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by David Pittman June 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm 0

Claire Hallissey wasn’t expecting to run an event record Saturday during the Lawyers Have Heart 10k.

“I did a track workout on Thursday,” the 2012 British Olympian said.

Yet the 30-year-old Arlington resident still ran a 34:33, bettering the previous event record by 9 seconds on a cool, overcast morning in Georgetown.

In fact, Hallissey and second place finisher Susanna Sullivan of Falls Church are only the second and third women to break 35 minutes in the event’s 23-year history, taking advantage of the good, June running conditions.

“She turned it on the last mile and just blew me away,” Sullivan, 23, who won last October’s Marine Corps 10k, said.

Sullivan finished in 34:48, just off the previous event record of 34:42 set in 1992 by Baltimore’s Charlotte Thomas.Wayinshet Hailu, 26, came in third at 36:06.

Event organizers called the 1992 10k course much more difficult than Saturday’s having trekked through many more hills around Georgetown’s residential areas.

The course has changed several times in the event’s history. This year’s started on K Street under the Whitehurst Freeway in Georgetown. Runners looped up to the freeway, ran down Canal Street, and turned back near Georgetown’s reservoir.

Hallissey’s appearance on Saturday took runners and event organizers by surprise, not expecting the Olympian, who turned in a 2:35:39 marathon in last summer’s London games, to run.

“I’m happy with how I’m running right now,” Hallissey said, noting her last few 10ks were in the 34-minute range.

Sullivan was trying to sneak up on Hallissey after a slower start and moved just a few strides behind her at the race’s turnaround point near the reservoir.

At that point, Capital Area Runner teammate and men’s leader Chris Mills shouted encouragement, seeing her in second place.

“Then, it was game over,” Sullivan said, referring to Hallissey’s talent and experience. “I had to show my cards.”

Hallissey said later she knew a female competitor was on her heels from the crowds yelling support to those behind her.

Mills, who went on to win the men’s race, called the high 60 degree weather at the start the “perfect temperature.”

Mills of Falls Church broke away from the pack after about 3.5 miles and cruised to a time of 31:15, better second place finisher Birhanu Mekonen by 26 seconds. Dave Burnham of Arlington came in third place with a 32:03.

The men were well off their event record of 29:51 set by Ethoipia’s Gurmessa Kumsa in 2006.

Mekonen and Hailu said after the race they were hampered by a late arrival to the race site and didn’t have a chance to conduct their full warm up.

Mills was proud of his running even splits, coming through the 5k at 15:38. The 23-year-old expected to run a great time, following a 29:09 performance at April 20’s Pike Peek 10k in Rockville.

Women’s fourth place finisher Barbara Fallon Wallace ran a 36:33 and called the conditions a bit muggy. The 39-year-old won last year’s race just 18 months after giving birth to twins.

“At least it was cloudy,” Fallon Wallace said. “It could have been 90 degrees.”

In fact, extreme temperatures two years ago caused organizers to shorten the race to a 5k.

But the event hosted a 5k – aside from 2011’s impromptu change – for the first time in several years in 2013.

The Capital Area Runners dominated the women’s side, taking the top three spots. Erin Taylor, 31, of Arlington led the way with an 18:08, followed by Ashley Kollme of Chevy Chase in 19:07 and Mary Christopher of Washington in 20:32.

“Whenever you can get your teammates in the top three, that’s great,” Taylor said.

Jack Riely, 19, of Silver Spring won the men’s 5k in 16:38.

Kristi Markowicz, 43, of Arlington was the women’s masters winners with a time of 39:13. Edmund Burke, 43, of Burkesville, Md. won the men’s masters race in 33:27.

The event, held annually since 1991, benefits the American Heart Association. Flocks of the law firms around the area organize teams to generate money for the group. So far, the event has raised more than $8 million for the cause.

So far this year, teams have raised in excess of $750,000, according to the event’s website. McDermott Will & Emery raised nearly $20,000 as of Saturday.

“It’s just nice to see some law firms — who don’t have a reputation for promoting the common good — have one Saturday where we’re out for the common good,” Jones Day attorney Ben Katz, 28, said following the race.

