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By James Moreland
Washington, DC
June 2, 2012
For the Washington Running Report

The storms were thunderous the night before but the dawn brought a perfect morning. Ten of thousands of runners, walkers, and spectators came out for the serious business of raising money for the Cure. More than $11 million dollars was a proudly ambitious amount that was achieved. Much of the success of the huge event comes from the powerfully optimistic view of the people involved.

With work being done on the mall, the event began in a new spot with the running portion heading north on 15th street in the shadow of the Washington Monument and turning west onto Constitution. A little further along the way the walkers, who made up 80% of the field, waited for their turn onto the course that circled back around before heading south to Independence and back down to the regular finish line at 5th Street.

The event would continue to have a flood of participants flowing down the boulevard for hours after the start. The mood was joyous and hopeful with the color pink standing out as the color of survivors. There were 171 survivors listed among the 5K runners led by Judy Pickett, 48, of Cameron Park, CA and Kathleen Hammett, 40, of Hollywood, MD. Both of their times are elite times for their age group, finishing ninth and tenth overall. In the walk there were hundreds more survivors.

Women have been populating road racing at a greater and greater pace. In the last couple of years they have passed men in total numbers. It was little surprise that today’s event drew women at a two to one rate among the nearly five thousand finishers in the running portion.

There was a little confusion on the correct path from Constitution to Independence. At the finish line Martha Nelson improved by near a minute from last year’s seventh place to win it all in 17:59. Meghan Ridgley was again second but she was a minute slower than last year. Third place Mijiko Phelps was the top master in 19:43. Not far behind her in fifth place was the grandmaster favorite Dee Loughran, 53, in an excellent 19:55. She had the top age graded time with a superb 88.7%. Nelson and Pickett also exceeded the national standard of 80% for the women.

The top two men exceeded the national standard as well. Last year’s winner Wilson Komen improved on his race time to 15:28 but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Thomas Adam of Charlottesville, VA (left) looked calm strolling around the starting mats before the race. But when the race started he bolted away from everyone but Komen. His fine 15:16 was easily enough to be crowned champion.

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By Brenda Barrera
Washington, DC
May 20, 2012
For the Washington Running Report

What is a classic race? It is an event that is judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding and the NCB Capital Hill Classic 10K is just that – a quality event with a long tradition that dates back 33 years with proceeds benefiting the Capitol Hill Cluster, a public school with three campuses.

Ideal weather conditions greeted runners on Sunday as the number of participants increased from last year with 2,149 runners finishing the 10K.

The honor roll of winners for this classic May race include: Kean, Wardian, Gramsky,  Endale, and Wilson. Well, it took local standout Gurmessa Megerssa, 32, a few tries with runner-up honors in 2009 (30:56) and 2010 (31:31) but for 2012 he was finally able to add his name to the list of talented winners with his 31:37 finish.

Australian Alex Dreyer, 22, a 10,000M specialist out of Eastern Kentucky University, took the second spot in 31:54. Washington DC’s Wilson Komen, 34, won the race last year in 32:23 but had to settle for third this year despite a faster finishing time of 32:05. It should be noted Komen also did the double. He ran the accompanying 3K, winning his age group in 9:35.

If Navy Lt. Amanda Rice is at the starting line, expect a standout performance. The 28-year-old dental resident based in Rockville, MD has been heating up the local competition since she arrived from the west coast. Rice handily won the women’s race in 36:31 and certainly did not hide her enthusiasm. Rice finished almost a minute ahead of DC youngster Sheetaye Beneie, 19, who crossed the line in 37:30. Kaitlin Sheedy, 29, also from Washington, DC took the third spot with her 40:36.

The 3K event is a great introductory distance for newbie runners and attracted close to 500 runners this year. The shorter distance also serves as an opportunity for the swifter to test their leg speed. John Kingstedt, 19, from Huddinge, Sweden won in 8:54 and Tiringo Shiferaw, 27, from Washington DC was the first woman in 10:42.

 

                           10K Awards Listing
                    Age Group Awards Based on Net Times
MALE 
Place Name                    Ag City                  Time    
===== ======================= == ===================== ======= 
    1 Gurmessa Megerssa       32 Washington DC           31:37 
    2 Alex Dreyer             22 Perth Australia         31:54 
    3 Wilson Komen            34 Washington DC           32:05 
FEMALE 
Place Name                    Ag City                  Time    
===== ======================= == ===================== ======= 
    1 Amanda Rice             28 Rockville MD            36:31 
    2 Shetaye Beneie          19 Washington DC           37:30 
    3 Kaitlin Sheedy          29 Washington DC           40:36 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 14
    1 Willem Lensink          14 Falls Church VA         44:19 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 14
    1 Page Harrison           13 Washington DC           53:22 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 20
    1 Haydn Borghetti-Metz    15 Rogersville TN          36:02 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 20
    1 Rebecca Hinch           19 Leesburg VA             47:45 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 21 - 29
    1 Richard Andrews         25 Washington DC           33:28 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 21 - 29
    1 Jennifer Leehey         26 Washington DC           41:18 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39
    1 Colin Fishwick          34 Willoughby OH           33:13 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39
    1 Erica Solway            30 Washington DC           41:01 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49
    1 John Zimmerman          45 McLean VA               35:05 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49
    1 Kerry Rodgers           43 Washington DC           42:50 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59
    1 Christopher Ryan        53 Washington DC           37:52 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59
    1 Blake Rushin            50 Vienna VA               48:33 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69
    1 Spider Rossiter         60 Washington DC           40:07 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69
    1 Nancy Avitabile         64 Bethesda MD             51:09 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 79
    1 Ralph Bayrer            72 Washington DC         1:02:29 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 79
    1 Tami Graf               75 Lusby MD              1:08:15

 

                           3K Awards Listing
                    Age Group Awards Based on Net Times
MALE 
Place Name                    Ag City                  Time    
===== ======================= == ===================== ======= 
    1 John Kingstedt          19 Huddinge                 8:54 
    2 Eshetu Tjlahun          32 Washington DC            8:59 
    3 Seife Geletu            30 Washington DC            8:59 
FEMALE 
Place Name                    Ag City                  Time    
===== ======================= == ===================== ======= 
    1 Tiringo Shiferaw        27 Washington DC           10:42 
    2 Monica Kingstedt        50 Huddinge                11:44 
    3 Dionis Gauvin           37 Washington DC           11:58 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 14
    1 Adam Schans             13 Washington DC           11:10 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 14
    1 Anne Ryan               13 Washington DC           13:18 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 20
    1 Otto Kingstedt          17 Huddinge                 9:22 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 20
    1 Laura Montermann        19 Falls Church VA         16:51 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 21 - 29
    1 Tripp Southerland       27 Washington DC            9:22 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 21 - 29
    1 Kristy Carter           21 Olathe KS               13:55 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39
    1 Wilson Komen            34 Washington DC            9:35 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 39
    1 Rachel Smith            32 Silver Spring MD        12:23 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49
    1 Tom Mahr                47 Washington DC           12:32 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 49
    1 Elizabeth Festa         45 Washington DC           14:49 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59
    1 Anders Kingstedt        53 Huddinge                13:10 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 59
    1 Linda Rotunno           52 Washington DC           14:10 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69
    1 Robert Weiner           65 Accokeek MD             14:49 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 69
    1 Sarah Burke             60 Washington DC           19:40 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 79
    1 Lance Bush              77 Washington DC           15:38 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 79
    1 Carol Kelly             71 Washington DC           28:15
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