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by James Moreland May 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm 79 0

By James Moreland
May 29, 2010
Sterling, VA
For the Washington Running Report

This is the weekend for the unofficial start of summer but it had cooled down greatly from Thursday’s 91 degrees. The gnats sticking on your skin told of the searing humidity that runners would soon be basting in. That does not sound for a recipe for a personal record on a two-loop course with rolling hills, long hills, and stairway hills. Before the race we caught up with consensus favorite Aaron Church, 34, of South Riding, VA. Church (in photo) had not run the course before but was in awe of Philippe Rolly’s 2005 30:40 course record. He knew all about Rolly towing to a split second photo finish C.W. Moran, who at age 19 had owned the course record set in 2004 at 32:34. Rolly, the sub masters record holder from 2008 and Ray Pugsley the masters record holder from 2009 were absent. Church smiled and noted that a course record was unlikely. This from a man coming off a 30:55 at the Kaiser Permanente Pike’s Peek 10K just a month ago and a blazing Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10M in 50:52 with a 10K equivalent of 30:36.

By then the announcer was getting runners set to dart under the traditional ladder arch made by the Sterling Fire Department. And they were underway. Church jack rabbitted around the corner quickly and was soon out of sight of the nearly seven hundred finishers. By the mile, he had a 150 meters lead and the race was for second place.

The first mile was deceptively fast. The second fulfilled the axiom of “what goes up…” Still, there is always a large contingency of onlookers and supporters. After a Great spring Mary Beth Chosak was coming off a tough sixth place finish at the Capitol Hill Classic 10K race in 39:54. That same weekend Sarah Bard won it all at the Devotion to Children 4M in 24:48. This meant both racers would be battling most of the way. They were joined by Cathleen Willy for the journey.  Nobody else was going to break forty that day as Bard pulled away to win in 39:06.

Humidity, hills, and heat did not seem to affect slim Linda Foley and she wore the de rigueur shades, more for the bugs than the sun. Foley also had a fine spring so far, finishing second at the Devotion to Children 4M in 25:22 but though she won the top masters spot she could not stay as close to Bard finishing fifth overall.

Dee Dee Loughran (accepting her award) already has the fastest 20K and the fastest half marathon not belonging to Joan Benoit Samuelson in 2010 as well as a chart topper at the Kaiser Permanente Pike’s Peek 10K in 40:47. But we are in Virginia and she was looking at the relatively soft 42:01 set by Ecris Williams. It has been hanging around for twenty years. Coming back down the opening stretch on the second loop she knew she was golden and busted the record wide open with a swift 41:23 and seventh overall.

Meanwhile, the trailing pack for the men was composed of four local young men who finished in a clump between 36:45 and 36:48. Patrick Wilson of Potomac Falls took the runner-up spot. Tom Steinbach was the top master in 38:15 for seventh place.

For the grandmasters, it was all Jason Page, 65, of Hamilton, VA in photo below. He is sneaky fast and loves to go out strong. It comes from many years of winning races by taking the lead. After the race it admitted he may have gone out too fast. “I really would have done better with a five mile race,” he lamented.  “I ended up slowing to a 7:00 mile for the last mile.” Lucky for him it was a 10K because his best 5M at Germantown two weeks ago in 32:24 is a ways off of John Hosner’s 31:09. But his 40:35 today set aside and excellent 41:11 for the Virginia State record held by Cal Fowler.

Glenn Luttrell, 68, of Winchester, VA was pumped up by his second place age group win. “Soon I will seventy.” That was a tough challenge  today as Chan Robbins of Arlington, VA took top honors in 50:53. And what of the 75 and older? This race is great in recognizing five year age groups and going three deep. Still as Terry McCarthy of Leesburg, VA has just turned 75, he knows competing with those young whippersnappers is well-nigh impossible. So he took on Bob Gurtler of The Plains, VA who is 75 and has already raced forty times this year.

At 2.5 miles and again on the second loop at 5.5 miles there was a fire truck sending a fifty foot fountain of water over the roadway to help cool the runners. The second time through what had been mist was more like a river.

After the race there was lots of water, though all of us had a sheen of liquid covering the outside of our bodies already. Bagels and bananas were abundant and the chicken sandwiches were spicy and hot. Giant Foods also handed out some reusable shopping bags with goodies inside.

