Washington, DC

By James Moreland
Leesburg, VA
January 1, 2012
For the Washington Running Report

Truth be told, of all the races held on the turn-of-the-year weekend, this one offers the most adventure. Through the years, the wacky weather has been anything from a warm but heavy rain to a blistering cold wind chill where hiding on the down side of one of its many hills is actually a plus. Or perhaps we could have a storm of the century as we did at the start of 2010 where no one even dreamed of trying to leave the house. The voting is in and this year’s sunny, windless day with close to sixty degrees of warmth has been chosen for the race’s official weather.

December had been mild but when the sun continued to shine on the New Year many people still had time to head down to Ida Lee Park and sign up for the 10K that started at 10:40 or the 4K fun run that started twenty minutes before that. The 4K was an untimed event but when the race announcer started the event, about 400 happy people bounded down and across the opening field. Most of them looked as if they were going for a fast time. As is custom when the 10K starts, runners will begin meeting returning 4K runners near the bottom of the ¼ mile hill. This year the start was rushed so we could get going before the 4K winner (and he did receive an award) crossed the starting line.

Runners were advised that the course was still a little damp and with the warmer weather the way would be soggy. The course, however, was very solid . . . for a cross country course. After bounding down the hill runners briefly take a road toward the first of many hills. The tree-lined country road is just dirt but the footing was not bad. Just before the second mile runners crisscross between the farm buildings at the crest of the hill. From there, runners snake down the long hill to the bottom of the course. Then, joy of joys, they added gravel to the paved roads and the climb back up to mile four was made without ever looking up. The crews at the water stops cheered us on, perhaps amazed that we made it to the top. The day was so wonderful. Many of the runners come year after year, not for fast times but to enjoy a fun course to start the year.

Course record holder Abiyot Endale (32:24 – 2011) which he pilfered from runner-up Aaron Church who produced the event’s fourth fastest time (33:05 – 2011), were absent. Matt Maline (above) had been third in a swift 33:55. This year, with no one to chase and a light challenge behind him, he coasted to victory in 35:02. William Bylund finished the final climb a little more than a minute later in 36:27. Matt Woods produced the third place time in 36:54. Most runners are at least two minutes slower than on a road 10K.

Kevin Lynch (left) was top master last year in 39:01. This year he aged up to the 45-49 division and won again, this time in 39:36. Grandmaster Bruce Halpin, 55, ran 41:50 last year which would have been nifty this year as William Clem, 52, was tenth overall in 41:52. Alas, he ran 42:02. Still, with generous five year age groups both runners went home with first place awards.

Malcolm Senior, 61, proudly set the event age group record with 42:42 last year. This year he again coasted to victory by a mile.

Bill Stahr, 51, ran five races for the holiday weekend for 146 races in 2011 and three already for the New Year.

For more than a year Bill Joyce, 67, has been not been racing. He comes out to the races looking on longingly. Today he renewed his racing with a very solid 49:23. He modestly started 16 seconds behind the leaders. When told, “He’s back!” he demurred with, “Well, not yet.” Later that evening I spoke with Ronnie Wong, 65, and advised him that he would be looking over his shoulder very soon. He had already seen the results as well as the last two 5Ks run by Jason Page, 66, another returning champion. Last year John Elliott, 73, was disappointed by his 50:34 even though it was an event record. This is not a fast course. Doug Morris, 73, (below) was not far behind in 52:30. This year Morris rambled home in 52:23 but his net time was 51:04.Doug, you are an elite runner who belongs at the front of the starting line.

Many racers ran more than one race on this weekend, perhaps it is easier when the races start later in the day. Six of the top ten women were forty or older. Heather Schaffer, 40, of Potomac falls, VA (left) led the way in 44:26. Young Zanny Ludtke, 18, was next in 45:45, followed quickly by four runners from Leesburg. Mandana Mortazavi, 48, took third place with a gun time of 46:38. She had the closet time toward a new age group record. (46:30).Mandana, you must also start closer to the front (net time of 46:32). After all you did when you were fourth overall at the Running in Hope 10K just the day before in 43:05.

