Twenty Years Ago
Pagoda Classic 20K, Reading, PA
Greg Fredericks, State College, PA, breaks Jeff Bradley's record of 1:04:36 by running a sizzling 1:03.56. Fredericks finishes over four minutes ahead of runner-up Joe McCool (1:08:26). Jeff Brandt takes third in 1:08:56.
Vicky Kraft, Elkins Park, PA, is top woman in 1:23:00. York, PA's Loretta Claiborne is second in 1:27:59. Sue Baskill of Dover, PA, rounds out the top three with a 1:30:04.
Among the articles featured this month is one titled "Will We Be Running in 1989?"
Ten Years Ago
Slavic Five-Mile Run, Mahanoy City, PA
Gordon Sanders, Dayton, OH, establishes a new record with 23:58, eclipsing Randy Haas's mark of 24:56 set in 1987. Kevin Ruch (24:05) and John Doub (24:13) are second and third.
RG Writer-at-Large Herb Townsend takes top honors in the 50-59 category with a 28:54.
First woman Shelly Steely also sets a new record with a 27:53. Cindy James finishes second in 28:22 and Patty Weldon takes third (28:40)..
Five Years Ago
RG celebrates its 200th issue by featuring letters and essays commemorating this milestone.
Some memorable quotes:
May you continue getting out of the blocks, maintaining the pace, and kicking on home for many years to come.--Eliott Denman
RG is more than just a paper full of winning times and race dates. It contains other stories too, about the people who may not run as fast as an Olympic medalist, but are the heart and soul of the running community.--Brian Schafer
And to you, our readers--it is because of you that RG continues to thrive.--Freddi Carlip
Spirit of Gettysburg 5K, Gettysburg, PA
Olympian Steve Spence of Shippensburg, PA, wins the battle of Gettysburg and finishes with a new record time of 14:22. Steve Taylor grabs second with a 14:41, 3 seconds ahead of third place finisher Moncif Majid (14:44).
Maria Pazarentzos, Hagerstown, MD, wins for the women with a 17:18. Connie Buckwalter (17:30) and Shelley Burns (17:53) are second and third.
RG Senior Writer/Editor Bernie Greene finishes in 18:54, the 100th runner and third in the 50-54 age group.
Also noted in the age-group results of the Drachen Fire 5K,
held in Williamsburg, VA, on May 21: