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by James Moreland June 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm 98 0

By James Moreland
Ashburn, VA
June 11, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Virginia Pons moves past the starting line at the first loop.

The Potomac River Twilight 4 mile race has built a solid reputation as a family event. While providing some of most competitive races at this less than common distance, the well attended mile fun run and all the entertainment after the event keep the race high in recidivism. While the classic rock band Dolley Sodds was warming up, event director Ray Pugsley was scurrying around filling a kid’s pool with ice to cool off the many different kinds of liquid refreshment awaiting the returning road warriors. Everyone knows that in this region June is really summer no matter what the calendar says. Pugsley was smiling as he said, “We dodged a bullet.” Indeed, after two record setting days in the last week, this year’s temperature in the low 80s seemed almost kind.

Owning the fourth fastest time of 20:07 from his runner-up spot in 2009 made Aaron Church, 35, the favorite. Church (left takes the final strides) was coming off a top ranking in the winter in his division and he was feeling good. Still, nobody told the other racers that he would win. On the way back past the starting line at about 2K in the race Church was riding easily in the back of a pack of seven racers. They had cruised through the opening mile in 4:49, which would put them on pace to take on Steve Crane’s event record of 19:47 from 2008. The race announcer keep the finish line informed by radio as they pushed through the next mile still sub 5:00.

Though perhaps the kindest day of the first five years, the race was really heating up, in more ways than one. After the race was done Church noted that he did not have a real speed, [not] and he made his break about 2.5 miles into the event. He did not want to leave the race to a sprint at the end. As the pack broke up a couple of the racers called it quits and dropped. Kent Pecora was from North Carolina and an unknown, clinging to the pace. Hugh Toland had won three races in the spring including a 15:45 5K. Ryan Deak had two wins and a 15:44 5K. As the runners came in view for the final two hundred meters, it was clear that Church would prevail. Church’s only race in the spring was a third overall four mile race in 20:43. This time he improved his pace to take it all in an event age group record 20:25. Pecora was next in 20:38. Deak looked really tired for a man moving so fast and settled for third place cash at 20:46. Toland was fourth in 21:02.

Coming up form the south was Williamsburg’s John Piggott. Piggott, 46, (left) as always, is training for the half marathon where he seems to excel the best. He had run 14 miles in the morning but “no one was pushing” him. As it turned out, he ended up in no man’s land in the race with no one within sight of him on either side. He did not even feel the pressure to press at the end. Still, he slipped in past the former course record held by the formidable Ted Poulos (22:42 – 2007) with a fine 22:30. That is the second fastest master time behind Darrell General’s 21:28 set in 2007.

Elite grandmaster George Buckheit (below) had the third fastest 50 and older time and one of the best lifetime racing résumés in the region – PR of 13:43 for 5K and 28:39 for 10K. Still, he just laughed when asked if he was going to break the tape this time. New minted grandmaster Jean Christophe Arcaz is a prolific racer and he always seems to do his best when the competition is tough. During his forties he and Ted Poulos had scores of close battles. This time he took the top grandmaster spot in 23:42 for 13th overall. The grandmaster best was set by Chuck Moeser in 2009 with 23:15.

Former age group winner Richard Adams, 60, was too tired to look around to see that nobody was close as he won by nearly three minutes In 26:54. His daughter was out on the course racing as well. Meanwhile Jason Page, 66, an age group record holder was on hand to watch his daughter race as well. She sure looked good racing. Page was at the Cascades Firechase 10K to watch another daughter win it all last month. Page will be back on the roads in time to take a shot at returning his rankings crown this summer.

In the morning the Lawyers have Heart race was turned into a 5K because of the heat. That was okay for Bob Gurtler, 76, of the Plains, VA. He had already run 35 of them this year. Still, by evening he was already itching to put in some more miles, winning his age group.

When John Piggott heard the top woman coming in he perked up his ears. Did they say Williamsburg? He knew he would know all the top racers from his hometown. Darcy McDonald led a well spaced line of young runners to the finish line. She ran the event’s third fastest time, 23:07.  Laurel Jefferson followed in the sixth fastest time with 23:35. Third place went to Margie Shapiro with the seventh fastest time in 23:53. Only eight women have broken 24:00 on this course.

Shapiro is a =PR= owner. Her fine race was her first race in several years.