His firm raised more than $2,600 for the American Heart Association.

“In the legal community you hear a lot about people who have heart disease,” Jones Day’s Owen Conroy, 30, said. “It’s just nice to show support.”

The backs of Krooth & Altman’s bright yellow team shirts read “Run to remember, Run to Prevent,” an ode to the event’s well-being message.

“A lot of us have had family members or friends we’ve lost to heart disease,” paralegal Kelly Behr said.

The grandfather of Jonathan Singer, 29, of O’Melveny & Myers had a stroke, and building awareness for that was important to him.

“We want to serve the community in a legal capacity, but also give back,” Singer said, adding he ran his first ever road race Saturday, finish the 5k in 32:06.

His team had about twice as many people run this year with about 32 runners.

Many area attorneys run merely for the camaraderie.

“We’ve done this four years now, and every year have doubled in sized,” Paul Brinkman of Quinn Emanuel said.

Lawyers competed in teams of based on law firm size and practice type. Individuals competed for awards based on time in categories such as private practice, corporate lawyer, government lawyer, non-lawyer legal professional, paralegal, law student, and summer associate.

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by Charlie Ban March 10, 2013 at 10:47 pm 0

Hope Wilkes and Beth McClain head downhill in the first mile of the Four Courts Four Miler.                Photo: Charlie Ban

Hope Wilkes and Beth McClain head downhill in the first mile of the Four Courts Four Miler. Photo: Charlie Ban

It all came back in a hurry for Phoebe Markle.

After a few months of no running while she rested her IT band, muscle memory took over as soon as the horn sounded for the Four Courts Four Miler and she tore down Wilson Boulevard. The kind of muscle memory that develops after running two marathons, a half marathon, a half ironman and a 10k in a little more than a month.

“I was on a running high,” she said about her busy competitive schedule last October and November. “I was starting to know what my capabilities were and I didn’t want to stop. I heard about people getting overuse injuries, but I thought I was invincible.

“I wasn’t, not by a long shot.”

With about a month of running under her belt, Markle, of Arlington, pieced together enough raw fitness to finish as the third overall woman, in 25:55, following Claire Hallissey (22:56) and Kristi Markowitz (25:22), both of Arlington.

“I wanted to just get into a race and see how my knee felt,” Markle said. “Once I was running, everything felt fine, so I went for it.”

If all goes well over the next month and a half, she’ll be racing the Nike Women’s Half Marathon.

The course allowed many runners to race with unbridled enthusiasm down Wilson Boulevard and Jefferson Davis Highway before turning around and returning from whence they came. At that point, they faced the consequences of what they had done earlier, climbing back to the Arlington Courthouse Plaza near the eponymous pub. It was good  preparation for St. Patrick’s Day festivities a week later.

Terry Gricher, of Burke, has done the race before but made the same mistake.

“I start out too fast, even though I know better,” he said. “I’m out in 14 (minutes), back in 16. It never seems as bad on the way down as it does on the way back up.”

He tried to warn Kenny Rayner, of Arlington, on the starting line. His words were unheeded. Rayner went out in 4:40 leading Matt Barresi, of Falls Church. Close to the turnaround, Barresi blew by and took the lead to the finish, in 20:18. Burtonsville, Md.’s Edmund Burke also moved ahead to take second in 21:54, with Rayner finishing third in 22:16.

Barresi chose to race to avoid running too hard otherwise. He’s racing the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon and aside from using it as a tuneup, he hoped it would keep him under control.

“I figured hopping in the race would prevent me from getting antsy and going on a 16 mile run or something like that on my own,” he said.

After finishing third in this race last year, he wanted to run faster and to win.

“I pushed the pace the first two miles to give myself a time cushion and knew that I wouldn’t fall apart too much in the end because I’m strong from all of the marathon training,” he said.  “It was tough running uphill into the wind to finish, but I was able to run 13 seconds faster than last year with nobody to chase.  The race gives me a lot of confidence going into the marathon this weekend.”

by Charlie Ban January 3, 2013 at 12:31 am 0

Reston's Alex Benway prepares to break the tape at the Fairfax Four Miler on New Year's Eve.                                                 Photo by Brian Knight

Reston’s Alex Benway prepares to break the tape at the Fairfax Four Miler on New Year’s Eve. Photo by Brian Knight

Whether or not they noticed the symbolism on the starting line, more than a thousand runners sprinted into the darkness at the Fairfax Four Miler, a scant six hours before the new year began.

