Washington, DC

By James Moreland
Sterling, VA
May 26, 2012
For the Washington Running Report

Fun run start .

For the last nine years this special race that starts underneath the ladders of two fire trucks in Sterling, has acted like the official start of the summer season. Raced on Memorial Day weekend the region usually blasts out a ninety degree day to test the runners. The course is a two loop jaunt around the Community Center. After cresting the first long hill at the end of the second mile runners get to run under an uncapped fire hydrant. A quick look at the times will tell you that the first real scorcher of 2012 took its toll on the nearly 500 10K finishers.

Only one event record was broken and that was Christy Dannenberg’s 19 & younger record of 42:22 set in 2004. Race winner Melissa Saunders, 19, took the crown in a very nice 41:21. The elite division for the Runner Rankings is 41:15. Only two others years, both extra hot, had a winner slower than forty minutes.

Katie Clarke, 19, got a late start finishing in 42:58 but her net time of 42:25 was near the former event record. Only one women in the top ten finishers returned from last year, sixth place Mandana Mortazavi, 48 in 45:16. Fourth place Kim Isler was the masters champion in 44:23.

In the men’s race, Ray Pugsley, 43, was the consensus favorite to win it all. Pugsley cruised home in 34:37 for his third win in five tries. He had set the 35-39 record winning in 2006 with 33:29. The next year he was second to Jorge Pardo, 38, who took his record with 33:21. In 2008 he came to for revenge besting Pardo 33:21 with an excellent 33:02 but was again second as Philippe Rolly, 35, won it all in 32:49. All three broke the previous record. The next year Pugsley returned as a master to win it all in 33:02, again. Only one runner older than Pugsley has won the race. That was Linda Foley, 46, back in 2008.

In 2007, runner-up Max Werner, 23 , had the second fastest teen time in 35:41. Today he topped his best Cascades 10K with 35:39. The teen record was set by C.W. Moran with 32:34. The following year he joined Philippe Rolly in a blistering charge down the final hill finishing in an identical time of 30:40. Rolly got the victory by an eyelash, while Moran settled for the 20-24 record. Last year Ethan Pacifico (left) was fourth overall in a solid 37:53. This year he was fifth, improving to 36:57. He still has three more years to try for Werner’s time.

For the older runners, Roland Rust, 60, continues his top ranked spring season with an excellent 40:24 for the second best age graded time, after Pugsley, in tthe event. It makes you realize how good Patrick Griffith was. Griffith is one of three runners, Moran and Rolly, with two age group records. He had a fabulous 38:46 back in 2005 at age sixty.

Four runners from the 50 Plus Club with a combined 161 races run so far this year came out to race. Jim Noone, 67, took another title with a solid 44:18. Bob Gurtler, 77, who normally prefers the 5K with 28 already this year, ran his fifth 10K of the year in 1:06:53. Karen Young, 43, and Bill Stahr, 51, have a combined 35 races each in the 5K and 10K.  Stahr, who won his age group in 44:12, ran a record 78 10K races in 2009. Young, who just missed running fifty or more for the third time with 49 in 2001, leads Stahr this year so far 19 to 17.

 

                   Awards Listing (No Duplicate Prizes)

OVERALL MALE  (GUN TIME)
Place Num   Name     Lname      Age City                  Time    
===== ===== =================== === ===================== ======= 
    1     3 Ray Pugsley          43 Potomac Falls VA        34:37 
    2   506 Max Werner           23 Potomac Falls VA        35:39 
    3   346 Douglas Haines       27 Centreville VA          36:28 

OVERALL FEMALE  (GUN TIME)
Place Num   Name     Lname      Age City                  Time    
===== ===== =================== === ===================== ======= 
    1   422 Melissa Saunders     19 Potomac Falls VA        41:21 
    2    44 Katie Clarke         19 Sterling VA             42:58 
    3   251 Mary Beth Chosak     33 Arlington VA            43:21 

MALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 19   (NET TIME)
    1   336 Ethan Pacifico      16 Potomac Falls VA        36:57 
    2   118 Patrick Wilson      19 Sterling VA             38:33 
    3   508 Zawad Chowdhury     18 Potomac Falls VA        38:43 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 19   (NET TIME)
    1   499 Samantha Phillips   19 Potomac Falls VA        48:13 
    2   459 Kayla Grimmett      18 Sterling VA             48:23 
    3   283 Barbara Rion        19 Sterling VA             49:00 

MALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 24   (NET TIME)
    1   505 Kyle Kinnally       24 Ashburn VA              36:52 
    2   450 Matt Weber          21 Sterling VA             37:46 
    3   493 Tim French          20 Sterling VA             44:05 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 24   (NET TIME)
    1   129 Emily O'Connor      22 Sterling VA             47:15 
    2   211 Erica Raggio        21 Sterling VA             50:41 
    3   307 Lauren Cummings     23 Olympia WA              53:05 

MALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29   (NET TIME)
    1   119 Sean Wilson         25 Sterling VA             37:39 
    2    22 Mike Tosto          28 Sterling VA             41:14 
    3   306 William Fastenau    25 Olympia WA              43:11 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29   (NET TIME)
    1   453 Kristina Keller     29 Cleveland OH            45:11 
    2   514 Amanda Gould        29 Centreville VA          46:40 
    3   213 Heather Hanks       29 Clifton VA              48:08 

MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34   (NET TIME)
    1    87 Dennis Haeberle     31 Reston VA               42:10 
    2    18 Caldwell Clarke     33 Leesburg VA             42:19 
    3   370 Andy Gingrich       32 Centreville VA          42:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34   (NET TIME)
    1   105 Alison Slade        31 Odenton MD              46:00 
    2   491 Laura Portillo      30 Potomac Falls VA        46:37 
    3   466 Melanie Bell        30 Potomac Falls VA        49:37 

MALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39   (NET TIME)
    1   327 Robert Osterried    39 Sterling VA             40:28 
    2   181 Robert Antonellis   36 Sterling VA             42:37 
    3    32 Thomas Luke         36 Potomac Falls VA        45:21 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39   (NET TIME)
    1    27 Keisha Voigt        39 Sterling VA             47:17 
    2    80 Kristy Persons      36 Potomac Falls VA        47:19 
    3   365 Laura Sibley        39 Potomac Falls VA        49:41 

MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44   (NET TIME)
    1   270 Alan Sherman        40 Silver Spring MD        37:06 
    2   431 Rob Meadows         40 Lansdowne VA            39:50 
    3    97 Bin Mu              43 Reston VA               40:14 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44   (NET TIME)
    1   295 Kim Isler           44 Oakton VA               44:20 
    2   529 Karen Young         43 Boyds MD                48:15 
    3    98 Jie Zheng           41 Reston VA               48:58 

MALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49   (NET TIME)
    1   358 Craig Hymes         49 Reston VA               39:22 
    2   538 Ed Milenski         45 Potomac Falls VA        39:36 
    3   509 Mark Fanelli        48 Reston VA               41:46 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49   (NET TIME)
    1   533 Mandana Mortazavi   48 Leesburg VA             45:12 
    2   428 Annie Downer        48 Herndon VA              50:26 
    3   193 Cj Schwartzrock     45 Sterling VA             51:35 

MALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54   (NET TIME)
    1   532 Bill Stahr          51 The Plains VA           44:10 
    2   168 Gregory Gould       51 Sterling VA             45:14 
    3   354 Alan Riggs          54 Lovettsville VA         50:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54   (NET TIME)
    1   382 Pamela Thomas       52 Sterling VA             53:15 
    2   169 Laurie Gould        51 Sterling VA             54:07 
    3   187 Suzanne Cooper      51 Sterling VA             55:50 

MALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59   (NET TIME)
    1   163 Ken Krehbiel        58 Washington DC           46:12 
    2   345 Keith Hosman        57 Dale City VA            48:45 
    3   424 John Klemens        55 Potomac Falls VA        49:47 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59   (NET TIME)
    1   465 Kathie Brumbaugh    55 Herndon VA            1:03:09 
    2   218 Laura Carter        55 Sterling VA           1:11:55 
    3   225 Connie Boswell      55 Sterling VA           1:15:59 

MALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64   (NET TIME)
    1   207 Roland Rust         60 Bethesda MD             40:23 
    2   258 Bill Koetter        63 Ashburn VA              55:30 
    3   482 Halle Overhamm      61 Germany               1:03:06 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64   (NET TIME)
    1   313 Jaine Summers       61 Annandale VA          1:07:42 

MALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69   (NET TIME)
    1   290 Jim Noone           67 Fairfax VA              44:15 
    2   390 Patrick Brown       67 Reston VA               55:22 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69   (NET TIME)
    1   387 Pat Welch           67 Vienna VA             1:00:58 

MALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 99   (NET TIME)
    1   411 Chan Robbins        74 Arlington VA            53:58 
    2   507 Ken Quincy          74 Vienna VA             1:00:14 
    3   474 Bruce Wayne         75 Potomac Falls VA      1:05:16 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   186 Son Huynh           33 M South Riding VA       48:38

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   211 Erica Raggio        21 F Sterling VA           50:41
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By James Moreland
Broadlands, VA
March 10, 2012
For the Washington Running Report

In its 20th year this popular 5 mile race upgraded yet again. First, they certified the course (over the years the race has started from a quite a few different sides of the course). The race has already been famous for its prolific random awards. This year the race expanded to five year age groups to make the age challenge even more fair. The food has always been fun with dozens of doughnuts and coffee to go along with the healthier apples and bananas. This year there were scores of commemorative cupcakes with eatable logos. Comparing the different types for taste was an enviable task.

Last year David Nightingale battled Karl Dusen for the title winning in 23:56. Dusen’s 24:03 was solidly ahead of third place Gurmessa Megressa’s 24:25. Last year the event was a week after the mammoth St. Patrick’s Day 8K, which had been won by Demesse Tefera. Tefera started but dropped last year. This year Tefera battled New York’s Teklu Deneke, pulling away in the final sixty meter down hill charge to finish in 24:55. Dusen finished third this year in 25:53, all alone with fourth place Charlie Ban arriving nearly two minutes later. The certified course was about 250 feet longer than last year but that hardly explains the slower times. The sunny day was cool with a more than just pleasant breeze. The top reason may be that tomorrow will be national class competition at the massive (7500 person) St. Patrick’s Day 8K. Tefera will be there to defend his title.

On the women’s side which has now become the larger of the two sexes in most races, the course saw seven runners more than a minute faster than last year’s champion. Runner-up and former Runner Rankings champion Hirut Mandefro could not keep pace with Askale Merachi, a new face in town. Mandefro ran a very nice 29:02 but she was closely shadowed by two new faces, Anna Gosselin, 23, in 29:10 and Maura Carroll, 22, in 29:13. Merachi turned the final corner in seventh overall at 28:28. If the course had been a few meters longer she would have finished her rundown of sixth place man Bryan Young 28:26.

Peggy Yetman, 43 of Leesburg, VA was testing the waters again in her first race since surgery in December. Everyone in the field was amazed by her excellent 29:16, staying with the lead pack the whole way. She will tell you she was delighted with the race .She will thinking, “Another month of recovery and I could have one it all.” One of her first races after she arrived from Texas was right here just five seconds short of the title in 29:01. Mandana Mortazavi, 48, (in photo) was the second master in 35:47.

After the race, there were lots of folks to thank for the race’s continuous success and checks for Children’s National Medical Center. The race won a special award to get an additional $75,000 to add to the already massive $106,000 they had gathered from the proceeds of the event.

