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David Dang’s reaction to the aftermath of the Springfield 15k was completely appropriate. He sat in the shade of a tent on the Lee High School field and cooled his head with a bag of ice that was rapidly melting in the late spring heat.
It was a rough day for Dang, for any number of reasons, but he was undeterred in his dedication to running.
He signed up Thursday night at Metro Run and Walk, near his home in Springfield.
“I went in to buy some shoes, then thought, ‘hey why not sign up for a 15k,’” he said.
Though he went on to regret his decision initially, after two hours of sleep the night before and rushing to start the race as the last walker crossed the starting line.
“I passed a lot of people, but then I just got gassed out,” he said, before walking much of the second half of the race, which started at the Springfield Mall, followed Commerce Road and Ole Keene Mill to the cross county trail before turning around at Lake Accotink and following Highland back toward the high school for a finish on the track.
“I feel a little bit disappointed in myself because I used to run a lot and it shows this is something you have to keep up consistently,” he said. “I ran a marathon two years ago, but then I got a girlfriend, we started going out to eat and now I’m walking the second half of a race. This is the kind of kick I need to get back at it.”
John Geraghty also came out for his hometown race and found the weather, humid in the mid 70s by the 8 a.m. start, a little oppressive.
“I started out fine for the first three miles, hung in there for the middle three, and the last three were ugly,” he said. “There were a lot of volunteers though, they kept us going.”
He did the race last year, another hot one. His wife, Lauren, pushed their children Jack and Elin in a stroller, though Jack got out and ran alongside when tensions boiled over with his little sister.
“She likes to ride along when I run and he needed to get away from her for a while, so we all did our things there,” she said.
The distance wasn’t a problem for Riaz Tyler, who is finishing his sophomore year at Hayfield High School. The young man from Lorton signed up for the race because he wasn’t ready to be done for the year after track season ended. He put a gap on Vienna’s Chris McGarrigal six miles in and won by more than half a minute in 59:51.
“It was extra hot, so you had to push through that,” he said. “I might do another hot race. With a longer race, you get more of a racing experience. Track races are over in a hurry.”
Katie Spaulding from Strafford surprised herself, despite a more challenging course than she expected and slowing down to avoid overheating and PRed.
“I haven’t run many 15k races, so it’s not hard to PR, but I’m happy with it,” she said.
She’s been on a tear since giving birth to her son, Kevin, three days after she ran the Arlington 9-11 5k. She and her husband also ran the Veterans Day 10k the morning after their wedding in “Mr.” and “Mrs.” t-shirts and she struck a smile during the race that led to her photo gracing the cover of the Washington Running Report, RunWashington’s prior iteration.
“I was lucky with my pregnancy, I could run the whole time,” she said. “Four weeks later, I was running again and I PRed at a Turkey Trot.”
She and her husband, who shares her son’s name and birthday, train with their nine-month old in a jogging stroller, which she credits with helping her with resistance training.
“When I’m not using it, I can really run fast,” she said.
By James Moreland
May 8, 2011
For the Washington Running Report
This Mother’s Day event is for everyone as noted when race starter Kevin asked for a show of hands for everyone who had a mother. It was about older runners as five times for the women and twice for the men, a masters runner has won it all. But it was particularly about the young ones. There was a 2K fun walk as often occurs in family oriented race events but the 5K race was packed with young runners vying for top placement in the three youth divisions.
When the race began quite of few height challenged munchkins bolted up the tough hill to start the race that circled all the way around Point Pleasant Drive. Many flamed out on the opening hill, partly because the expended extra energy talking and laughing among themselves.
“So, you wanna walk.” “I am getting tired.” “Whoa, I almost ran into that parked car.” These were some of the things heard until the race crested the hill and reenergized. Youth runners are so resilient.
After the race there was lots of food. Some of it partially covered to protect for the tiny, harmless shower that started just before the race began. The race is known for having lots of random prizes. In fact, they have a separate bucket for adult and for children, both were full. Nearly everyone stayed around to – take a chance.
