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Congratulations to all B&A Marathon and Half-Marathon finishers!
Shown Above: Left, Male Open Marathon winner Matt Bender; Right, Female Open Marathon winner Gabrielle McKenzie. Below: Female Open Half Marathon Winner Mary Reiser and Male Open Half Marathon Winner Daniel Kostecka. Photos by Denise Hyde.
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.
The 2017 Rosaryville Veteran’s Day 50K Race Report
The character of this year’s Rosaryville Veteran’s Day 50K was shaped by the weather, which was in the 20’s for much of the race; the presence of two long-time exemplars of ultra running at its best, Tom Green and Zeke Zucker; and a dramatic finish.
To help protect ourselves against the cold, we wrapped the entire pavillion in heavy plastic and rented propane heaters. We also rented a 20’ x 20’ tent to house the registration team. This was by far the coldest Rosaryville race so far, but because there was very little wind or cloud cover–and because we had shelter–the cold was quite bearable.
The cold took its toll on the number of starters. Of the 150 runners who signed up, 111 showed up and 87 finished. CONGRATULATIONS to all runners! Particular kudos go out to the three runners who made one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the race. Heather Newton, Gaurav Chhabra, and Imran Lodi all finished in the last 26 seconds of the race, just before the finish line closed down.
The overall champion, 19-year old Midn Michael Wegner, crossed the finish line in 3:48:28. The male masters winner was Aaron Ellison in 4:08:23, a superb masters time that placed him third overall. The female champion was Erin James, who finished with a strong 4:25:01 effort (third best female finisher all-time). The female masters champion was Elissa Schoening in 5:17:21.
Adding to the race this year were two ultra veterans, Tom Green and Zeke Zucker. Both have run most everything there is to run in the world of ultra running. Tom, who is better known in this area, had a small group around him after the race (including me—and I was supposed to be directing the race), just to chat about races. Zeke, who hails from tiny Jeffersonville Vermont, is still running well, finishing in 6:03:44, which put him in the top half of the field—at age 73!
It is worth noting that Zeke drove out to the park on Friday from his lodging in D.C., just to make sure that on race day he wouldn’t have any distracting anxiety about finding his way to the start, so that he could concentrate on his race. This degree of preparation for a low-key 50K from a man who has multiple finishes at Western States and the Vermont 100, I found inspiring. Having these examples of what is possible in the world of ultra running challenges the rest of us to achieve our own potential, whatever that might be.
The volunteers as always were terrific. Both aid stations provided an abundance of proactive support. The registration team was vigilant and efficient. The finish line and scoring crew personally welcomed every finisher. The medical team provided coverage throughout the day, and frequently had patients to work on. But the only volunteer I mentioned by name last year, is the only one that I will mention again this year: Bill Haskell, a Marine Corps veteran himself, and long-time friend of the race. He passed away on September 17 and is greatly missed.