THE 3:15 GOAL PACER
GROUP, BRIAN CAMPBELL (112),
HARRISBURG, 3:14:27, PHILIP KOSWITCH (446), PLYMOUTH
MEETING, 3:23:27, JONATHAN BOLHA (75), YOUNGSTOWN, OH,
3:14:27, AND JAMES SHEESLEY (721), ROCKVILLE, MD, 3:22:18.
ANDY WAHILA PHOTO
English, Karwacki Win 41st Harrisburg
BY HAP MILLER
HARRISBURG, PA-- Sunday, November 10th, the 2013 edition of
the Harrisburg Marathon saw 857 runners cross the finish line
on the City Island. The number to complete this years race
was down from last Novembers record setting count of 1,583.
New York Citys own marathon, which was cancelled last year
because of damage by Hurricane Sandy, was up and running this
year. Most New Yorkers and a number of runners from New Jersey,
stayed closer to home in running at the Big Apple
this year. In 2012 a whopping 548 from New York finished at Harrisburg
(35% of field) along with 137 (9%) from the Garden State.
This year the New York and New Jersey counts were back to the
pre-Sandy years of around 3 5 %.
The 41st Harrisburg Marathon got started with Mother Natures
cooperation for most of the day. The day started with partly
cloudy conditions, very little wind, temps in the low forties,
and creeping into the fifties later in the day. The breeze did
pick up significantly during mid-race, just when most runners
were making the turn for home at the Harrisburg Area Community
College (HACC), causing strong cross winds, and even a bit of
a tail wind at times along the river on the way back to City
Benjamin English, 29, Jackson Center, crossed the finish line
in 2:44:16 to win the overall title. English had one other Harrisburg
Marathon to his credit, a 2:59:01 effort in 2011, when he finished
seventh overall and first in the 25 29 age group. English,
not an avid runner during his high school and college days, fell
in love with the sport after being hired in 2008 as the Grove
City Area School District cross-country coach. Finishing in second
place, less than three minutes behind the leader, was Jeremy
Boehm, 29, Lemoyne, who had a time of 2:46:50. Coming in third
was local transplant Zachary Koch, 28, Huntsville, AL, in a time
of 2:48:18. Zachs father, local running legend Kevin Koch,
Newport, accompanied his son throughout the marathon riding a
bike. Kevin, still an avid runner, compiled nine top ten finishes
while completing eleven marathons (1983 2007) at Harrisburg,
six of them under the 2:40 mark.
In the womens race Kristen Karwacki, 34, Macungie, was
first and 32nd overall with a time of 3:09:16. It was Karwackis
first Harrisburg Marathon. Her last marathon was at Philadelphia
in 2010, where she ran a 3:07:36. A runners bane the next
few days after a marathon is negotiating steps of any kind, but
not for Kristen. Her husband Jeff stated that Kristen had
no problem at all and she could jog down the steps the next day!
Jennifer Shurtz, 30, Oxford, came in second in 3:12:24 and Jenny
Goransson, 30, Arlington, VA, was third in 3:14:24.