Karen Young, 43, also had five races for the weekend for 144 races for 2011. She raced her 49th 10K in the morning of the 31st. Sunday morning she proudly announced, “I got my Blank last night.” The Blank is an award given to runners in the 50 Plus club who race 50 or more races in a single distance. Naturally she started the year up again with a 10K in the morning followed by a 5K in the afternoon on Sunday. “Toward the end I looked up ahead of me and saw a lot of people walking. I didn’t think I was going that slow,” said Young after the race. Young is often a Ranked Runner.

Jacqui Hanson, 41, also needed to start closer to the front. She finished top in her division with 46:41 but started twenty seconds behind the leaders. Tenth place Carole Jones, 54 (below), was top grandmaster in 48:37. Next year when she turns fifty-five she might just speed past the event record of 50:23 set by Heather Sanders in 2011.

At the awards ceremony, 75-year-old Patricia Cuff was tops in her division. The awards were announced old to young. When we got to the 45-49 age group, there was another Patricia Cuff (junior?). Yes, she was the daughter. Running is for families. Ecris Williams, 71, did not make the race for the first time in the 14 runnings of the event. She still hold records in three divisions.

Before and after the race Dave Berry, who travels up from South Carolina each year, was entertaining the crowd with his music, much of it from the sixties and seventies. The youngsters enjoyed his oldest song, the Hokey Pokey.

The joy of this event is that when you finish there are rows of chairs in a heated auditorium with indoor plumbing. There was plenty of bottled water and lots of hot coffee and cocoa. Bagels with cream cheese as well as bananas are laudable runners’ foods. Even better was the scores and scores of fresh baked giant cookies from Vie de France.

Always your fastest race of the year and for most the best.

                           Awards Listing - Men
MALE
Place Num   Name                   Ag City                  Finish 
===== ===== ====================== == ===================== ===== 
    1   483 Matt Maline            28 Oak Hill VA           35:02 
    2   347 William Bylund         27 Great Falls VA        36:27 
    3   367 Matt Woods             32 Falls Church VA       36:54 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 01 - 19
    1   268 Steven Kool            17 Vienna VA             40:56 
    2   398 Devon Kirk             16 Purcellville VA       43:13 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1   382 Andrew Knotts          20 Martinsburg WV        37:42 
    2   414 Andrew Castles         20 Gainesville VA        47:19 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1    58 Eric Hammesfahr        26 Leesburg VA           47:10 
    2   356 John Heydon            26 Frederick MD          47:46 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1    68 Adam Borbidge          33 South Riding VA       38:40 
    2   281 Nate Verwys            34 Fairfax VA            43:07 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1   442 Aaron Holley           36 Washington DC         38:42 
    2   464 Marty Newhouse         39 Falls Church VA       44:25 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1    44 Kenneth Shapiro        42 Frederick MD          39:55 
    2   379 Lawrence Kusko         42 Stephen's City VA     42:49 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1   421 Kevin Lynch            45 Chantilly VA          39:36 
    2   304 James Darling          47 Falls Church VA       42:54 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1    28 William Clem           52 Bethesda MD           41:51 
    2   334 James Dunn             51 Leesburg VA           44:45 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1   428 Bruce Halpin           55 Ashburn VA            42:00 
    2   297 Richard Morgan         59 Silver Spring MD      43:31 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1    88 Malcolm Senior         61 New Market MD         44:24 
    2   232 Richard Cleland        62 Leesburg VA           51:34 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 69
    1   377 Bill Joyce             67 Herndon VA            49:07 
    2   303 Jack Tozier            69 Arlington VA          55:03 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 99
    1    83 Douglas Morris         73 Delaplane VA          51:04 
    2    49 Louis Garczynski       71 Sterling VA           63:12 

MALE LEESBURG RESIDENT
    1   198 Chris Stotler          44 Leesburg VA           43:16 

