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by James Moreland October 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm 143 0

By James Moreland
Washington, DC
October 16, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

The 6th annual Boo! Run for Life 10K run and 2 Mile walk moved east about a mile and a half to East Potomac Park to accommodate the large crowd of people attending opening ceremonies for the the new Martin Luther King Memorial just north of the traditional course in West Potomac Park. Most of the course was the same, starting on the channel side and racing around the point to where mile one would have been and then returning home.

With all the elite runners at the Army 10 Mile last week and the Baltimore Running Festival Saturday, it was great to see more than 500 runners and scores of walkers to celebrate the near perfect autumn morning.  One runner tried to find fault with, “Did you notice the breeze on the river side.” Maybe it was three mph instead of the dead calm on the channel side. Pancake flat, this course was made for records and the event scored eight of them.

Three women’s records were soft and certain to go down though Hilary Cairns’ event record 37:20 would be untouchable. Lindsay Larose, 29, had an easy time winning in 39:09 to get a fourth. For nearly four miles Mary Davison, 38, held off Cindy Conant, 50, of Kensington, MD. But Conant has been busting up not just her division but winning races outright and she powered her way past to take the runner-up spot 40:09 to 40:25, while shaving more than 14 minutes off the record. Gay Petrey, 47, form South Carolina, one of seven states represented in the first 14 runners, knocked almost five minutes off her division’s record with 45:50.

Naomi Stanford, 61, does not race often but when she does she nearly always wins. More than one rankings winner from her division has expressed awe at her racing. Her only race in the spring winning the National Half Marathon in 1:41:25 was the top race of the season. Today she was a mile ahead of the former record in an excellent 46:37.

For the men Derik Thomas, 45, was stalking the top two runners racing along the river side by side at the four mile mark. Richard Andrews and Brian McMahon were racing side by side. Somewhere past the parking lot were the Awakening used to reside Andrews put on a move to win in 34:29. McMahon held on to the runner-up spot in 35:07 with Thomas nearly imposing his will in a record setting 35:19. Former record holder Kevin D’Amanda will soon be fifty but his very nice 38:31 would still be well off the masters record set by then 51-year-old Henry Wigglesworth in 34:48.

Even with a late start Steve San Miguel, 19, notched a new record 38:31 to take both 2009 and the 2010 top teens who had tied for the record. After Thomas the top master was 67-year-old Jim Noone. Noone made it look easy taking down Lou Shapiro’s event record by 21 seconds in a swift 43:19. Not far behind him Donald Hensel, 67, had set the 60-64 record three years ago in 44:01. Michael Wesbecher may have known that because he bolted across the finish line in 44:00 to reset the score.

 

OVERALL MALE  (GUN TIME)
Place Num   Name     Lname      Age City                  Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== =================== === ===================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1   537 Richard Andrews      25 Washington DC         34:29 34:29  5:33 
    2   704 Brian McMahon        29 Washington DC         35:07 35:06  5:39 
    3   347 Derik Thomas         45 Alexandria VA         35:19 35:18  5:41 

OVERALL FEMALE  (GUN TIME)
Place Num   Name     Lname      Age City                  Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== =================== === ===================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1   581 Lindsay Larose       29 Arlington VA          39:09 39:07  6:18 
    2   432 Cindy Conant         50 Kensington MD         40:09 40:08  6:28 
    3   691 Mary Davison         38 Bristow VA            40:25 40:24  6:31 

MALE AGE GROUP:  01 - 19   (NET TIME)
    1   406 Steve San Miguel    19 Falls Church VA         37:31 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  01 - 19   (NET TIME)
    1   449 Jenna Rieling       19 Aberdeen NJ             42:41 

MALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 24   (NET TIME)
    1   436 James Bolognani     21 Washington DC           36:27 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 24   (NET TIME)
    1   660 Maureen McCarthy    20 Washington DC           41:06 

MALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29   (NET TIME)
    1   375 Matt Deters         26 Washington DC           36:52 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29   (NET TIME)
    1   420 Vanessa Taylor      25 Spencerport NY          42:48 

MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34   (NET TIME)
    1   473 Brian Young         33 Washington DC           35:57 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34   (NET TIME)
    1   114 Sam Zinnerman       31 Forestville MD          44:03 

MALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39   (NET TIME)
    1   814 Richard Rapine      39 Alexandria VA           36:31 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39   (NET TIME)
    1   330 Alissa Huntoon      38 Washington DC           51:16 

MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44   (NET TIME)
    1   429 Charles Manahan     44 Vienna VA               42:07 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44   (NET TIME)
    1   565 Tracey Walsh-Chocol 41 Alexandria VA           57:09 

MALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49   (NET TIME)
    1   706 Howard Frost        46 Falls Church VA         38:02 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49   (NET TIME)
    1   276 Gay Petrey          47 West Columbia SC        45:42 

MALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54   (NET TIME)
    1   829 Matt Hardison       50 Vienna VA               44:17 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54   (NET TIME)
    1   366 Margaret Staeben    50 Arlington VA            54:36 

MALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59   (NET TIME)
    1   460 Thomas Hauser       59 Alexandria VA           52:45 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59   (NET TIME)
    1    10 James Moreland      59 Gaithersburg MD         47:39 

MALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64   (NET TIME)
    1   542 Michael Wesbecher   63 Oakton VA               43:57 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64   (NET TIME)
    1   541 Naomi Stanford      61 Washington DC           46:28 

MALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69   (NET TIME)
    1   326 Jim Noone           67 Fairfax VA              43:17 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69   (NET TIME)

MALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 99   (NET TIME)

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 99   (NET TIME)

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   436 James Bolognani     21 M Washington DC         36:39 36:27 

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   441 Sarah Rosenstein    22 F Washington DC         45:28 45:22

 

by James Moreland October 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm 131 0

By James Moreland
Reston, VA
October 8, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Running is a sport for the young and even more so the young at heart. Running in races has increased every year in the last decade. With the economic down turn in the last few years, runners are coming out in even greater numbers. The annual Great Pumpkin 5K was blessed with a picture perfect autumn day and brought out big time racing numbers. Waiting for the race to start, one runner asked another if she was going to race with her. “Oh no, I don’t really run. I just came out for the fun.” The reply was, “Well next year, I will run with you.” The oldest runner of the race was Larry Dickerson, 80. He was wearing a bright yellow pair of running shoes that enviously caught the eye of one of the youngsters. Dickerson always near the top of the rankings, smiled and said, “I’ll will them to you.”

Colorful costumes were on display. One runner at the front of the pack was painted like a Halloween skeleton. Further back in the pack a woman was decked out in a full Batman costume. The Oktoberfest celebration at the Reston Town Center was set for the whole weekend with the race as a centerpiece. This year the late summer rains did a number on the pumpkin crop, so we missed out on a giant pumpkin like the half ton monster at the 2009 event. Still, there was lots of smaller pumpkin, often with faces designed on them.

Top ranked Henry Wigglesworth, 54, had scouted the course and found it to his liking. He was looking for another sub 17:00 minute race. A number of the older runners such as Jean Christophe Arcaz, 50, and Steve Robinson, 56, (coming back from a year layoff), were looking for some competition to spur on the fast times on a perfect racing morn. The first two, Wigglesworth (17:15) and Arcaz (17:44), both finished in the top eight overall. Arcaz noted that the top three just disappeared. He knew he would have to work hard to catch Wigglesworth. Wigglesworth noted after the race that he would have preferred Arcaz up on his shoulder pushing him to a faster time. He had been really impressed by Arcaz’s Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile (He had been first in 58:48). “Sub 60:00 is pretty good!” he exclaimed.

Third grandmaster Peter Cini (18:58) speculated that Arcaz was better the longer the race. Both he and Wigglesworth discussed where the best (fastest) 5Ks might be found. Late October offered one of the best choices at the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Goblin Gallop 5k & 1k Fun Run in Fairfax, VA at the end of the month. Robinson was so eager to be back on the circuit that he ran out quickly with the top dogs. After the race he was ecstatic. “I was hoping to break 21:00 and I almost broke 20:00,” he said with a wide grin of his new 55-59 event record in 20:05. Amazingly, after Wigglesworth’s 17:15 record, the next two fastest grandmaster age groups were set in the first year (2009) by Jason Page, 64, (19:27) and Bill Joyce, 65, (19:58). The master record was set by open class runner Ray Pugsley in 15:28.

