Over five weeks this spring, Susanna Sullivan ran four races.
A nation-leading 26:51 at the St. Patrick’s Day 8k. A week later, second at Virginia Beach’s Shamrock Half Marathon in 1:14:22. After a break, second at the Collegiate Running Association championships at Richmond’s Monument Avenue 10k with a 33:42, a pace she nearly matched eight days later en route to a 54:31 finish at the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, fourth place in the U.S. 10 mile championship race.
Two years ago, that would have been unthinkable. Not the times, but running two races, let alone four, in five weeks.
“I got so used to being hurt that if someone would talk about a race a month away, even if I was healthy, I could never get my hopes up or realistically think I’d be able to race it,” she said. “Even my first year after college, I expected to be broken in half a week later.”
But it didn’t happen, and now she has a race on her calendar more than a just few weeks away — Feb. 13, 2016 in Los Angeles– the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Her time at Shamrock — the race she thought was the worst in that stretch — won her an invitation, and as she approaches two years since her post-collegiate running career began, she’s enjoying training consistency she hadn’t known since she left for Notre Dame.
Following her successful career at George Mason High School, she had every reason to expect dramatic improvement.
“I assumed I’d have people to run with, and with their coaches and facilities, I thought it would be perfect, being surrounded by people who were competitive,” she said. “It didn’t turn out to be what I expected.”
While her times did improve, it wasn’t a smooth ride. As injuries invariably followed her good training weeks, she broadened her life away from the track so that the times she’d be forced from it wouldn’t be as distressing. With a few months to go before graduation, a broken foot sidelined her for most of her last semester, but the way she answered set the stage for her future.
“I figured I could mope around with a broken foot and wear a boot at graduation, or see what I could do,” she said.
Sullivan put in several hours a day in the pool and the Alter-G treadmill, working like a maniac, as she put it. All for the hopes of a few more chances to race. Not the routine of a senior who had checked out.
And it paid off. She ran at the Big East championship meet and scored her only collegiate victory at her final race –at Grand Valley State — before coming home to Falls Church with physiological momentum but emotional uncertainty.
Desperate to break out of her malaise, wanting to run fast but shy of putting herself out there again, she considered transitioning to running for fun, maybe picking up ballet and French classes, but she couldn’t see herself putting running too deeply into the background.
“I love running more than anything in the world,” she said. “I thought that maybe, when running is just fun, when there are no expectations, it would stop being so frustrating,” she said. Soon after coming home, she joined the Capital Area Runners and found coach George Buckheit‘s approach to be exactly what she needed.
“He knew where I was coming from — a place of deep frustration,” she said. “Everyone has fun at CAR, but he made sure I stayed relaxed.”
Buckheit also saw what the problem was, and how her spring led her on the way to fixing it.
“Like many distance runners, she would always pound herself until she got injured and she was injured frequently,” he said. “She did way too much anaerobic work and had way too few recovery days built into her training.”
Her first summer, she committed to building an aerobic base, one she found herself missing when she tried frantically to catch up following collegiate injuries.
“It was a bit of a battle to convince her that she could race a lot faster if she simply slowed down her training but did more of it, but she’s become more and more confident with that approach as she’s continued to see her PRs improve,” Buckheit added. “Even though she’s almost doubled her total weekly training volume, she’s putting less total stress on her body by pulling back on the anaerobic work and making sure that her recovery days truly are easy aerobic days.”
Within her first few weeks, Sullivan was cashing in that time she banked in the pool and on the treadmill, taking off immediately in her new training environment.
“I didn’t even look at the workouts until I got to the track, there were very competitive people, but nobody takes it over the top. It was so refreshing,” she said. “I was sold from day one.”
All the while, she’s been spending her days on her feet as a kindergarten teacher in Fairfax County.
“I’ve wondered if it’s good for running, bad for running or neutral, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it benefits (running),” she said. “I read about how sitting is crummy for everything. Steps divide our classroom — it’s like I do box steps all day.”
She relishes working with her co-teacher, whom she calls “a master of kindergarten.”
“I love early brain development and it’s really cool to watch the kids put it together, make the little connections and see them become big connections,” she said.
Sullivan has put a few things together, too.