MALE ROTARIAN RESIDENT
    1   472 Thomas Dunlap          39 Round Hill VA         51:19 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   217 Jarrod Dungan          31 M Leesburg VA         44:35
                           Awards Listing - Women
FEMALE
Place Num   Name                   Ag City                 Finish 
===== ===== ====================== == ==================== ===== 
    1   369 Heather Schaffer       40 Potomac Falls VA     44:26 
    2   184 Zanny Ludtke           18 Round Hill VA        45:45 
    3   327 Mandana Mortazavi      48 Leesburg VA          46:38 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 01 - 19
    1   251 Catherine Gorick       18 Broadlands VA        52:43 
    2   123 Shannon McClellan      17 Boonsboro MD         57:57 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1    56 Erika Hansen           20 Oakton VA            48:27 
    2   393 Julia Crowley          20 Waterford VA         53:11 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1   183 Cassie Ludtke          27 Round Hill VA        55:45 
    2   432 Tara Larrick           27 Stephen's City VA    59:10 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1   438 Sharon Logue           33 Leesburg VA          46:47 
    2   489 Kathryn Dunn           31 Purcellville VA      47:46 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1   308 Tiffany Graham         36 Reston VA            49:01 
    2   203 Alison Smith           37 Leesburg VA          49:58 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1   325 Jacqui Hanson          41 Leesburg VA          46:21 
    2   392 Lydia Pelliccia        44 Washington DC        47:24 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1    31 Tonya Stotler          45 Leesburg VA          46:52 
    2   279 Patricia Cuff          47 Alexandria VA        48:45 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1   201 Carole Jones           54 Ashburn VA           48:31 
    2   364 Kelly Pickard          52 Oyster Bay NY        50:44 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1    95 Peggy Davis            59 Vienna VA            55:28 
    2   299 Maria Nusbaum          59 Reston VA            58:37 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1   162 Freyda Greenberg       62 Falls Church VA      60:07 
    2   239 Patricia Danielle-Kay  60 Reston VA            64:05 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 69
    1   234 Pat Welch              67 Vienna VA            62:37 
    2   418 Punkin Lee             65 Middleburg VA        66:50 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 99
    1   291 Patricia Cuff          75 Montgomery Vill MD   76:29 

FEMALE LEESBURG RESIDENT
    1   325 Jacqui Hanson          41 Leesburg VA          46:21 

FEMALE ROTARIAN RESIDENT
    1   403 Sharen Gromly          58 Winchester VA        80:30 

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   176 Linda Reynolds         49 F Leesburg VA        62:34

 

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By Dickson Mercer
Washington, DC
December 11, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

It only took the Jingle All the Way 10K six years to outgrow its out-and-back course in Washington, DC’s West Potomac Park. This year, with more than 6,000 registered runners, Capital Running Company moved the race downtown to the same venue that hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day 8K. The new 8K, which starts on Pennsylvania Avenue and, as with Occupy DC, is staged at Freedom Plaza, was held in cold, yet calm conditions that probably seemed perfect to those who braved last year’s cold drizzle.

If you are wondering how a road race typically held on a frigid day has become such a popular race, look no further than the costumes. At the Jingle All the Way 8K, Santa got the top-seeded number and knee-high candy cane socks paired with elf caps were the opposite of an exception. Today’s oddballs were ever-serious front-runners wearing their usual racing kits.

On the other hand, Claire Hallissey, who won today’s race in 29:18 while sporting candy cane socks, antlers, and the race’s complimentary bells in the laces of her racing flats, is only seriously fast.

Hallissey also sported a pink stripe of KT tape on her leg to aid an aching knee that has lately limited her training. Injuries have bothered the 28-year-old Arlington resident and England native all year. And while they did not stop her from running 2:29:27 in October at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon – the time put her 6th overall and made her eligible to run for England in the 2012 Olympics – it has yet to fully heal from the effort.

Treating today’s race like a tempo run, Hallissey ran purely for enjoyment and to give her knee a bit of a test. She won last year’s Jingle All the Way 10K in 35:17.