The first year was Steve Magness upset reigning rankings champion Steve Crane by fifty meters in 15:05. The next year the course changed a bit and the top two runners dipped under 15:00 with third place Frank DeVar just missing in 15:03. This year the clear favorite was Abiyot Endale (left). In the spring he upped his game racing three of the fastest 10Ks in the region, finishing in the top three every time. His slaying of the field at the Pike’s Peek 10K in 28:19 gave a strong hint that Gurmessa Megeressa’s event record of 14:51 would soon be history. Today three more age groups would break 15:00 minutes. Looking relaxed, Endale always seems to be toying with the competition, winning easily in 14:25. Second place Girma Desta at thirty-five is still racing in excellent form for a marvelous 44:44. DeVar was again third but this time it was also the third fastest event time in 14:48.

There was cash for the top three overall but for some reason they decided not to pass out age group prizes on race day. Endale (89.5%) led five runners with age graded performances higher than 87%. Dee Nelson, 68, was third overall at 88:1% with her 24:45 finish.

In the women’s race Kayley Byrne, 23, took over early and won in a sparkling 19:05. The next two places were decided later in the race. Runner-up Karina Lubell posted a 19:44 with Tiffany Hevner not far behind in 19:56. Of the first dozen runners these two, at 31, were the only ones older than thirty. Last week at the McLean 5k Jen Norris (right) was fourth overall and top master. (The overall winner was Win Persian, 51,). That course was a similar rolling course with turns but it featured some misty showers that turned torrential for those who lingered on the course. Today Norris plowed ahead for the top masters spot in 22:20. Not far behind her were the top two grandmasters. Sushila Nanda, 50, ran a very credible 22:33 for the event record. She also stopped about every half mile with leg cramps. She started up again as some of the slower runners caught up. After the raced she was thanking them for helping to pace her. “I saw one woman who I thought might be in my age group and I wanted to beat her.” That runner was 55-year-old Elizabeth Baumgarten who just missed catching her in 22:37. That gave her the second highest age graded rating for the women at a national class 79.9%.

Female runners comprised 59% of the field. With all the racing competition of forty races a weekend and the massive Army 10 miler on tap tomorrow, the numbers were less than might have been expected for this wonderful race. Still, there were 1100 timed finishers, plus untimed runners as well. The kids’ race consisted of hundreds of little ones divided by age with four different colors of bibs.

Many volunteers worked long and hard to make this event work. Race morning started at 3:00 a.m. to get everything in place for the runners. At packet pickup whole families came out to help deliver the goods to the racers. On Friday, the Chen family had three young boys about 6 to 11 years old. They quickly took over the jobs with alacrity. Mom was able to just watch most of the time. The youngest made sure everyone got an Anthem bag while the oldest diligently marked off bibs before dispensing with the shirts. They really went to town when they got the chance to stuff the bag with race fliers, the more the merrier. Once a packet of fliers was finished they reached for more, exulting when more were provided. After the pick-up closed for the evening, we surprised them with an early Halloween, a bag of chocolate candies. It is a safe bet they will be back net year.

 

FEMALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                   Ag City                  Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== ====================== == ===================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1   467 Kayley Byrne           23 Oak Hill VA           19:05 19:03  6:08 
    2  1221 Karina Lubell          31 Washington DC         19:44 19:44  6:22 
    3   846 Tiffany Hevner         31 Columbia MD           19:56 19:56  6:25 

MALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                   Ag City                  Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== ====================== == ===================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1     3 Abiyot Endale          26 Bronx NY              14:25 14:25  4:39 
    2     2 Girma Desta            35 Washington DC         14:44 14:44  4:45 
    3     1 Joseph Devar           23 Washington DC         14:48 14:47  4:46 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 12
    1  1135 Emily Landeryou        12 Reston VA             22:22 22:16  7:10 
    2   613 Kate Brunotts          11 Ashburn VA            25:22 25:21  8:10 
    3  1134 Sophia Landeryou        9 Reston VA             25:55 25:47  8:18 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 12
    1   669 Ian Whitfield           9 Potomac Falls VA      20:42 20:42  6:40 
    2   660 Joshua Kay             11 Leesburg VA           23:08 22:46  7:20 
    3  1217 Owen Walker            12 Reston VA             24:13 24:13  7:48 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 13 - 15
    1  1177 Mary Pollin            14 Burke VA              22:07 21:58  7:04 
    2  1157 Morgan Witcock         13 Herndon VA            22:26 22:26  7:14 
    3   938 Kacey Hirshfeld        15 Reston VA             24:07 24:03  7:45 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 13 - 15
    1   719 Lewis Millholland      15 Falls Church VA       17:50 17:50  5:45 
    2  1191 Mikey Peterson         14                       21:32 21:27  6:54 
    3  1218 Eli Lifland            13 Fairfax VA            22:30 22:10  7:08 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 16 - 19
    1   780 Erin Geraghty          19 Woodbridge VA         20:50 20:50  6:43 
    2  1210 Gabrielle Merritt      16 Elon NC               21:55 21:55  7:04 
    3   483 Lisa Bell              18 Vienna VA             24:38 24:35  7:55 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 16 - 19
    1  1184 Chris Zapple           19 Falls Church VA       18:02 18:02  5:49 
    2  1208 Zachary Dailey         16 Great Falls VA        18:20 18:18  5:54 
    3  1068 John Tiernan           16 Reston VA             20:12 20:02  6:27 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1  1183 Natalie Anble          22 Fairfax VA            20:29 20:29  6:36 
    2   482 Julie Bell             21 Vienna VA             20:53 20:50  6:43 
    3   504 Amara Lewis            23 Alexandria VA         21:00 20:54  6:44 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1   873 James McLaughlin       23 Herndon VA            20:11 20:06  6:29 
    2  1058 Nate Perry             23 Herndon VA            20:12 20:07  6:29 
    3  1250 Benjamin Burnheimer    24 Ashburn VA            20:58 20:57  6:45 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1   785 Stephanie Manchin      27 Arlington VA          22:10 21:26  6:54 
    2   763 Melanie Clairy         29 Reston VA             22:14 21:39  6:58 
    3   841 Jayme Dorsett          25 Reston VA             23:37 23:07  7:27 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1    65 Charlie Ban            29 McLean VA             16:15 16:15  5:14 
    2   939 Andrew Ciarfalia       28 Reston VA             16:55 16:55  5:27 
    3   424 Sean McLaughlin        25 Centreville VA        17:28 17:28  5:38 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1   708 Dana Drever            34 Ashburn VA            23:56 23:23  7:32 
    2   862 Karen Preston          34 Ashburn VA            24:59 24:35  7:55 
    3   681 Jessica Sartorius      34 Vienna VA             25:52 25:52  8:20 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1   311 Dan Petouvis           33 Fairfax VA            18:10 18:09  5:51 
    2   684 Titus Mott             34 Reston VA             19:44 19:41  6:20 
    3  1027 Auberde Merilan        31 Reston VA             20:35 20:30  6:36 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1  1067 Paula Knepper          38 Reston VA             23:02 23:00  7:24 
    2  1003 Tia Roy                36 Ashburn VA            23:34 23:25  7:33 
    3   692 Holly Khatchadurian    37 Reston VA             24:03 23:55  7:42 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1  1196 Joshua Doan            37 Arlington VA          18:37 18:36  5:59 
