Knights of Columbus 5k - Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000

by Marty Mazur


The first year of the revived Knights of Columbus 5K race was a hit, despite the weather, Fall Break, and the machinations of a deranged squirrel. About 75 runners showed up on a partly cloudy and blustery Sunday afternoon. We're just not used to winter starting so early, at least lately. But I remember the previous Knights Race incarnation...I ran eight of them, and the weather ranged from 77 and sunny to 36 and drizzle. The turnout on Sunday nearly doubled the pre-registration count, and might have been a bit higher if the weather was more pleasant and if Penn State hadn't instituted this new thing called Fall Break.

The only snafu of the day was the result of the machinations of a deranged, and now deceased, squirrel. The rat-with-a-pretty-tail (as race co-director Vicky Mazur calls them) had made contact with something in the electrical box feeding the Knights Hall, knocking out the power. Early arrivals had to contend the smell of squirrel bacon and with groping to find the bathrooms, but Allegheny Power was summoned and power returned by 1:15.

Besides racing around like a chicken with his head cut off, co-director Marty Mazur spent most of the pre-race hour trying to recruit teams. We ended up with five, and we generated some interest for the upcoming team Lactic Acid race. We had just enough volunteers to cover the many bases (there are a lot of intersections to direct runners through on the Knights course). The race started just a couple of minutes late as the marshals raced to their positions on the course. Greg Fredericks, who is not new to arriving at races at the last second (and winning!), arrived just in time to help Carol Gentry at the finish line.

And we needed sharp eyes to judge some of the finishes! Julien Bernard nipped Rod Stahl by an eyelash to take first place overall. Both finished in 16:40. Note to Julien: watch your back...Rod did the race as the fast middle part of his long training run! Third went to Boyd Brumbaugh in 17:30. There were plenty of other close finishes, as a quick scan of the race results below will confirm. On the women's side, Therese Brown continues the State College tradition of mothers who blaze through race courses. The tradition starts with Sue Crowe, who owned the Art's Fest (and the Knights Race) for many years, and still won races after 6 kids. Therese has a way to go (only two little ones), but as long as she's in town, she will be the bane of other ladies on the course. She took first in 18:41. Second went to Andrea Young in 21:59, and third went to Kathy Heller in 22:15. The Men's Team Award went to...who else? The Old Fartleks, who were helped by the fact that Marty Mazur was not running. Their lead runner, Tom Cali took first in the 45-49 age group and 5th overall in 17:57. Brand new Fartlek Bill Bahnfleth took first in the 40-44 age group and 9th overall in 18:38. Other Old Fartleks were Gerry Glyde (1st in the 60-64 group), Bill Whittaker (3rd in the 50-54 group) and Steve Gentry (Good Sport Award). The Tri-Club only registered one team runner, and this will probably be the only way the Old Fartleks can beat them. The Women's Team prize went to the Latta Ladies, a team of Mom (Debra), who finished 3rd in the 40-44 group, and two daughters, Erinn, who finished first among 14-and-under girls, and her older sister, Aimee, who did not finish. The Cornstalks took the mixed team award, and the Stevens Family took second.

The awards ceremony was a lot of fun. Due to the generosity of our sponsors, we had some fine winner's prizes and door prizes. Marty remembered to thank the sponsors, and to mention the beneficiaries: The Tom Kleban Fund for a local athlete who was injured in a diving accident, and the Schlow Memorial Library Children's Dept. Tom Kleban circulated among the crowd with his congenial smile. Marty was much more nervous and forgot to thank the volunteers (see below). The race was a lot of fun and we're looking forward to it growing bigger next year.

Marty and Vicky Mazur would like to thank our sponsors again: Jim Hendrick and The Knights of Columbus, for use of the hall and a generous cash gift (Jim also got Allegheny Power to take care of the squirrel problem); Tom Cali and Re/Max, for a generous cash gift; Rapid Transit Sports for generous gift certificates and bags to hold all the shirts and goodies; Nittany Bank for some give-aways and some really nice prizes; Danone International for plenty of pure spring water; Barnes and Noble for a gift certificate; Boal Mansion and Columbus Chapel for a certificate for a group tour; Saints Coffee for a very nice bag of coffee related prizes; Weis Market for gift certificates,

We'd also like to thank our volunteers by name: Dave Eggler, Carol Gentry, Greg Fredericks, Mike Casper, Dan Eck and his boys Brandon, Cory, and Christian, Mike Casper, Nancy Cook, Marti Supina, Shawn Rogacs, Matt Beaugard, and Andy and Christina Mazur.

