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McLean 5K Race Report

By James Moreland
McLean, VA
October1, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Below, runners charge the final meters to the finish line. Above, the finish arch awaits.

In its fourth year this little race is starting to gain momentum. The first two years the winners of the race barely broke 19:00 on a course that, while never flat, has no hills of consequence. In the second year, hometown legend Ted Poulos measured the field and ran just fast enough to win in 18:42. Take note that Sarah Spalding finished only one second later to keep things interesting. Then in 2010 some very fast runners entered the fray. Michaela Courtney easily set the women’s event record in a sparkling 17:22 that was sixth overall a stride behind Craig Clar. Poulos who has a PR of 15:48 settled for a division win in 18:32. Mark Drath lowered the bar beating runner-up Christopher Pruitt by a 100 meters in 15:44. Finishers nearly doubled to just short of 300 finishers.

Now for 2011 the race was offering a 7-day Wyndham Worldwide Vacation for the overall winners as well as for a random winner. This helped the race to a record 360 finishers on a cool, breezy morning that started to spit rain just moments before the start of the event. Philippe Rolly, 39, who once possessed 29:00 10K speed returned after finishing third last year. He improved to 17:07, which was all alone again in third place. The battle for the top prize came from runners nearly half his age.

Ethan Rissell, 22, has not been on the radar in a year or so but he battled all the way to earn the runner-up spot in 15:23. Andrew Benford, 23, of Richmond showed what a powerful runner he was triumphing in an event record 15:09. One tired runner coming off a slower than normal race mused that nobody would beat 20:00. Back in March on the track Benford had set a PR 13:59.99 to break 14 minutes by the slimmest of margins.

Standing at the starting line there were no women revving up to dart out onto Old Dominion for the nearly mile climb, albeit a mild elevation change. Then at a half mile Win Persina, 51, who usually starts easy, started pushing the pace. Maybe she had noticed that grandmaster women, such as Cindy Conant at the Kensington 8k last week, have been winning it all. Maybe she felt she would like that vacation. Whatever the reason, she pulled away from everyone to win handily in 21:26. Mimi Comer, 13, of McLean was next in 22:14. Fourth place Jen Norris, 40, started back in the pack otherwise she may have caught third place Kristin Novak. The final half mile contains two steep, though short humps but the way Norris tore over them, they might as well have been flat.

The final 200 minutes is a lovely downhill that leads around the final corner with the finish line right away there.  The weather was not a problem during the race but it sure was nice to be able to shelter inside the little courtyard a few yards away after the race. And of course there was food and drink.

Maynard Weyers, 75, looked smooth and relaxed as he glided home in 27:36. That was nearly a minute and a half faster than his Run for the Door 5k just two weeks before.

After the race, tags like were torn off bib (like in the olden times) but this time they were deposited in that little green bucket. Everyone would get a chance for the 7-day Wyndham Worldwide Vacation.

Awards

Overall Female 

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     Win Persina       Washington  DC   51  20      21:26     21:26    6:55/M  

 Overall Male

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     Andrew Benford    Richmond  VA     23  1       15:09     15:09    4:53/M  

 Female 19 and Younger        

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     Mimi Comer        McLean  VA       13  28      22:07     22:14    7:08/M  
 2     Megumi Chen       McLean  VA       15  42      23:01     23:01    7:25/M  

 Male 19 and younger        

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     Sam Hutton        Annandale  VA    15  7       20:10     20:15    6:30/M  
 2     Wesley Fouse      Annandale  VA    16  8       20:11     20:15    6:31/M  

 Female 20 to 29        

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     Kristin Novak     Arlington  VA    27  39      22:54     22:55    7:23/M  
 2     Martha Mishkin    Fairfax  VA      28  69      24:37     24:47    7:56/M  

 Male 20 to 29        

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     Ethan Rissell     Alexandria  VA   22  2       15:23     15:23    4:58/M  
 2     Douglas Hickeg                     28  4       17:41     17:41    5:42/M  

 Female 30 to 39        

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     Luise Rodriguez   Germantown  MD   39  44      23:14     23:18    7:30/M  
 2     Genta Branstetter McLean  VA       39  54      24:12     24:28    7:48/M  

 Male 30 to 39        

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     Philippe Rolly    McLean  VA      39  3       17:07     17:08    5:31/M  
 2     Andrew Howley     Arlington  VA    34  6       19:54     19:55    6:25/M  

 Female 40 to 49        

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     Jen Norris        McLean  VA       40  40      22:57     23:06    7:24/M  
 2     Cynthia Hutchings McLean  VA       48  52      24:03     24:05    7:45/M  

