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Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K 28:45

Seven of the top twelve ranked runners earned their spot at the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K. Josef Tessema started the year off brightly with a win at the Alexandria Turkey Trot 5M in 23:38. He had the fastest 5K of the year at the Monster Mash 5K in 14:24 slightly faster than fifth place Ricky Flynn Lynchburg Track 5K in 14:29.

Tessema was fourth overall at Pike’s Peek in 28:46. Runner-up Christophe Mills ran the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in 1:07:03 before his race down the Pike in 29:10. Third place Dave Berdan won Frederick Half Marathon in 1:05:40 for the fourth fastest race before winning the Bel Air Town Run 5K in 14:40 in June.

Demissia Gulti was next at Pike’s Peek in 29:44 ahead of sixth place Getachew Asefaw who ran 30:10 and seventh place Tekele Gebreluil who ran 30:08. Asefaw leads Begreluil because of his Parks HM in 1:05:57. Also, while Flynn was finishing third overall at the Apple Blossom 10K in 30:01, it was ahead of Asefaw’s 30:43, as well as Gebreluil’s 30:52 and Gulti’s 30:58.

Birhanu Tadesse had the fastest 10 mile time at the Perfect 10 10M in 50:22 to take eight place ahead of former champion Gurmessa Megerssa who beat Teresa Fekensa at the Run for the Parks 10K 30:23 to 30:32. Fekensa locked into 11th place just ahead of Dustin Meeker at the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K 30:32 to 30:34. Tenth place Robert Reynolds had two 5K wins including the YMCA Turkey Trot 5K in 14:37.

Six of sixty qualifiers came from other divisions.

   PL    Name                     Age Hometown             10K=
    1    Tessema, Josef*9          24 Springfield, VA      28:46
    2    Mills, Christopher*6      23 Falls Church, VA     29:10
    3    Berdan, Dave*6            32 Owings Mills, MD     29:48
    4    Gulti, Demissia**         29 Washington, DC       29:44
    5    Flynn, Ricky****          26 Lynchburg, VA        30:01
    6    Asefaw, Getachew*         24 Silver Spring, MD    29:55
    7    Gebreluil, Tekele***      29 Washington, DC       30:08
    8    Tadesse, Birhanu*         28 Silver Spring, MD    30:18
    9    Megerssa, Gurmessa****    34 Washington, DC       30:23
   10    Reynolds, Robert***       23 Mechanicsville, VA   30:29
   11    Fekensa, Teresa           31 Washington, DC       30:32
   12    Meeker, Dustin            31 Baltimore, MD        30:34
   13    Fernandez, Patrick*****   26 Alexandria, VA       30:39
   14    Hutchinson, Seth****      29 Charlottesville, VA  30:39
   15    Barresi, Matthew*         30 Falls Church, VA     30:36
   16    Bitew, Chalie**           25 Washington, DC       30:41
   17    Thistle, Paul*            26 Washington, DC       30:41
   18    Alton, Guy****            29 Richmond, VA         30:51
   19    Peck, Graham***           24 Baltimore, MD        30:47
   20    Abebe, Mesfin             30 Washington, DC       30:48
   21    Klim, Jake**              33 North Bethesda, MD   30:53
   22    Burnham, David            29 Arlington, VA        30:56
   23    Morris, Richard**         25 Burkeville, VA       30:55
   24    Clement, Tony*6           26 Williamsport, MD     30:59
   25    Komen, Wilson**           35 Washington, DC       31:06
   26    Carroll, Ryan*17          31 Portsmouth, VA       31:19
   27    Balmer, Paul              23 Washington, DC       31:17
   28    Benway, Alex***           22 Reston, VA           31:19
   29    Foster, Ryan**            31 Virginia Beach, VA   31:24
   30    Hurt, Charlie*            30 Richmond, VA         31:24
   31    Geletu, Seife             31 Washington, DC       31:26
   32    Livingston, Bryce*        26 Williamsburg, VA     31:28
   33    Wardian, Michael****      39 Arlington, VA        31:34
   34    Buschman, Mark            28 Columbia, MD         31:34
   35    Barrett, Sean*            28 Arlington, VA        31:36
   36    Pruitt, Christopher**     31 Arlington, VA        31:36
   37    Mariano, Gregory**        28 Alexandria, VA       31:39
   38    Saunders, Richard         25 Williamsburg, VA     31:39
   39    Schroeder, John*          26 Washington, DC       31:44
   40    Jurkovich, Evan           27 Washington, DC       31:46
   41    O'Reilly, Blaine*         24 Williamsburg, VA     31:47
   42    Smith, Dominic*           23 Washington, DC       31:53
   43    Pugsley, Ray*             44 Potomac Falls, VA    31:55
   44    Brigham, Nathan           30 Baltimore, MD        31:59
   45    Miller, Wade***           22 Hagerstown, MD       31:57
   46    Febish, Stephen*          24 Baltimore, MD        31:59
   47    Church, Aaron*6           38 South Riding, VA     32:05
   48    Wertz, David*             37 Arlington, VA        32:02
   49    Renjifo, Carlos*          30 Baltimore, MD        32:06
   50    Ban, Charlie***           25 Washington, DC       32:10
   51    Mareuil, Romain           32 Washington, DC       32:10
   52    Doan, Caleb*              23 Virginia Beach, VA   32:25
   53    Toland, Hugh**            32 Fairfax, VA          32:24
   54    O'Hara, David*            37 Alexandria, VA       32:27
   55    Rolly, Philippe           41 McLean, VA           32:26
   56    Anderson, Aaron           30 Germantown, MD       32:38
   57    Munro, Scott              31 Washington, DC       32:45
   58    Harrison, Stephen****     24 Fredericksburg, VA   33:00
   59    Peggs, Kevin              27 Richmond, VA         33:01
   60    Carnes, Brian             28 Leesburg, VA         33:29

