric Sorenson five seconds later, who was led off the course.
It’s been a busy few months for Dusen, who, since he last raced, turned 30, moved from Rockville, Md. and welcomed his second daughter with his wife Emily, who finished sixth in her first race back. Their daughter, Juliette, was on hand to, if not see her parents race, cheer for them, though that just as likely might have been crying.
“It was great to race out here,” Dusen said. “I’ve been adjusting to training with the baby around, but we’re getting a hang of it. Emily looked pretty good out there and we’re just happy to represent Brambleton.”

Women’s winner Peggy Yetman, of Leesburg, was also shaking the rust off following a break after the world Ironman championships in Hawaii this past October, where she was top 10 in her age group.
“I had to start again sometime,” she said. “He (her husband, Chris) pushed me out the door for this one,

if I was going to start up again I’d better just do it and stop worrying about it.”

She exceeded her expectations of running 20 minutes when she finished in 18:28, nearly a minute and a half ahead of Columbia, Md.’s Tiffany Hevner (19:50). Reston’s Lisa Johnston was third in 20:04.

The 10k started simultaneously with the 5k, which meant men’s winner Andrew Ciarfalia had some company for the first half, but was left to his own devices as he ran off to a 34:39 win.

Springfield’s Jeremy Lynch (35:08) and Ashburn’s Kory Jessen (37:01) followed.
“I slowed down a bit in the second half,” Ciarfalia said. “It got a little lonely and I just focused on catching 5k runners. It was fun, they cheered for me.”

He’ll be focusing on the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, with the Reston Ten Miler along the way.

Melissa Saunders spent her 10k chasing down other runners, primarily D.C.’s Cris Burbach, whom she caught in the fifth mile.

“It was scarier when I passed her, because then she knew I was there and I was waiting for her to come back,” Saunders said. “I knew she was gunning for me.”

Saunders, of Potomac Falls, prevailed, 40:36 to 40:57, and both had a solid margin over Burke’s Cathy Ross, who finished in 42:25.

Saunders ran the race for the third time, and found the flat course to be a dramatic improvement over the Charlotteville Fall Classic Half Marathon she won as a student at the University of Virginia.

“It seemed like we ran every hill in Charlottesville,” she said. She is planning on the Shamrock Sportsfest Marathon in March in Virginia Beach.

The 5k gave Briar Woods High School runners Chris Schopper (18:21) and Brian Presler (19:20) a chance to check their fitness following their cross country season. Their team does not have an indoor track season, so they are just getting back into their workouts after their fall campaigns.

“It was a good benchmark,” Presler said. “We’re starting 2013 with a good idea of what we have to do to hit our goal times for track.”

by James Moreland November 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm 113 0

By James Moreland
Burke, VA
November 26, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

No times for brakes as the race starts at the top of the hill.

The glorious weather continues to reign (not rain) throughout the busiest weekend of the year. Many runners took a break from the busiest racing day of the year to eat dinner and go out shopping. Friday seemed like Sunday. Then Saturday was almost perfect. Locals even thought it was almost too warm, while a few slender Caribbean transplants announced that anything colder than 70 degrees was too cold.

The sun was already warming up the day as runners lined up just above Burke Lake and released by the magic ‘G’ word plunged down the fast first half mile. From there the course circled around the lake like a necklace with only a few gentle hills. The weather had been dry but not enough to make the gentle layer of leaves crackle.  Some of the lead runners played traffic cop and warned unsuspecting hikers that an avalanche of runners would soon be heading their way. Everyone wanted to be out on this day.

Many of the Thanksgiving weekend races are called fun runs as nearly 10% of all the racers for the year come out to play. Still, lots of the top racers are eager to try out their stuff. Early in the race Keith Freeburn, 37, took over the lead duties. Freeburn has been coming on strong for the last year though rarely at the very front of the pack. He knew Rob Bell, 22, was right there with him and that helped propel both of them to very solid times, especially for a course that is half cross country. Right at four miles the runners headed up a steady incline and Bell made his move. The final half mile is mostly a quick downhill but the final 100 meters is the steepest hill on the course. Bell held on to win in 28:42; Freeburn was next in 28:48.