 Male 40 to 49        

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     David Fouse       Annandale  VA    45  13      20:43     20:46    6:41/M  
 2     Kevin Morin       McLean  VA       49  14      20:58     21:00    6:46/M  

 Female 50 to 59        

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     Pat Leighton      Falls Church  VA 52  83      25:21     25:30    8:11/M  
 2     Carla Freyvogel   McLean  VA       54  89      25:32     25:33    8:14/M  

 Male 50 to 59        

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     John Bacon        Arlington  VA    55  12      20:35     20:36    6:38/M  
 2     Robert Salmon     McLean  VA       50  24      21:46     21:49    7:01/M  

 Female 60 to 69        

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     Gwen Davies       McLean  VA       67  205     31:56     32:01    10:18/M 
 2     Sharoos Newton    Chantilly  VA    65  317     43:23     43:38    14:00/M 

 Male 60 to 69        

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     Tom Noonan        McLean  VA       63  56      24:16     25:10    7:50/M  
 2     Les Irby          McLean  VA       61  74      24:51     25:14    8:01/M  

 Female 70 and Older        

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     Ellen O'Brady     Woodbridge  VA   75  184     30:55     30:55    9:58/M  

 Male 70 and Older        

 Place Name              City             Age Overall Chip Time Gun Time Pace    
 1     Maynard Weyers    Alexandria  VA   75  134     27:34     27:36    8:54/M  
 2     Bendy Viragh      Washington  DC   77  239     33:35     33:42    10:50/M

 

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Inaugural Race has Room to Grow

By James Moreland
September 27, 2008
Sterling, VA
For the Washington Running Report

With so many races competing for runners, it is hard to draw large crowds. The Wells Fargo Run for the Door 5K started off their first year with a lot of pluses. The race venue had huge parking loot with tons of room for this race to grow ten times as large. The course was coned off well so that even with its many turns, runners could easily stay on course. If you cannot have a fast course, make it real interesting.

Even before the runners lined up to get started, the air was thick with music from the booming music tent. There were fresh bagels and fruit for after the race and bless them, the bottled water was nestled in a bed of ice. After the past few days of chilling rain, runners might have forgotten how warm September really remains. Indeed, the race was a little nervous as the early morning skies contained some thunder and lightning. Fortunately that passed and runners were met with the lightest of drizzle, though the humidity made the air thick.

Ray (#1) and Cathy (#2) Pugsley of Potomac River Running both came out to help the race get started. Usually one of them has to stand on the sidelines. Today both were reasonable bets to finish in the top three and not even a long shot to win it all. Justin Fritzius of Purcellville, VA started on the far side with Pugsley front and center. Fritzius had won three 5Ks out right last summer in less than sixteen minutes. In 2008, he added three more victories in the summer, including the prestigious Annapolis 10 Mile.

The course had runners bolting around the shopping center in a half mile loop before cruising up Ridgetop Circle. The course’s “hills” were really mild and the “ridge top” reached at mile one was by no means daunting. The bear climbing on your back was the humidity as runners hastened down the long hill just after mile one. By this time, Fritzius had built a small cushion over Pugsley but could not shake fellow Purcellville racer Chris Schaeffer. At the tape, the photo makes it look as if Fritzuis is out for a stroll, crossing the line in 16:04, yet Scheaffer (16:07) is close enough to be partially blocked out of the photo.

Meanwhile, Pugsley (16:21) had all he could handle from fourth place David Miller of Leesburg VA, who ran 16:25. The race generously went three deep in ten year age groups and the winners in those divisions were uncontested. Fifth place Gary Grilliot (44) of Reston, VA hammered the masters in a spiffy 17:25. Michael Arrowsmith (149) of Reston, VA glided to glory in 18:51. Richard Adams Jr. (57) of Herndon, VA whiplashed his division bolting out to a forty second lead by the mile and taking it on home in 19:18. With no one competing in the 60-69 division, Maynard Weyers (72) of Alexandria, VA came roaring home to a cheering crowd, emphatically winning in an excellent 24:45.

Julia Rudd (25) of Herndon, VA has run a 5:06 mile this year and was hoping for something in the 17s. That was a tall order in today’s sticky weather. The top five runners (all men) were gone in a flash. She could latch onto to Michael Arrowsmith to help stay on pace, which she did, winning easily in 18:55. Cathy Pugsley started conservatively but by midway it seemed certain she would hold the number two spot, which she did in 19:09. Anita Freres had a great summer including an overall win and a top 5K in 20:09. She usually gets faster as the race wears on but she was not going to catch third place Danielle Russell (44) of Ashburn, VA. Russell, a new face, had an excellent 19:23. Freres, possibly aware that so-to-be-masters Jeanette Dumbrell was on her tail, pulled out her fastest 5K of the year (so far) in 19:56. Dumbrell was close in 20:04 to win her division. In the photo above, Lauren Dalton, just 13, of Sterling, VA gets a nice effort to win in 23:31.