19 & Younger Men

Rock N Roll Half Marathon 1:05:36, 10K = 29:46

Michael Wegner, 16, had two very solid 5Ks in the spring beating his younger brother Kevin, 14, twice and sending him down to eighth place, just ahead of last year’s champion Peter Mitchell. Richard Andrews improved 37 seconds over his winter 5K to win it all at the Jamestown High School Swamp Run 5K in 16:23 to take the runner-up spot. That was right behind Wegner’s Remembrance 5K overall win in 16:19. Wegner had already put paid to the account running the Run for Haiti 5K in 15:44.

Thomas Selishev had run an acceptable SOME Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger 5K in 16:54. Then he ended the season well at the Veterans Day 10K in 34:43. Fourth place goes to Trent Herzog for his Solomons Jingle Bell 5K overall win in 16:41.

Young Billy Kirk, 15, son of masters racing legend Peter Kirk, had a bit of bad luck. He started well as third overall at the MCRRC Shooting Starr 6K in 20:48. This sort of two loop course is sometimes called a four mile and over the years has been most every distance between 3.6 miles and 4.2 miles. Then on the final weekend he won it all at the always flat and fast Candy Cane City 5K in 16:06. However, one section of the course was left out and most runners agreed the distance was closer to 2.9 miles. For the rankings we split the difference and calculated it as 3 miles.

   Pl    Name                     Age Hometown             10K=
    1    Wegner, Michael****       16 Columbia, MD         32:49
    2    Richards, Andrew****      18 Williamsburg, VA     34:11
    3    Selishev, Thomas*8        17 Silver Spring, MD    34:43
    4    Herzog, Trent****         16 Lusby, MD            34:48
    5    Kirk, Billy******         15 Rockville, MD        34:47
    6    Roederer, Alex*****       15 Bethesda, MD         34:56
    7    Cox-Philyaw, Tyler*6      15 Winchester, VA       35:00
    8    Wegner, Kevin****         14 Columbia, MD         35:09
    9    Mitchell, Peter*10        19 Virginia Beach, VA   35:09
   10    Gault, Clint****          13 Poquoson, VA         35:18
   11    Boyd, Brandon***          18 Chesapeake, VA       35:40
   12    Lasker, Nathan***         18 Fredericksburg, VA   36:20
   13    Heilman, James***         18 Lutherville, MD      36:37
   14    Shpuntoff, Martin*7       19 Annapolis, MD        37:00
   15    McMahon, Mason*6          18 Fredericksburg, VA   37:16
   16    McManus, Brian**          18 Williamsburg, VA     38:27

35-39 Men

Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K =31:0

Always tiny the division shrunk to just ten qualifiers with Karsten Brown running a third of the qualifying times for the whole division. Wilson Komen won it all the most prudent way. At the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile he met third place Aaron Church and won 52:28 to 53:21. Next he met fifth place David O’Hara at the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K and had the top time for the year winning 31:06 to 32:27. Later in the fall he met with runner-up Michael Wardian at the Parks Half Marathon and won 1:10:06 to 1:12:01.

Wardian slipped to second at the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon that he has won all but two times since it started in 2:34:12. It was only his third best marathon. In the fall, he raced the Marine Corps Marathon in 2:27:06. David Wertz ran Army in 53:15 well ahead of O’Hara’s 55:06. Church added the Perfect 10 10M in 53:20 and the overall win at the Reston 10M in 53:50 to go with his 12 age group wins to nudge Wertz into fourth place.