[button-red url=”http://results.bazumedia.com/event/results/event/event-626″ target=”_self” position=”left”] Results[/button-red]The circumnavigated the George Mason University campus and headed back to the finish line in old town Fairfax. The latest-scheduled of the many New Year’s Eve races, it gave runner a chance to take a stab and a rarely-run distance and a chance for a PR before they went about celebrating the new year however they chose.

About 20 minutes after he left sight, Alex Benway, of Reston, careened down the hill to break the tape in 20:46, ahead ofEdmund Burke’s 21:10 .

Benway ran without a watch and spent two miles catching up with Burke, of Burtonsville, Md.

Again, was it symbolism, the spry 22-year-old passing a man who could legally drink champagne the day he was born? Perhaps not, but it gave the recent Clarkson University graduate the kind of race he needed, firm pavement after spending 10k picking his feet out of mud three weeks prior at the USATF Club Cross Country Championship in Lexington, Ky.

“I was comfortable out there,” he said. “I didn’t catch any splits, but I tried not to get in trouble going out too hard. I didn’t expect (Burke) to go out so fast, so I just spent two miles working my way up there and by mile three I felt pretty good.”

Benway, nicknamed “Viking” for his Nordic skiing pastime, was recently named rookie of the year for the Georgetown Running Club.

On the women’s side, Anna Corrigan, a graduate student at the University of California, outlasted course record holderMindy Sullivan of Woodbridge, 22:36 to 22:47.

Corrigan never really got an idea of her positioning during the race.

“It was so dark, I couldn’t figure out who was a guy and who was a girl,” she said. “I just kept running.”

A 10k specialist while an undergrad at the University of Virginia, Corrigan was pleased to run four miles, rather than 5k. She and her friends chose the race earlier in the day. A Burke native, she ran at Lake Braddock High School, which recently won a state cross country title.

Katie Sheedy, of Washington, D.C. came back to the race after trying it out in 2011, and brought a few friends along before they convened for a potluck.

“It was well lit, but looking out for potholes is a challenge I’m not used to,” she said. “I’m usually a morning runner, so this is a novelty for me.”

She ran faster than last year, despite not fully committing to racing at the time.

“It was just a great way to finish of 2012 and get ready to start 2013,” she said.

Her friend Joe Coyne, of Washington, managed to edge Jennifer Leehey, bringing his record against her this year to 1-7, or 1-8.

“Usually when she beats me, it’s by more like 15 minutes,” he said. “But I got her tonight!”

The runners in the crowd had a variety of new year’s resolutions related to their running.

Kristina Mickey, of Fairfax, Va., hopes to be able to maintain 8:00 pace for 5k.

“We’ll see how that training mixes with my Crossfit,” she said.

by Dickson Mercer July 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm 111 0

By Dickson Mercer

For July, the weather was perfect. But at the fifth annual Crystal City Twilighter, held last night in Arlington, VA, there was something else in the air – in addition to a pleasant mist.

Teamwork.

Regional USATF clubs – each able to enter multiple teams of three runners – competed for a top prize of $1,000 over a fast course.  (The course records are 14:03 for men and 16:21 for women.)

[button-red url=”http://results.bazumedia.com/event/results/event/event-619″ target=”_self” position=”left”] Results [/button-red]Additionally, more than 100 prep runners – and roughly a dozen area high school club teams – participated in the High School Club Team Challenge. The top club team was Washington, DC’s Gonzaga College High School Club, while Nick Bussian of Nokesville, VA was the top prep runner, finishing in 16:53.

And for more than 20 police officers from Washington, DC and Northern Virginia, the Crystal City Twilighter was the capstone to seven weeks of training through a new program called Fit For Duty.

One of Fit For Duty’s volunteer coaches, Ty Heaton, said that all of the program’s participants finished and enjoyed the experience.