Master winner Linda Foley will soon be fifty. Finishing sixth in 25:49 she was not far off her overall winning time form the first year, 2007, when she ran 25:23. For the grandmasters, Liza Recto had just turned 55 and she thought she had a chance to medal. When the called her name as first in 32:02, she learned the she was top grandmaster as well, not far of the 55-59 record of 31:36.

On each runner’s bib was an F tag for food and a B tag for beer.  Beer of course only went to adults but the burritos from Moe’s Southwest Grill went to all the runners. There were all kinds of juices, water, and soda as well as doughnuts, cookie, chips. Nobody was going to leave hungry.  As the band started up, hundreds of runners mingled around the circus-like venue. There was a dunk tank and moon bounces, and the soft ice cream stand quickly formed a line.

When the awards were being announced, many of the runners were still eating and drinking. It sure is wonderful to get the awards so fast that everyone is still there to get them. While the race totals very with the temperatures over the years. This year’s 989 four mile finishers combined with the fun runners to more than 1100 participants which are very close to the most ever.

Overall Female 
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                            City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Darcy McDonald                   Williamsburg  VA     479    24    10     23:06.2     23:06.9    5:47/M
    2    Laurel Jefferson                 Washington  DC       539    25    14     23:33.3     23:34.1    5:53/M
    3    Margaret Shapiro                 Herndon  VA          642    34    17     23:51.9     23:52.1    5:58/M
Female Masters 
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Linda Foley                      Oak Hill  VA         204    49    33     25:47.0     25:48.2    6:27/M

Female  14 & Younger               
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Adriana Rosas                    Silver Spring  MD    857    11   113     30:06.6     30:08.2    7:32/M
    2    Brenda Rosas                     Silver Spring  MD    859    12   151     31:28.0     31:28.8    7:52/M
    3    Emily Landeryou                  Reston  VA           863    11   256     34:59.7     35:09.0    8:45/M

Female 15 to 19               
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Corey Bolyard                    Sterling  VA         544    16    98     29:41.5     29:46.5    7:25/M
    2    Kelly O'Toole                    Woodbridge  VA       506    18   101     29:47.0     29:55.0    7:27/M
    3    Alayna Bigalbal                  Leesburg  VA         607    15   132     30:44.1     30:45.0    7:41/M
Female 20 to 24               
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Petra Cotes                      Annandale  VA        386    22    24     24:56.7     24:57.0    6:14/M
    2    Meagan Klein                     Arlington  VA        803    24   149     31:25.4     31:37.5    7:51/M
    3    Maddie Humphrey                  Reston  VA           279    23   159     31:40.1     32:12.0    7:55/M

Female 25 to 29               
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Sarah Bard                       Leesburg  VA         382    26    31     25:40.8     25:41.5    6:25/M
    2    Kathryn Neeper                   Washington  DC       430    27    37     26:03.3     26:03.6    6:31/M
    3    Michelle Christine               Leesburg  VA         641    29   108     29:53.1     29:56.6    7:28/M
Female 30 to 34               
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Jennifer Pantall                 Sterling  VA         414    32    76     28:26.1     28:30.8    7:07/M
    2    Mary Otto                        Centreville  VA      648    30   111     29:54.9     29:57.6    7:29/M
    3    Amanda Statz                     Alexandria  VA        69    32   118     30:17.4     30:20.6    7:34/M

Female 35 to 39               
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Nancy Eiring                     Washington  DC       827    38    56     26:59.3     27:00.8    6:45/M
    2    Tatiana Sheptock                 South Riding  VA     563    35    67     28:03.4     28:05.8    7:01/M
    3    Alison Gittelman                 South Riding  VA      34    38    71     28:13.7     28:17.8    7:03/M

