By James Moreland
Rockville, MD
November 6, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

The Rockville 10K big claim to fame is that it is the longest running event in Montgomery County. As noted by Maryland State Senator Jennie Forehand, the event started as a ten mile race. For many years the race was run from Montgomery College as only a 10K. After racing in the local neighborhoods until 1991, the race raced south on the Pike to the Rockville Town Center, which was still in an earlier iteration.  In 1995, the race added a 5K that circled the campus, while the 10K stayed on a similar path, though there were minor variations. That year the random prize was a week vacation and it was hoped that would bring the numbers up. The race had usually stayed around 500 finishers in good weather or bad.

By the late 90s the race moved to Piccard Drive near today’s 2 mile mark in the 10K. King Farm was still really just a farm. The course meandered back and forth between Gude Drive and Gaither Road. Then King Farm was completed and the event raced back and forth through the new community. The course has changed a number of times for both the 5K and the 10K. Mercifully, the 5K starts after the 10K now and takes a different route so there is no longer as much confusion as runners get to the finish line.

The finish corral has its own balloon arch.

Now the race began to grow and in 2008 finally cracked 1,000 finishers in the combined events. The next year the race fell back to below 800 finishers before rebounding last year to a record 1206. In 2011, the weather was racing perfect at 40 degrees with a bright sun and no wind and the event cracked 1,000 finishers for the third time.

Parking became a tougher commodity this year. Runners who forgot to set their watch had an extra hour to secure the prime spots. The start/finish and the balloon arch by the awards stand started to fill with runners later but hundreds of runners gathered together in the back of the Safeway parking lot, effectively blockading the road. The race started promptly at 8:30 a.m. and whipped around the corner onto King Farm Boulevard. Jack rabbit Dee Nelson, 68, was among the early leaders. After more than 1400 races she still enjoys the thrill of starting the race. She would easily win her age group.

For the men, even before the next turn onto Gaither Road the top finishers were being decided. The gentle climb to Shady Grove is about ¾ mile. Andre Orr and Daniel Miranda came bolting back down the hill side by side as if it were the final mile. Thirty meters behind them Karsten Brown was loping along saving effort for the later push in the race. The race is a series of long up and down slopes, the stiffest being on Gude Drive.  Robin Lerner berated the course with, “Why is the fourth mile always the hilliest?” on the final steps of the climb the brought runners to Rockville Pike. We know Lerner changed her clock because she did her warm-up at the Anything is Possible 5K in Bethesda earlier that morning at 1:50 a.m. That syndicated event promotes the cutesy idea of finishing before you began, thanks to the change back to standard time.

Meanwhile, Brown was already more than halfway back down the hill and had already changed to a stiffer arm swing and a more frenzied pace. He had bolted away into the lead and he wanted to have some space by the time he crested the final hill at the corner of Piccard and Redland. Then it would be a final half way victory parade. Brown, who races about 100 races and close to a 1,000 race miles a year, had just raced his fastest 5 miler the day before finishing third overall at the Down’s Park race in Pasadena, MD in 27:04. (That is slighter faster than his PR Rockville Rotary 8K in 26:55 this summer). Yesterday the top two finishers were out of his league. Today he paced himself to his first sub 34:00 10K, winning it all in 33:26.

Place four through six were all top masters runners. Dave Haaga, 50, was holding tight to Mark Neff, 49, at 4 miles with Jean Christophe Arcaz, 50, looking unhappy that he could not quite join the party.  Neff ran a very credible 35:38 to take the fourth spot by seven seconds with Haaga rounding out the top five.  Arcaz earned the masters title in 36:18. The oldest racer Jack McMahon, 80, still looks good, finishing in 59:10.

For the woman, homegrown talent Julie Sapper ran away with the race from the very beginning with an excellent 41:16. There was some confusion later as a man had mistakenly worn a tag assigned to a woman but that was fixed by the time awards were handed out. As with the men, top masters runners ran well with four of the top six being masters. Liliana Baron, 53, seemed to relish the hills bounding along to the runner-up spot in 44:58. Leah Birdwell, 17, finishing eight seconds ahead of Shelli Beard, 42 in 45:42 though both had identical net time. Gun times decide the top five while net times decide the age groups.