“They are looking to spread the word for next year, make it a bigger program … some want to do 5Ks in the fall to see how they can do,” he said.

In the men’s race, with less than a mile to go, Frank DeVar, Sean Graham, and Steve Hallinan – all in the lead pack – were focused on the same prize. As DeVar put it, the goal was to have their Pacers club go “one, two, three.”

“We all run with Pacers,” Graham said, who won in 15:03, two seconds ahead of DeVar. “We run together, train together – it’s hard not to race together, too.”

But Richmond’s Piotr Dybas sure made it interesting. With less than a quarter-mile to go, the 25-year-old made a bold move to the front. And while Graham and DeVar managed to reel him in, Dybas, 25, succeeded in splitting up the group. He took third in 15:08, holding off Pacers’ Steve Hallinan in 15:11 and Jeff Brannigan in 15:23.

The top team, officially, was DeVar, Hallinan, and Brannigan. Dybas led the second-place squad, RVATC, with fellow Richmond residents Jon Molz (7th, 15:43) and Guy Alton (8th, 15:45). In third was another Pacers squad – this one comprised of Graham, Tripp Southerland (12th, 16:12), and Chris Boyd (22nd, 16:43).

For the women, Maggie Infeld, who competes for the New York Athletic Club, won in 16:52.

Infeld, 26, of DC recently competed in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in both the 800 and the 1500, in which she placed 7th in 4:08.32. After the trials, Infeld, currently in her third year of medical school, started a surgery rotation, she said. As of late, she has had little time to run, let alone train.

“I love D.C. area road races because it forces you to get in a hard effort that’s hard to get in otherwise,” she said.

After Infeld, the next three spots belonged to Pacers’ Lauren Centrowitz (17:20), Kerri Gallagher (17:28) and Erin Koch (17:30) – all members of the winning club.

The 2nd place female team, Georgetown Running Company, was led by Laura O’Hara, who was 9th in 18:50, with teammates Teal Connor and Kyra Rathbun both just a second behind her.

Pacers’ 3rd place female team included Lindsay Ritchings (6th, 18:07), Ashley Campbell (14th, 19:15), and Veronica Tinney (22nd in 20:08).

In the master’s division, Edmund Burke (left) of Burtonsville, MD was top male in 16:35, good for 18th overall. Alisa Harvey of Manassas, VA was top female in 18:42, good for 8th overall.

For all runners, the cool temperatures were a relief.  (At last year’s race, the temperature was right around 100 degrees.)

“Given the last couple weeks,” Willis McCloud, 53, of Woodbridge, VA, said, “a lot of us were really apprehensive about what the conditions were going to be like today – so this was perfect.”

McCloud ran last year’s Marine Corps Marathon and now is training for a Tough Mudder competition, he said. And after finishing the race in 24:36, he cheered on other runners entering the final stretch – his way of returning the favor.

“There was a lot of fan participation during the race,” he said, “which for me always helps. I like when there are a lot of people on the sides, cheering, holding signs up.”

Fellow Marine Corps Marathon finisher Crystal Douglas, 47, who ran the race with her husband, Lewis Douglas, 45, also enjoyed the atmosphere, she said.

“It was very lively,” she said. “Plus, we’ve never done a night race – so that was cool.”

Cool, indeed.

“Compared to last year,” DeVar said of the weather, “this was perfection.”

by Steve Nearman October 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm 108 0

By Steve Nearman
Arlington, VA
October 09, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Tesfaye Sendeku left little drama today at the nation’s largest 10-mile footrace, the Army Ten-Miler. Just two miles into the race along Constitution Avenue, he already was 19 seconds ahead of the field. By the midpoint near the Washington Monument, he was 38 ticks out front.

That was a wild contrast to the women’s race behind him. It turned into a battle of three international teammates with one local American closely trailing and hoping to spoil a sweep. Such were the storylines of the 27th running of the Army Ten-Miler. Staged out of the Pentagon North parking lot for the first time in at least a decade, some 23,300 starters and 21,890 finishers of the 30,000 entries enjoyed superb weather conditions – temperatures in the upper 50s to lower 60s, calm breezes and low humidity.