Female 40 to 44               
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Mijiko Phelps                    Reston  VA           522    41    43     26:24.9     26:26.2    6:36/M
    2    Kim Isler                        Oakton  VA           404    43    59     27:16.9     27:17.8    6:49/M
    3    Sue Piergallini                  Ashburn  VA          493    44   106     29:51.2     30:03.0    7:28/M
Female 45 to 49               
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Anita Freres                     Reston  VA           871    46    65     27:43.5     27:51.2    6:56/M
    2    Karen Ames                       Purcellville  VA     496    45   154     31:32.0     31:40.0    7:53/M
    3    Stephanie Cappello               Ashburn  VA          835    47   187     32:40.1     32:54.2    8:10/M
Female 50 to 54               
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Cynthia Revesman                 Oak Hill  VA         504    50   188     32:44.2     32:58.6    8:11/M
    2    Paula Looney                     Ashburn  VA          371    50   221     34:05.8     34:11.0    8:31/M
    3    Shari Sturm                      McLean  VA           282    50   295     35:55.5     36:39.8    8:59/M
Female 55 to 59               
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Lisa Recto                       Lexington Park  MD   707    55   167     31:57.5     32:02.1    7:59/M
    2    Carla Bourgeois                  Montclair  VA        840    58   345     36:56.8     37:16.4    9:14/M
    3    Liz Roberts                      Leesburg  VA         589    55   361     37:23.8     37:37.8    9:21/M
Female 60 to 64               
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Lucille Walke                    Ashburn  VA          674    62    45     26:28.8     26:28.8    6:37/M
    2    Gayle Novig                      McLean  VA           378    60   564     42:52.0     43:14.9   10:43/M

Overall Male 
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Aaron Church                     South Riding  VA     501    35     1     20:24.9     20:24.9    5:06/M
    2    Kent Pecora                      Chapel Hill  NO      524    22     2     20:37.7     20:37.7    5:09/M
    3    Ryan Deak                        Burke  VA            843    25     3     20:45.6     20:45.6    5:11/M
Male Masters
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    John Piggott                     Williamsburg  VA     554    46     8     22:29.9     22:29.9    5:37/M
Male  14 & Younger     
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Nathan Vigil                     Ashburn  VA          786    13   102     29:48.0     29:50.7    7:27/M
    2    Adam Bolton                      Leesburg  VA         332    11   168     31:57.6     32:10.2    7:59/M
    3    Eli Lifland                      Fairfax  VA          869    12   210     33:46.1     33:52.6    8:27/M
Male 15 to 19                 
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Logan Feierbach                  Leesburg  VA         396    16    22     24:22.3     24:22.6    6:06/M
    2    Samuel Rodgers                   Leesburg  VA         560    16    40     26:12.4     26:13.0    6:33/M
    3    Mark Newberry                    Ashburn  VA          537    16    51     26:48.8     26:49.3    6:42/M
Male 20 to 24                 
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Ethan Rissell                    Shippensburg  PA     387    21     5     21:12.4     21:12.4    5:18/M
    2    Matt Weber                       Sterling  VA         626    20    23     24:30.2     24:30.2    6:08/M
    3    Darin Miller                     Arlington  VA        320    23    25     25:00.1     25:09.3    6:15/M
Male 25 to 29                 
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Josh Peterson                    Minneapolis  MN      801    27     7     21:56.7     21:56.7    5:29/M
    2    Justin Fritzius                  Purcellville  VA     902    26     9     22:51.4     22:51.4    5:43/M
    3    Pat DeRocco                      Arlington  VA        571    27    12     23:26.6     23:27.1    5:52/M
Male 30 to 34                 
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Hugh Toland                      Fairfax  VA          551    30     4     21:01.7     21:01.7    5:15/M
    2    Aaron Schwartzbard               Reston  VA           600    33     6     21:18.8     21:18.8    5:20/M
    3    Thomas Abbey                     Centreville  VA      211    30    50     26:46.0     26:49.6    6:42/M
Male 35 to 39                 
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Marco Rosas                      Silver Spring  MD    858    36    16     23:45.5     23:46.1    5:56/M
    2    Rich Roberts                     Washington  DC       818    39    18     24:06.2     24:08.0    6:02/M
    3    Rob Meadows                      Landsdowne  VA       759    39    19     24:10.6     24:10.6    6:03/M
Male 40 to 44                 
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Todd Jarman                      Potomac Falls  VA    375    41    11     23:24.0     23:24.1    5:51/M
    2    Kevin Bell                       Reston  VA           666    42    13     23:30.0     23:30.1    5:53/M
    3    Stephen Crago                    Vienna  VA           254    42    20     24:11.9     24:13.5    6:03/M
Male 45 to 49                 
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    George Lane                      Ashburn  VA          123    45    27     25:07.1     25:09.0    6:17/M
    2    Dan DiFonzo                      Rockville  MD        624    48    39     26:08.7     26:09.6    6:32/M
    3    Rich Harfst                      Annandale  VA        795    47    54     26:53.9     26:56.7    6:43/M
Male 50 to 54                 
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Jean Christophe Arcaz            Rockville  MD        829    50    15     23:41.3     23:41.7    5:55/M
    2    George Buckheit                  Reston  VA           842    53    28     25:14.5     25:15.5    6:19/M
    3    David Pinnick                    Manassas  VA         650    54    47     26:33.1     26:35.9    6:38/M
Male 55 to 59                 
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Chris Dettmar                    Reston  VA           408    57   103     29:48.0     29:57.7    7:27/M
    2    Stephen Nettl                    Reston  VA           526    58   268     35:12.2     35:52.2    8:48/M
    3    Ray Deegan                       Leesburg  VA         274    55   269     35:13.2     35:35.6    8:48/M
Male 60 to 64                 
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Richard Adams                    Herndon  VA          660    60    55     26:54.1     26:54.5    6:44/M
    2    Jay Wind                         Arlington  VA        706    61    96     29:35.3     29:37.3    7:24/M
    3    Daniel Bentz                     Oak Hill  VA          88    60   510     41:29.1     42:06.0   10:22/M
Male 70 to 74                 
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Tim Long                         Reston  VA           306    70   503     41:15.0     41:32.0   10:19/M
Male 75 and older              
                                                                          Over      Chip        Gun 
 Place    Name                              City             Bib No  Age   all      Time        Time      Pace
    1    Robert Gurtler                   The Plains  VA       272    76   600     44:38.5     44:45.2   11:10/M