   Pl    Name                     Age Hometown             10K=
    1    Komen, Wilson*6           35 Washington, DC       31:06
    2    Wardian, Michael*9        39 Arlington, VA        31:34
    3    Church, Aaron*12          38 South Riding, VA     32:05
    4    Wertz, David*6            37 Arlington, VA        32:02
    5    O'Hara, David*6           37 Alexandria, VA       32:27
    6    Dowdy, Jason*9            37 Richmond, VA         33:33
    7    Masterson, Kirk*          37 Arlington, VA        34:26
    8    Olenick, Stephen****      36 Ellicott City, MD    34:31
    9    Brown, Karsten*26         39 Front Royal, VA      35:05
   10    Severtson, Gene*****      36 Gambrills, MD        35:13

40-44 Men

Army 10 Miler 53:03, 10K = 31:55

Philippe Rolly really wanted that masters title. He started the spring gloriously with his St. Patrick's Day 8K in 25:34, overmatching fourth place Doug Woods who ran 26:59. It was well ahead of defending champion Ray Pugsley who opened with the Run for Haiti 5K in 16:00.

Mike Colaiacovo started out with a seemingly fine Holton Hustle 5K in 16:41 but that was smashed by Elarbi Khattabi’s incredible 15:18 ahead of him. The huge Ukrops Monument Avenue 10K preceded the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K this year and Colaiacovo raced an excellent 34:08 to nearly be matched the following month at the Carytown 10K with 34:06. Rolly was not having any. His fall Clarendon Day 10K in 33:09 was an after thought after his brilliant Pike’s Peek in 32:44.

Back in 2005, Rolly had won a photo finish course record at the Cascades Firechase 10K with C.W. Moran in 30:40. That was in Pugsley’s backyard. Fittingly on Bastille Day the two meet for a head-to-head matchup at the PRR Birthday Bash 5K. Pugsley prevailed by a sliver to win the race overall in 16:18 with Rolly’s time identical.

Still at that point Rolly had three races faster than Pugsley’s best two and four races faster than Pugsley’s third best and he would have taken the division. Pugsley’s eschewed the Cherry Blossom which was won in a fairly benign 55:59 by Noah Zaring. But he came on like gangbusters at the Army 10 Miler. Edmund Burke was not there but Waring was only sixth with his solid 56:24. Pugsley to the title in 53:03 and remained the top master for another year.

   Pl    Name                     Age Hometown             10K=
    1    Pugsley, Ray*6            44 Potomac Falls, VA    31:55
    2    Rolly, Philippe*9         41 McLean, VA           32:26
    3    Colaiacovo, Michael*6     44 Chesapeake, VA       34:06
    4    Woods, Douglas*****       43 Gaithersburg, MD     34:14
    5    Harrington, Jeff*12       43 Lynchburg, VA        34:54
    6    Koonce, Scott****         41 Gaithersburg, MD     34:47
    7    Billings, Dennis*6        44 Woodbridge, VA       35:05
    8    Wolfe, Robert****         41 Washington, DC       35:11
    9    Tripp, Jason***           41 Ellicott City, MD    35:35
   10    Yates, Kevin****          42 Olney, MD            35:45
   11    Hicks, Thomas****         42 Virginia Beach, VA   35:46
   12    Montgomery, Mike***       44 Arlington, VA        35:57
   13    Chasse, Craig*17          44 Reston, VA           36:14
   14    Burcham, Kevin*7          41 Henrico, VA          36:22
   15    Lockard, David*****       44 Hampton, VA          36:42
   16    Kent, David*              41 Arlington, VA        36:43
   17    Bell, Kevin****           44 Reston, VA           36:47
   18    Cahill, Dave***           42 Arlington, VA        37:22
   19    Noonan, Timothy*          43 Landsdowne, VA       37:27
   20    Sheppard, Lemarque***     42 Arlington, VA        37:35

45-49 Men

Holton Hustle 5K 15:18, 10K = 31:55

Alexander Herrington had the fastest time winning it all at the Georgetown 10 Miler in 55:52. John Piggott won it all at the Festival of Feet 10K in 33:43. Then John Zimmerman made his case taking down fourth place Derik Thomas (56:48) and Hetherington (57:51) at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile in 56:13.

There were 18 sub 35:00 10K equivalents in the division. Piggott’s second race at the Dismal Swamp Stomp HM was a tad behind fifth place Daniel List who was third overall at the Anthem Shamrock Festival Half Marathon in 1:17:08. It was also matched Jim Nielsen exactly as he had run the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K in 35:02 to take seventh place behind Chris Chattin who was seven seconds ahead of him there in 34:55.

Thomas had two marvelous 5 milers, one faster (St. Patrick's Day 8K in 27:05) than Zimmerman’s Jingle All the Way 8K in 27:22 and the other just behind, the Alexandria Turkey Trot 5M in 27:36.

Hetherington stormed back to beat Zimmerman at the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon 1:15:39 to 1:15:55. Both of them had beaucoup wins, Hetherington 14, Zimmerman 8. When it came down to the Moreland Racing Factor that counts, speed, awards, as well as head-to-head among rivals, Hetherington was the clear winner 258 to 156. The two titans whipped a combined 100 other ranked runners from their division.