Knights of Columbus 5K Results

                     October 8, 2000
 
     #       Name                      Age   Sex   Time   Team
    ---      -----------------------   ---   ----  -----  ----
    1.       Julien Bernard             26    M    16:40
    2.       Rod Stahl                  32    M    16:40
    3.       Boyd Brumbaugh             37    M    17:30
    4.       Mark Pedkin                30    M    17:49
    5.       Tom Cali                   45    M    17:57  Old Fartleks
    6.       Shane Kershner             16    M    18:17
    7.       Ron Johnston               46    M    18:25
    8.       Mac Martin                 45    M    18:30  Tri Club
    9.       William Bahnfleth          43    M    18:38  Old Fartleks
   10.       Therese Brown              32    F    18:41
   11.       Mark Feldman               32    M    18:42  Cornstalks
   12.       John Sherer                19    M    18:50
   13.       David Becker               44    M    19:12
   14.       David Littlefield          30    M    19:47
   15.       Al Raymond                 51    M    20:17
   16.       Earl Lake                  45+   M    20:20
   17.       John Youngmark             43    M    20:26
   18.       Keith Rupert               40    M    20:27
   19.       Marv Hall                  45    M    20:28
   20.       Kevin Cornish              20    M    20:58
   21.       Patrick Haldeman           29    M    21:30
   22.       Gerry Glyde                60    M    21:38  Old Fartleks
   23.       Don Waltman                60    M    21:42
   24.       Robert Hale                53    M    21:45
   25.       Greg Luna                  35    M    21:46
   26.       Robert Cooper Jr.          41    M    21:48
   27.       Roger Ware                 58    M    21:58
   28.       Howard Fescemyer           43    M    21:58
   29.       Andrea Young               16    F    21:59  Cornstalks
   30.       Bill Whittaker             53    M    22:07  Old Fartleks
   31.       William Devlin             64    M    22:12
   32.       Kathy Heller               44    F    22:15
   33.       Bob Sutherland             40    M    22:25  Cornstalks
   34.       Michelle Schaff            43    F    22:26
   35.       Steve Schaaf               43    M    22:29
   36.       Tina Yande                 36    F    22:51
   37.       Ari Geselowitz             39    M    23:38
   38.       Laura Bennett              15    F    23:45
   39.       Ray Bennett                39    M    23:46
   40.       Diana Damer                35    F    23:46
   41.       Randy Mattern              43    M    23:47
   42.       Kelly Schimmel             23    F    23:55
   43.       Paul Figart                51    M    24:30
   44.       Neil Herlocher             36    M    24:42
   45.       Steve Gentry               52    M    24:58  Old Fartleks
   46.       David Schulte              48    M    25:22
   47.       Denise Boyer               29    F    25:25
   48.       Krista Gardner             29    F    25:27
   49.       Rachel Cornish             16    F    25:32
   50.       Dan O'Brien                51    M    25:40
   51.       Stephen Boyer              29    M    25:56
   52.       Carolyn Fry                34    F    26:06
   53.       Mitchell Schmidt           41    M    26:12
   54.       Joe Senft                  64    M    26:14
   55.       Susan Haythonthwaite       41    F    26:22
   56.       Staci Dodson               31    F    26:26
   57.       Erinn Latta                13    F    26:38  Latta Ladies
   58.       Yih-Hsien Chu              34    M    26:49
   59.       Carolyn Kunz               35    F    27:07
   60.       Meghan Meister             45    F    28:48
   61.       Howard Moore               68    M    29:12
   62.       Kathleen Henry             31    F    29:19
   63.       Michelle Mason             47    F    29:28
   64.       Anson Burwell              49    M    29:35
   65.       Chris Stevens              11    M    29:36  Stevens
   66.       Robert Stevens             48    M    29:42  Stevens
   67.       Jean Ware                  55    F    29:43
   68.       Linda Eck                  45    F    30:07
   69.       Debra Latta                43    F    30:51  Latta Ladies
   70.       Meredith Kirby             28    F    35:57
   71.       Stephen Kirby              30    M    35:58
   72.       Dave Stevens                9    M    45:43  Stevens
   73.       Pat Stevens                50    M    46:20  Stevens
 
                      Overall and Age Group Winners
                      -----------------------------
 
                  Male                             Female
                  ----                             ------
 
  Overall
  -------
        1.        Julien Bernard                   Therese Brown
        2.        Rod Stahl                        Andrea Young
        3.        Boyd Brumbaugh                   Kathy Heller
 
  14 and under
  ------------
        1.        Chris Stevens                    Erinn Latta
        2.        Dave Stevens                         ----
 
  15-19
  -----
        1.        Shane Kershner                   Laura Bennett
        2.        John Sherer                      Rachel Cornish
 
  20-24
  -----
        1.        Kevin Cornish                    Kelly Schimmel
 
  25-29
  -----
        1.        Patrick Haldeman                 Denise Boyer
        2.        Stephen Boyer                    Krista Gardner
        3.            ----                         Meredith Kirby
 
  30-34
  -----
        1.        Mark Pedkin                      Michelle Schaaf
        2.        Mark Feldman                     Carolyn Fry
        3.        Dave Littlefield                 Staci Dodson
 
  35-39
  -----
        1.        Greg Luna                        Tina Yande
        2.        Ari Geselowitz                   Diana Damer
        3.        Ray Bennett                      Carolyn Kunz
 
  40-44
  -----
        1.        Bill Bahnfleth                   Susan Haythornthwaite
        2.        Dave Becker                      Linda Eck
        3.        John Youngmark                   Debra Latta
 
  45-49
  -----
        1.        Tom Cali                         Meghan Meister
        2.        Ron Johnson                      Michelle Mason
        3.        Mac Martin                           ----
 
  50-54
  -----
        1.        Al Raymond                       Pat Stevens
        2.        Robert Hale                          ----
        3.        Bill Whittaker                       ----
 
  55-59
  -----
        1.        Roger Ware                       Jean Ware
 
  60-64
  -----
        1.        Geryy Glyde                          ----
        2.        Don Waltman                          ----
        3.        William Devlin                       ----
 
  65 and over
  -----------
        1.        Howard Moore                         ----
 
  Men's Team
  ---------
        1.        Old Fartleks
        2.        Tri-Club
 
  Women's Team
  ------------
        1.        Latta Ladies
 
  Mixed Team
  ----------
        1.        Cornstalks
        2.        Stevens


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