 

by James Moreland May 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm 130 0

By James Moreland
Chantilly, VA
May 8, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

This Mother’s Day event is for everyone as noted when race starter Kevin asked for a show of hands for everyone who had a mother. It was about older runners as five times for the women and twice for the men, a masters runner has won it all. But it was particularly about the young ones. There was a 2K fun walk as often occurs in family oriented race events but the 5K race was packed with young runners vying for top placement in the three youth divisions.

When the race began quite of few height challenged munchkins bolted up the tough hill to start the race that circled all the way around Point Pleasant Drive. Many flamed out on the opening hill, partly because the expended extra energy talking and laughing among themselves.

“So, you wanna walk.”  “I am getting tired.” “Whoa, I almost ran into that parked car.” These were some of the things heard until the race crested the hill and reenergized. Youth runners are so resilient.

After the race there was lots of food. Some of it partially covered to protect for the tiny, harmless shower that started just before the race began. The race is known for having lots of random prizes. In fact, they have a separate bucket for adult and for children, both were full. Nearly everyone stayed around to – take a chance.

Before the award’s ceremony began we were told of why the race was originally created. This race was created in honor of a special little boy, Jeffrey Virostek, who lost his brave battle with leukemia on September 25, 2003, at the age of 4 1/2. Angel Kisses is a fund-raising 5K/2K Race to benefit the Jeffrey Virostek Fund.

Jeffrey’s cousin Tim raced well today finishing fifth overall in a time that would have won the race in some of the past years.

Then the microphone was handed over to six-year-old Timmy Tyrrell. He clearly explained why he decided to help raise money. A friend of his, Ella Day, needed help. She had gone through chemotherapy last year. He called her to the stage and she looked great. Her dad told us Timmy was “an adult in a little boy’s body.”

Timmy held up the check for the Virosteks and then reverted partly to being a kid with, “I have here a check for … for a lot of money.” Mrs. Virostek gratefully accepted the check for $3,541.92 that had been raised in just the past month.

Timmy Tyrell is one of the Featured Athletes on the Inspired Athletes Web Site.  With the assistance of Inspired Athletes, Mini has dedicated this season to racing for the Jeffrey Virostek Fund to contribute to the fight against childhood cancer.