Forty runners qualified for the division.

   Pl    Name                      Age Hometown             10K=
    1    Hetherington, Alexander*14 46 Vienna, VA           33:49
    2    Zimmerman, John*8          47 McLean, VA           33:37
    3    Piggott, John*18           48 Williamsburg, VA     33:43
    4    Thomas, Derik***           47 Alexandria, VA       34:11
    5    List, Daniel*8             47 Powhatan, VA         35:00
    6    Chattin, Chris*10          49 Columbia, MD         34:55
    7    Nielsen, Jim****           47 Broadlands, VA       35:02
    8    Snyder, Jordan*****        46 Rockville, MD        35:29
    9    Mickey, Dennis*****        48 Ridgeley, WV         35:45
   10    Jacobson, Paul*7           49 Gaithersburg, MD     35:45
   11    Hovermale, Rob*7           49 Smithburg, MD        35:36
   12    Speirs, Steve*10           47 Virginia Beach, VA   35:56
   13    Schuler, Tim*              49 Chambersburg, PA     36:01
   14    Mock, Doug*****            46 Ellicott City, MD    36:16
   15    Dawson, Greg*11            47 Williamsburg, VA     36:34
   16    Henderson, Jerry*8         48 Bel Air, MD          36:32
   17    Bloor, Doug****            47 Charlottesville, VA  36:43
   18    Munsey, Colin*7            48 Pearisburg, VA       36:47
   19    Rapp, Perry*7              48 Lexington Park, MD   36:44
   20    Kinnunen, Joel**           47 Oxon Hill, MD        37:01
   21    Powell, Charles*7          47 Bel Air, MD          37:00
   22    De Barros, Antonio***      48 Fort Washington, MD  37:03
   23    Phipps, David****          49 Severna Park, MD     37:06
   24    Crago, Stephen*            45 Vienna, VA           37:16
   25    Peterson, Steven**         47 Fairfax Station, VA  37:17
   26    Northup, Chris*6           49 Winchester, VA       37:18
   27    Mersiowsky, Scott*8        47 Fredericksburg, VA   37:27
   28    Cutright, Mike*8           47 Fredericksburg, VA   37:29
   29    Fox, R.J.*9                48 Hyattsville, MD      37:37
   30    Lang, Philip***            46 Columbia, MD         37:44
   31    Killeen, Sean****          48 Richmond, VA         37:47
   32    Sanchez-Ruano, Miguel****  46 Woodbridge, VA       38:00
   33    Williamson, Duane*7        49 Warrenton, VA        38:07
   34    Baremore, Joseph*          49 Silver Spring, MD    38:19
   35    Pelletier, Paul****        47 Wiiliamsburg, VA     38:24
   36    Feinberg, Michael****      49 Bel Air, MD          38:21
   37    Degenhardt, Sheldon***     48 Marriottsville, MD   38:25
   38    Frost, Howard*             48 Falls Church, VA     38:27
   39    Rippey, Brad*****          47 Bunker Hill, WV      38:29
   40    Clements, Ian**            49 Alexandria, VA       38:29

50-54 Men

Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K 34:48

Jean Christophe Arcaz improved a mere 25 seconds from last year but it was winning at the all important Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K just ahead of last year’s champion Mark Neff 34:48 to 34:52. It was a monster spring for him winning the St. Patrick’s Day 8K that had shrunk by two thousand finishers in 28:21. He gained more confidence beating Neff as well at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile 59:34 to 59:43.

Neff did storm back at Army with the fastest 10M of the year in 59:07 ahead of fourth place Christopher Rotunno (59:17). Ten years ago at the Rockville 10K David Haaga ran 35:07 for fifth overall. After all these years he just cannot seem to slow down. He took on the hilly RRCA Challenge in 59:28 probably the best ten mile race of the year. Then he won it all at the B & A Trail Marathon in March with 2:45:33.

Fifth place Hernan Garbini matched Arcaz for the fastest 5K of the year winning at the Amnesty 5K in 17:23. The next three rushed home in a tight clump. Sixth place Doug Kuderna wins at the Metric Marathon in 1:41:24, followed by James Anderson’s second overall at the Cold Turkey 10K in 36:27. H.T. Page is next winning the Drumstick Dash 5K in 17:28.

Thirty-five men qualified for the division.

