Friday, July 4, 2008
Runners turn out in record numbers for OHD road races
Two hundred sixteen runners – the largest field ever assembled for the 33rd Annual Carlisle
Road Races – were greeted on Old Home Day morning with cool, moisture-laden air, which so pervaded this year’s race that even the results paper printout was limp. A record 144 ran in the one-mile race (63 female, 78 in the 11-and-under age group), and a record 72 in the five-mile race (24 female), with seven in the 11-and-under age group.
In the five-mile race, Adam Fitzgerald’s time of 26:54 was the closest anyone has ever come to nine-time winner Tim Harte’s course record of 25:58, set in 1991, tying Harte’s winning time from 1998. Fitzgerald took a commanding lead, which he never relinquished from the start. Six-time winner John Dalton bested his last year’s winning time by nine seconds, finishing in 30:35. Philip Lavely, second-place finisher in 2007, followed in 31:27 to take third place.
In the women’s division, Blair Robinson’s time of 35:29 was 30 seconds ahead of second-place finisher and eight-time winner/course record-holder Kim Ratcliffe. Theresa Fritz-Endres was third in a time of 36:31.
In the one-mile race, Tim Lamere’s time of 5:22 gave him a four-second victory over Christopher Bojanic, who was second in 2007, third in 2004 and 2006. Lavely, second in last year’s five- mile race, took third place in 5:47.
In the women’s division, Lindsay Cook (6:54.00) and Juliet Dalton (6:54.35) crossed the line in an intentional tie, but Lindsay was awarded first place, due to race policy which doesn’t allow for ties place-wise.(The same policy applies to the Boston Marathon.) The Sorrows twins, Elisabeth and Katherine, were separated from Lindsay and Juliet in the same manner, Elisabeth taking third place, 6:54.90 to 6:55. This constitutes the closest-ever finish in the history of the Carlisle Races.
The youngest finishers were Tim West (age 9) in the five-mile race and Maggie Smith (age 3) in the one-mile. The oldest finishers were Murray Edelberg in the five-mile and Ronald Kmiec in the one-mile.
Family participation was again quite significant in both races. There were 26 families with at least three members running this year, accounting for 96 of the total 216 (44%). The Jimenez
family had six; the Jolly, Nuzum-Clark, and Perkins families had five; the Amodei, Bojanic, Brown/Cowan, Burliss, Fritz-Endres, Harring, Mariano, Smith, and Westwater families had four; the Bishop, Fink, Forelli, Forsberg, Ih, Kirlin, Meyer/Engdahl, Poirier, Ratcliffe, Sampson, Skelly, West, and Ziegler families had three members running.
The continuing, generous support of Ferns Country Market and the Coca Cola Company was responsible for the Vitamin Water drinks for all runners and the helpers to distribute them, plus the water for the five-mile race water stop.
Special thanks to Chief Sullivan and Lieutenant Crowe, the traffic control overseer, and all the Carlisle Police officers for their magnificent job this year, making both races safe for the runners. Chief Sullivan, who also ran his first Carlisle race Saturday, was joined by Officer Scott Barnes, representing the Carlisle Police.
Volunteers make it all possible
Since the race wouldn’t be possible without the following individuals, many of whom have volunteered their time and expertise year after year, sincerest thanks go to: Jack Bondurant, Newel Cantrill, Phil Conti, Kay Edelberg, Sarah Goldsmith, Anne Halvorsen, Ken and Marilyn Harte, Ellen Huber, Julia Lavely, Lynn and Stan Lucks, race line coordinator Sabrina Perry, Amanda and Sarah Siedlar, Martha Svatek, Steve Tobin and Melissa Weiksnar. Carl Popolo, ably assisted by Mike Travisano, was responsible for a major computer upgrade that enabled the handling of the significant amounts of data that accounted for the superb results this year.
Please check the complete race results on the OHD web site (www.carlisleOHD.org). Anyone who is due a medal/ribbon or was not at the awards ceremony to accept it may call Leslie or Ronald Kmiec at 1-978-369-6130, or e-mail email@example.com. ∆
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