If all goes according to Hallissey’s hopes, England’s third and final selection for the Olympic Marathon will be her. In the meantime, a good Christmas-themed costume helped her maintain a low-key race day. “It keeps me from going crazy out there,” she said.

Barb Fallon Wallace, 38, of Alexandria was second in 29:50. Nikeya Green, 29, of Centreville, VA was third in 30:21. The top master, Alisa Harvey of Manassas, VA, was fifth overall in 30:52.

Shortly before the 9:00 a.m. start time, race organizers announced that the Metropolitan Police Department had requested a 10 to 15 minute delay. At 9:22, runners cheered when it was announced that the race would start in two minutes.

The delay did not seem to affect Michael Banks, 25, of Washington, DC Early on, the men’s distance coach at Georgetown University ran smoothly with a front pack that included Temesgen Ilanso, 24, of Silver Spring, Brian Flynn, 28, of Bridgewater, VA, Seife Geletu, 29, of Washington, DC, and Esmetu Tilahun, 31, of Washington, DC.

After coasting through 3 miles in around 15:30, Banks gradually picked up the pace, accelerating ahead of Ilanso on the final turn to win by 8 seconds in 24:45. The former all-American at Georgetown focused on triathlons after graduating in 2009. Recently his focus has shifted back to running.

Flynn was third in 25:02. The top master, Kevin Lynch of Chantilly, VA, ran 29:32.

There were plenty of other ways to take home a prize. All it took to be eligible for a random prize – a heart rate monitor, say – was to submit your race number into a random drawing.

Of the 64 teams entered in the team competition, names ranged from the winning Georgetown University Running Club, which took top honors, to Egg Kissers and Grandma Got Run Over … By Us. Georgetown’s co-ed squad averaged 30:22, topping Capital Area Runners’ 13-member average of 31:10.

At the post-race ceremony at Freedom Plaza, some Jingle All the Way teams – some official, some not official – learned that the competition for Best Costume was as tough as any other.

While standing in line for pictures with Santa, Daphne Kiplinger, 26, and David Shepard, 34, both of Washington, DC, and Dave Steadman – all wearing some sort of red and green, Christmas-themed getup – explained that they had tried to put a team together but their friends had bailed at the last moment. As for the stylish green, holly leaf-style sunglasses that made her outfit pop, Kiplinger said she got those in her Christmas stocking last year.

If you have ever wondered what it is like to run in a Santa suit, let Mike McNiff, 23, of Fairfax tell you: “It was a little hot,” he said. His Santa’s Run Deer team included his sister Katie McNiff plus Tiona Bland, Amanda Hamilton, and Kelly Jamieson. The women wore antlers picked up from a dollar store and wrote their deer names on pieces of paper they taped to their backs. Rather than stay around for the best costume content, the group headed off for brunch.

The team who won for best costume did not mention a team name. They did, however, mention a captain: Libby Wile, 29, of Washington, DC. Their group included Ashley Schambach, Amy Levine, Ellen Taverna, and Katie Robbins. Present among them were a present, a nutcracker, and a dreidel.

Moments before all runners dispersed, two toy soldiers (Terri Crutchman and Ginger Kopecky, both of Woodbridge) posed for a photograph with as many Christmas trees (Jessica Connelly and Abigail Op, both of Washington, DC.)

“We wanted something to run in that would look festive for the holidays,” Crutchman said. “What better than toy soldiers to wake us up and run?”

For Connelly and Op, though, costumes are becoming the norm. Op, who has run marathons, recently roped her friend into running her first race on Thanksgiving. For that, they dressed as Pilgrims. For the Hot Chocolate 15K, they went with a 1980s theme.

According to Op, “This is just more fun: being a goofball.”