The first people to benefit from the conditions were the Golden Knights, who to a man landed on the bulls-eye near the start line as they parachuted down from high in the sky. Then off went the early starters, consisting of dozens and dozens of hand-cyclists, some visually-impaired runners, and scores of
Wounded Warriors.

It was the Wounded Warriors that moved Sendeku on this morning. While he was using the race as a long tempo run in preparation for the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon just six days away, he had other motivations for passing up a paycheck elsewhere to run Army for free.

“I didn’t care about time, I just wanted to win,” said Sendeku, who forgot to start his watch before finishing in 47:51. “I came to support the Army and the Wounded Warriors program. [Army Ten-Miler] has no prize money. It is more than the prize money. I’m very glad to run for the Wounded Warriors.” His team ran this year to honor David Wynne Francis, an Army veteran who passed away last month.

Two 28-year-olds with the Army’s World Class Athlete Program training at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO – Robert Cheseret, brother of U.S. record holder Bernard Lagat, and Augustus Maiyo, a Kenyan-turned-American – pursued Sendeku for most of the race and had to sort it out for second with a kick in the last 50 meters. They finished second and third, respectively, with the same time of 48:21.

The Brazilian Army team again performed admirably, placing Frank De Almeida (4th in 48:46) , Clodoaldo  Da Silva (5th in 48:56), 2008 Army champ Reginaldo Campos Jr. (7th in 49:11) and Cicero Da Rocha (8th in 49:21) in the top 10.

But the drama was in the women’s race. Teammates Tezata Dengera, Serkalem Abrha-Biset (left), and Shiferaw Tiringo-Getachew, who train together in Washington, exchanged the lead in a tight pack from early on with Amanda Rice of North Bethesda closely clinging on in fourth. They passed through five miles in 28:18 and 10K in 35:14, and it was not until shortly before nine miles on the 14th Street Bridge that Rice, a U.S. Navy lieutenant at Bethesda Naval Hospital, fell off for good and eventually ended up fourth in 57:17.

The 30-year-old Dengera, a Turkish citizen born in Ethiopia, waited until the last half mile to unleash her kick, triumphing in 56:35. Abrha-Biset, still recovering from a marathon in Montreal two weeks ago, could not respond, following five seconds later and Tiringo-Getachew was right behind her.

“I’m still tired from the marathon I ran two weeks ago in Montreal,” the 24-year-old Abrha-Biset said, clocking 56:40.

“And I knew that,” Dengera countered with a smile. “I ran the first half of the race pretty comfortable. It was according to the plan I made during training.”

Tiringo-Getachew said she was happy with third in 56:44.

For 2004 Olympian Dan Browne of Chula Vista, CA, victor here in 1997, 1998, and 2004, he was hampered by a nagging right hip injury and never challenged, struggling in at 44th place in 54:27.

Peggy Yetman of Leesburg, VA, repeated as top female master in 1:00:01 and Edmund Burke of Burtonsville, MD, took male masters honors in 52:57.

“I dropped off a little at the end,” said Yetman, a 42-year-old mother of two in training for Ironman Cozumel in November to add to three Ironman Kona podium finishes. “I went out conservatively so I wouldn’t blow up.”

Results
Top Men
1.   Tesfaye Sendeku, ETHIOPIA/CA, 47:51
2.   Robert Cheseret, Colorado Springs, CO, 48:21
3.   Augustus Maiyo, Colorado Springs, CO, 48:21
4.   Frankc De Almeida, BRAZIL, 48:46
5.   Clodoaldo Da Silva, BRAZIL, 48:56
6.   Tariku Bokan, ETHIOPIA/MD, 49:08
7.   Reginaldo Campos Jr., BRAZIL, 49:11
8.   Cicero Da Rocha, BRAZIL, 49:21
9.   John Mickowski, Colorado Springs, CO, 49:37
10.  Charles Ware III, Wheeling, IL, 49:46

Top Masters
1.    Edmund Burke, Burtonsville, MD, 52:57
2.    Mike Scannell, Gland Blanc, MI, 53:39
3.    Liam Collins, Cortlandt Manor, NY, 54:13