Her first half marathon — the 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half — was long enough to seem like a challenge, but her sub 1:20 time convinced her, and Buckheit, that she had an aptitude for long distances. Over the next year, she set PRs in every distance and became a regular on local podiums. During her return to Philly in 2013, she took a swing at the Olympic Marathon Trials B standard half marathon time of 1:15. A side stitch in the last mile kept her from closing, but in the process she topped local Olympic 5k runner Julie Culley and marathon trials qualifier Christine Ramsey.
From there, she focused on Shamrock, in March 2014, set on solving that last mile and earning her ticket to the trials. Memories of rough half marathons before dogged her, but she was fortunate to miss the savage ocean wings that plagued marathoners later that morning.
“I feel so blessed that the worst race (in her five-week spring season) would end up as a trials qualifier,” she said. “I felt like I was uptight the whole race, I didn’t know when I’d “have it.’ But, when I was two miles from the finish, I thought I’d really have to screw this up.”
Ahead of Cherry Blossom, Buckheit told her not to be surprised if she was running her 10k pace. When Sullivan found the pack of Americans chasing eventual champion Janet Bawcom and Sarah Hall, she thought it “was cool to be racing with these women who were pretty good,” including national-class runners Frances Koons, Brianne Nelson and three-time Olympian Jen Rhines.
“I felt like it was inevitable that I was going to be dropped, but the longer I held on, the better my time was going to be,” she said. “At five miles, I knew I could hang in until eight. With just under a mile to go, I thought I would give it a shot. I wasn’t pulling away too much. I don’t know why I made a move.”
Though she lost to Koons in a kick, she finished ahead of Nelson and Rhines, and probably made the difference between fourth place and farther back in the pack.
“George told me to be brave, and that’s been the theme the past month — getting in and rolling with girls I don’t think I can race with,” she said.
Now she sets her sights on the big one — the marathon. She’s going to try it out before the Olympic Trials, and plans on October’s Twin Cities Marathon. As she advanced her mileage, she scratched 95 miles a week earlier in the year, to see how her body reacted and give her a preview of training for 26.2 miles.
“The marathon, I wasn’t really sold on it until this string of races,” she said. “At this point I trust anything that comes out of George’s mouth. If he says I can do it, I’m going to try.”
This story originally appeared in the May/June 2014 RunWashington.
It’s frustrating when people attribute competitive athletes’ success to natural ability.
Anyone who dabbles in competitive endurance sports knows natural ability will only take you so far. The mind and the heart separate the good from the truly great. In every elite athlete there is a visible intensity with which they pursue nearly everything they do.
That describes Patrick Fernandez, an officer in the United States Coast Guard stationed in the National Capital region and one of the military’s top distance runners. I understand why he is a truly great runner. He finds inspiration all around him — what would seem an obstacle is to him a welcome challenge and he sees every day as an opportunity for self improvement.
With this approach, I don’t think anything will stop him from achieving his lofty goals in running, in the military and in life. One of which is the Marine Corps Marathon this fall. Later, a U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying time in the marathon (sub-2:18). Patrick finds inspiration and motivation to fuel his athletic pursuits through his day-to-day experiences and in the people that surround him. His grandfather was a competitive distance runner. In grade school a gym teacher noticed running distances came somewhat easily to Pat. With his grandfather’s influence and encouragement from his gym teacher, he competed in his first official running race in third grade. From there the love and passion for running only grew. Patrick ran on his high school’s first cross country team to make the California state meet, then on the track and cross country teams at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Though he was a successful runner through high school and college, it wasn’t until after college, when most athletes’ interest in training wanes, that Patrick really found his stride.
As an active duty Coast Guardsman, Patrick faces a bombardment of obstacles to training. Facing an inconsistent sleep schedule, and piecewise training, he saw training while at sea as keeping him grounded. Port calls were opportunities to experience exotic locations in a way others could not. From hours in a metal box running on a treadmill, the ship rolling with the sea, to climbs up Mount Ballyhoo in Dutch Harbor overlooking the snowcapped peaks of the Aleutian islands.
