Annapolis Striders First Anniversary Run
Leaders Go Off Course; Eden Prevails
Race Report by Mike Van Beuren
Over 200 people entered and 192 finished this 15 kilometer race celebrating the Striders’ first year of existence. Runners were greeted by warm temperatures and light breezes as they negotiated the many turns on this out-and-back through the Naval Academy grounds.
Although club show-offs, such as myself, thought they had a chance to walk way with the “holiday cheer” awarded as prizes, those fantasies were quickly dispelled by post entrants Scott Eden, Dan Rincon, & Mark Johnson.
Eden, Rincon, and Johnson disappeared quickly as soon as the starters pistol sounded leaving the rest of us to our “personal” victories. Rincon, the two-time Annapolis 10-miler victor, led Eden, former Marine Corps Marathon champion, at 5 and half miles. But as they crossed a bridge they were misdirected by a well-meaning spectator. It was a few moments before the pace bicycle realized their absence and chased them down. And since Eden was not as far off-course as Rincon, he gained an edge that turned out to be the winning margin.
In the Women’s divisions Sue Crowe overpowered Marge Rosasco. Both took age group awards.
The might duo of John and Priscilla Butterfield salvaged our club’s pride by sweeping the Masters division and Jim Delp took the Men’s 30-39 age group as a new Strider.