Top Women
1.   Tezata Dengera, TURKEY/Washington, DC, 56:35
2.   Serkalem Abrha-Biset, ETHIOPIA /Washington, DC, 56:40
3.   Shiferaw Tiringo-Getachew, ETHIOPIA/Washington, DC, 56:44
4.   Amanda Rice, N. Bethesda, MD, 57:17
5.   Erin Koch, Chevy Chase, MD, 57:48
6.   Emily Shertzer, Jonestown, PA, 58:00
7.   Kelly Calway, Manitou Springs, CO, 58:04
8.   Emily Potter, Southern Pines, NC, 58:23
9.   Caitlin Chrisman, Charlotte, NC, 58:34
10.  Meagan Neldo, Charlotte, NC, 58:56

Top Masters
1.      Peggy Yetman, Leesburg, VA, 1:00:01
2.      Alisa Harvey, Manassas, VA, 1:01:56
3.      Bethann Telford, Fairfax, VA, 1:04:45

by James Moreland July 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm 107 0

By James Moreland
Crystal City, VA
July 23, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

A look at the start before the runners lined up.

This race is an event. Wandering around the center you could easily see this event was fully prepared with food and drink, from Budweiser to Muscle Milk with a side of ice cold water in between. Some of the other events closed up shop with the record heat wave this week but Pacers knew that runners are a tenacious bunch.

They knew they would be coming in record numbers. Some would be reveling in the fact that it was so hot. Last weekend Rockville Rotary Twilight 8k proved that a well planned can handle just about anything. Those who did not know they could not handle it… handled it. Michael Wardian coming off a treadmill marathon the night before was all smiles before launching into a solid 16:24 that made him the top submaster.

Wardian, (left) among a long list of Chuck Moeser fans, echoed his credo that anything is possible just go after it was zest. Mega mile Mike has already qualified for the Olympic Trails qualifying PR at Grandmas (2:17:49). Still, he was justly even more proud of his third place finish at the where few dare to tread Bad Water Ultra Marathon where he ran 135 miles in 26:22.

Steve Hallinan, winner of last fall’s Capital Running Company Veterans Day 10k in 29:54, was the clear favorite as the massive field pressed across the starting line. Make no mistake even with tough conditions; this field like past years is packed with elite runners.  Last year was nearly as hot as Julius Kogo hosed the field with an incredible 14:03. This year while much of the field was winding past the finish line at the halfway of the double out and back course, Hallinan was easily winning in the 11th time in the first four years that was faster than 15:00.

Seventy meters back Birhanu Feysa glanced nervously over his shoulder like he was making a jail break. Then he turned back realizing that he had number two in the bag with a swift 15:02. The next three came in with a rush, led by Fasil Bizuneh of Flagstaff, AZ.  Frank Devar had his fastest time of three races in 15:10 though the first two years was a slightly different course that was perhaps slightly hillier.

This course is pancake flat though runners seem pleased by the downhill (maybe a foot) in the first mile versus the dreaded last mile (maybe two feet up hill). Maybe there were just a little more heated then ya think?

Fifth place Andrew Dumm may have felt the heat even more as the last two years he had been well under 15:00. His time of 15:13 was just ahead of Bert Rodriguez who had been faster than 15:00 when he won it all at the Clarendon 5K last fall.

The top master was no surprise though it was well off Edmund Burke’s overall win at the Crystal City Friday race in the spring. Anytime you have 25 men faster than 17:00 who know you have a competitive race.

For the women, before the race Alisa Harvey, 45, was alluding to how hard hot weather can be on racers. Modest but realistic, when she is not expecting to be the overall winner, you know you have a tough field. Last year another masters runner Elena Orlova won it all in 17:20, and she was 20th overall. Did we mention that it was hot this year? After the race Harvey was asked if she saw Orlova. Her answer was “Briefly at the start and then whoosh!”

Tezata Dengarsa has been dominating all year winning the spring rankings. She raced Pike’s Peek in 33:59 while Orlova has been regrouping for the first six months of the year and had a tepid race there in 38:12. Last week she ran the Twilight 8K to a masters victory in 29:36 but Dengarsa had a 5K victory in June at 16:42. At the gun Dengarsa pulled away to win in 17:11. That was the same time that Orlova ran in 2009 to finish third overall.