He had one of his breakthrough performances during his first attempt at the Marine Corps Marathon. He set a challenging goal of finishing in the top 10 in under 2:30, but he was weighed down by thoughts that the goal was too ambitious. Instead of letting doubt and negativity take over, Pat found the motivation he needed during a training run in Washington, D.C. Halfway through a 20-mile run, he stopped to read the granite monoliths surrounding the Theodore Roosevelt Island memorial. On the tablet titled Manhood was the quote “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
While he may have heard these words in the past, reading them at that moment was exactly the reminder Patrick needed that the only route to greatness involved facing his self doubt head on.
He stepped up to the starting line of his first marathon reciting Roosevelt’s words in his mind. Patrick went on to wipe away any bit of reservation he had about his ability to race 26.2 miles. He ran his way into third place in 2:26, surpassing what he earlier thought was too ambitious a goal.
To concisely explain his feelings toward competitive running Pat directed me toward a quote from the book Again to Carthage, by
John L. Parker, Jr. He felt it perfectly described why he loves competitive running and why he eagerly takes on the hardships of training.
“When you’re a competitive runner in training you are constantly in a process of ascending…It’s not something most human beings would give a moment of consideration to, that it is actually possible to be living for years in a state of constant betterment. To consider that you are better today than you were yesterday or a year ago, and that you will be better still tomorrow or next week… That if you’re doing it right you are an organism constantly evolving toward some agreed-upon approximation of excellence.”
The human body and mind have boundless capabilities. With hard work and self discipline anything is possible. The mindset drive’s Patrick’s intensive training and it is why he has continued to improve as a runner. His next goal is an Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon, sub 2:18. He has since joined the Capital Area Runners and is coached by
George Buckheit, leading to a remarkable year, including victory at the Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg, Va. in 1:11 and the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon.
The Athlete, by Patrick Fernandez
The Athlete indeed is a breed that is rare,
His lungs need much more than a mere mortal’s air;
He’ll inhale his Dreams, and exhale the Impossible,
To suffocate Doubt, and surmount every obstacle.
He cannot subsist on just bland food and drink,
His body needs more to be pushed to the brink;
Victory his prey, which he stalks in life’s jungle,
He feeds on great feats, to ensure Failure crumbles.
His muscles, though strong, cannot fully contract,
Unless he has in him a reason to act;
With Hope as his weight, he will strengthen his soul,
To lift all that’s daunting, and reach for his goal.
It isn’t just blood flowing deep in his veins,
His heart needs a means to erode what constrains;
Belief mixed with Grit are pumped into each limb,
To ignite both his Drive and Desire to win.
His habitat more than some comfort-filled cage,
His sheer Will alone needs a much larger stage;
The whole world his book, where he writes his own chapters,
To publish his Courage and show what he’s mastered.
Though his body may slumber, his mind never rests,
Preparing itself for a new day of tests;
And when the sun rises, so too does his Pain,
Which he gladly endures, to lend History his name.
So should you encounter this rare, untamed breed,
You’ll know why he suffers, you’ll know why he bleeds;
It’s more than just proving how strong or how swift,
It’s to cast off life’s limits, and unleash life’s Gifts!
By James Moreland
June 11, 2011
For the Washington Running Report
Virginia Pons moves past the starting line at the first loop.
The Potomac River Twilight 4 mile race has built a solid reputation as a family event. While providing some of most competitive races at this less than common distance, the well attended mile fun run and all the entertainment after the event keep the race high in recidivism. While the classic rock band Dolley Sodds was warming up, event director Ray Pugsley was scurrying around filling a kid’s pool with ice to cool off the many different kinds of liquid refreshment awaiting the returning road warriors. Everyone knows that in this region June is really summer no matter what the calendar says. Pugsley was smiling as he said, “We dodged a bullet.” Indeed, after two record setting days in the last week, this year’s temperature in the low 80s seemed almost kind.
Owning the fourth fastest time of 20:07 from his runner-up spot in 2009 made Aaron Church, 35, the favorite. Church (left takes the final strides) was coming off a top ranking in the winter in his division and he was feeling good. Still, nobody told the other racers that he would win. On the way back past the starting line at about 2K in the race Church was riding easily in the back of a pack of seven racers. They had cruised through the opening mile in 4:49, which would put them on pace to take on Steve Crane’s event record of 19:47 from 2008. The race announcer keep the finish line informed by radio as they pushed through the next mile still sub 5:00.