When they finish revising the results Phyllis Sevik, 47, will move up to fifth overall from top masters and Jen Norris, 40, will become the masters award winner. Alice Franks, 63, (in photo) joined Nelson as shoe-ins in the sixties. Barbara Scoggins may have had the best race at age 59 with a very nice 47:04.  Eighty-year-old Yvonne Aasen won the senior division.

The 5K is the younger brother for the event and though it is usually just as large, it does not draw as much recognition. Brown, who also races in Westminster, would recognize the race winner Greg Jubb, 21, who ran a nifty 15:58, which may be near Brown’s next 5K goal of breaking 16:00. Bennett Stackhouse, 27 was the runner-up in 16:26. Two Gaithersburg residents, Paul Jacobson, 48, and Dan Lawson, 56 battled for top masters honors. Jacobson’s eight-year difference was just enough to prevail by three seconds in 18:12.

Robin Stanley, 30, of Derwood, MD made it look easy winning in 20:07 with Teah Devan, 38, two minutes behind her. MCRRC president since 2009 Jean Arthur, 48, continues to astound this year with a third overall finish in 23:42.

After the race we met with racing legend Lou Shapiro, a sub 42:00 10K racer at age 69. This year he injured his hip and claims maybe by spring he will be able to run a 12 minute mile. Do not count out a much better comeback.

The 10K portion of the race is also one of the races in the Maryland RRCA series where running clubs from across the state compete.


By James Moreland
Ashburn, VA
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



By James Moreland
Washington, DC
March 20, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Below Gurmessa Megerssa breaks the tape.

In typical Washington Metro the weather juked us better than scoring guard in a NCAA March Madness tournament. Colder than normal most of the winter we were torched by nearly eighty on Friday. Saturday racers were greeted with wonderful spring weather in the mid sixties. Then as the real spring dawned at Freedom Plaza the temperatures dipped below freezing.

No matter; this race was all about awareness of a deadly cancer that can, in many cases, may be prevented by vigilant screening. The race was about raising money to find a cure. Just as with the other major “Cure” events, 05-01-11 Race for Hope – DC Presented by Cassidy Turley to benefit the Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (Washington, DC) and the largest of all the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure set for June 4, 2011 in Washington, DC, this event brings caring, sharing people who want to find a cure.

The event had close to 2,000 finishers and nearly twice as many men as women. Nearly all of the runners that moved down Pennsylvania Avenue after crossing the ChronoTrack starting mats were there to celebrate survival of loved ones and the determination to move forward to a cure.

There were some top flight racers there as well. Three women had been ranked first in the area. Two of the men had as well. At the start Bert Rodriguez, 31, of Arlington, VA looked over the field but he already had a plan to break 15:00. The weather was perfect and the flat course was, “almost like a track.”  He was advised that the overall went just one deep and top ranked Gurmessa Megerssa was standing close by. Megerssa had finished a solid third overall at the Van Metere 5M in  24:49 just 24 hours ago.

Rodriguez, known as an 800M specialist, could not wait. The start was a 1-2-3 countdown by visiting Redskin Cheerleaders and he was off. He quickly took the lead, following by Adam Condit and Megerssa, who loped along after him like a dog playing in the park.

The race runs down to the Capitol and then does a loop on the eastern side before returning home. As runners approached that loop, many gasped and one shouted out in surprise as these two racing titans were already heading home, racing neck and neck. The wind was pretty mild. Still, Rodriguez lamented later that maybe he should have let Megerssa take some of the lead duties. At mile 2.25 Megerssa made his move which Rodriguez could not quite cover. Megerssa scored another overall win for the year in a very nice 14:55. Rodriguez broke the magic 15:00 barrier by a second.

Almost forgotten Condit (in photo) had a nifty 15:08 to take third overall and first in his age group. Fourth place is a former rankings champion who had won the St. Patrick’s Day race three times back when it was a 10K. Philippe Rolly, 38, of Arlington, VA has been training mega miles and is gearing up for next weekend’s National Marathon. He even ran the last year’s JFK 50.2 mile in a very credible 6:52:15. He lamented that he does not have much speed right now. His time of 16:42 would make most of the rest of us very proud. With abbreviated age groups, he settled into second behind Rodriguez.