Awards Listing

MALE 
    1  4910 Michael Banks            25 M WASHINGTON DC           24:45 
    2  5346 Temesgen Ilanso          24 M SILVER SPRING MD        24:53 
    3  5202 Brian Flynn              28 M BRIDGEWATER VA          25:02 
    4  5374 Seife Geletu             29 M WASHINGTON DC           25:42 
    5     5 Dickson Mercer           30 M WASHINGTON DC           26:18 
    6  5381 Esmetu Tilahun           31 M WASHINGTON DC           26:37 
    7  4665 Tom Dichiara             34 M NEW YORK NY             26:46 
    8     3 Stephan Kolata           30 M WASHINGTON DC           26:56 
    9  4860 Matthew Thomas           37 M ALEXANDRIA VA           27:20 
   10  3735 Dan Herman               27 M WASHINGTON DC           27:23 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 01 - 19
    1   719 Justin Ahalt             17 M College Park MD       27:54 27:54  5:37 
    2  2989 Alexander Waldt          18 M Baltimore MD          28:25 28:25  5:43 
    3  5039 Matt Chung               19 M Bloomfield Hills MI   29:51 29:43  5:59 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 20 - 24
    1  5038 Jordan Megna             21 M Bloomfield Hills MI   29:31 29:23  5:55 
    2  5213 Alexander Sciacca        20 M Fairfax Station VA    29:38 29:32  5:57 
    3  5034 Tim Doughtery            20 M Bloomfield Hills MI   30:44 30:35  6:09 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 25 - 29
    1   721 Alec Friedhoff           27 M Washington DC         28:21 28:20  5:42 
    2  1624 Barry McCarron           29 M Washington DC         28:36 28:35  5:45 
    3  3644 Sean Wilson              25 M Sterling VA           29:42 29:39  5:58 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 30 - 34
    1  1497 Kevin Foley              32 M Bethesda MD           28:46 28:45  5:47 
    2  4044 James Du Vernay          31 M East Rutherford NJ    29:24 29:22  5:55 
    3  2527 Monte Hawkins            34 M Arlington VA          29:54 29:52  6:01 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 35 - 39
    1  4808 Keith Freeburn           37 M Centreville VA        28:11 28:11  5:41 
    2  1086 Marc McDonald            38 M Alexandria VA         28:13 28:12  5:41 
    3  2977 Brian Beary              36 M Washington DC         28:57 28:56  5:50 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 40 - 44
    1  4311 Jose Diaz                40 M Bethesda MD           30:01 29:59  6:02 
    2  3121 Chris McKee              43 M Vienna VA             30:53 30:51  6:13 
    3  2118 David Venables           44 M Bethesda MD           31:18 31:12  6:17 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 45 - 49
    1  3115 Kevin Lynch              45 M Chantilly VA          29:32 29:31  5:57 
    2  2903 George Lane              45 M Ashburn VA            30:22 30:21  6:07 
    3  3528 Howard Frost             46 M Falls Church VA       30:30 30:28  6:08 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 50 - 54
    1    23 Jean-Christophe Arcaz    50 M Rockville MD          28:44 28:43  5:47 
    2   863 Paul Ingholt             51 M Vienna VA             33:12 33:08  6:40 
    3  5111 Wiliam Coquelin          52 M Alexandria VA         33:53 33:45  6:48 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 55 - 59
    1  3535 Dave Buzzell             57 M Middletown MD         32:36 32:34  6:33 
    2  1088 Lennie Carter            58 M Washington DC         33:45 33:43  6:47 
    3  4664 John McMackin            59 M Chevy Chase MD        36:15 35:58  7:15 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 60 - 64
    1    21 Malcolm Senior           60 M New Market MD         32:41 32:39  6:34 
    2  1012 Robert Taylor            61 M Alexandria VA         37:14 36:59  7:27 
    3  2121 Charles Divan            61 M Washington DC         39:10 39:07  7:52 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 65 - 69
    1  2731 Jim Noone                67 M Fairfax VA            34:09 34:05  6:52 
    2  5532 Bob Chase                66 M Falls Church VA       35:58 35:53  7:13 
    3  5390 John Sullivan            66 M Washington DC         42:56 39:59  8:03 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 70 - 74
    1    25 Gerry Ives               72 M Washington DC         36:25 36:22  7:19 
    2    28 Chan Robbins             74 M Arlington VA          40:45 40:42  8:12 
    3  1228 John Gluck               74 M Alexandria VA         41:15 41:10  8:17 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 75 - 79
    1   491 Alan Rider               75 M Reston VA             44:29 44:27  8:57 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 80 - 99
    1    59 Edward Green             80 M Washington DC         68:54 65:39 13:13 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1  3622 Brad Serwer              38 M Bethesda MD           29:22 29:20  5:54