Though perhaps the kindest day of the first five years, the race was really heating up, in more ways than one. After the race was done Church noted that he did not have a real speed, [not] and he made his break about 2.5 miles into the event. He did not want to leave the race to a sprint at the end. As the pack broke up a couple of the racers called it quits and dropped. Kent Pecora was from North Carolina and an unknown, clinging to the pace. Hugh Toland had won three races in the spring including a 15:45 5K. Ryan Deak had two wins and a 15:44 5K. As the runners came in view for the final two hundred meters, it was clear that Church would prevail. Church’s only race in the spring was a third overall four mile race in 20:43. This time he improved his pace to take it all in an event age group record 20:25. Pecora was next in 20:38. Deak looked really tired for a man moving so fast and settled for third place cash at 20:46. Toland was fourth in 21:02.
Coming up form the south was Williamsburg’s John Piggott. Piggott, 46, (left) as always, is training for the half marathon where he seems to excel the best. He had run 14 miles in the morning but “no one was pushing” him. As it turned out, he ended up in no man’s land in the race with no one within sight of him on either side. He did not even feel the pressure to press at the end. Still, he slipped in past the former course record held by the formidable Ted Poulos (22:42 – 2007) with a fine 22:30. That is the second fastest master time behind Darrell General’s 21:28 set in 2007.
Elite grandmaster George Buckheit (below) had the third fastest 50 and older time and one of the best lifetime racing résumés in the region – PR of 13:43 for 5K and 28:39 for 10K. Still, he just laughed when asked if he was going to break the tape this time. New minted grandmaster Jean Christophe Arcaz is a prolific racer and he always seems to do his best when the competition is tough. During his forties he and Ted Poulos had scores of close battles. This time he took the top grandmaster spot in 23:42 for 13th overall. The grandmaster best was set by Chuck Moeser in 2009 with 23:15.
Former age group winner Richard Adams, 60, was too tired to look around to see that nobody was close as he won by nearly three minutes In 26:54. His daughter was out on the course racing as well. Meanwhile Jason Page, 66, an age group record holder was on hand to watch his daughter race as well. She sure looked good racing. Page was at the Cascades Firechase 10K to watch another daughter win it all last month. Page will be back on the roads in time to take a shot at returning his rankings crown this summer.
In the morning the Lawyers have Heart race was turned into a 5K because of the heat. That was okay for Bob Gurtler, 76, of the Plains, VA. He had already run 35 of them this year. Still, by evening he was already itching to put in some more miles, winning his age group.
When John Piggott heard the top woman coming in he perked up his ears. Did they say Williamsburg? He knew he would know all the top racers from his hometown. Darcy McDonald led a well spaced line of young runners to the finish line. She ran the event’s third fastest time, 23:07. Laurel Jefferson followed in the sixth fastest time with 23:35. Third place went to Margie Shapiro with the seventh fastest time in 23:53. Only eight women have broken 24:00 on this course.
Shapiro is a =PR= owner. Her fine race was her first race in several years.
Master winner Linda Foley will soon be fifty. Finishing sixth in 25:49 she was not far off her overall winning time form the first year, 2007, when she ran 25:23. For the grandmasters, Liza Recto had just turned 55 and she thought she had a chance to medal. When the called her name as first in 32:02, she learned the she was top grandmaster as well, not far of the 55-59 record of 31:36.
On each runner’s bib was an F tag for food and a B tag for beer. Beer of course only went to adults but the burritos from Moe’s Southwest Grill went to all the runners. There were all kinds of juices, water, and soda as well as doughnuts, cookie, chips. Nobody was going to leave hungry. As the band started up, hundreds of runners mingled around the circus-like venue. There was a dunk tank and moon bounces, and the soft ice cream stand quickly formed a line.
When the awards were being announced, many of the runners were still eating and drinking. It sure is wonderful to get the awards so fast that everyone is still there to get them. While the race totals very with the temperatures over the years. This year’s 989 four mile finishers combined with the fun runners to more than 1100 participants which are very close to the most ever.
