PEDRO ROMERO, 5TH OVERALL
IN 45:11.
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Keeping It Simple

BY MATT FARRAND

NORTH CENTRE TWP., PA--Something is amiss in the calendar year until the first race. My first this year wasn’t until April 9, the Briar Creek Lake 10K. It was a no-frills, old-school run starting and finishing in the state park of the same name near Berwick. The Bloomsburg YMCA was the sponsor and they kept it simple, like races used to be. Someone lit a fire before the event in a stone state-park style fireplace, and grilled a few hot dogs. There was store-bought water and crullers for after the race.

The race started at noon on a spectacular spring day. I knew it would be a tough course. The Run for the Diamonds and other area races make it evident that the hills are hard to escape. The first ¾ mile, retraced at the finish, was the only remotely flat terrain. In between, about 4¾ miles of grades steep enough to test even the fittest in the field. I was indeed tested almost from the start, could only slog away on the uphills, and use as many downhills as I could to come close to a decent race pace. But running in the hills…and possibly the simplicity of the event itself…made it a truly satisfying event.

Postrace, a pony-tailed guy who finished in the top five took a coconut-covered cruller from the snack table and taunted his female companion with it as she came down the road toward the finish about 20 minutes after the first finishers crossed. He was laughing and holding it like the old carrot on a stick trick. I didn’t catch what he was saying, but his companion wasn’t laughing. I’d had my eye on that cruller when I was signing up. I also missed the hot dogs as I went on a short cool down around a baseball diamond that had yet to be groomed for the season.

10K

 

THE RUNNERS GET SET TO RACE.
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Overall

1. Jer Darowish 38:52
2. Frank Yanko 39:13
3. Steve Templin 40:30
4. Bill Lawrence 44:42
5. Pedro Romero 45:11
6. John Riley 45:29
7. Rich Owens 45:54
8. Alen Stiefel 45:57
9. Pete Vattino 47:35
10. Rick Hueholt 48:37
11. Bev Tomasak 48:53
12. Chuck Lacroix 49:33
13. Matt Farrand 49:45
14. Michael Shepard 49:50
15. Richelle Fessler 50:19
16. John Dunkelberger 51:40
17. Tom Underwood 52:02
18. Nancy Harmon 53:32
19. Frank Gaval 53:59
20. Robert Spotts 54:28

Walk

1. Roland Sutter 57:50
2. Jean Becker 59:05
3. Karen Soberick 61:28