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.
Results and race report taken from Vol. 2 Issue 1 of the Streak. If you see a transcription error, please inform the webmaster.
This year will mark the 39th Annual Cherry Pit 10-Mile Run. The date of the race had to move from the first week in April to the second week in May because of scheduling conflicts at the high school. We think this new date will work out well. Now it is not so close to the B&A Marathon. Also, the weather should be warm but not hot; and after the race you will still have plenty of time to go out to your Mother’s Day brunch.
Other than the date change, all other aspects of the race are just the same: the same course, the same start time (8:00 a.m.), and the same opportunity to test yourself on a beautiful, hilly course in the countryside south of Annapolis. But note the cut-off. On-course support will close after two and a half hours, so runners need to be capable of running 15-minute miles.
It is with a heavy heart that we tell you that our race is closed for individual registrants who are only running our 5K.
Annapolis Striders members have until February 8th to register for the 2018 Champ Series of which the Valentine’s Day 5K is the first race.
Join us for the 36th Annapolis Striders Valentine’s 5K. This race is the first race in the 2018 Annapolis Striders Championship Series.
Location: Kinder Farm Park (near the Jaycee’s house); turn left onto Gali Sanchez way as soon as you enter the park.
Start time: 10:00 am, registration opens at 7:45.
This is an all outdoor event with a warm and toasty bonfire and kick butt volunteers. This race is capped at 500 runners. Timing chips will be used for scoring.
The results from the Downs Park 5 Miler are posted. Also check out the updated Championship Series Standings.
Our final Championship Series Race will be the Anniversary Run 15K at Quiet Waters Park on December 10th.
Pictured above are Male Winner Charlie Schindler and Female Winner Mollie Fenn.