Even with the light rain the field passed 2009 as the second largest field with 410 finishers in the 5K. Only twice has the time been faster than 17:00 minutes. Back in 2008 Abiyot Abebe toasted the field in 15:24 breaking Ryan Deak’s 16:07 record from the year before. This year it was clear that competition makes for fast times. Just past the turnaround at mile two, a trio of runners were jockeying for position with Jared Campbell looming in the background. Justin Fritzius, 26, of Purcellville had a slight edge and younger legs than 41-year-old Eric Sorenson. Unlike Derby runner Shackleford who faded to fourth after leading all the way, he would hold his lead and win in 16:37 for the third fastest time. The next three runners all broke 17 minutes. Sorenson destroyed the masters record with 16:42 with Byrce Wilk right on his heels in 16:45. Campbell was second in his division behind Wilk in 16:59.

For the women, Laura Friex (left)had won it all the first two years, 2004-5. Now on the cusp of being a grandmaster she would hold off Barbara Wigle, 44, by six seconds to take the masters title in 21:17. This was Wigle’s fourth year and she always finishes in the top six, winning the masters in 2007 before giving way to Linda Foley, another runner turning fifty this year. Foley won it all in both 2008 and 2009. Last year national class racer Alisa Harvey, 44, set the record in a runaway with 18:43 setting aside Jackie Gruendel’s 2006 record 19:10.

This year the two masters, Freix and Wigle had their own little battle while the top three runners dueled for the top spot. Jennifer Chapman had the honor of breaking the tape in 20:21. Julie Sapper, 38, a regular Ranked Runner, was next in 20:27. Meredith Samson took the third spot winning her age group in 20:40.

While many of the age group times were not competitive, even the 70 and older fields filled up, though both women traveled across the country for the event. Second for the men was one of the most prolific racers in the region, Bob Gurtler, 76, of the Plains, VA. Gurtler finished his 30th 5K of the year with 52 totals races already in the bag for 2011.

                   Awards Listing (No Duplicate Prizes)

FEMALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                   Ag City               Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== ====================== == ================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1   477 Jennifer Chapman       26 Centreville VA     20:21 20:18  6:32 
    2   471 Julie Sapper           38 Rockville MD       20:27 20:25  6:35 

MALE OVERALL
Place Num   Name                   Ag City                Gun T Net T Pace  
===== ===== ====================== == ================== ===== ===== ===== 
    1   484 Justin Fritzius        26 Purcellville VA    16:37 16:37  5:21 
    2    51 Eric Sorensen          41 Annandale VA       16:42 16:39  5:22 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 10  (NET TIME)
    1    80 Nicole Re              10 Chantilly VA       25:09 25:06  8:06 
    2   232 Roshni Puli            10 Chantilly VA       30:02 29:56  9:38 

MALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 10  (NET TIME)
    1   249 Harrison Shay          10 Chantilly VA       23:41 23:38  7:37 
    2   209 Ted Ellis              10 Chantilly VA       24:21 24:20  7:50 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  11 - 14  (NET TIME)
    1   243 Nora Raher             14 Centreville VA     22:24 22:11  7:09 
    2   253 Alexa McAnally         12 Centreville VA     23:17 23:12  7:29 

MALE AGE GROUP:  11 - 14  (NET TIME)
    1   420 Adam Huff              14 Chantilly VA       18:16 18:16  5:53 
    2    58 Connor Phillips        14 Oakton VA          19:50 19:46  6:22 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  15 - 18  (NET TIME)
    1   163 Virginia Walsh         15 Chantilly VA       25:18 24:50  8:00 
    2   281 Kate O'Shea            15 Fairfield CT       26:50 26:41  8:36 

MALE AGE GROUP:  15 - 18  (NET TIME)
    1   122 Tim Virostek           15 Columbia MD        18:07 18:04  5:49 
    2   424 Kyle Hollcroft         17 Manassas VA        20:53 20:45  6:41 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  19 - 29  (NET TIME)
    1   459 Karen Haddon           25 Aldie VA           21:28 21:27  6:55 
    2   246 Jessica Kelly          25 Arlington VA       23:09 23:07  7:27 

MALE AGE GROUP:  19 - 29  (NET TIME)
    1   247 Bryce Wilk             25 Arlington VA       16:45 16:43  5:23 
    2   463 Jared Campbell         25 Alexandria VA      16:59 16:57  5:28 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39  (NET TIME)
    1   458 Meredith Samson        30 South Riding VA    20:40 20:39  6:39 
    2    30 Susie Lynch            34 Annandale VA       22:48 22:29  7:15 

MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39  (NET TIME)
    1   321 Micheal Zurface        32 Fayetteville NC    19:09 19:05  6:09 
    2   485 Bill Pilkington        39 South Riding VA    21:20 21:17  6:51 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49  (NET TIME)
    1   356 Laura Freix            49 Centreville VA     21:17 21:15  6:51 
    2   455 Barbara Wigle          44 Centreville VA     21:23 21:21  6:53 

MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49  (NET TIME)
    1   461 Edward Siegfried       45 Fairfax VA         18:57 18:52  6:05 
    2   402 Eldon MacK             46 Centreville VA     19:51 19:51  6:24 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 59  (NET TIME)
    1   497 Gigi Louden            59 Annandale VA       37:16 36:13 11:40 
    2   144 Paula Lovric           50 Fairfax VA         40:37 39:06 12:35 

MALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 59  (NET TIME)
    1    97 Myron Kremer           54 Winchester VA      21:51 21:50  7:02 
    2    14 Michael Ruth           51 Oak Hill VA        22:32 22:19  7:11 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 69  (NET TIME)
    1    42 Kerry Rader            62 South Riding VA    40:00 39:29 12:43 

MALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 69  (NET TIME)
    1   271 Jack Harvey            60 Centreville VA     26:40 26:29  8:32 
    2   155 James Protiva          67 Locust Grove VA    35:16 35:06 11:18 

FEMALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 99  (NET TIME)
    1    70 Judith Phillips        72 Fresno CA          41:52 41:35 13:23 
    2   284 Nora O'Shea            75 Carol Stream IL    52:17 51:50 16:41 

MALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 99  (NET TIME)
    1   462 Chet Coates            71 Silver Spring MD   29:34 29:14  9:25 
    2   126 Robert Gurtler         76 The Plains VA      30:34 30:18  9:46

 

by James Moreland April 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm 134 0

By James Moreland
Fairfax, VA
April 30, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

Ryan Deak makes it look easy, racing home in 34:07.

The wind was blowing so strong that the balloon arch needed two handlers. The day was sunny but cool as the quixotic season bounced from hot to cold. Perhaps the first things runners noticed for this first time race is the great signage. From all sides there were signs and marshals leading the runners to the free parking, registration, and the starting lines for the 10K at 8:30 a.m. and the 3K at 9:00 a.m.

In the square, surrounded by spring flowers, the event was well organized. Centered by the stage and the energizing music, runners took note that there was a fully stocked chow line for after the race. Both races had the same finish line but the starting lines were not in sight of each other. The finish line was on the east side of the square on West Street. The 10K started on the south side, still on West Street.

There were no superstars here today so the crowd moved slowly up to the lead ChronoTrack mat, perhaps not wanting to assume a lead position. At the start runners were treated to a hundred meters of pure downhill before circling back around and up to Main Street. The little uphill separated the wheat from the chaff even before runners enjoyed the long downhill in the opening mile.

There were hundreds of cones and scores of marshals keeping everyone on course. One runner noted after the race that with so many turns the course may have run a little long. Certified courses are measured on the tangent and the cones were placed in the middle of the roads on the turns causing racers to make a 90 degree turn each time. There were no killer hills and quite a few medium long down hills but lots of turning and up hills can take a bite out of a runner’s pace.

Ryan Deak, 25, of Burke, VA quietly powered away from the field. It was all over long before the first of dozens of little hills and turns broke up the pace from the runners. He was one of seven runners with a Ranked Runner time in the 10K. Even though his bib number was 911, he did not need any help to cruise to an almost three minute victory in 34:07. Ramsey Wilson had a solid 36:57 for second overall, followed by Blake Sims with 37:55.

Before the race it was not just the volunteers who thought the breeze was making it cold. Elite athelete Anita Freres, 46, of Reston, VA was hugging herself to stay warm and claimed she was going to take it easy. Kayley Byrne, 23, of Oak Hill, VA (photo) blew away from the field to win soundly in 40:56, fifth overall. Freres started back further but powered her way forward in the first half of the race to put herself in position to take second from Cathy Ross, 39, of Burke, VA 43:45 to 43:19.

Midway through the course as runners started down a long hill, they were greeted by a massive display of gorgeous, multi-colored azaleas that took up most of a corner lot front yard.