   Pl    Name                     Age Hometown             10K=
    1    Arcaz, Jean Christophe*14 52 Rockville, MD        34:48
    2    Neff, Mark*15             51 Derwood, MD          34:52
    3    Haaga, David*10           52 Rockville, MD        35:32
    4    Rotunno, Christopher*     50 Washington, DC       35:40
    5    Garbini, Hernan*14        51 Waynesboro, VA       36:16
    6    Kuderna, Doug*6           52 Odenton, MD          36:29
    7    Anderson, James*12        53 Annapolis, MD        36:27
    8    Page, H.T.*10             52 Wirtz, VA            36:26
    9    Adams, John*6             50 Norfolk, VA          36:41
   10    Daugherty, Brian*8        53 Edgewater, MD        36:39
   11    Jacobson, Paul**          50 Rockville, MD        37:04
   12    Berardi, Dave*7           53 Baltimore, MD        37:13
   13    D'Amanda, Kevin*7         51 Bethesda, MD         37:17
   14    Poulos, Ted*68            51 McLean, VA           37:14
   15    Vasquez, Juan             51 Hyattsville, MD      37:24
   16    Leiding, Jon*10           51 Virginia Beach, VA   37:47
   17    Hilicki, Ron**            50 Glen Allen, VA       37:54
   18    Stiegmann, Marty****      52 Montpelier, VA       37:54
   19    Morrison, Jack*10         54 Fredericksburg, VA   38:29
   20    Calos, Stefan**           51 Richmond, VA         38:44
   21    Mace, Matthew***          53 Arnold, MD           38:50
   22    Kammerer, Jack****        50 Washington, DC       38:52
   23    Hartwell, Samuel**        54 Alexandria, VA       39:02
   24    Carter, R.B.*6            54 Lynchburg, VA        39:02
   25    Drosky, Mark**            53 Alexandria, VA       39:17
   26    Cover, Karl****           53 Montpelier, VA       39:14
   27    Shields, David****        50 Vienna, VA           39:43
   28    Wills, Stephen*7          52 College Park, MD     39:40
   29    Samley, Chris***          51 Charlottesville, VA  39:47
   30    Ortiz, Vincent***         52 Chesapeake, VA       40:00
   31    Escarsega, John**         53 Bel Air, MD          39:55
   32    Schuler, Greg**           52 Laurel, MD           40:00
   33    Wu, Sam***                50 Virginia Beach, VA   40:43
   34    Clem, William             53 Bethesda, MD         40:49
   35    Fiscella, George****      51 Newport News, VA     41:06

55-59 Men

Check it Out 8K 27:27, 10K = 34:48

Stephen Chantry still has the blazing middle distance speed and had three swift 5Ks in the top five times. His Blue Talon Bistro Turkey Trot 5K in 17:13 led the way to a top winter. With one more race he might have won the spring ahead of Thomas Offenbacher who ran the St. Patrick's Day 8K in 29:27 to take fourth for the year.

The spring and third for the year goes to Dennis Coleman who bested fifth place Dan Lawson at the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K 37:23 to 37:55. Coleman and Offenbacher were in a virtual tie with Offenbacher had a small edge with the third fastest race of the two wining the Piece of Cake 10K in 37:41 but he was further back at Pike’s Peek in 38:53, behind Weems McFadden (38:33) as well. .

Seemingly ageless Maurice Pointer rested in the winter and came out renewed running the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile in 1:03:19 in the spring. That was just a notch ahead of sixth place Henry Gleisburg who ran the Yorktown Battlefield 10M in 1:03:20. He upped his game with the fourth fastest race, winning the GPS 5K in 17:37. Then he late July he walked away with the title at the Check it Out 8K in 27:27. Seventh place McFadden was a tad further back at Cherry Blossom in 1:03:49.

The division shrank nearly 40% to just 26 qualifiers.

   Pl    Name                     Age Hometown             10K=
    1    Pointer, Maurice*25       58 Baltimore, MD        34:48
    2    Chantry, Stephen****      58 Williamsburg, VA     35:55
    3    Coleman, Dennis*7         55 Gaithersburg, MD     37:23
    4    Offenbacher, Thomas*8     57 Gaithersburg, MD     37:21
    5    Lawson, Dan****           57 Gaithersburg, MD     37:55
    6    Gleisberg, Henry*11       57 Yorktown, VA         38:06
    7    McFadden, Weems***        56 Annapolis, MD        38:14
    8    Cutler, Andrew*8          56 Yorktown, VA         39:02
    9    Gessler, Bobby****        56 Ellicott City, MD    39:00
   10    Chall, John*20            56 Crownsville, MD      39:01
   11    Dudley, Robert*****       57 Hopewell, VA         40:05
   12    Mendelson, Dan**          56 Washington, DC       40:46
   13    Lovegrove, David****      57 Fredericksburg, VA   41:16
   14    Pinnick, David*****       56 Manassas, VA         41:30
   15    Koehler, Roger****        59 Lexington, VA        41:39
   16    Rosasco, Steve***         56 Baltimore, MD        41:39
   17    Jewell, Chuck*            56 Columbia, MD         41:44
   18    Dekornfeld, Tom*          59 Annapolis, MD        41:54
   19    Weaver, Ron*****          55 Virginia Beach, VA   41:59
   20    Serra, Paul*****          57 Lusby, MD            42:04
   21    Gitney, Pete****          57 Chesapeake City, MD  42:00
   22    Arnade, Tim*****          56 Arlington, VA        42:14
   23    Jones, Tom***             56 Ashburn, VA          42:28
   24    Bousel, Paul**            59 Alexandria, VA       42:30
   25    Riemenschneider, Neal*6   59 Winchester, VA       42:48
   26    Hamilton, William****     55 Fredericksburg, VA   42:44