 

Awards

FEMALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                    Age City                  Time  
===== ===== ======================= === ===================== ===== 
    1     4 Askale Merachi           24 Washington DC         28:28 
    2   536 Hirut Mandefro           26 Washington DC         29:02 
    3   617 Anna Gosselin            23 Vienna VA             29:10 

MALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                    Age City                  Time  
===== ===== ======================= === ===================== ===== 
    1     5 Teklu Deneke             32 New York NY           24:55 
    2     3 Demesse Tefera           29 Washington DC         25:00 
    3   615 Karl Dusen               29 Mt Airy MD            25:53 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 14
    1   556 Logan Cunningham         14 Ashburn VA            39:32 
    2   123 Campbell Brown           13 Herndon VA            44:21 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 14
    1   482 Jonathan Kerr            13 Ashburn VA            39:10 
    2   381 Andrew Bouras            13 Ashburn VA            39:29 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 19
    1   289 Melissa Saunders         19 Potomac Falls VA      32:04 
    2    26 Amelia Jones             17 Baltimore MD          33:16 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 15 - 19
    1   481 Alex Kerr                18 Ashburn VA            30:13 
    2   329 Steven Hurwitt           19 Ashburn VA            30:23 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1   613 Maura Carroll            22 Washington DC         29:12 
    2   270 Elisabeth Flores         21 Sterling VA           35:34 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 - 24
    1   107 John Baldwin             20 Reston VA             31:09 
    2   630 Jim Bradshaw Jr          20 Springfield VA        35:04 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1   616 Susan Hendrick           26 Washington DC         30:01 
    2   299 Jessie Yester            27 Richmond VA           30:31 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 29
    1   614 Charlie Ban              27 Falls Church VA       27:48 
    2   407 Nyandusi Omurwa          28 Kingston PA           28:02 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1   233 Erica Cline              33 Leesburg VA           35:59 
    2   247 Kathryn Hessen           32 Ashburn VA            37:07 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 - 34
    1   612 Brian Young              33 Washington DC         28:25 
    2   635 Ryan Parks               33 Fairfax VA            32:40 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1   239 Kathleen West            36 Chantilly VA          37:54 
    2   181 Sally Stevenson          38 Ashburn VA            38:38 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 39
    1   601 Gregory Stemberger       35 South Riding VA       28:43 
    2   602 Brian Szabos             38 South Riding VA       29:33 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1   494 Peggy Yetman             43 Leesburg VA           29:15 
    2   323 Jill Benhart             43 Broadlands VA         40:06 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 - 44
    1   467 Andrew O'Brien           41 Centreville VA        30:51 
    2   550 Atle Nesheim             43 Ashburn VA            32:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1   604 Mandana Mortazavi        48 Leesburg VA           35:27 
    2   487 Stephanie Cappiello      48 Ashburn VA            39:27 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 49
    1   619 Jim Nielsen              46 Ashburn VA            29:11 
    2   549 Jeff Gilliland           47 Clifton VA            32:34 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1    25 Judy Graham              54 Baltimore MD          37:03 
    2   399 Sarah Buckheit           51 Reston VA             37:59 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 - 54
    1   542 Martin Calhoun           50 Herndon VA            30:18 
    2    24 Nicholas Jones           52 Baltimore MD          32:37 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1    40 Elizabeth Baumgarten     55 Stone Ridge VA        38:14 
    2   497 Carol Beaupre            55 Ashburn VA            45:50 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 59
    1   129 Kevin Apsley             55 Herndon VA            35:22 
    2   448 Rob Colburn              56 Ashburn VA            37:01 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1   310 Linda Leatherbury        60 Great Falls VA        69:20 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 - 64
    1   334 Bill Koetter             63 Ashburn VA            42:36 
    2   434 Ting Yi Oei              63 Reston VA             43:56 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 69
    1   254 John Baxter              65 Fairfax VA            41:37 
    2   219 Donald Burnham           65 Aldie VA              48:42 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 - 99
    1   362 Chan Robbins             74 Arlington VA          40:20 
    2   125 James Chapman            71 Herndon VA            41:17 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   390 Dimitri Shanin          35 M Springfield VA       34:16

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   389 Regina Pace             41 F Springfield VA       41:05

 

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