Wednesday, July 5, 2017

May/June 2017

May began with the 2nd annual Spring Hops 5K, hosted by the Howard County Striders. The cross country race follows a similar course as the Striders' Run Through the Grapevine 8K, but the race is beer themed rather than wine themed. Runners were rewarded with a complimentary beer from Red Shedman Brewery, which was located at the start/finish line. On the men's side, Racing Team members Eric Schuler, Mark Eagles, and Jason Tripp swept the top three spots. Yasuo Oda, Rachel Collins, and Tammy Liu Hermstein all took home age group awards. Racing team members who were looking for a longer race on the same day made a slightly longer trip out to Frederick for the annual half marathon. Craig Lebro took 2nd overall in 1:17:02 while Julia Roman-Duval was the third female finisher in 1:19:48.

Spring Hops 5K Results:
Women's Results
8Rachel Collins26:413rd 35-39
9Tammy Liu Hermstein26:501st 50-54
Men's Results
1Eric Schuler20:21
2Mark Eagles21:04
3Jason Tripp21:481st Master
18Yasuo Oda25:061st 55-59

Frederick Half Marathon Results:
Women's Results
3Julia Roman-Duval1:19:481st 30-34
16Noel McCracken1:33:09
Men's Results
2Craig Lebro1:17:02
6Kevin Ford1:18:06
17Ed Wilson1:23:361st Master

Racing team members started strong in June with the Baltimore Ten Miler and the Bel Air Town Run 5K, both fast and competitive races in Maryland. In Baltimore, Eric Schuler took third overall, while Jason Tripp, Ed Wilson, and Tunde Morakinyo each earned an age group award. Amanda Beal took 2nd place overall in Bel Air (running a new PR) while Rachel Collins, Mark Loeffler, and John Chall won age group prizes.

Baltimore Ten Miler Results:
3Eric Schuler55:17
16Jason Tripp1:00:391st 40-44
26Ed Wilson1:04:181st 50-54
27Tunde Morakinyo1:04:272nd 50-54

Bel Air Town Run 5K Results:
Women's Results
2Amanda Beal18:59 (PR)
6Rachel Collins21:243rd 35-39
Men's Results
12Mark Eagles17:20
15Mark Loeffler17:381st 35-39
52John Chall20:051st 50-59

Morakinyo, Tripp, Schuler, and Wilson at the Baltimore Ten Miler

The Howard County Striders hosted a Women's Distance Festival 5K on June 24th. Julia Roman-Duval took first place in 17:03, Noel McCracken was 2nd in 19:39, and Rachel Collins took 4th overall in 20:57.

Other notable race results:
  • Mark Loeffler won both the NASA Goddard 10K and 2M (one week apart), running 37:18 and 11:04 respectively
  • Beth Hannon won the Maryland Half Marathon for the third year in a row, running a PR 1:27:32
  • Mark Landree, competing in the MD RRCA Grand Prix series, took 9th place at the Germantown 5M, running 29:03 (PR)
  • Tammy Liu Hermstein ran both the Hills of Milltown 5K and the AFCEA 5K, running 24:21 and 22:24, respectively
  • In the marathon: Kevin Ford ran 2:52:12 at the Vermont City Marathon while Adam Wytko ran 2:59:36 at the Youngstown Marathon (4th overall and 1st in his age group)
  • Amanda Beal won the Dawson's Fathers Day 10K with a PR 40:11

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