Before the award’s ceremony began we were told of why the race was originally created. This race was created in honor of a special little boy, Jeffrey Virostek, who lost his brave battle with leukemia on September 25, 2003, at the age of 4 1/2. Angel Kisses is a fund-raising 5K/2K Race to benefit the Jeffrey Virostek Fund.
Jeffrey’s cousin Tim raced well today finishing fifth overall in a time that would have won the race in some of the past years.
Then the microphone was handed over to six-year-old Timmy Tyrrell. He clearly explained why he decided to help raise money. A friend of his, Ella Day, needed help. She had gone through chemotherapy last year. He called her to the stage and she looked great. Her dad told us Timmy was “an adult in a little boy’s body.”
Timmy held up the check for the Virosteks and then reverted partly to being a kid with, “I have here a check for … for a lot of money.” Mrs. Virostek gratefully accepted the check for $3,541.92 that had been raised in just the past month.
Timmy Tyrell is one of the Featured Athletes on the Inspired Athletes Web Site. With the assistance of Inspired Athletes, Mini has dedicated this season to racing for the Jeffrey Virostek Fund to contribute to the fight against childhood cancer.
Even with the light rain the field passed 2009 as the second largest field with 410 finishers in the 5K. Only twice has the time been faster than 17:00 minutes. Back in 2008 Abiyot Abebe toasted the field in 15:24 breaking Ryan Deak’s 16:07 record from the year before. This year it was clear that competition makes for fast times. Just past the turnaround at mile two, a trio of runners were jockeying for position with Jared Campbell looming in the background. Justin Fritzius, 26, of Purcellville had a slight edge and younger legs than 41-year-old Eric Sorenson. Unlike Derby runner Shackleford who faded to fourth after leading all the way, he would hold his lead and win in 16:37 for the third fastest time. The next three runners all broke 17 minutes. Sorenson destroyed the masters record with 16:42 with Byrce Wilk right on his heels in 16:45. Campbell was second in his division behind Wilk in 16:59.
For the women, Laura Friex (left)had won it all the first two years, 2004-5. Now on the cusp of being a grandmaster she would hold off Barbara Wigle, 44, by six seconds to take the masters title in 21:17. This was Wigle’s fourth year and she always finishes in the top six, winning the masters in 2007 before giving way to Linda Foley, another runner turning fifty this year. Foley won it all in both 2008 and 2009. Last year national class racer Alisa Harvey, 44, set the record in a runaway with 18:43 setting aside Jackie Gruendel’s 2006 record 19:10.
This year the two masters, Freix and Wigle had their own little battle while the top three runners dueled for the top spot. Jennifer Chapman had the honor of breaking the tape in 20:21. Julie Sapper, 38, a regular Ranked Runner, was next in 20:27. Meredith Samson took the third spot winning her age group in 20:40.
While many of the age group times were not competitive, even the 70 and older fields filled up, though both women traveled across the country for the event. Second for the men was one of the most prolific racers in the region, Bob Gurtler, 76, of the Plains, VA. Gurtler finished his 30th 5K of the year with 52 totals races already in the bag for 2011.
