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by James Moreland March 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm 117 0

By James Moreland
Broadlands, VA
March 10, 2012
For the Washington Running Report

In its 20th year this popular 5 mile race upgraded yet again. First, they certified the course (over the years the race has started from a quite a few different sides of the course). The race has already been famous for its prolific random awards. This year the race expanded to five year age groups to make the age challenge even more fair. The food has always been fun with dozens of doughnuts and coffee to go along with the healthier apples and bananas. This year there were scores of commemorative cupcakes with eatable logos. Comparing the different types for taste was an enviable task.

Last year David Nightingale battled Karl Dusen for the title winning in 23:56. Dusen’s 24:03 was solidly ahead of third place Gurmessa Megressa’s 24:25. Last year the event was a week after the mammoth St. Patrick’s Day 8K, which had been won by Demesse Tefera. Tefera started but dropped last year. This year Tefera battled New York’s Teklu Deneke, pulling away in the final sixty meter down hill charge to finish in 24:55. Dusen finished third this year in 25:53, all alone with fourth place Charlie Ban arriving nearly two minutes later. The certified course was about 250 feet longer than last year but that hardly explains the slower times. The sunny day was cool with a more than just pleasant breeze. The top reason may be that tomorrow will be national class competition at the massive (7500 person) St. Patrick’s Day 8K. Tefera will be there to defend his title.

On the women’s side which has now become the larger of the two sexes in most races, the course saw seven runners more than a minute faster than last year’s champion. Runner-up and former Runner Rankings champion Hirut Mandefro could not keep pace with Askale Merachi, a new face in town. Mandefro ran a very nice 29:02 but she was closely shadowed by two new faces, Anna Gosselin, 23, in 29:10 and Maura Carroll, 22, in 29:13. Merachi turned the final corner in seventh overall at 28:28. If the course had been a few meters longer she would have finished her rundown of sixth place man Bryan Young 28:26.

Peggy Yetman, 43 of Leesburg, VA was testing the waters again in her first race since surgery in December. Everyone in the field was amazed by her excellent 29:16, staying with the lead pack the whole way. She will tell you she was delighted with the race .She will thinking, “Another month of recovery and I could have one it all.” One of her first races after she arrived from Texas was right here just five seconds short of the title in 29:01. Mandana Mortazavi, 48, (in photo) was the second master in 35:47.

After the race, there were lots of folks to thank for the race’s continuous success and checks for Children’s National Medical Center. The race won a special award to get an additional $75,000 to add to the already massive $106,000 they had gathered from the proceeds of the event.

 

Awards

FEMALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                    Age City                  Time  
===== ===== ======================= === ===================== ===== 
    1     4 Askale Merachi           24 Washington DC         28:28 
    2   536 Hirut Mandefro           26 Washington DC         29:02 
    3   617 Anna Gosselin            23 Vienna VA             29:10 

MALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                    Age City                  Time  
===== ===== ======================= === ===================== ===== 
    1     5 Teklu Deneke             32 New York NY           24:55 
    2     3 Demesse Tefera           29 Washington DC         25:00 
    3   615 Karl Dusen               29 Mt Airy MD            25:53 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 14
    1   556 Logan Cunningham         14 Ashburn VA            39:32 
    2   123 Campbell Brown           13 Herndon VA            44:21 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 14
    1   482 Jonathan Kerr            13 Ashburn VA            39:10 
    2   381 Andrew Bouras            13 Ashburn VA            39:29 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 19
    1   289 Melissa Saunders         19 Potomac Falls VA      32:04 
    2    26 Amelia Jones             17 Baltimore MD          33:16 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 19
    1   481 Alex Kerr                18 Ashburn VA            30:13 
    2   329 Steven Hurwitt           19 Ashburn VA            30:23 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1   613 Maura Carroll            22 Washington DC         29:12 
    2   270 Elisabeth Flores         21 Sterling VA           35:34 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1   107 John Baldwin             20 Reston VA             31:09 
    2   630 Jim Bradshaw Jr          20 Springfield VA        35:04 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1   616 Susan Hendrick           26 Washington DC         30:01 
    2   299 Jessie Yester            27 Richmond VA           30:31 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1   614 Charlie Ban              27 Falls Church VA       27:48 
    2   407 Nyandusi Omurwa          28 Kingston PA           28:02 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1   233 Erica Cline              33 Leesburg VA           35:59 
    2   247 Kathryn Hessen           32 Ashburn VA            37:07 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1   612 Brian Young              33 Washington DC         28:25 
    2   635 Ryan Parks               33 Fairfax VA            32:40 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1   239 Kathleen West            36 Chantilly VA          37:54 
    2   181 Sally Stevenson          38 Ashburn VA            38:38 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1   601 Gregory Stemberger       35 South Riding VA       28:43 
    2   602 Brian Szabos             38 South Riding VA       29:33 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1   494 Peggy Yetman             43 Leesburg VA           29:15 
    2   323 Jill Benhart             43 Broadlands VA         40:06 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1   467 Andrew O'Brien           41 Centreville VA        30:51 
    2   550 Atle Nesheim             43 Ashburn VA            32:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1   604 Mandana Mortazavi        48 Leesburg VA           35:27 
    2   487 Stephanie Cappiello      48 Ashburn VA            39:27 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1   619 Jim Nielsen              46 Ashburn VA            29:11 
    2   549 Jeff Gilliland           47 Clifton VA            32:34 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1    25 Judy Graham              54 Baltimore MD          37:03 
    2   399 Sarah Buckheit           51 Reston VA             37:59 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1   542 Martin Calhoun           50 Herndon VA            30:18 
    2    24 Nicholas Jones           52 Baltimore MD          32:37 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1    40 Elizabeth Baumgarten     55 Stone Ridge VA        38:14 
    2   497 Carol Beaupre            55 Ashburn VA            45:50 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1   129 Kevin Apsley             55 Herndon VA            35:22 
    2   448 Rob Colburn              56 Ashburn VA            37:01 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1   310 Linda Leatherbury        60 Great Falls VA        69:20 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1   334 Bill Koetter             63 Ashburn VA            42:36 
    2   434 Ting Yi Oei              63 Reston VA             43:56 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 69
    1   254 John Baxter              65 Fairfax VA            41:37 
    2   219 Donald Burnham           65 Aldie VA              48:42 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 99
    1   362 Chan Robbins             74 Arlington VA          40:20 
    2   125 James Chapman            71 Herndon VA            41:17 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   390 Dimitri Shanin          35 M Springfield VA       34:16

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   389 Regina Pace             41 F Springfield VA       41:05

 

by Brenda Barrera March 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm 128 0

By James Moreland
Broadlands, VA
March 19, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Elite racers get ready to rumble in Jon Hickman photo.

On the cusp of spring more than five hundred runners turned out for a glorious day. Scores of children enjoyed the one mile fun run. This race is famous for its scores of prizes for the young ones as well as the large amounts of money designated for Children’s National Medical Center. This year the check was for $65,000. In today’s race one young lady who you might have thought was more suited for the mile earned the “youngest, fastest award.” Ivy Richerson, just five-year-old ran the full five miles in 52:49.

There were some lone, lean runners ready to go after the cash money for the top three. Regulars Demesse Tefera and former winner Gurmessa Megerssa were, as always, among the favorites. Just last week Tefera had won it all at the St. Patrick’s Day 8K in 24:22 and event record holder (23:36) Megerssa had been fourth in 24:49. Megerssa told us that they had been doing some really challenging track workouts and Tefera had overdone it a bit and had to pull out of the race.

There were three sections in the top eight runners. Megerssa was tucked in behind Karl Dusen and David Nightingale going for the cash. Dusen was one of five runners sporting Georgetown Running logos that all finished in the top eight. The course is a fast, fair course but the first mile is a steady uphill to separate the wheat from the chaff. In the second pack Sam Luff and Ryan Hanson of Rockville were taking on Allen Carr of Washington, DC. Carr has not been seen in the last year or so but it is clear he has been training. With a light breeze it is important not to left runners pull away. Drafting helps. A couple hundred meters back Charlie Ban and Jake green were keeping each other honest. Both broke 27:00, which has been fast enough to win this race in past years. Not today.

In 2009 Abraham Ng’etich set the event record in a blazing 23:43. In all, twenty runners have broken 25:00 on this fast, runner friendly course. In the final mile Nightingale (in photo) with the longer legs pulled away to win with 23:56; a tie for the second fastest time for the event. Julius Gwako won a photo finish in that identical time with Michel Khbotov in 2003 on the old course. Megressa loped in shortly afterward in 24:25.