    2   748 Glen Case              36 Ashburn VA            18:52 18:51  6:04 
    3   107 Michael Rohlf          36 Washington DC         19:25 19:25  6:15 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1   824 Jen Norris             40 McLean VA             22:20 22:14  7:10 
    2  1141 Jill Jaggard           43 Great Falls VA        23:42 23:42  7:38 
    3   184 Terry Short            40 Reston VA             25:04 24:22  7:51 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1  1147 Tom Powers             43 Chevy Chase MD        19:11 19:10  6:10 
    2  1143 Shawn Flaherty         40 Herndon VA            19:54 19:54  6:25 
    3  1109 Matt Tourville         40 Alexandria VA         21:35 21:35  6:57 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1   937 Diana Hirshfeld        45 Reston VA             24:08 24:04  7:45 
    2   776 Chana Richitt          47 Manassas VA           25:30 24:05  7:46 
    3  1146 Suzanne Powers         45 Reston VA             25:04 24:43  7:57 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1   818 Robert Sichau          47 Alexandria VA         20:15 20:09  6:30 
    2  1105 Thomas Marks           45 Ashburn VA            20:31 20:31  6:36 
    3  1046 Robert Barlow          45 Reston VA             21:02 21:02  6:47 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1  1043 Sushila Nanda          50 Arlington VA          22:33 22:33  7:16 
    2   886 Carla Freyvogel        54 McLean VA             23:59 23:58  7:43 
    3   419 Daniela Micsan         52 Reston VA             26:03 25:59  8:22 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1  1004 Henry Wigglesworth     53 Washington DC         17:15 17:15  5:34 
    2  1170 Jean-Christophe Arcaz  50 Rockville MD          17:44 17:44  5:43 
    3  1187 Peter Cini             53 Fairfax VA            18:58 18:58  6:07 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1   396 Elizabeth Baumgarten   55 Stone Ridge VA        22:37 22:35  7:16 
    2   990 Cindy Beyer            55 Reston VA             24:59 24:49  7:59 
    3   553 Peggy Corley           55 Fairmont WV           25:01 25:01  8:04 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1  1207 Steve Robinson         56 Oak Hill VA           20:05 20:05  6:28 
    2  1239 Kenyon Erickson        57 Vienna VA             20:31 20:29  6:36 
    3  1169 Rod Devan              58 Alexandria VA         20:50 20:47  6:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1  1055 Catherine Kemper       60 Des Moines IA         28:59 28:53  9:18 
    2   403 Jane Blong             61 Potomac MD            34:49 34:45 11:11 
    3   147 Linda Echard           60 Reston VA             36:22 35:40 11:29 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1  1059 Jack Kehoe             63 Burke VA              25:08 25:05  8:05 
    2   550 Ting-Yi Oei            62 Reston VA             27:42 26:25  8:30 
    3   831 Jack Harvey            60 Centreville VA        26:53 26:45  8:37 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 69
    1  1220 Dee Nelson             68 Gaithersburg MD       24:45 24:45  7:58 
    2  1112 Rebecca Brown          67 McLean VA             36:06 34:38 11:09 
    3  1037 Feryal Barakat         67 Rockville MD          57:45 56:32 18:12 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 69
    1   509 Fred Kohut             66 Cold Spring NY        32:51 32:11 10:22 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 74
    1  1128 Abigail Edwards        71 Reston VA             40:34 39:09 12:36 
    2  1251 Yuidgard Deitrich      70 Washington DC         43:52 41:43 13:26 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 74
    1   676 John Gluck             74 Alexandria VA         25:04 24:58  8:02 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 75 - 79
    1   246 An Duong               75 Centreville VA        32:18 30:59  9:59 
    2   592 Bendy Viragh           77 Washington DC         32:38 32:30 10:28 
    3   976 Dick Coogan            79 McLean VA             38:27 38:01 12:14 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 80 - 99
    1   408 Larry Dickerson        80 Burke VA              28:43 28:36  9:13