Overall Female Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Darcy McDonald Williamsburg VA 479 24 10 23:06.2 23:06.9 5:47/M 2 Laurel Jefferson Washington DC 539 25 14 23:33.3 23:34.1 5:53/M 3 Margaret Shapiro Herndon VA 642 34 17 23:51.9 23:52.1 5:58/M Female Masters Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Linda Foley Oak Hill VA 204 49 33 25:47.0 25:48.2 6:27/M Female 14 & Younger Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Adriana Rosas Silver Spring MD 857 11 113 30:06.6 30:08.2 7:32/M 2 Brenda Rosas Silver Spring MD 859 12 151 31:28.0 31:28.8 7:52/M 3 Emily Landeryou Reston VA 863 11 256 34:59.7 35:09.0 8:45/M Female 15 to 19 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Corey Bolyard Sterling VA 544 16 98 29:41.5 29:46.5 7:25/M 2 Kelly O'Toole Woodbridge VA 506 18 101 29:47.0 29:55.0 7:27/M 3 Alayna Bigalbal Leesburg VA 607 15 132 30:44.1 30:45.0 7:41/M Female 20 to 24 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Petra Cotes Annandale VA 386 22 24 24:56.7 24:57.0 6:14/M 2 Meagan Klein Arlington VA 803 24 149 31:25.4 31:37.5 7:51/M 3 Maddie Humphrey Reston VA 279 23 159 31:40.1 32:12.0 7:55/M Female 25 to 29 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Sarah Bard Leesburg VA 382 26 31 25:40.8 25:41.5 6:25/M 2 Kathryn Neeper Washington DC 430 27 37 26:03.3 26:03.6 6:31/M 3 Michelle Christine Leesburg VA 641 29 108 29:53.1 29:56.6 7:28/M Female 30 to 34 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Jennifer Pantall Sterling VA 414 32 76 28:26.1 28:30.8 7:07/M 2 Mary Otto Centreville VA 648 30 111 29:54.9 29:57.6 7:29/M 3 Amanda Statz Alexandria VA 69 32 118 30:17.4 30:20.6 7:34/M Female 35 to 39 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Nancy Eiring Washington DC 827 38 56 26:59.3 27:00.8 6:45/M 2 Tatiana Sheptock South Riding VA 563 35 67 28:03.4 28:05.8 7:01/M 3 Alison Gittelman South Riding VA 34 38 71 28:13.7 28:17.8 7:03/M Female 40 to 44 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Mijiko Phelps Reston VA 522 41 43 26:24.9 26:26.2 6:36/M 2 Kim Isler Oakton VA 404 43 59 27:16.9 27:17.8 6:49/M 3 Sue Piergallini Ashburn VA 493 44 106 29:51.2 30:03.0 7:28/M Female 45 to 49 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Anita Freres Reston VA 871 46 65 27:43.5 27:51.2 6:56/M 2 Karen Ames Purcellville VA 496 45 154 31:32.0 31:40.0 7:53/M 3 Stephanie Cappello Ashburn VA 835 47 187 32:40.1 32:54.2 8:10/M Female 50 to 54 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Cynthia Revesman Oak Hill VA 504 50 188 32:44.2 32:58.6 8:11/M 2 Paula Looney Ashburn VA 371 50 221 34:05.8 34:11.0 8:31/M 3 Shari Sturm McLean VA 282 50 295 35:55.5 36:39.8 8:59/M Female 55 to 59 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Lisa Recto Lexington Park MD 707 55 167 31:57.5 32:02.1 7:59/M 2 Carla Bourgeois Montclair VA 840 58 345 36:56.8 37:16.4 9:14/M 3 Liz Roberts Leesburg VA 589 55 361 37:23.8 37:37.8 9:21/M Female 60 to 64 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Lucille Walke Ashburn VA 674 62 45 26:28.8 26:28.8 6:37/M 2 Gayle Novig McLean VA 378 60 564 42:52.0 43:14.9 10:43/M Overall Male Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Aaron Church South Riding VA 501 35 1 20:24.9 20:24.9 