The marshals were very good at warning runners of impending turns and hills. It was great to hear at 5.5 miles that the last hill was done. The course had finished its circumnavigation and the final quarter mile was even downhill. The sun was a lot brighter and most of the runners were no longer complaining that it was cold.

For nearly all the racers the final stretch was accompanied by returning 3K runners.

Crossing the finish line past the Capital Running Company RV, runners needed only to make a quick U-turn and soon there were enjoying hot chili with cheese (vegetarian or Cincinnati). There were bagels and cream cheese as well as fresh fruit and plenty of bottled water and Gatorade.

The awards ceremony went smoothly with top three overall getting very nice prizes such as $150 dinner certificates. The age groups went two deep with restaurants, grocery stores, Pacers Running, and movie coupons.

Fairfax CASA is a public charity that recruits and trains citizen volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are under the court’s protection in Fairfax County. Nicknamed “the eyes and ears of the judge,” CASA volunteers help ensure that these vulnerable children are placed in safe, permanent, and loving homes as quickly as possible.

The first year event really knows how to run a race. There were nearly five hundred finishers in the 10K and nearly 300 finishers in the 3K run/walk.

10K Awards

MALE OVERALL
    1   911 Ryan Deak             25 Burke VA                34:07 
    2   796 Ramsey Wilson         39 Falls Church VA         36:57 
    3   564 Blake Simms           32 Fort Belvoir VA         37:55 

FEMALE OVERALL
    1   419 Kayley Byrne          23 Oak Hill VA             40:56 
    2   919 Anita Freres          46 Reston VA               43:15 
    3   550 Cathy Ross            39 Burke VA                43:19 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 1 - 12
    1   666 Sarah Proctor         12 Chantilly VA          1:06:18 1:06:18 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 13 - 17
    1   132 Cameron Rhodes        16 Fairfax VA              47:23   47:23 
    2   823 Conner Pleasants      15 Fairfax VA              49:03   49:03 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 13 - 17
    1   801 Bridget Snydstrup     14 Fairfax Station VA      59:37   59:37 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 18 - 24
    1   173 Brian Skram           24 Arlington VA            45:34   45:34 
    2   646 Andrew Borden         24 Alexandria VA           48:40   48:40 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 18 - 24
    1   458 Elizabeth Thrall      24 Annandale VA            50:08   50:08 
    2   782 Jennifer Purdum       24 Vienna VA               50:37   50:37 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 34
    1   587 Leyi Lin              31 Chevy Chase MD          40:22   40:22 
    2   252 Kristopher MacK       34 Fairfax VA              41:12   41:12 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 25 - 34
    1   388 Jennifer Procopio     29 Alexandria VA           46:14   46:14 
    2   149 Mamie Kingsley        25 Arlington VA            46:36   46:36 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 44
    1   909 Erik Heyer            39 Washington DC           43:07   43:07 
    2   345 Jonathan Parks        38 Manassas VA             43:24   43:24 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 35 - 44
    1   189 Judy Doldorf          38 Manassas VA             46:16   46:16 
    2   547 Brooke Alsamman       44 Fairfax VA              46:59   46:59 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 54
    1   620 Rhys Williams         49 Reston VA               44:07   44:07 
    2   912 Bill Stahr            50 The Plains VA           45:57   45:57 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 45 - 54
    1   328 Lorraine Breedon      49 Washington DC           51:10   51:10 
    2   487 Bonnie Berkowitz      45 Vienna VA               55:48   55:48 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 64
    1   691 Steve Sakry           58 Stafford VA             43:41   43:41 
    2   429 Michael Wesbecher     63 Oakton VA               44:43   44:43 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 55 - 64
    1    88 Robin Kirby           56 Arlington VA          1:02:36 1:02:36 
    2    16 Meredith Dumm         59 Fairfax VA            1:02:50 1:02:50 

MALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 99
    1   455 Jack Tozier           68 Oakton VA               53:09   53:09 

FEMALE AGE GROUP: NET TIME 65 - 99
    1   802 Maryellen Burke       73 Fairfax Station VA    1:01:35 1:01:35 

MALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   51:42    47 Robert Dolecki        39 M Sterling VA  52:12   22:12 

FEMALE FIRST TIME RACER: NET TIME - NET PACE 1 - 99
    1   50:37   782 Jennifer Purdum       24 F Vienna VA    50:55   20:55
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