60-64 Men

Great Allegany 15K 58:28, 10K = 37:53

Alan Pemberton could read the writing on the wall. Wins at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile are potent and he was there in 1:03:52. The next race would be at the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K. Runner-up Tom Ruckert came east to do battle and topped the list with 38:55 ahead of third place Bob Becker (39:09) and fourth place Mick Slonaker (39:16).

Becker had been neck in neck with Pemberton before with his St. Patrick’s Day 8K in 31:17. Ruckert had not run much with a mere five races and this year he missed the Great Allegany 15K. Pemberton did not and mastered the swift course three seconds faster than Ruckert had the year before. After that he dispatched Slonaker at Army by the requisite three seconds 1:05:13 to 1:05:16. Slonaker returned the favor bettering Pemberton’s Marine Corps victory in 3:03:33 at the Veterans Day 10K (39:16) by three seconds in 10K equivalence.

Former top dog Spider Rossiter ran the SOME Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger 5K in 19:14 to start the year and then remained pretty quiet. Sixth place Tim Morgan, not to be forgotten barreled down the pike in 40:41.

Fifty-two runners were ranked in this huge division.

   Pl    Name                     Age Hometown             10K=
    1    Pemberton, Alan*13        60 Silver Spring, MD    37:53
    2    Ruckert, Tom*****         60 Grantsville, MD      38:55
    3    Becker, Bob*10            61 White Hall, MD       39:09
    4    Slonaker, Mick*9          64 Columbia, MD         39:16
    5    Rossiter, Spider*7        62 Washington, DC       40:07
    6    Morgan, Timothy*13        63 Damascus, MD         40:41
    7    Burns, Bob*6              60 Columbia, MD         41:31
    8    Wentworth, Bruce*10       62 Finksburg, MD        41:33
    9    Adams, Richard*6          62 Herndon, VA          41:38
   10    Morgan, Richard*6         61 Silver Spring, MD    41:41
   11    Senior, Malcolm*6         62 New Market, MD       41:49
   12    Eddy, Dan*6               62 Alexandria, VA       41:49
   13    Abrahamson, Dale*****     63 Yorktown, VA         42:11
   14    Spicer, Frank*10          61 Clifton, VA          42:21
   15    Webster, David*6          60 Stevensville, MD     42:44
   16    Arey, Chris*7             63 Stafford, VA         43:02
   17    Coley, Larry*6            64 Chesapeake, VA       43:00
   18    Trueheart, Wilson*13      64 Baltimore, MD        43:09
   19    Platt, Rick*12            63 Williamsburg, VA     43:17
   20    Feinstein, Richard*****   61 Chevy Chase, MD      43:23
   21    Bousel, Paul*10           60 Alexandria, VA       43:27
   22    Whisler, Mark*6           63 Salem, VA            43:27
   23    Wind, Jay*25              63 Arlington, VA        43:42
   24    Daly, Ned*6               60 Richmond, VA         43:44
   25    Sakry, Steve*6            61 Stafford, VA         43:46
   26    Gary, Patrick*8           62 Manchester, MD       43:48
   27    Rogers, Ron*18            61 Riner, VA            43:50
   28    Wolfson, Marc*7           63 Olney, MD            44:00
   29    Vaughan, Allan*10         62 Stafford, VA         44:28
   30    Grufferman, Steven***     60 Ellicott City, MD    44:26
   31    Dempsey, Mark*****        60 Charlottesville, VA  44:34
   32    Senseney, Bill****        64 Charles Town, WV     44:37
   33    Allen, Walter****         64 Lynchburg, VA        44:45
   34    Day, Joseph****           63 Yorktown, VA         45:03
   35    Carrigan, George*****     64 Williamsburg, VA     45:01
   36    Archibald, Jim            64 Cockeysville, MD     45:03
   37    Lopez, Felix***           60 Lynchburg, VA        44:59
   38    Gill, Jack*****           64 Pulaski, VA          45:10
   39    Duffy, Jim**              61 Virginia Beach, VA   45:06
   40    Astrop, Rob*7             61 Richmond, VA         45:20
   41    Johnson, Robert**         60 Charlottesville, VA  45:24
   42    Brooks, Maxwell**         60 Glen Burnie, MD      45:45
   43    O'Keefe, Tim***           60 Middletown, MD       46:08
   44    Dicarlo, John*****        64 Virginia Beach, VA   46:19
   45    Taylor, Robert**          63 Alexandria, VA       46:35
   46    Hess, Jim****             64 Bristol, VA          46:41
   47    Verdirame, Joseph****     64 Suffolk, VA          47:10
   48    Weeks, Tom***             61 Virginia Beach, VA   47:09
   49    Micale, Carlo***          64 Hedgesville, WV      47:17
   50    Attavian, Bruce*          64 Hagerstown, MD       47:26
   51    Rantanen, Robert****      61 Virginia Beach, VA   47:49
   52    Moreland, James***        61 Gaithersburg, MD     48:27