Usually youngsters do best on cross country and, being generally lighter, fly up hills better. Today six of the top 13 men were masters. Fifth place Kevin Lynch, 44, (right)was earliest the top master in 30:06.  David Pinnick, 55, commanded the grandmaster field, finishing 20th overall in a swift 33:47.

Looking around the field Laura Ramos, 32, (left) must have felt like the favorite. However, this is a traveling weekend and you never know when a ringer is going to come into town. Olivia Poblacion, 25 of Corvallis, OR came in from the west coast to set the new standard for the event in an excellent 30:59 that made her the eight finisher overall. Ramos followed her in with a very nice 32:42.  Before the race Sushila Nanda, 50, smiled and said yes her leg was still bothering her but she had a few more races that she wanted to do before she would fix it. She blasted out with the lead women covering the first mile in about 6:30. After that she settled in some but still had a very nifty 37:14 to finish as the second master and the first runner older than fifty, Cathy Ross was the first master at fourth overall in 34:26. The grandmaster and 20th overall was Janet Janas. Janas is coming off her first WRR Runner Ranking in the fall season.

After the race there were bagels and bananas to go with gallons and gallons of hot coffee with real cream and bottled water. One runner said as he offered his young daughter a cinnamon raisin bagel, “I ran in the race; you eat the food.”

 

OVERALL MALE  (GUN TIME)

Place Num   Name                Age City                  Time    
===== ===== =================== === ===================== ======= 
    1   212 Rob Bell             22 Gainesville VA          28:42 
    2   211 Keith Freeburn       37 Centreville VA          28:48 
    3   232 Adam Roggia          26 Stafford VA             29:47 

OVERALL FEMALE  (GUN TIME)
Place Num   Name                Age City                  Time    
===== ===== =================== === ===================== ======= 
    1   109 Olivia Poblacion     25 Corvallis OR            30:59 
    2   265 Laura Ramos          32 Silver Spring MD        32:42 
    3   206 Leah Stiegler        21 Vienna VA               33:32 

MALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 19   (NET TIME)
    1   297 Steven Kool         17 Vienna VA               31:11 
    2   267 Joe Brough          16 McLean VA               31:25 
    3   328 Steven Harokopus    15 Vienna VA               36:30 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 19   (NET TIME)
    1   319 Tara Landy          18 Burke VA                35:06 
    2    89 Kayla Grimmett      18 Burke VA                37:02 
    3   249 Mary Pollin         15 Burke VA                37:16 

MALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 29   (NET TIME)
    1   207 Jason Dods          22 Vienna VA               33:05 
    2    55 Alec Rosenman       23 Fairfax Station VA      34:25 
    3    54 Mark Brier          26 Wilmington DE           35:33 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 29   (NET TIME)
    1   170 Emily Williams      29 Arlington VA            38:47 
    2    53 Lauren Rosenman     25 Fairfax Station VA      38:49 
    3   163 Heather Hunter      25 Fairfax VA              40:47 

MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39   (NET TIME)
    1    85 Michael Feeney      34 Burke VA                29:59 
    2   359 Frank Gold          34 Warrenton VA            30:28 
    3   345 Oscar Tiglao        34 Lorton VA               31:48 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39   (NET TIME)
    1   397 Laura Barringer     35 Fairfax VA              38:41 
    2   269 Mary Blair          32 Springfield VA          39:08 
    3   281 Romana Johnson      37 Dumfries VA             39:22 

MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49   (NET TIME)
    1   331 Kevin Lynch         44 Chantilly VA            30:04 
    2    30 Dennis Billings     42 Woodbridge VA           30:54 
    3   322 Matt Anderson       45 Fairfax VA              31:04 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49   (NET TIME)
    1    73 Cathy Ross          40 Burke VA                34:25 
    2   136 Barbara Murillo     46 Fairfax VA              39:20 
    3   338 Mary Maver          46 Springfield VA          39:57 

MALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 59   (NET TIME)
    1   370 David Pinnick       55 Manassas VA             33:44 
    2   233 Myron Kremer        54 Winchester VA           36:09 
    3    80 Malcolm Carlyle     54 Leesburg VA             36:17 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 59   (NET TIME)
    1   324 Sushila Nanda       50 Arlington VA            37:13 
    2   155 Janet Janas         50 Clifton VA              41:04 
    3    61 Cynthia Martin      54 Springfield VA          41:13 

MALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 69   (NET TIME)
    1    35 Robert Taylor       61 Alexandria VA           38:11 
    2   364 Jim Avila           63 Arlington VA            42:12 
    3   246 Rick Rice           65 Burke VA                43:56 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 69   (NET TIME)
    1   263 Carolyn Rice        66 Burke VA                45:18 
    2   259 Kathryn Fanelli     62 Annandale VA          1:00:39 
    3     4 Nancie Becker       61 Rockville MD          1:16:59 

MALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 99   (NET TIME)
    1    10 Chan Robbins        74 Arlington VA            40:58 
    2   111 Robert Gurtler      76 The Plains VA           53:01 
    3   226 Dick Nanto          70 Clifton VA            1:01:11

 

The final climb to the finish was no “walk in the park.”

 

by James Moreland April 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm 112 0

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

Ryan Deak makes it look easy, racing home in 34:07.

The wind was blowing so strong that the balloon arch needed two handlers. The day was sunny but cool as the quixotic season bounced from hot to cold. Perhaps the first things runners noticed for this first time race is the great signage. From all sides there were signs and marshals leading the runners to the free parking, registration, and the starting lines for the 10K at 8:30 a.m. and the 3K at 9:00 a.m.

In the square, surrounded by spring flowers, the event was well organized. Centered by the stage and the energizing music, runners took note that there was a fully stocked chow line for after the race. Both races had the same finish line but the starting lines were not in sight of each other. The finish line was on the east side of the square on West Street. The 10K started on the south side, still on West Street.

There were no superstars here today so the crowd moved slowly up to the lead ChronoTrack mat, perhaps not wanting to assume a lead position. At the start runners were treated to a hundred meters of pure downhill before circling back around and up to Main Street. The little uphill separated the wheat from the chaff even before runners enjoyed the long downhill in the opening mile.

There were hundreds of cones and scores of marshals keeping everyone on course. One runner noted after the race that with so many turns the course may have run a little long. Certified courses are measured on the tangent and the cones were placed in the middle of the roads on the turns causing racers to make a 90 degree turn each time. There were no killer hills and quite a few medium long down hills but lots of turning and up hills can take a bite out of a runner’s pace.

Ryan Deak, 25, of Burke, VA quietly powered away from the field. It was all over long before the first of dozens of little hills and turns broke up the pace from the runners. He was one of seven runners with a Ranked Runner time in the 10K. Even though his bib number was 911, he did not need any help to cruise to an almost three minute victory in 34:07. Ramsey Wilson had a solid 36:57 for second overall, followed by Blake Sims with 37:55.

Before the race it was not just the volunteers who thought the breeze was making it cold. Elite athelete Anita Freres, 46, of Reston, VA was hugging herself to stay warm and claimed she was going to take it easy. Kayley Byrne, 23, of Oak Hill, VA (photo) blew away from the field to win soundly in 40:56, fifth overall. Freres started back further but powered her way forward in the first half of the race to put herself in position to take second from Cathy Ross, 39, of Burke, VA 43:45 to 43:19.

Midway through the course as runners started down a long hill, they were greeted by a massive display of gorgeous, multi-colored azaleas that took up most of a corner lot front yard.

The marshals were very good at warning runners of impending turns and hills. It was great to hear at 5.5 miles that the last hill was done. The course had finished its circumnavigation and the final quarter mile was even downhill. The sun was a lot brighter and most of the runners were no longer complaining that it was cold.