To the left Ray poses with Old Glory.

                   Awards Listing (No Duplicate Prizes)

OVERALL MALE  (GUN TIME)
Place Num   Name     Lname      Age City                  Time    
===== ===== =================== === ===================== ======= 
    1     8 Aaron Church         34 South Riding VA         32:21 
    2   655 Patrick Wilson       17 Potomac Falls VA        36:45 
    3   653 Joshua Hardin        19 Potomac Falls VA        36:47 

OVERALL FEMALE  (GUN TIME)
Place Num   Name     Lname      Age City                  Time    
===== ===== =================== === ===================== ======= 
    1   464 Sarah Bard           25 Leesburg VA             39:06 
    2   517 Mary Beth Chosak     31 Arlington VA            39:21 
    3   727 Cathleen Willy       26 Alexandria VA           39:52 

MALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 19   (NET TIME)
    1   434 Brian Robinson      19 Sterling VA             36:34 
    2   162 Stefan Vanburen     17 Potomac Falls VA        37:27 
    3   338 Brian Horlick       17 Manassas VA             37:55 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 19   (NET TIME)
    1   542 Julie Bell          19 Vienna VA               48:21 
    2   615 Emily Henderson     19 Potomac Falls VA        48:46 
    3   345 Lauren Dalton       15 Sterling VA             49:04 

MALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 24   (NET TIME)
    1   713 Robert Mulloy       20 Great Falls VA          44:35 
    2   524 Brad Mitchell       22 Sterling VA             44:43 
    3   703 Jin Hwan            20 Potomac Falls VA        45:03 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 24   (NET TIME)
    1   518 Katie Muething      24 Arlington VA            40:30 
    2   124 Karen Dickerson     24 Springfield VA          46:31 
    3   598 Marissa Olson       20 Leesburg VA             47:49 

MALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29   (NET TIME)
    1   178 Dennis Haeberle     29 Reston VA               41:30 
    2   188 Daniel Torrico      28 Sterling VA             41:56 
    3   505 Brett Ruff          25 Arlington VA            43:30 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29   (NET TIME)
    1   617 Kristina Keller     27 Cleveland Heights OH    45:49 
    2   319 Miranda Rocker      28 Arlington VA            47:53 
    3    21 Ardene Kidby        25 Springfield VA          47:57 

MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34   (NET TIME)
    1   722 Greg Stemberger     33 Aldie VA                38:09 
    2   663 Greg Sprowl         32 Bethesda MD             38:35 
    3   416 Adam Borbidge       31 South Riding VA         39:23 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34   (NET TIME)
    1   384 Elizabeth Helland   32 Arlington VA            41:13 
    2   514 Kimberly Barnes     30 Leesburg VA             46:48 
    3   661 Cassie Henry        30 Potomac Falls VA        46:49 

MALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39   (NET TIME)
    1   710 David Kent          38 Arlington VA            38:08 
    2   545 Brian Szabos        36 South Riding VA         38:29 
    3    81 Richard Haylor      39 Martinsburg WV          38:48 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39   (NET TIME)
    1    36 Heather Schaffer    39 Potomac Falls VA        42:03 
    2   180 Deborah Whitfield   37 Potomac Falls VA        43:52 
    3   289 Alison Gittelman    37 South Riding VA         44:28 

MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44   (NET TIME)
    1   499 Tom Steinbach       44 Sterling VA             38:06 
    2   200 Bin Mu              41 Reston VA               38:23 
    3   240 Dennis Billings     41 Woodbridge VA           39:35 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44   (NET TIME)
    1   601 Kristin Didomenico  43 Potomac Falls VA        42:37 
    2   479 Lynne Cuppernull    40 Herndon VA              44:30 
    3    80 Mary Kay Anderson   42 Leesburg VA             45:51 

MALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49   (NET TIME)
    1   133 Gregory Gould       49 Sterling VA             40:34 
    2   664 Jim Bradford        48 Vienna VA               41:19 
    3   541 Robert Sichau       46 Alexandria VA           41:24 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49   (NET TIME)
    1     9 Linda Foley         48 Oak Hill VA             40:52 
    2   250 Mandana Mortazavi   46 Leesburg VA             43:57 
    3   812 Annie Downer        45 Herndon VA              47:32 

MALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54   (NET TIME)
    1   611 Matt Rea            54 Potomac Falls VA        41:55 
    2   430 Kevin Apsley        53 Herndon VA              44:59 
    3   111 John Stacy          53 Fairfax VA              46:57 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54   (NET TIME)
    1   533 Deedee Loughran     51 Oak Hill VA             41:21 
    2    13 Carole Jones        53 Ashburn VA              46:55 
    3   112 Stephanie Danahy    53 Fairfax Station VA      50:04 

MALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59   (NET TIME)
    1    14 Ken Krehbiel        56 Washington DC           43:59 
    2    10 James Moreland      57 Gaithersburg MD         46:39 
    3   600 Rob Colburn         55 Ashburn VA              50:27 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59   (NET TIME)
    1   712 Peggy Davis         58 Vienna VA               51:53 
    2   318 Anne Case           55 Manassas VA             59:55 
    3   446 Carla Bourgeois     57 Montclair VA          1:00:35 

MALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64   (NET TIME)
    1   143 Ted Baca            64 Arlington VA            46:27 
    2   199 Bill Koetter        61 Ashburn VA              50:30 
    3   415 Jon Palks           60 Bowie MD                50:42 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64   (NET TIME)
    1   716 Linda Kearney       63 Oak Hill VA             53:49 
    2   398 Freyda Greenberg    61 Falls Church VA         58:17 
    3   815 Janet Ruth          60 Potomac Falls MD      1:15:46 

MALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69   (NET TIME)
    1   248 Jason Page          65 Hamilton VA             40:33 
    2   402 Glenn Luttrell      67 Winchester VA         1:01:37 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69   (NET TIME)
    1   172 Pat Welch           65 Vienna VA             1:00:11 

MALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 99   (NET TIME)
    1   525 Chan Robbins        72 Arlington VA            50:53 
    2    87 Gordon Turner       70 Potomac Falls VA        52:17 
    3   372 Alan Rider          74 Reston VA               55:09 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 99   (NET TIME)

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   160 Jason Eller         16 M Sterling VA           44:10  

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   543 Diane O'Neill-Mason 30 F Sterling VA           63:18

 

by Briana Taylor March 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm 87 0

By Brenda Barrera
Washington, DC
March 22, 2010
For the Washington Running Report

With a brutal winter all but a distant memory thanks to temperatures that rose to the 70s, more than 9,200 runners finished this year’s fifth annual SunTrust National Marathon, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield National Half Marathon and Team Relay on Saturday in Washington, DC.

Local favorite Michael Wardian, of Arlington, VA (photo left), captured his fourth title, crossing the finish line in 2:21:58, and took home $2,000. For most of the contest it was a battle between Wardian, 35, and the defending champion, Patrick Moulton, 28, of Providence, RI with Wardian running in the lead and pulling ahead at each major split. Moulton’s 2:26:03 was well off his 2009 course record time (2:21:17) and afterward he said, “Hats off to Mike for his win.”

Wardian, who has garnered several honors this past year including 2008 and 2009 USATF Ultra Runner of the Year, felt pretty confident in his performance. Afterward he said he attacked every hill and stayed focused in order to post one of his fastest race times. “It was a terrific race,” exclaimed Wardian. “I love that my family was all able to be here.” Next up for the ultra marathoner is the Marathon des Sables and Comrades Marathon. Paul Howarth, of Albuquerque, NM, took third place in 2:27:19.

In the women’s race, Krista Vrombaut, who just started running competitively two years ago, captured the title with a PR in 2:51:17 and also received $2,000 for her win. “I played soccer in college and used to hate when our coach made us run three miles,” recalled the 27-year-old from Rock Island, IL. Michaela Driscoll, of Coventry, RI, ran 2:55:50 to finish second, and a local standout, Arlington’s Mary Beth Chosak, 31 (photo below), rounded out the top three with her time of 2:57:32.

The top masters were Kris Warszawski, 50, of Northville, MI, with a time of 2:44:00, and Tracy Wollschlager, 41, from Novi, MI, took the women’s title with her 3:03:50. Each earned $250.