The age groups are only two deep in ten year age groups so the competition is fierce and usually won by the runners who have just entered an age group. Allen Vaughan, 60, was looking around at the start and felt comfortable about his chances. He started out conservatively, taking the first mile in 7:15. Then he just kept powering away to win in a very nice 35:08.

The grandmaster champion was Kevin Washburn, 53, of Centreville, VA (in photo) in 33:40. Everyone recognizes the Washburn name. Walt Washburn, who turns 89 in October, has been a regular on the racing circuit for scores of years. He owns three American records for 80 and older. Until lately he was an active member of the 50 Plus Club, a club with a goal to race fifty races in a year. Walt had a few setbacks but do not be surprised if he comes back out on the roads again. Mike Cannon, who was second grandmaster in 35:02, is also a 50 Plus club member who ran 66 races in 2010. Not far behind is Myron Kremer, 54, of  Winchester, VA who ran 68 races in 2010.

For the women, 49-year-old Linda Foley was one of the pre race favorites. More than once she has been the overall winner and is always ranked near the top of her division. She had a very nice race running mostly alone in 32:41. This year none of the elite open racers were racing here. Foley’s 32:12 only bought her eighth place last year. In 2009 Phebe Ko ran an excellent 27:54 to set the standard for the current course. Naoko Ishibe has the event record racing 27:52 in 2003.

Today Elizabeth Young (in photo) took charge early. She race unchallenged to a nifty 31:28 victory. Amy Franklin, 25, Ashburn, VA was third in 33:31. Just like the men there was a gap and then another pack of three. They flew home in the mid 35:00s. Then the final competitors in the eight pack were Leslie Fajfar and Van Metre veteran Erica Cline just faster than 37:00. Pane, 51, of Clifton, VA was the top grandmaster in 37:26. There no women older than 58 in the event.

Runners delighted to coffee and doughnuts on both sides of the race as well as fresh fruit. No race has more random prizes.

                   Awards Listing (No Duplicate Prizes)
                          Age Groups by Net Time

FEMALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                    Age City                  Time  
===== ===== ======================= === ===================== ===== 
    1   488 Elizabeth Young          31 Washington DC         31:28 
    2   579 Linda Foley              49 Oak Hill VA           32:41 
    3    45 Amy Franklin             25 Ashburn VA            33:31 

MALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                    Age City                  Time  
===== ===== ======================= === ===================== ===== 
    1   572 David Nightingale        25 Washington DC         23:56 
    2   456 Karl Dusen               28 N Bethesda MD         24:03 
    3   600 Gurmessa Megerssa        31 Washington DC         24:25 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 19
    1   100 Amelia Jones             16 Baltimore MD          37:32 
    2   597 Logan Cunningham         13 Ashburn VA            41:27 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 19
    1   262 Sam Coffman              17 Sterling VA           30:35 
    2   263 Micah Coffman            14 Sterling VA           32:03 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 29
    1   517 Autumn Parker            27 Ashburn VA            34:28 
    2   236 Jorie Devine             29 Leesburg VA           35:16 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 29
    1   431 Samuel Luff              24 Rockville MD          25:04 
    2   382 Ryan Hanson              23 Rockville MD          25:15 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39
    1   445 Diane Lathom             39 Ashburn VA            35:24 
    2   612 Erica Cline              32 Ashburn VA            36:45 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39
    1   497 Brian Young              32 Washington DC         28:24 
    2   546 Greg Stemberger          34 South Riding VA       28:37 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49
    1   540 Tonya Stotler            44 Leesburg VA           37:00 
    2   408 Tamara Yoder             44 Aldie VA              38:04 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49
    1   415 Bryan Tenney             43 Ashburn VA            31:05 
    2   512 Philip Baetcke           40 Falls Church VA       32:23 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59
    1   477 Pam Sane                 51 Clifton VA            37:11 
    2   443 Nancy Wallace            51 Ashburn VA            37:46 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59
    1   576 Kevin Washburn           51 Centreville VA        33:39 
    2   323 Michael Cannon           53 Springfield VA        35:00 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69
    1   392 Allen Vaughan            60 Stafford VA           35:07 
    2   207 John Baxter              64 Fairfax VA            37:22 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 99
    1    14 Chan Robbins             73 Arlington VA          41:15 
    2    27 Gary Ehlert              70 Vienna VA             52:55 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   353 Daniel Cardile          36 M Derwood MD           36:11

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   520 Jill Galaida            33 F Broadlands VA        40:13
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