 

FEMALE 
    1     2 Claire Hallissey         28 F ARLINGTON VA            29:18 
    2     9 Barb Fallon Wallace      38 F ALEXANDRIA VA           29:50 
    3  4577 Nikeya Green             29 F CENTREVILLE VA          30:21 
    4     6 Kelly Swain              26 F ARLINGTON VA            30:35 
    5    12 Alisa Harvey             46 F MANASSAS VA             30:52 
    6  3585 Elizabeth Laseter        23 F WASHINGTON DC           31:03 
    7  2491 Emily Buzzell            26 F WASHINGTON DC           31:15 
    8  3760 Mijiko Phelps            41 F OAK HILL VA             31:54 
    9   625 Cristina Burbach         37 F WASHINGTON DC           31:55 
   10  5694 Laura Zeilinger          39 F WASHINGTON DC           32:16 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 01 - 19
    1  5045 Clare Murphy             18 F Bloomfield Hills MI   32:31 32:23  6:31 
    2  3310 Katriona McNeill         14 F Chevy Chase MD        36:05 35:53  7:13 
    3  5042 Elyssa Skeirik           18 F Bloomfield Hills MI   37:29 37:20  7:31 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 20 - 24
    1  2183 Danielle Schaub          24 F Washington DC         37:54 33:17  6:42 
    2  4033 Monique Girard           21 F Billerica MA          33:33 33:23  6:43 
    3   324 Jessica Girard           23 F Washington DC         33:38 33:27  6:44 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 25 - 29
    1  1988 Phoebe Markle            27 F Alexandria VA         32:33 32:30  6:33 
    2   420 Alison Deboer            25 F Arlington VA          33:01 32:58  6:38 
    3  1698 Caitlin Catella          26 F Washington DC         33:26 33:21  6:43 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 30 - 34
    1  5612 Jen Yip                  31 F Washington DC         32:32 32:23  6:31 
    2  4061 Rebecca Powell           34 F Alexandria VA         34:48 34:42  6:59 
    3   716 Lindsay Hauer            31 F Washington DC         35:34 35:29  7:09 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 35 - 39
    1  5367 Jen Sober                38 F McHenry MD            32:26 32:25  6:32 
    2   494 Nancy Eiring             38 F Washington DC         32:46 32:43  6:35 
    3  4077 Julie Sapper             38 F Rockville MD          34:16 34:12  6:53 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 40 - 44
    1  3946 Samantha Cole            43 F Arlington VA          32:36 32:34  6:33 
    2  4891 Anne Bliss               44 F Burlington VT         33:04 33:02  6:39 
    3  3402 Sandrine Falgon          40 F Washington DC         33:19 33:18  6:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 45 - 49
    1   570 Karen Kalber             46 F Crofton MD            36:02 35:41  7:11 
    2   833 Teresa Lent              49 F Arlington VA          36:12 36:02  7:15 
    3  2240 Joanna Schmickel         49 F Arlington VA          37:35 37:11  7:29 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 50 - 54
    1  4743 Deedee Loughran          53 F Herndon VA            33:20 33:17  6:42 
    2    22 Win Persina              51 F Washington DC         34:59 34:56  7:02 
    3  5151 Linda Rotunno            52 F Washington DC         38:23 38:03  7:40 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 55 - 59
    1  2912 Ofelia Perotti           55 F Alexandria VA         39:11 38:45  7:48 
    2   733 Merrilee Seidman         57 F Alexandria VA         41:01 41:01  8:15 
    3   520 Marcy Foster             57 F Reston VA             45:59 41:09  8:17 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 60 - 64
    1  2971 Ginny Hughes             61 F Warrenton VA          38:34 38:33  7:46 
    2  1786 Jane Sparnon             60 F Arlington VA          42:52 42:38  8:35 
    3  3974 Mary Fredlake            61 F Washington DC         51:30 45:20  9:08 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 65 - 69
    1  5638 Linda Kearney            65 F Oak Hill VA           44:35 42:52  8:38 
    2  3090 Pat Welch                67 F Vienna VA             49:31 47:47  9:37 
    3  1581 Nancy Malan              66 F Washington DC         53:44 53:25 10:45 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 70 - 74
    1  5232 Helenann Phillips        74 F Arlington VA          56:40 53:27 10:46 
    2  2679 Susan McGregor           70 F Washington DC         77:57 71:45 14:26 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME - NET PACE 75 - 79
    1  5112 Ann Coquelin             77 F Alexandria VA         61:57 57:31 11:35 

