8th Annual Linden Loop 5 Miler
Linden Hall, PA
May 3, 2015
Accuweather predicted “delightful” weather for the 2015 Linden Loop, and the sun was beaming between large, billowy clouds. One hundred fourteen participants turned up, including 32 runners, 20 walkers, 16 riders for the 5-mile loop and 46 riders for the 28-mile supported ride. Temps were pushing over 70, but cloud cover during the second half of the run and a light cross wind helped cool things a bit.
The scenic run takes in pastoral countryside, including rolling farm fields and the picturesque, meandering Cedar Run that cuts through the valley between Brush Valley Road and Linden Hall Road.
Proceeds from the Linden Loop event support the continued work developing and maintaining the historic Rock Hill School at Linden Hall as an active community center and bicycle rest stop.
A volunteer stationed at the school rang the school bell each time a participant turned the corner from Brush Valley Road onto Rock Hill Road.
Women outnumbered men in taking on the challenging 5-mile run.
Costas Maranas and Patrick Singletary took the lead in the men’s race.
“It was a good race,” said Maranas. “I stayed behind Pat the whole race. I tried to close the gap in the last mile, but I was too tired.”
Singletary won by just 4 seconds.
Jackie Feffer, of Boalsburg, won the women’s race. She had planned on an 8 minute pace.
“I felt really energized in the beginning of the race.” Feffer recalled. “Because I mostly do 5Ks, I'm used to shorter, faster runs, so I think that's why my starting pace was so fast. The first two miles were my best, but in the third I started slowing down a bit. It was the hardest mile for me. In the fourth, I glimpsed behind me and saw others in the distance, which helped me pick it back up. In the fifth mile I really just gave everything I had left and kicked it in.
A freshman at State College Area High School, Feffer ran cross country last fall and indoor track in the winter. “However, I am currently taking a break from track due to AP tests that I need to study for. Although I don't do as rigorous workouts, I still run every morning and do races some weekends.”
Christine Dorman, of Pine Grove Mills, ran her longest distance ever.
Current initiatives at the Rock Hill School at Linden Hall include extensive landscaping, a permanent sign, and paving the driveway.
Runners at the start
Start of the bike ride
Just 4 seconds separated winner Pat Singletary (left) from Costas Maranas
Jackie Feffer, the top female finisher, won by a more comfortable 21 seconds
Overall Order of Finish
Place Name Age Sex Town Time
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1 Patrick Singletar 49 M State College 30:30
2 Costas Maranas 47 M State College 30:34
3 Michael Janik 39 M State College 36:06
4 Jim Sellmer 54 M State College 37:20
5 Manish Kumar 38 M State College 37:39
6 Mike Casper 56 M State College 40:08
7 Jackie Feffer 15 F Boalsburg 41:02
8 Bill Hessert 52 M Port Matilda 41:09
9 Christine Dorman 46 F Pine Grove Mill 41:23
10 Luke Levis 39 M State College 41:24
11 Sera Mazza 14 F Centre Hall 41:36
12 Mariya Kadiev 40 F State College 42:21
13 Sue Mazza 49 F Centre Hall 44:22
14 Gregory Garner 31 M State College 44:55
15 Mark Brady 49 M Bellefonte 45:34
16 Bridget O'Meara 26 F State College 45:40
17 Dawn Jimeson 36 F State College 45:56
18 Jenna Spinelle 28 F State College 48:28
19 Sammy Keiler 16 M Boalsburg 48:58
20 Michel Haigh 38 F State College 49:47
21 Jamie Stocker 33 F State College 51:46
22 Mark Tabaka 42 M State College 52:26
23 Samantha Pape 32 F Pawtucket, RI 53:58
24 John Coupland 46 M State College 54:20
25 Evelyn Tyan 21 F State College 56:53
26 Andra Reed 27 F State College 57:29
27 Sue Thorne 60 F State College 56:14
28 Alison Bell 51 F State College 1:01:19
29 Marlene Stetson 56 F Boalsburg 1:01:20
30 Naomie LaBrecque 37 F State College 1:02:56
31 Mitchell Schmidt 56 M State College 1:02:57
32 Laurie Voinchet 52 F State College 1:14:00
Males = 14
Females = 18