Summer in the City for over 1100
BY MARGARET LIVSEY, BEV BULL, AND BILL BULL
BERWICK, PA- -A record field of both entrants (1195) and finishers (1123) turned out for the 98th Annual Berwick Run For The Diamonds 9 miler. Record-high temperatures, reaching 70 degrees, greeted the runners to Berwick. Thousands of spectators lined the course to cheer on the runners. This race is as much a tradition in Berwick as is turkey and pumpkin pie.
Runners from 31 states participated in this Thanksgiving tradition. Tristen Colangelo, of Charlottesville, VA battled Karl Savage of Ridley, PA throughout the race until pulling away with about two miles to go. Colangelo, who finished a disappointing third last year, came to the race more physically and equally important, mentally ready to race. I think I really do appreciate the win more, just because I didnt do so well last year. I really thought I could come in and blow the field away. Then I lost by two minutes and it was a real eye opener, said Colangelo. Karl Savage held on for second. He was followed by former winners Matthew Kerr and Fred Joslyn. Brandon Kenny, Kevin Borelli, and Mike DiDio rounded out the Top Seven Diamond Ring winners.
Master Diamond winners were Rick Hellard and Amy Snyder.
Veteran Diamond winners were Budd Coates and Dianna Golden.
Senior Diamond winners were Bill Horwich and Joan Miller.
Local Diamond winners were Tony Lawson for the ninth consecutive year and tenth overall and Miranda Hildebrand.
Race organizers are already busy planning for next years 100th Anniversary race and in 2009, the 100th Annual race. Note; There were no races in 1918 & 1919.