Chris McDonald, 50, of South Riding, VA, won the wheelchair division with a time of 3:01:35.

An invasion from the Midwest might be an apt descriptor for the top finishers of the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield National Half Marathon, since the top three men and two of the top three women were from either Indiana or Illinois.

Coming off a personal best in the 5,000 at the Husky Classic in Washington with a 14:03, Mark Fruin, from Bloomington, IN, came to DC looking to run a sub-1:05:00 to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials. While he narrowly missed it with his 1:05:02 win, Fruin, who competes for Team Indiana Elite, was still happy. The 24-year-old credits a group effort, “It helped to come out here as a team.” Teammate Stephen Haas, 26, from Bloomington, IN finished second just 12 seconds behind in 1:05:14. Also making the podium was Jeff Jonaitis, 28, from Tinley Park, IL who set a PR with this 1:05:58.

The top local finisher, Silver Spring’s Dirk De Heer, finished 5th overall in 1:07:37 for his half marathon debut. According to his blog, De Heer thought the weather was amazing but noted the rolling hills on the course were tough.

In the women’s race another member of Team Indiana Elite, Laura Farley, 25, won in 1:18:38. Although her time was slower than 2009, Baltimore’s Phebe Ko placed higher with her second place 1:19:03 finish. “I’m coming off an injury so I wanted to use this race to test my fitness,” said Ko (photo left). Like many others in the race, she spent many hours training on the treadmill this past winter. Dani Prince, 24, also from Team Indiana Elite, rounded out the top three with her 1:19:37 finish.

This year’s race featured two icons of the sport: Four-time winner of the Boston and New York Marathon Bill Rodgers and Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of the first women’s Olympic Marathon, spoke at Friday’s Health and Fitness Expo and both also ran the half marathon. Rodgers, 62, finished in 1:46:02 and Benoit Samuelson, 52, won her age group in 1:22:33.

“It was a good solid run,” said Benoit Samuelson. “It’s an Honest Abe course, it’s not flat.”  She’s coming back to DC in a few weeks to run the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile.

Next year’s race will be held on Saturday, March 26. For more information:www.nationalmarathon.com. Also, check out the May/June issue of Washington Running Report for race coverage.

 

2010 SunTrust National Marathon

2,325 finishers

 

Overall Men (clock time)
1. Michael Wardian, 35, Arlington VA - 2:21:58 ($2,000)
2. Patrick Moulton, 28, Providence RI - 2:26:03 ($800)
3. Paul Howarth, 32, Albuquerque NM- 3 2:27:19 ($700)
4. Matt Woods, 30, Falls Church VA - 2:33:30 ($500)
5. Ruben Galbraith, 26, Portland OR - 2:35:01 ($300)
 
Overall Women (clock time)
1. Krista Vrombaut, 27, Rock Island IL - 2:51:17 ($2,000)
2. Michaela Driscoll, 30, Coventry RI - 2:55:50 ($800)
3. Mary Beth Chosak, 31, Arlington VA - 2:57:32 ($700)
4. Arien O'Connell, 26, New York NY - 2:57:45 ($500)
5. Shannon Saunders, 25, Charlottesville VA - 2:59:37 ($300)

2010 CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield National Half Marathon

6,239 finishers
Overall Men (clock time)
1. Mark Fruin, 24, Bloomington IN - 1:05:02  ($1,000)
2. Stephen Haas, 26, Bloomington IN - 1:05:14  ($500)
3. Jeff Jonaitis, 28, Tinley Park IL - 1:05:58 ($250)
4. Adam Hortian, 25, Waterloo ON CAN - 1:07:19 ($200)
5. Dirk De Heer, 28, Silver Spring MD - 1:07:37 ($100)
 
Overall Women (clock time)
1. Laura Farley, 25, Bloomington IN - 1:18:38 ($1,000)
2. Phebe Ko, 27, Bethesda MD - 1:19:03 ($500)
3. Dani Prince, 24, Bloomington IN - 1:19:37 ($250)
4. Kristin Andrews, 28, Bethesda MD - 1:21:00 ($200)
5. Kathryn Neeper, 26, Washington DC -1:21:06 ($100)
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