 

by James Moreland June 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm 110 0

By James Moreland
Washington, DC
June 4, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Here it was a cacophony. It was a city of runners and walkers. The weather was glorious. “Isn’t it great to know that every year more participants of the Susan B. Komen Global Race for the Cure are wearing the [Proud Pink] of the survivor?” Everyone is touched by someone in their lives as proof of the tens of thousands of participants, nearly 7,000 who ran in the 5K event.  For several hours the river of humanity streamed up and down main street Washington, DC to celebrate life, remembrance, hope, and the search for the cure.

At times the music was deafening for those closest to it but they were announcing their presence to the world. There were many testimonials and videos on the big screen. Most telling was the Komen plan to insist on even more access to have earlier screening and prevention. To let the health industry and Congress know that some awareness was not enough and that a cure for everyone would be relentlessly sought after.

The event took up nearly half of the mall from Third to Seventh Street with the music beginning at dawn. The 5K running began at 8:00 AM and hundreds of runners were still getting lined up. It would take many minutes for everyone to cross the ChronoTrack mats but they would insure runners of an accurate net time. Many of the runners were really not here to race today. Still, they were used to lining up for a race. Very few were racing for the best clock time; they were having the best time participating.

Many of the runners did not understand the need for age, which is to clarify their competition. First you can be the overall winner, than you can be the best in your age group. Nearly all the large races have five year age groups. For this event many people left off their age or responded, “fifties,” or “old.” Some just gave us the month and day and left us to ponder. For this event the two main categories are survivor and everyone else. This was their day to be proud and to celebrate and earn our applause.

Close to forty thousands others composed of friends and family started their parade-like celebration at 8:15 a block away. All would unite in the next two hours at the finish line.

Wilson Komen (left), one of the elite runners in the region, is back and added to his winning streak his second overall win in the last two weeks in a very nice 15:35. Four twenty-something runners battled down the final straightaway on Independence for the next spot. The top masters division runner was Henry Wigglesworth, 53, who recently moved back to Washington after have been away for a couple decades. His time was a national–class 17:05.

Top ranked Michelle Miller bolted out early for the honor of being the top woman in  the race, finishing in 17:35.  With more than twice as many women in the race as men, her time was just a stride behind the 11th fastest man, Tom Beekhuysen, who was the second masters division finisher.

The next six women all finished faster than 19:00. The sixth place finisher, Katie Sutton, 31, of Kirkwood, MO was the first survivor. Her time of 18:44 proved she still has plenty of life in her.

Hundred of volunteers donated their time to make this event a success.

Top ten men

Pl Div/Tot  Num  Name                Age Hometown         Gun T Net T Pace  
== ======== ==== =================== === ================ ===== ===== === 
1   1/387   7942 Wilson Komen         33 Washington DC    15:35 15:34  5:01 
2   1/449   4955 Jason Myers          25 Alexandria VA    16:09 16:08  5:12 
3   2/449   7988 Andrew Sovonick      25 Gaithersburg MD  16:12 16:12  5:13 
4   3/449   7084 Matthew Logan        25 Washington DC    16:15 16:15  5:14 
5   4/449   7527 Chris Pruitt         28 Arlington VA     16:19 16:19  5:16 
6   5/449   6625 Jossi Fritz-Mauer    26 Ardmore PA       16:32 16:32  5:20 
7   6/449   1982 Brian McCabe         25 Washington DC    16:40 16:40  5:22 
8   1/182   1848 John Black           23 Arlington VA     16:53 16:52  5:26 
9   1/114   7142 Henry Wigglesworth   53 Washington DC    17:05 17:05  5:31 
10  2/387  11145 Daniel Yi            31 Alexandria VA    17:17 17:16  5:34

 

Photo below: Henry Wigglesworth, 53, make it look easy, finishing ninth overall.

 

Top Ten Women

Pl Div/Tot  Num  Name                Age Hometown         Gun T Net T Pace  
== ======== ==== =================== === ================ ===== ===== ===== 
1   1/814   6837 Michelle Miller      30 Damascus MD      17:36 17:35  5:40 
2   2/814   7151 Meghan Ridgley       32 Vienna VA        18:15 18:15  5:53 
3   3/814  11449 Catherine Seaton     32 Raleigh NC       18:27 18:26  5:56 
4   1/533   7800 Janet Whittaker      37 Washington DC    18:31 18:30  5:58 
5   1/1086  2709 Kaitlin Sheedy       28 Arlington VA     18:41 18:37  6:00 
6   4/814  42648 Katie Sutton         31 Kirkwood MO      18:44 18:44  6:02 
7   5/814   4021 Martha Nelson        30 Chevy Chase MD   18:59 18:59  6:07 
8   2/1086  7443 Terri Firedline      29 Fairfax VA       19:40 19:24  6:15 
9   2/533   3917 Chrissy Graham       37 Olney MD         19:31 19:29  6:17 
10  1/100   5210 Paige Callahan       18 Annapolis MD     19:56 19:48  6:23

Photo below: first female masters division finisher Sandrine Falgon, 40, hurries after Kelly Devine just off the 20:00 mark.