65-69 Men

Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile 1:09:48, 10K = 42:00

Jim Noone has been a prolific racer for many years. He takes his final bow as the 65-69 champion for the year with a tremendous 29 wins. It is not luck that he owns the top 13 times in the division. As usual his big challenge race is for the top spot at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile in 1:09:48 that won him the division. He already had enough juice winning the Alexandria Turkey Trot 5M in 33:36 to start the year. He had the two fastest half marathons and the three top 10Ks, including the Apple Blossom 10K in 42:30.

Runner-up Ronnie Wong is an enigma. He still has the quickness racing the Kelly's Shamrock 5K in 21:27 but he truly prefers the marathon. Only four of his 16 marathons were run in the area as he is putting his final touches on a 50 state qualification. His best race was the Annapolis 10M win in 1:12:59. That was probably a better race than his second place at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile in 1:13:23 because of terrain and weather.

L.C. Moore waited until September to jet up to third place with his Danville River City 15K in 1:08:23. Fourth place Michael Kush did his damage along the Potomac River in Alexandria. First he ran the George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile in 1:14:30. Later he ended his year racing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge HM in 1:41:19. Not far behind Jim Christol found a little 5K race in Williamsburg and running a 21:32 was second overall. Fifth place Bob Chase went south to run the Surf 'n' Santa 10M in 1:14:54 and finished behind Kush at the Parkway in 1:14:57.

   Pl    Name                     Age Hometown             10K=
    1    Noone, Jim*29             69 Fairfax, VA          42:00
    2    Wong, Ronnie*24           67 Baltimore, MD        43:55
    3    Moore, L.C.*7             65 Keeling, VA          44:19
    4    Kush, Michael**           68 Ashburn, VA          44:50
    5    Christol, Jim*****        66 Yorktown, VA         44:55
    6    Chase, Bob*6              68 Falls Church, VA     45:04
    7    Dyer, Ben***              69 Hayes, VA            45:10
    8    Hensel, Donald*11         68 Gaithersburg, MD     45:40
    9    Lecates, Edward**         68 York, PA             46:44
   10    Kirkpatrick, John***      69 Annapolis, MD        46:44
   11    Ingram, Harold***         69 Henry, VA            46:41
   12    Bell, Jim*****            68 Charlottesville, VA  46:50
   13    Kelly, Bill***            66 Richmond, VA         46:50
   14    Raley, George*6           66 Rising Sun, MD       46:54
   15    Janowitz, Henry****       66 Midlothian, VA       47:23
   16    Gregory, Art*6            69 Ijamsville, MD       47:26
   17    Fleming, Mike*17          67 Columbia, MD         47:38
   18    Edington, Ronald*****     66 Fredericksburg, VA   48:01
   19    Chaconas, Greg**          68 Washington, DC       48:05
   20    Inanloo, Parviz***        68 Springfield, VA      48:07
   21    Sharer, William*12        66 Williamsburg, VA     48:20
   22    Assur, Eric**             66 Fairfax, VA          49:26
   23    Akard, Curtis****         65 Blountville, TN      51:15

70-74 Men

Elizabeth River Run 46:28

Former champion Lou Shapiro ran the Ringing in Hope 10K on the last day of 2012 in 48:42 for the best of his 36 age group wins. Ben Dyer did not turn seventy until May and then he immediately matched third place Bobby Spencer’s MANNAthon 5K of 23:00 with Run the Crater 5K. The following week Dyer moved smoothly into first place running the Elizabeth River Run 10K in 46:28. The next day sixth place Horace Ellis ran the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 10K in 48:44.

Dyer continued to pound away at the division taking 12 of the top fourteen spots. His City Point 5K River Run in October at 22:24 reclaimed the top 5K from runner-up Harold Ingram who had run the Labor of Love 5K in 22:29. Jim Bullock earned fourth place with a solid 23:02 at the McDaniel 5K in Westminster. In October he bolstered his spot running the Ottermill 5M in 38:06.