This year Erin Koch moved ahead at the finish in 17:36 to edge Orlova (17:38) and hard charging Lisa Thomas (17:41). Thomas had been third overall last week in Rockville with 28:47 so it is clear that Orlova is making her way back to the full speed that earned her the highest ranking for a master runner in 2010.

Alisa Harvey (left) is at her best in the first mile of a race with world class middle distance speed. Still her masters win in 18:34 would have made all but seven of the women jealous. She had been third overall in the inaugural year with 17:42.

For the grandmasters, Jean Christophe Arcaz continues to make it look easy with a blazing 18:25. Heather Sanders, 56, whipped all the runners 50-59 by at least a minute, and there were appropriately fifty of them.

Before the race runners were continuously warned about the heat. There were two water stations on the course as well as and sponge station and a mist making machine. We all sweated copiously anyway. At the finish there were many barrels of iced water bottles. Eager runners clustered around the first couple of barrels which were refilled a number of times. Smarter, stronger runners moved past them to the still full and ultra chilled barrels further back.

Just past the liquid was the food tent. After runners walked through grabbing chips and fruit there was a Muscle Mile stand. Following that was the McCafe truck and then the King of Beers as runners circled back around to their bag check area. Hundreds hung around listening to the invigorating music. Now the breeze seemed almost cooling in the shaded park in the middle of the square. That is where the awards started promptly at 9:30.

With plentiful free parking and all these amenities, it is no wonder why this twilight race continues to grow.

AWARDS LIST 

                         FEMALE OVERALL RESULTS

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time Net Time 
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ======== ======== 
    1  2653 Tezata Dengarsa        29 Arlington          VA 17:10.40 17:10.40 
    2    16 Erin Koch              23 Chevy Chase        MD 17:35.79 17:35.79 
    3  2109 Elena Orlova           41 Gaithersburg       MD 17:38.00 17:38.00 
    4  2075 Lisa Thomas            35 Alexandria         VA 17:40.69 17:40.69 
    5  2375 Stefanie Slekis        23 Dumfries           VA 17:58.69 17:58.69 

                           MALE OVERALL RESULTS

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time Net Time 
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ======== ======== 
    1    11 Steve Hallinan         25 Washington         DC 14:50.08 14:50.08 
    2  2650 Birhanu Alemu Feysa    29 Silver Spring      MD 15:01.32 15:01.32 
    3  1153 Fasil Bizuneh          31 Flagstaff          AZ 15:06.21 15:06.21 
    4  1152 Frank Devar            23 Washington         DC 15:09.45 15:09.45 
    5    67 Andrew Dumm            26 Arlington          VA 15:12.84 15:12.84 

                         FEMALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 5

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1607 Ella Harrison           5 Falls Church       VA   44:43.6   42:20.0 

                          MALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 5

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1638 Alex Horowitz           5 Washington         DC   37:43.4   34:55.0 

                         FEMALE AGE GROUP:  6 - 10

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2122 Anissa Cheikh          10 Annandale          VA   30:45.5   30:30.4 
    2  1759 Michelle Emery         10 Arlington          VA   34:11.9   32:53.5 
    3  2364 Olivia Nammo            8 Arlington          VA   36:37.1   35:16.7 

                          MALE AGE GROUP:  6 - 10

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1610 Rheinhardt Harrison     7 Falls Church       VA   24:27.3   24:13.2 
    2  1578 Blake Deterding         7 Alexandria         VA   29:48.4   29:00.4 
    3  2946 Michael Halpern         7 Anchorage          AK   32:50.4   32:19.1 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  11 - 14

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2005 Brenda Rosas           12 Silver Spring      MD   23:34.2   23:34.2 
    2  2035 Katie Rogers           13 Alexandria         VA   24:17.7   23:55.8 
    3  2451 Adriana Rosas          11 Silver Spring      MD   24:38.8   24:38.8 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  11 - 14

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2381 John Rangel            14                         19:43.0   19:42.4 
    2  1540 Alex Min               14 Burke              VA   25:05.7   23:21.2 
    3  1921 Lozie Goolsby          14 Alexandria         VA   24:03.5   23:40.9 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  15 - 18