 

by James Moreland March 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm 94 0

By James Moreland
Washington, DC
March 6, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

“The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.” Here in hilly northwest the clouds parted for the third annual race.

Though we were warned that all week that it may be time to build an ark, the early morning showers gave way to a delightful cool morning. Though the streets were still wet, the Gods had stopped perspiring on us when the race got underway at 8:30 a.m.

In the first two year’s the event record was at 17:09. There were a few runners capable of that lined up behind the ChronoTrack mats. Henry Wigglesworth, 53, and formally of Seattle, was well aware of rain during runs. He may not have been fully ready for this course.

Like water running down a drain, runners scurried to the base of the course in the opening half mile. A mile later runners still had not reached the top of the course near the Washington Cathedral, the highest point in DC.

Cody McLane-Baughman, 19, of Alexandria, VA had led the spirited early charge. He was the oldest of the scores of young runners in this race. Students got in for the honey of a price — $5. Of course the first hundred meters belonged to the shorter crowd that has to make height at the amusement parks. Many of the flamed out early though Mei Copacino (left) at just 11 years of age held onto third place until the final seconds, charging the steep downhill to the finish with 23:27.

There were so many police cars throughout the course that surely it must be a parade. The course was well marked and well marshaled. That was important because this scenic course was of long and winding hills that took us to who knows where. Seventh place Daniel Yi agreed with other runners that the course ran like a cross country race, lots of fun but not too fast. Judge for yourself: Yi was seventh in 19:05. Last November at the NCT Marathon he was second overall in 2:38:07, a 6:03 pace.

As this race started at school and was mostly about kids and having fun, 8 of the 10 age groups included teens. Those divisions went two deep while the adults had a single winner. Fourth for the men was Jack Beecher, 19, in a solid 18:51. Of course for the women Copacino was just 11.

The first year (2008) of the race former Mayor Adrian Fenty was in the field. This year his brother Shawn Fenty was in the field as well as DC Councilman Kwame Brown.

Will Eden, 24, of Washington, DC (right) moved away from the field on the first long climb. Maybe with a little more competition he might have closed on Thomas Rhodes’ 17:09 record set in 2009. Eden ran 17:23 for easily the second fastest time for this event. Rhodes had run an excellent St. Patrick’s Day 8K in 25:41 last year.

Second place Andrew Philips, 32, was the first age group winner in the elongated 30-49 division with 17:54. Wigglesworth was the fall 50-54 champion in the Runner Rankings based on his 16:38 5K in October. Today he ran a spirited 18:16 to finish third overall and crush the 50-99 division.

For the men 2009 was the faster year, while 2008 was faster for the women. This year Tamara Shear, 25, of Washington, DC (left)made it look easy setting the new event record in 20:34. Surely she knew she had an easy victory today but she may not have known how close she was to Michelle Harburg’s 20:41 from 2008.

Second place Sandrine Falgon, 40, of Washington, DC also ran all alone and crushed the masters best with the fourth fastest women’s race in 21:40. Colleen Roh, 32, of Washington, DC used a ferocious quick to steal third in 23:25.

The threat of rain scared away some of the nearly 1,000 runners who had signed up. Those who stayed at home missed out on a fine and fun event.

Antes de la carrera and sin dudo despues de la carrera era lluvia. Claro que la ciudad se divierte con una lluvia torrencial pero no durante la carrera de 5K. Gente de ocho eastados viene a correr pero el evento era especialment para los jóvenes. Los jóvenes aman la empieza de la carrera que iba cuesta abajo. Pero lástima, hace solamente unos pocos minutos y la calle completamente se convirtió en  cuesta arriba.

Will Eden de Washington, DC acepta el desafío de las colinas difíciles a terminar en primer lugar con 17:22. Para las mujeres, Tamara Shear de Washington, DC fácilmente bate el récord del evento con 20:35.

Después de corriendo, todos volvían a la escuela para enojar café, agua, bagels, y pastels.

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