Awards Listing (No Duplicate Prizes) FEMALE OVERALL Place Num Name Ag City Gun T Net T Pace ===== ===== ====================== == ================== ===== ===== ===== 1 477 Jennifer Chapman 26 Centreville VA 20:21 20:18 6:32 2 471 Julie Sapper 38 Rockville MD 20:27 20:25 6:35 MALE OVERALL Place Num Name Ag City Gun T Net T Pace ===== ===== ====================== == ================== ===== ===== ===== 1 484 Justin Fritzius 26 Purcellville VA 16:37 16:37 5:21 2 51 Eric Sorensen 41 Annandale VA 16:42 16:39 5:22 FEMALE AGE GROUP: 1 - 10 (NET TIME) 1 80 Nicole Re 10 Chantilly VA 25:09 25:06 8:06 2 232 Roshni Puli 10 Chantilly VA 30:02 29:56 9:38 MALE AGE GROUP: 1 - 10 (NET TIME) 1 249 Harrison Shay 10 Chantilly VA 23:41 23:38 7:37 2 209 Ted Ellis 10 Chantilly VA 24:21 24:20 7:50 FEMALE AGE GROUP: 11 - 14 (NET TIME) 1 243 Nora Raher 14 Centreville VA 22:24 22:11 7:09 2 253 Alexa McAnally 12 Centreville VA 23:17 23:12 7:29 MALE AGE GROUP: 11 - 14 (NET TIME) 1 420 Adam Huff 14 Chantilly VA 18:16 18:16 5:53 2 58 Connor Phillips 14 Oakton VA 19:50 19:46 6:22 FEMALE AGE GROUP: 15 - 18 (NET TIME) 1 163 Virginia Walsh 15 Chantilly VA 25:18 24:50 8:00 2 281 Kate O'Shea 15 Fairfield CT 26:50 26:41 8:36 MALE AGE GROUP: 15 - 18 (NET TIME) 1 122 Tim Virostek 15 Columbia MD 18:07 18:04 5:49 2 424 Kyle Hollcroft 17 Manassas VA 20:53 20:45 6:41 FEMALE AGE GROUP: 19 - 29 (NET TIME) 1 459 Karen Haddon 25 Aldie VA 21:28 21:27 6:55 2 246 Jessica Kelly 25 Arlington VA 23:09 23:07 7:27 MALE AGE GROUP: 19 - 29 (NET TIME) 1 247 Bryce Wilk 25 Arlington VA 16:45 16:43 5:23 2 463 Jared Campbell 25 Alexandria VA 16:59 16:57 5:28 FEMALE AGE GROUP: 30 - 39 (NET TIME) 1 458 Meredith Samson 30 South Riding VA 20:40 20:39 6:39 2 30 Susie Lynch 34 Annandale VA 22:48 22:29 7:15 MALE AGE GROUP: 30 - 39 (NET TIME) 1 321 Micheal Zurface 32 Fayetteville NC 19:09 19:05 6:09 2 485 Bill Pilkington 39 South Riding VA 21:20 21:17 6:51 FEMALE AGE GROUP: 40 - 49 (NET TIME) 1 356 Laura Freix 49 Centreville VA 21:17 21:15 6:51 2 455 Barbara Wigle 44 Centreville VA 21:23 21:21 6:53 MALE AGE GROUP: 40 - 49 (NET TIME) 1 461 Edward Siegfried 45 Fairfax VA 18:57 18:52 6:05 2 402 Eldon MacK 46 Centreville VA 19:51 19:51 6:24 FEMALE AGE GROUP: 50 - 59 (NET TIME) 1 497 Gigi Louden 59 Annandale VA 37:16 36:13 11:40 2 144 Paula Lovric 50 Fairfax VA 40:37 39:06 12:35 MALE AGE GROUP: 50 - 59 (NET TIME) 1 97 Myron Kremer 54 Winchester VA 21:51 21:50 7:02 2 14 Michael Ruth 51 Oak Hill VA 22:32 22:19 7:11 FEMALE AGE GROUP: 60 - 69 (NET TIME) 1 42 Kerry Rader 62 South Riding VA 40:00 39:29 12:43 MALE AGE GROUP: 60 - 69 (NET TIME) 1 271 Jack Harvey 60 Centreville VA 26:40 26:29 8:32 2 155 James Protiva 67 Locust Grove VA 35:16 35:06 11:18 FEMALE AGE GROUP: 70 - 99 (NET TIME) 1 70 Judith Phillips 72 Fresno CA 41:52 41:35 13:23 2 284 Nora O'Shea 75 Carol Stream IL 52:17 51:50 16:41 MALE AGE GROUP: 70 - 99 (NET TIME) 1 462 Chet Coates 71 Silver Spring MD 29:34 29:14 9:25 2 126 Robert Gurtler 76 The Plains VA 30:34 30:18 9:46