For nearly all the racers the final stretch was accompanied by returning 3K runners.

Crossing the finish line past the Capital Running Company RV, runners needed only to make a quick U-turn and soon there were enjoying hot chili with cheese (vegetarian or Cincinnati). There were bagels and cream cheese as well as fresh fruit and plenty of bottled water and Gatorade.

The awards ceremony went smoothly with top three overall getting very nice prizes such as $150 dinner certificates. The age groups went two deep with restaurants, grocery stores, Pacers Running, and movie coupons.

Fairfax CASA is a public charity that recruits and trains citizen volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are under the court’s protection in Fairfax County. Nicknamed “the eyes and ears of the judge,” CASA volunteers help ensure that these vulnerable children are placed in safe, permanent, and loving homes as quickly as possible.

The first year event really knows how to run a race. There were nearly five hundred finishers in the 10K and nearly 300 finishers in the 3K run/walk.

10K Awards

MALE OVERALL
    1   911 Ryan Deak             25 Burke VA                34:07 
    2   796 Ramsey Wilson         39 Falls Church VA         36:57 
    3   564 Blake Simms           32 Fort Belvoir VA         37:55 

FEMALE OVERALL
    1   419 Kayley Byrne          23 Oak Hill VA             40:56 
    2   919 Anita Freres          46 Reston VA               43:15 
    3   550 Cathy Ross            39 Burke VA                43:19 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 12
    1   666 Sarah Proctor         12 Chantilly VA          1:06:18 1:06:18 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 13 - 17
    1   132 Cameron Rhodes        16 Fairfax VA              47:23   47:23 
    2   823 Conner Pleasants      15 Fairfax VA              49:03   49:03 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 13 - 17
    1   801 Bridget Snydstrup     14 Fairfax Station VA      59:37   59:37 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 18 - 24
    1   173 Brian Skram           24 Arlington VA            45:34   45:34 
    2   646 Andrew Borden         24 Alexandria VA           48:40   48:40 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 18 - 24
    1   458 Elizabeth Thrall      24 Annandale VA            50:08   50:08 
    2   782 Jennifer Purdum       24 Vienna VA               50:37   50:37 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 34
    1   587 Leyi Lin              31 Chevy Chase MD          40:22   40:22 
    2   252 Kristopher MacK       34 Fairfax VA              41:12   41:12 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 34
    1   388 Jennifer Procopio     29 Alexandria VA           46:14   46:14 
    2   149 Mamie Kingsley        25 Arlington VA            46:36   46:36 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 44
    1   909 Erik Heyer            39 Washington DC           43:07   43:07 
    2   345 Jonathan Parks        38 Manassas VA             43:24   43:24 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 44
    1   189 Judy Doldorf          38 Manassas VA             46:16   46:16 
    2   547 Brooke Alsamman       44 Fairfax VA              46:59   46:59 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 54
    1   620 Rhys Williams         49 Reston VA               44:07   44:07 
    2   912 Bill Stahr            50 The Plains VA           45:57   45:57 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 54
    1   328 Lorraine Breedon      49 Washington DC           51:10   51:10 
    2   487 Bonnie Berkowitz      45 Vienna VA               55:48   55:48 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 64
    1   691 Steve Sakry           58 Stafford VA             43:41   43:41 
    2   429 Michael Wesbecher     63 Oakton VA               44:43   44:43 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 64
    1    88 Robin Kirby           56 Arlington VA          1:02:36 1:02:36 
    2    16 Meredith Dumm         59 Fairfax VA            1:02:50 1:02:50 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 99
    1   455 Jack Tozier           68 Oakton VA               53:09   53:09 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 99
    1   802 Maryellen Burke       73 Fairfax Station VA    1:01:35 1:01:35 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   51:42    47 Robert Dolecki        39 M Sterling VA  52:12   22:12 

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   50:37   782 Jennifer Purdum       24 F Vienna VA    50:55   20:55
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