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1  4033 Monique Girard           21 F Billerica MA          33:33 33:23  6:43

 

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By James Moreland
Burke, VA
November 26, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

No times for brakes as the race starts at the top of the hill.

The glorious weather continues to reign (not rain) throughout the busiest weekend of the year. Many runners took a break from the busiest racing day of the year to eat dinner and go out shopping. Friday seemed like Sunday. Then Saturday was almost perfect. Locals even thought it was almost too warm, while a few slender Caribbean transplants announced that anything colder than 70 degrees was too cold.

The sun was already warming up the day as runners lined up just above Burke Lake and released by the magic ‘G’ word plunged down the fast first half mile. From there the course circled around the lake like a necklace with only a few gentle hills. The weather had been dry but not enough to make the gentle layer of leaves crackle.  Some of the lead runners played traffic cop and warned unsuspecting hikers that an avalanche of runners would soon be heading their way. Everyone wanted to be out on this day.

Many of the Thanksgiving weekend races are called fun runs as nearly 10% of all the racers for the year come out to play. Still, lots of the top racers are eager to try out their stuff. Early in the race Keith Freeburn, 37, took over the lead duties. Freeburn has been coming on strong for the last year though rarely at the very front of the pack. He knew Rob Bell, 22, was right there with him and that helped propel both of them to very solid times, especially for a course that is half cross country. Right at four miles the runners headed up a steady incline and Bell made his move. The final half mile is mostly a quick downhill but the final 100 meters is the steepest hill on the course. Bell held on to win in 28:42; Freeburn was next in 28:48.

Usually youngsters do best on cross country and, being generally lighter, fly up hills better. Today six of the top 13 men were masters. Fifth place Kevin Lynch, 44, (right)was earliest the top master in 30:06.  David Pinnick, 55, commanded the grandmaster field, finishing 20th overall in a swift 33:47.

Looking around the field Laura Ramos, 32, (left) must have felt like the favorite. However, this is a traveling weekend and you never know when a ringer is going to come into town. Olivia Poblacion, 25 of Corvallis, OR came in from the west coast to set the new standard for the event in an excellent 30:59 that made her the eight finisher overall. Ramos followed her in with a very nice 32:42.  Before the race Sushila Nanda, 50, smiled and said yes her leg was still bothering her but she had a few more races that she wanted to do before she would fix it. She blasted out with the lead women covering the first mile in about 6:30. After that she settled in some but still had a very nifty 37:14 to finish as the second master and the first runner older than fifty, Cathy Ross was the first master at fourth overall in 34:26. The grandmaster and 20th overall was Janet Janas. Janas is coming off her first WRR Runner Ranking in the fall season.

After the race there were bagels and bananas to go with gallons and gallons of hot coffee with real cream and bottled water. One runner said as he offered his young daughter a cinnamon raisin bagel, “I ran in the race; you eat the food.”