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1281 Amanda Parker          18 Burke              VA   22:31.6   22:06.3 
    2  2053 Kendall Cowne          16 Chantilly          VA   24:00.3   22:22.8 
    3  2413 Nina Srikongyos        17 Springfield        VA   23:19.3   22:30.0 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  15 - 18

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2909 Lou Colson             15 Alexandria         VA   16:42.1   16:40.7 
    2  2048 Dagmawi Abebe          17 Gaithersburg       MD   17:09.1   17:09.1 
    3  2113 Luke Levan             18 Burke              VA   17:14.2   17:13.7 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  19 - 29

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2649 Keneni Chala           28 Washington         DC   18:24.4   18:24.4 
    2  2038 Erin Swain             29 Arlington          VA   18:38.4   18:38.4 
    3    68 Laurel MacMillan       21 Arlington          VA   19:07.5   19:07.5 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  19 - 29

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1    60 Will Viviani           29 Arlington          VA   15:24.0   15:24.0 
    2    57 Jeff Brannigan         22 Washington         DC   15:27.2   15:27.2 
    3  2356 Ryan Foster            26 Arlington          VA   15:33.4   15:33.4 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2040 Lindsay Wilkins        33 Arlington          VA   18:17.7   18:17.7 
    2  2929 Jackie Gruendel        36 Clifton           VA   18:52.6   18:52.5 
    3   100 Annie Grondin          38 Arlington          VA   20:22.6   20:17.4 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1807 Bert Rodriguez         31 Arlington          VA   15:18.4   15:18.4 
    2  2652 Tareku Bokan           30 Herndon            VA   15:30.4   15:30.4 
    3  2248 Michael Wardian        37 Arlington          VA   16:23.2   16:23.2 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1    18 Alisa Harvey           45 Manassas           VA   18:34.2   18:34.2 
    2    58 Kristi Markowicz       41 Arlington          VA   19:09.5   19:09.5 
    3  1682 Corky Sturtevant       41 Springfield        VA   22:51.7   22:36.3 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1    53 Edmund Burke           42 Burtonsville       MD   16:54.0   16:54.0 
    2  1446 Bill Pemberton         40 Alexandria         VA   17:17.5   17:16.0 
    3  2666 Derik Thomas           45 Alexandria         VA   17:38.6   17:38.6 

                        Female Age Group:  50 - 59

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2627 Heather Sanders        56 Mclean             VA   23:40.4   23:33.4 
    2  2010 Linda Kennedy          50 Alexandria         VA   24:52.0   24:08.7 
    3  2805 Dorothy Wright         53 Dumfries           VA   27:18.0   26:56.1 

                         Male Age Group:  50 - 59

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2613 Jean-Christophe Arcaz  50 Rockville          MD   18:25.1   18:25.1 
    2  1107 Peter Cini             53 Fairfax            VA   19:57.1   19:55.2 
    3  1141 Scott Livingston       51 Pittsburgh         PA   20:27.5   20:24.5 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 69

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1755 Mary Kessler           62 Wallingford        PA   26:41.9   26:30.4 
    2  1754 Melanie Brennan        61 Alexandria         VA   32:20.2   32:07.9 
    3  1932 Wilma Uribe            61 Alexandria         VA   35:48.4   34:49.8 

                         Male Age Group:  60 - 69

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2209 Bob Hersh              60 Arlington          VA   25:20.9   24:39.6 
    2  1716 James Carey            60 Alexandria         VA   27:28.7   26:47.9 
    3  2698 Richard Turner         60 Washington         DC   28:25.7   26:49.9 

                        Female Age Group:  70 - 99

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1428 Frances Widmann        76 Chapel Hill        NC   32:48.2   31:52.6 

                         Male Age Group:  70 - 99

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1515 Ken Quincy             73 Vienna             VA   29:18.1   29:14.7 
    2  2134 Robert Gurtler         76 The Plains         VA   33:40.0   32:54.6 
    3  1251 John Finney Jr.        71 Arlington          VA   34:15.0   33:09.4

 

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