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by James Moreland September 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm 81 0

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.

by James Moreland May 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm 73 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

 

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