Another Frenchman took the top masters spot. Jean Christophe Arcaz, 50, of Rockville, MD was a mortal lock in the traditional 50-54 division. Today the expanded set up with 45-59, he had his work cut out for him. He succeeded in 17:14 with a close battle from Robert Denmark, 45, of Arlington, VA flying home next in 17:26.

For the women, Susannah Kvasnicka, 36, of Great Falls, VA has had 34:30 10K speed. She might have been a co-favorite with Samia Akbar,28, of Herndon, VA the Army 10M record holder from 2009 with 55:25 or Claire Hallissey, 27 of Arlington, VA (below) who had won it all at the winter’s biggest 10K, the Jingle All the Way 10K in 35:17.

Kvasnicka has been absent and healing and is pretty much starting over. Her last race was sixth overall at the Kaiser Permanente Pike’s Peek 10K in April 2010 with 35:57. Akbar had finished second overall in the Fall Runner Rankings with her 27:00 overall win at the HCS 8K in the fall. Still it was clear Kvasnicka was just getting her feet wet and Hallissey only had to hold off Akbar which she did 17:52 to 17:56. Neither were ecstatic with their times but the season has just begun. Both will be faster than 17:00 by Memorial Day. Shortly after that Kvasnicka will be there too.

In the masters division, Lisa Chilcote, 40, of Oakmont, PA keeps moving up. She took the masters division by more than two minutes, finishing in 19:02. She was ninth in the fall Runner Rankings when she was listed as from Bethesda, MD. In the winter she moved up to fifth. He time today is her best masters effort…so far.

The stream of blue race T-shirts continued on for more than an hour. After the race, there were many nice refreshments for all of the participants.


                              Awards Listing 

Place Num   Name                   Age City                  Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== ====================== === ===================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1     5 Gurmessa Megerssa       31 Washington DC         14:55 14:55  4:48 

Place Num   Name                   Age City                  Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== ====================== === ===================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1  2329 Claire Hallissey        28 Arlington VA          17:52 17:51  5:45 

    1  1962 Jack Beecher            19 Washington DC         17:24 17:22  5:36 
    2  1075 Joseph Giammittorio     18 Falls Church VA       20:08 19:52  6:24 

    1  2604 Gillian Kramer          16 Cheverly MD           22:55 22:48  7:21 
    2  2519 Christine Downie        18 Arlington VA          26:09 23:32  7:35 

    1   747 Adam Condit             27 Ashburn VA            15:08 15:08  4:53 
    2   263 Neal Hannan             29 Washington DC         17:09 17:08  5:31 

    1     3 Samia Akabar            29 Oak Hill VA           17:56 17:55  5:46 
    2  1950 Nikeya Green            28 Centreville VA        19:11 19:10  6:10 

    1  2050 Bert Rodriguez          31 Arlington VA          14:59 14:59  4:50 
    2  1105 Philippe Rolly          38 McLean VA             16:42 16:42  5:23 

    1  2474 Kristin Murphy          30 Newton MA             18:19 18:19  5:54 
    2  1560 Lisa Chilcote           40 Oakmont PA            19:02 19:01  6:08 

    1    19 Jean-Christophe Arcaz   50 Rockville MD          17:14 17:14  5:33 
    2  2172 Robert Denmark          45 Arlington VA          17:27 17:26  5:37 

    1  1998 Patti Galleher          53 Denver CO             21:06 21:03  6:47 
    2  2334 Cathy Grable            45 Charlotte NC          21:21 21:17  6:51 

    1  2609 Bill Ference            60 Clifton VA            23:38 23:35  7:36 
    2   153 Michael Loney           60 Silver Spring MD      24:18 24:14  7:48 

    1   906 Deborah Schnabel        61 Fairfax VA            33:03 31:52 10:16 
    2   573 Stephanie Dalton        67 Washington DC         36:41 35:29 11:26

With the football season far away, Redskins Cheerleaders take a look at the new Washington Running Report.


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