   Pl    Name                     Age Hometown             10K=
    1    Dyer, Ben*12              70 Hayes, VA            46:28
    2    Ingram, Harold*7          70 Henry, VA            46:54
    3    Spencer, Bobby*6          70 Daleville, VA        47:59
    4    Bullock, Jim*11           71 Eldersburg, MD       48:03
    5    Shapiro, Lou*36           72 Silver Spring, MD    48:42
    6    Ellis, Horace*7           71 Huddleston, VA       48:44
    7    O'Hagan, Malcolm****      73 Chevy Chase, MD      49:35
    8    Morris, Doug*12           74 Delaplane, VA        50:00
    9    Pitarra, Jack*****        72 Baltimore, MD        51:09
   10    Gates, Jimmy**            71 Farmville, VA        51:09
   11    Neumann, Stan*12          74 Timonium, MD         51:38

75-79 Men

Bluemont Fair 10K 49:35

One of the reasons there are so many qualifying times is that Robert Gurtler ran a record 110 qualifiers with 60 age group wins. For the top spot quantity was also a factor as well as quality. Chan Robbins started off brilliantly with his Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K in 49:50 but was slowed by health complications through the middle of the year. Still, he owned 11 of the top 14 times.

Doug Morris spent the early part of the year battling with Maynard Weyers for the third spot with his second best race the Green Circle Fall Fitness Fair 5K in 25:15. Weyers had his best race At the BRATS New Year's Resolution 5K in 25:14. Both were well behind John Clarke?s Tiger Trot 5K in 24:36. Then in September Morris ripped a 52:00 at the Bluemont Fair 10K for his best race of the division and the third place in the division.

Clarke also ran easily the fastest half marathon in Frederick with 1:54:10 to cement second place. Weyers left no doubt about fourth at the Fall Frenzie 5K in 25:19.

   Pl    Name                     Age Hometown             10K=
    1    Robbins, Chan*24          76 Arlington, VA        49:50
    2    Clarke, John*7            75 Woodsboro, MD        51:19
    3    Morris, Doug*7            75 Delaplane, VA        52:00
    4    Weyers, Maynard*18        77 Alexandria, VA       52:38
    5    Pitts, Warren*****        75 Baltimore, MD        55:42
    6    Rider, Alan**             77 Reston, VA           56:04
    7    Essery,  John*****        76 Williamsburg, VA     56:13
    8    Quincy, Ken*8             76 Vienna, VA           56:44
    9    Catoe, Chris*****         78 Virginia Beach, VA   56:55
   10    Gluck, John***            76 Alexandria, VA       58:16
   11    Leonard, Michael*****     75 Silver Spring, MD   1:01:44
   12    Gurtler, Robert*60        78 The Plains, VA      1:02:22
   13    McCarthy, Terry**         78 Leesburg, VA        1:03:06
   14    Kelly, Mike**             79 Newport News, VA    1:05:11
   15    Humphrey, Thomas*9        78 Midlothian, VA      1:07:39
   16    Rosenthal, Gilbert**      79 Arnold, MD          1:08:11
   17    Morgan, Dan****           75 Chevy Chase, MD     1:09:23
   18    Masser, Lee*6             77 Edgewater, MD       1:09:07
   19    Conn, Harry*              76 Richmond, VA        1:13:28
   20    Hufford, Jim***           79 Reston, VA          1:16:54
   21    Burkhart, Roger**         75 Gaithersburg, MD    1:17:03
   22    Smith, Robert**           79 Comus, MD           1:22:57

80 & Older Men

GPS 5K 26:26, 10K = 55:08

Nine runners in the division this year represent 747 years. Still running like a young man, George Yannakakis powered his way back to another crown. This year his competition from Jack McMahon faded a bit. McMahon, 83, had a very good Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K in 56:44 to top Yannakakis (58:14). That was to return the favor when Yannakakis had bested him at the St. Patrick's Day 8K 46:30 to 47:34.

McMahon 10K race was the third fastest race while Yannakakis’s was only his 15th best. He had 22 of the top 23 times in the division. Third place Larry Dickerson ran 28:56 at the Virginia Run Turkey Trot 5K.

   Pl    Name                     Age Hometown             10K=
    1    Yannakakis, George*17     81 Sparks, MD           55:08
    2    McMahon, Jack*15          82 Silver Spring, MD    56:44
    3    Dickerson, Larry****      82 Burke, VA           1:00:21
    4    Simroth, Don****          80 Charlottesville, VA 1:05:30
    5    Kenney, Tom               80 Glen Echo, MD       1:10:05
    6    Taylor, Don***            82 Hedgesville, WV     1:16:17
    7    Portner, Ferris           84 King George, VA     1:23:10
    8    Atkins, Bob**             88 Winchester, VA      1:32:54
    9    Hemphill, Dixon***        88 Fairfax Station, VA 1:36:50
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