Washington, DC

By James Moreland
Arlington, VA
September 25, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Wounded Warriors led the way at the 8th Navy 5 Mile.

In its eighth year the race was on pace for a big boost over last year’s 1936 finishers. There were nearly 3,000 racers signed up. After being unmercifully dry in the summer, the last month has been swimmingly wet. One of the volunteers noted before the race, “The dew point and the temperature are the same. I don’t envy you racing today.” We had been promised rain all weekend and both mornings were essentially dry. It was going to be great to race!

Just after the racers lined up behind the ChronoTrack mats, the region’s godfather of running, George Banker, announced the color guard. They marched up in dress whites and we proudly listened to our National Anthem. As in past years there was an early start for our Wounded Warriors. That field was not as large as last year but they were even more enthusiastic. The bell was rung and they were off. Three minutes later the rest of the massive field raced east along the channel for the fast first mile.

The field included many younger runners, perhaps more than most of the other local races. (It should be noted that the oldest age group did change this year from 60-99 to 70-99. If you build them a division they will come.) Also in an increasingly common manner, there were more women than men among the finishers. Enthusiasm got the best of many of the runners. By the time the field wrapped back on itself at 1,000 meters some of the runners were finding their feet as heavy as the moisture in the air.P

In last year’s event Paul Hill, 21, of Annapolis, MD had a wonderful 27:43 to finish second overall behind Omari Daughtridge’s 26:55. This year Hill had plans to run that winning time. He almost made it improving to 26:57, again coming up one place short of victory. It was just the ninth time a runner had broken 27:00. The event record was set in 2008 at 26:22 when the race was run in West Potomac Park. Rest assured that the half mile behemoth of a hill in the fourth mile cost race winner (left) Patrick Fernandez, 24, of Alexandria, VA (26:23) the event record. He does have the course record of course. Chas Ballew was third in a fine 27:51.

For the women, only once has the winner broken 31:00, when Martha Merz raced 30:39 in 2006. The next year Ofelia Perotti, 51, became the oldest winner.

Only one other time has the winner broken 32:00 when Makely Lyon crossed first in 2009 with 31:54. She was runner-up last year in 32:35.

This year she was absent so Christine Rehwald (below right) stepped up and finished the race in front of 1000 women. Her time of 32:12 was one of the top five fastest times, the second best of the new course. The next two racers were spaced out with Anna Bernal arriving second in 32:48, followed by Margaret Smith in 33:22.

The generous masters division went to the top three finishers. John Zimmerman reprised his 2010 win (30:25) with a much improved 29:00. That is even more impressive considering the much better racing weather last year. Last year both second place masters were in their fifties. This year Toby Warden won for the women. Second place Kris Barner, 46, of Rockville, MD is no stranger to masters wins. The day before she was tops at the Kensington 8K. That course’s topography is amazingly like the Navy’s, with a killer decelerator just past 3 miles.

All during the event there was a great band playing for the runners’ enjoyment. It did seem to feature songs from an era favoring us older runners. Yes! There were water stops but Jack and Jill had to go up that hill to get a cup of water. Better still was to hydrate before and hope for the best. After the race, I was asked if maybe I should have worn some clothes with better wicking capability. After catching our breath, George Banker’s loudspeaker asked, “If you are still smiling, then maybe you still have something left.” Just turn and walk away; head over to the refreshments which included bottled water, fresh fruit, and the best muffins a race could have. At least the first three were.

Next year the weather will be cooler and the numbers will probably grow 50%.

The first two finishers go for the tie.

  1  2003 Patrick Fernandez      24 Alexandria VA         26:23 
    2  2603 Paul Hill              21 Annapolis MD          26:57 
    3   183 Chas Ballew            27 Washington DC         27:51 

                                FEMALE OPEN
    1  2585 Christine Rehwald      31 Arlington VA          32:12 
    2  2820 Anna Bernal            23 Quantico VA           32:48 
    3   437 Margaret Smith         31 Fort Belvoir VA       33:22 

                               MALE MASTERS
    1  1842 John Zimmerman         45 McLean VA             29:00 
    2  1845 Doug Perry             44 Alexandria VA         31:08 
    3  2326 Warren Djuric          49 Springfield VA        31:41 

                              FEMALE MASTERS
    1  2776 Toby Warden            44 Alexandria VA         36:42 
    2  2911 Kris Barner            46 Rockville MD          37:22 
    3  1052 Kimberly Person        46 Arlington VA          37:38 

                              MALE WHEELCHAIR
    1    10 Robert MacKey          48 Rockville MD          20:34 
    2    14 David Neumer           48 Rockville MD          20:34 