Richards Adams Jr. (57) of Herndon, MD was seventh overall in 19:18. He hurried back to the finish line so he be the first one over to the massage table set up for runners.

Awards

FEMALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                   Ag City                  Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== ====================== == ===================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1     3 Julia Rudd             25 Herndon VA            18:55 18:54  6:05 
    2     2 Cathy Pugsley          39 Sterling VA           19:09 19:09  6:10 
    3   103 Danielle Russell       44 Ashburn VA            19:23 19:23  6:15

MALE OVERALL
Place Num Name Ag City Gun T Net T Pace
===== ===== ====================== == ===================== ===== ===== =====
1 127 Justin Fritzius 24 Purcellville VA 16:04 16:04 5:11
2 132 Chris Sheaffer 24 Purcellville VA 16:07 16:07 5:11
3 1 Ray Pugsley 39 Sterling VA 16:21 16:20 5:16

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 01 – 19
1 182 Lauren Dalton 13 Sterling VA 23:31 23:31 7:34
2 109 Natalie Nelson 11 Sterling VA 26:55 26:55 8:40
3 139 Kelly Miller 13 Leesburg VA 29:14 29:13 9:25

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 01 – 19
1 75 Michael Arrowsmith 19 Ashburn VA 18:51 18:50 6:04
2 138 Matt Gambogi 14 Leesburg VA 20:22 20:22 6:34
3 145 Brenden Veler 12 Bristow VA 25:30 25:30 8:13

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 – 29
1 111 India Imbs 23 Ashburn VA 26:01 25:54 8:20
2 65 Beth Nagel 26 Ashburn VA 27:24 27:23 8:49
3 70 Vivian Kim 29 Sterling VA 29:12 29:07 9:22

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 20 – 29
1 83 David Miller 25 Leesburg VA 16:25 16:25 5:17
2 69 Daniel Huertas 28 Herndon VA 25:15 25:09 8:06
3 22 Lawrence Lee 29 Sterling VA 25:23 25:16 8:08

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 – 39
1 97 Jeanette Dumbrell 39 Falls Church VA 20:04 20:03 6:28
2 106 Diane Lathom 37 Ashburn VA 22:09 22:07 7:08
3 38 Christine Cosgrave 33 Herndon VA 26:38 26:33 8:33

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 30 – 39
1 110 Robert Van Dyke 34 Ashburn VA 22:01 21:58 7:05
2 56 Il June Lee 30 Vienna VA 23:16 23:10 7:28
3 76 Kevin Powell 34 Sterling VA 23:24 23:16 7:30

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 – 49
1 140 Anita Freres 43 Reston VA 19:56 19:56 6:25
2 116 Michelle Jakab 43 Sterling VA 26:09 25:59 8:22
3 25 Vicki Lewis 48 Woodbridge VA 26:53 26:48 8:38

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 40 – 49
1 123 Gary Grilliot 44 Reston VA 17:25 17:25 5:37
2 95 Robert Sichau 44 Alexandria VA 19:46 19:44 6:22
3 120 Rob Schlegel 41 Clifton VA 20:20 20:19 6:33

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 – 59
1 178 Leslie Kash 52 Round Hill VA 26:51 26:47 8:38
2 67 Karen Leh 51 Sterling VA 29:03 28:49 9:17
3 68 Cheryl Beebe 51 Sterling VA 32:23 32:21 10:25

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 50 – 59
1 29 Richard Adams Jr 57 Herndon VA 19:18 19:18 6:13
2 84 Myron Kremer 51 Winchester VA 20:51 20:50 6:43
3 10 James Moreland 56 Gaithersburg MD 21:04 21:04 6:47

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 60 – 69
1 51 Jean Stewart 65 Washington DC 40:44 40:32 13:03
2 73 Toni Miller 60 Leesburg VA 52:41 52:22 16:52

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 70 – 99
1 113 Maynard Weyers 72 Alexandria VA 24:45 24:44 7:58
2 144 Terry McCarthy 73 Leesburg VA 28:59 28:55 9:19
3 119 Jim Hufford 74 Reston VA 30:24 30:18 9:45

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME – NET PACE 1 – 99
1 37 John Bratton 44 M Arlington VA 22:59 22:57 7:23

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME – NET PACE 1 – 99
1 66 Leila Lucas 46 F Ashburn VA 28:02 27:59 9:01

Wearing his Potomac River Running shirt, David Miller of Leesburg, VA flies home with a Ranked Runner time of 16:25 for fourth overall.

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