5:06/M 2 Kent Pecora Chapel Hill NO 524 22 2 20:37.7 20:37.7 5:09/M 3 Ryan Deak Burke VA 843 25 3 20:45.6 20:45.6 5:11/M Male Masters Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 John Piggott Williamsburg VA 554 46 8 22:29.9 22:29.9 5:37/M Male 14 & Younger Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Nathan Vigil Ashburn VA 786 13 102 29:48.0 29:50.7 7:27/M 2 Adam Bolton Leesburg VA 332 11 168 31:57.6 32:10.2 7:59/M 3 Eli Lifland Fairfax VA 869 12 210 33:46.1 33:52.6 8:27/M Male 15 to 19 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Logan Feierbach Leesburg VA 396 16 22 24:22.3 24:22.6 6:06/M 2 Samuel Rodgers Leesburg VA 560 16 40 26:12.4 26:13.0 6:33/M 3 Mark Newberry Ashburn VA 537 16 51 26:48.8 26:49.3 6:42/M Male 20 to 24 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Ethan Rissell Shippensburg PA 387 21 5 21:12.4 21:12.4 5:18/M 2 Matt Weber Sterling VA 626 20 23 24:30.2 24:30.2 6:08/M 3 Darin Miller Arlington VA 320 23 25 25:00.1 25:09.3 6:15/M Male 25 to 29 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Josh Peterson Minneapolis MN 801 27 7 21:56.7 21:56.7 5:29/M 2 Justin Fritzius Purcellville VA 902 26 9 22:51.4 22:51.4 5:43/M 3 Pat DeRocco Arlington VA 571 27 12 23:26.6 23:27.1 5:52/M Male 30 to 34 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Hugh Toland Fairfax VA 551 30 4 21:01.7 21:01.7 5:15/M 2 Aaron Schwartzbard Reston VA 600 33 6 21:18.8 21:18.8 5:20/M 3 Thomas Abbey Centreville VA 211 30 50 26:46.0 26:49.6 6:42/M Male 35 to 39 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Marco Rosas Silver Spring MD 858 36 16 23:45.5 23:46.1 5:56/M 2 Rich Roberts Washington DC 818 39 18 24:06.2 24:08.0 6:02/M 3 Rob Meadows Landsdowne VA 759 39 19 24:10.6 24:10.6 6:03/M Male 40 to 44 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Todd Jarman Potomac Falls VA 375 41 11 23:24.0 23:24.1 5:51/M 2 Kevin Bell Reston VA 666 42 13 23:30.0 23:30.1 5:53/M 3 Stephen Crago Vienna VA 254 42 20 24:11.9 24:13.5 6:03/M Male 45 to 49 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 George Lane Ashburn VA 123 45 27 25:07.1 25:09.0 6:17/M 2 Dan DiFonzo Rockville MD 624 48 39 26:08.7 26:09.6 6:32/M 3 Rich Harfst Annandale VA 795 47 54 26:53.9 26:56.7 6:43/M Male 50 to 54 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Jean Christophe Arcaz Rockville MD 829 50 15 23:41.3 23:41.7 5:55/M 2 George Buckheit Reston VA 842 53 28 25:14.5 25:15.5 6:19/M 3 David Pinnick Manassas VA 650 54 47 26:33.1 26:35.9 6:38/M Male 55 to 59 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Chris Dettmar Reston VA 408 57 103 29:48.0 29:57.7 7:27/M 2 Stephen Nettl Reston VA 526 58 268 35:12.2 35:52.2 8:48/M 3 Ray Deegan Leesburg VA 274 55 269 35:13.2 35:35.6 8:48/M Male 60 to 64 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Richard Adams Herndon VA 660 60 55 26:54.1 26:54.5 6:44/M 2 Jay Wind Arlington VA 706 61 96 29:35.3 29:37.3 7:24/M 3 Daniel Bentz Oak Hill VA 88 60 510 41:29.1 42:06.0 10:22/M Male 70 to 74 Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Tim Long Reston VA 306 70 503 41:15.0 41:32.0 10:19/M Male 75 and older Over Chip Gun Place Name City Bib No Age all Time Time Pace 1 Robert Gurtler The Plains VA 272 76 600 44:38.5 44:45.2 11:10/M