                             FEMALE WHEELCHAIR
    1  1648 Barbara Bowling        47 Vienna VA             33:36 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  01 - 14
    1   940 Samuel Garner          11 Odenton MD            40:21 
    2   678 Zachary Sims           12 Owings MD             44:42 
    3  2208 Alexander Lee          12 Montclair VA          45:44 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  01 - 14
    1  2198 Hunter Hullinger       11 Lorton VA             51:45 
    2  1712 Erykah Skinner         13 Great Mills MD        52:39 
    3   654 Gail Muggill           13 Arlington VA          53:56 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  15 - 19
    1  2008 Shyheim Council        16 Germantown MD         36:37 
    2  2926 Dylan Houle            19 Washington DC         37:14 
    3   719 Michael Grieg          16 Arlington VA          39:19 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  15 - 19
    1  2611 Jackie Chimiak         19 Annapolis MD          36:28 
    2  2612 Margaret Gilroy        19 Annapolis MD          39:05 
    3   172 Elena Alicea           16 Alexandria VA         42:16 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 24
    1  2606 Brian Real             21 Annapolis MD          29:15 
    2  2602 Michael Haydell        21 East Jordan MI        29:30 
    3  2604 Mathew McIntyre        21 Annapolis MD          30:14 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 24
    1  2610 Kimberly Bernardy      21 Highland CA           36:07 
    2     6 Theresa Funk           23 Rockville MD          37:06 
    3  2613 Whitney Irby           21 Annapolis MD          37:15 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29
    1  2930 Dwayne Rax             29 Washington DC         29:24 
    2  2901 Nicholas Brown         29 Arlington VA          32:00 
    3  2103 Brian Klesh            27 Arlington VA          32:47 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29
    1   577 Jessica Schwartz       25 Arlington VA          35:52 
    2  2862 Christine Monahan      25 Washington DC         35:59 
    3  2505 Colleen Mothander      29 Alexandria VA         36:08 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34
    1    21 Matthew Aberant        31 Vienna VA             30:42 
    2  2001 Scott McCann           30 Alexandria VA         30:47 
    3  2681 Kevin Hanson           31 Anacostia Annex DC    32:08 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34
    1  2871 Emily Reuter           31 Arlington VA          35:27 
    2  1576 Amanda Urquhart        32 Columbia MD           36:20 
    3   933 Susan Park             34 Washington DC         37:47 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39
    1  1342 Brian Heidt            35 Silver Spring MD      29:59 
    2  2609 Nathan Nudelman        35 Annapolis MD          30:07 
    3  2927 Brian Beary            35 Washington DC         30:20 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39
    1   448 Heather Barackman      36 Arlington VA          36:18 
    2  2312 Lauren Glaze           35 Baltimore MD          37:14 
    3  2054 Angel Boord            39 Washington DC         37:30 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44
    1  2729 Bryan McEnaney         42 Springfield VA        32:09 
    2  2734 Brett Surbey           43 Fairfax VA            32:17 
    3   811 Andres Rodriguez       40 Arlington VA          33:45 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44
    1   535 Jen Norris             40 McLean VA             37:39 
    2  1599 Yuki Riley             42 Bolling Afb DC        38:23 
    3  1876 Marie Godwin           41 Broadlands VA         41:02 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49
    1  1945 Kennie Edwards         45 Baltimore MD          32:36 
    2  1132 James Beckett          48 Fairfax VA            33:48 
    3  2141 Bob Rote               49 Geneva IL             35:39 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49
    1   532 Mary Bowman            46 Silver Spring MD      39:16 
    2  1424 Mery-Angela Katson     47 San Antonio TX        39:19 
    3  2918 Denise Coutlakis       47 Arlington VA          40:03 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54
    1  2026 Steven Desantis        50 California MD         32:41 
    2  1844 David Johnson          50 Burke VA              32:43 
    3   445 Kevin Fitzgerald       53 Washington DC         34:25 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54
    1  2079 Kathie Watson          52 Alexandria VA         39:05 
    2    65 Donna Hoffmeier        52 Arlington VA          41:48 
    3  2902 Marcia Hackney         50 Bowie MD              42:42 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59
    1  2554 Pete Scala             59 Fairfax VA            36:11 
    2  1760 Glenn Clemmons         59 Herndon VA            36:58 
    3  1409 James Riordan          57 Fredericksburg VA     37:44 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59
    1    61 Ray Nan Berry          55 Arlington VA          41:33 
    2   767 Ann Crane              57 Falls Church VA       43:43 
    3   684 Grace Rascati          55 Alexandria VA         43:52 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64
    1   814 Robert Taylor          61 Alexandria VA         38:52 
    2  1170 Mark Franken           60 Germantown MD         39:21 
    3  2422 David Weddel           61 Woodbridge VA         41:46 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64
    1  1229 Rita Jensen            62 Alexandria VA         51:24 
    2  2887 Jaine Summers          61 Annandale VA          53:08 
    3  1387 Susan Sweatt           60 Aldie VA              57:39 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69
    1  2906 Michael Golash         68 Washington DC         41:08 
    2  1979 Chuck Lascano          68 Charlottesville VA    49:49 
    3  2621 John Potts             65 New Orleans LA        50:43 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69
    1   228 Stephanie Stoll Dalton 67 Washington DC         60:25 
    2   338 Patricia Byrne         65 Falls Church VA       71:11 
    3   615 Rhoda Harpe            67 Alexandria VA         79:48 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 99
    1   993 Albert Vanocker        73 Waldorf MD            74:48 
    2  1865 Charles Hurley         71 Burke VA              79:28 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 99

Runners head past the starting line, also the 2K point in the race.