 

OVERALL MALE  (GUN TIME)

Place Num   Name                Age City                  Time    
===== ===== =================== === ===================== ======= 
    1   212 Rob Bell             22 Gainesville VA          28:42 
    2   211 Keith Freeburn       37 Centreville VA          28:48 
    3   232 Adam Roggia          26 Stafford VA             29:47 

OVERALL FEMALE  (GUN TIME)
Place Num   Name                Age City                  Time    
===== ===== =================== === ===================== ======= 
    1   109 Olivia Poblacion     25 Corvallis OR            30:59 
    2   265 Laura Ramos          32 Silver Spring MD        32:42 
    3   206 Leah Stiegler        21 Vienna VA               33:32 

MALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 19   (NET TIME)
    1   297 Steven Kool         17 Vienna VA               31:11 
    2   267 Joe Brough          16 McLean VA               31:25 
    3   328 Steven Harokopus    15 Vienna VA               36:30 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 19   (NET TIME)
    1   319 Tara Landy          18 Burke VA                35:06 
    2    89 Kayla Grimmett      18 Burke VA                37:02 
    3   249 Mary Pollin         15 Burke VA                37:16 

MALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 29   (NET TIME)
    1   207 Jason Dods          22 Vienna VA               33:05 
    2    55 Alec Rosenman       23 Fairfax Station VA      34:25 
    3    54 Mark Brier          26 Wilmington DE           35:33 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 29   (NET TIME)
    1   170 Emily Williams      29 Arlington VA            38:47 
    2    53 Lauren Rosenman     25 Fairfax Station VA      38:49 
    3   163 Heather Hunter      25 Fairfax VA              40:47 

MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39   (NET TIME)
    1    85 Michael Feeney      34 Burke VA                29:59 
    2   359 Frank Gold          34 Warrenton VA            30:28 
    3   345 Oscar Tiglao        34 Lorton VA               31:48 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39   (NET TIME)
    1   397 Laura Barringer     35 Fairfax VA              38:41 
    2   269 Mary Blair          32 Springfield VA          39:08 
    3   281 Romana Johnson      37 Dumfries VA             39:22 

MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49   (NET TIME)
    1   331 Kevin Lynch         44 Chantilly VA            30:04 
    2    30 Dennis Billings     42 Woodbridge VA           30:54 
    3   322 Matt Anderson       45 Fairfax VA              31:04 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49   (NET TIME)
    1    73 Cathy Ross          40 Burke VA                34:25 
    2   136 Barbara Murillo     46 Fairfax VA              39:20 
    3   338 Mary Maver          46 Springfield VA          39:57 

MALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 59   (NET TIME)
    1   370 David Pinnick       55 Manassas VA             33:44 
    2   233 Myron Kremer        54 Winchester VA           36:09 
    3    80 Malcolm Carlyle     54 Leesburg VA             36:17 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 59   (NET TIME)
    1   324 Sushila Nanda       50 Arlington VA            37:13 
    2   155 Janet Janas         50 Clifton VA              41:04 
    3    61 Cynthia Martin      54 Springfield VA          41:13 

MALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 69   (NET TIME)
    1    35 Robert Taylor       61 Alexandria VA           38:11 
    2   364 Jim Avila           63 Arlington VA            42:12 
    3   246 Rick Rice           65 Burke VA                43:56 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 69   (NET TIME)
    1   263 Carolyn Rice        66 Burke VA                45:18 
    2   259 Kathryn Fanelli     62 Annandale VA          1:00:39 
    3     4 Nancie Becker       61 Rockville MD          1:16:59 

MALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 99   (NET TIME)
    1    10 Chan Robbins        74 Arlington VA            40:58 
    2   111 Robert Gurtler      76 The Plains VA           53:01 
    3   226 Dick Nanto          70 Clifton VA            1:01:11

 

The final climb to the finish was no “walk in the park.”

 

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