 

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Kensington 8K

By James Moreland
Kensington, MD
September 24, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Julie Sapper finishes fourth overall.

Walking down Fawcett Avenue in old town Kensington towards the start of the race, two young kids were talking about the race. One said, “There must be a thousand runners here today,” “No way,” replied the older one. She was wrong and the little boy was right. The event has three parts and three different starts off the circular Carroll Place. At 7:45 a.m. close to five hundred 2 mile walkers and runners headed south around the circle. At 8:30 a.m., the main event 8K bolted from the south side of the Noyes Library toward Connecticut Avenue. They would cross the finish line for the first time at just less than a half mile. Three minutes after they got under way, the 1K fun run charged after them from the north side of the library.

Nearly everyone was in a good mood on the cool but humid morning for the first racing weekend of the fall. There were a couple of the hundreds of young runners that got overwhelmed by the pressure but all the fun runners collected a beaded necklace at the finish. Dry your eyes and keep on running. The rain rumored to be done around ten, missed the event entirely.

Many of the runners had run the Run! Geek! Run! 8K last week in West Potomac Park. All of them found the 4th mile hill on East Bexhill that climbed parallel to the Mormon Temple Hill shut out any possibly of matching last week’s time. The race in its 18th year also had many returning runners. Perhaps the most often seen face is women’s winner Cindy Conant, 50, of Kensington, MD. She admitted to knowing the course very well. After all she had run the race every year since at least 2002. She moved up to fifth in 2004 and after that never finished lower than second overall, winning in 2006 as well. This year when she won it all again was her fastest time of any of those years as she dipped under 32 to finish in 31:59. That was 17thrunner overall.

Edi Turco had run the Geek race, finishing solidly in fifth place in 26:55. Today in his 25th race since Memorial Day he battled Gareth Alberto and Steven Moore through most of the flat first three miles. By the time he charged past the starting line at 4.5 miles he knew he had the win. The final 100 meters up Armory Drive he weaved back and forth waving to the crowd. Alberto had a closer battle and charged through in 27:56 just ahead of Moore’s 28:04. Keith Freeburn has not been racing a long time so he did not know that he was supposed to slow down on a hilly course and nearly matched his Geek time with a very solid 28:53.

After Conant finished there was a bit of a wait by the next three women rushed in like a fast conga line, behind each other but weaving up and back in an effort to change places. Trish Stone, 36, held the runner-up spot and ahead of Sandra Bonilla, 35, by three seconds 32:47 to 32:50. Fourth place Julie Sapper, 39, of Rockville was tops in her division.

While eight of the top nine women were from Kensington or Rockville, many runners came from as far away as Richmond (70-74 age group winner Mary Kate Berglund confessed that she has family in Kensington) and Fayetteville, PA, home of 79-year-old Bob Archibald. The oldest finisher in the race was Eileen Hobsongarcia, 81, who was joined by a contingency also from San Pedro, CA.

There race awards go three deep in ten year age groups but first there was a top master. Jean Christophe Arcaz had been at the race for the last six years. Often he finished just close enough to touch the shoulder of Ted Poulos just ahead of him. Always both of them finished faster than 29:00. This year Arcaz, now 50, gutted out the final yards to hold off Dan‘imal’ Murphy (left) 29:43 to 29:58 to win fifth overall and the top master award. Last year he had been fifth in 28:54 with Poulos tops in 28:51 and Murphy winning second age group in 29:26.

The top women master after Conant’s overall victory was Kris Barner, 46 of Rockville in 36:44. After that there were some amazing age group times. The grandmaster women were all just 50, led by Sushila Nanda. Nanda has 14 age group victories since Memorial Day. For the men Roland Rust, 59, is taking his last few races in the fifties very serious, putting all the younger grandmasters away with a marvelous 31:09. Alice Franks put away the 60-69 women by more than a mile in 40:43. She gave us a pretty smile and said humbly something like, ‘The times aren’t very fast but after all we are just running for fun.’

Fourth place Keith Freeburn proudly noted that his mother Susan finished third in her division. Skip Grant, 76 of Washington, DC  ran an amazing 40:53 to top his division.

Before, during, and after the races Poison Ivy was the band playing music in the adjoining park.

                   Awards Listing (No Duplicate Prizes)
FEMALE
Place Num   Name                Ag City                  Time    
===== ===== =================== == ===================== ======= 
    1   114 Cindy Conant        50 Kensington MD           31:59 
    2   487 Trish Stone         36 Kensington MD           32:47 
    3    61 Sandra Bonilla      35 Kensington MD           32:50 
MALE
Place Num   Name                Ag City                  Time    
===== ===== =================== == ===================== ======= 
    1   517 Edi Turco           38 Arlington VA            27:41 
    2    13 Gareth Alberto      32 Annandale VA            27:56 
    3   348 Steven Moore        33 Kensington MD           28:04 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 99
    1    42 Kris Barner         46 Rockville MD            36:44 

MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 99
    1    24 Jean-Christophe Arc 50 Rockville MD            29:43 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 12
    1   757 Adriana Rosas       11 Silver Spring MD        38:33 
    2   253 London Kazor         2 Kensington MD           44:52 
    3    80 Jordan Bryon        12 Alexandria VA           49:44 
    4   133 Maddie Deye         12 Kensington MD           53:50 

MALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 12
    1   134 Brian Diamond       12 Bethesda MD             43:07 
    2    83 Andrew Burklow      12 Kensington MD           45:35 
    3   476 Kemper Stearns      11 Kensington MD           46:50 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  13 - 19
    1   496 Taylor Swift        17 Rockville MD            33:33 
    2    92 Sarah Caggiano      13 Bethesda MD             36:58 
    3   265 Charlotte Kirwan    17 Bethesda MD             38:25 

MALE AGE GROUP:  13 - 19
    1   236 Mark Jacobson       15 Rockville MD            31:32 
    2   266 Lewis Kirwan        13 Bethesda MD             33:29 
    3   100 Kasey Carroll       13 Bethesda MD             34:41 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 29
    1   169 Miranda Forte       26 Gaithersburg MD         35:54 
    2   567 Chelsea Gibson      22 Bethesda MD             37:04 
    3    37 Briana Balsam       27 Gaithersburg MD         38:02 

MALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 29
    1   637 Micheal Fizdale     23 Bowie MD                31:44 
    2   151 Alex Emery          23 Rockville MD            32:11 
    3   331 Chris McGrath       23 Burtonsville MD         32:21 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39
    1   739 Julie Sapper        39 Rockville MD            32:53 
    2   127 Anne Delp           36 Kensington MD           35:36 
    3   257 Ellen Kennedy       39 Kensington MD           36:40 

MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39
    1   173 Keith Freeburn      37 Centreville VA          28:53 
    2   754 Marco Rosas Galicia 36 Silver Spring MD        30:01 
    3   610 Daniel Shanley      37 Chevy Chase MD          31:45 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49
    1   170 Lisa Fox            41 Bethesda MD             37:25 
    2    11 Ann Adkinson        42 Chevy Chase MD          39:20 
    3   582 Beth Krupinski      44 Kensington MD           40:47 

MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49
    1   352 Dan Murphy          47 Bethesda MD             29:57 
    2    22 Matt Anderson       45 Fairfax VA              31:06 
    3    21 Mark Anderson       45 Burtonsville MD         31:11 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 59
    1   359 Sushila Nanda       50 Arlington VA            37:07 
    2   628 Patty Tschideser    50 Chevy Chase MD          39:02 
    3   627 Babby Landon        50 Chevy Chase MD          40:55 

MALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 59
    1   431 Roland Rust         59 Bethesda MD             31:09 
    2   737 Peter Cini          53 Fairfax VA              31:28 
    3   393 David Pinnick       54 Manassas VA             33:14 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 69
    1   171 Alice Franks        63 Rockville MD            40:33 
    2   111 Vallerie Codrington 60 Lanham MD               48:43 
    3   174 Susan Freeburn      60 Kensington MD         1:00:13 

MALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 69
    1   110 Joe Coblentz        61 Silver Spring MD        42:19 
    2    74 Pim Brouwers        63 Silver Spring MD        45:51 
    3   303 Alan Madison        62 Gaithersburg MD         46:35 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 79
    1    49 Mary Kate Berglund  70 Richmond VA             57:19 
    2   765 Jamie Wollard       73 Rockville MD          1:11:53 

MALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 79
    1   619 Skip Grant          76 Chevy Chase MD          40:51 
    2   498 Nils Borje Tallroth 70 Bethesda MD             48:12 
    3    25 Bob Archibald       79 Fayetteville PA         48:51 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  80 - 99
    1   223 Eileen Hobsongarcia 81 San Pedro CA          1:30:57 

MALE AGE GROUP:  80 - 99
    1   333 Jack McMahon        80 Silver Spring MD        49:27
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