Mogaka Breaks Broad Street Record
BY JERRY NOLAN
PHILADELPHIA, PA--Good running weather for the 22nd annual Broad Street Run, held on May 6, was in marked contrast to the high heat and humidity for the 2000 race, which produced many problems. A total of 7,157 finishers enjoyed the excellent weather for the ten-mile race.
Ronald Mogaka, age 23, of Royersford, PA, set a new course record with his time of 46:48. He finished one second ahead of fellow Kenyan, John Itati, age 27, from Royersford, whose time was also better than the existing record of 47:13, set by Khalid Kairouani, in 1993. They were followed by Patrick Nithiwa, age 18, of East Brunswick, NJ (47:24), Gabriel Muchiri, age 23, of West Chester, PA (47:39), and Charles Kipserem, age 34, of East Brunswick, (48:38). Only one runner ran under fifty minutes in 2000. Five runners ran under that time this year, with the winner, Mogaka, beating the 2000 winning time by three minutes.
Misti Demko, age 33, of Hershey, PA, won the women's division handily with her time of 55:14. She was followed by Talquie Merritt, age 31, of West Chester, (57:00), Amy Pyles, age 29, of Hummelstown, PA (58:06), Kim Harrity, age 27, of Haverford, PA (58:52), and Andrea Niggemeier, age 31, of Philadelphia, (59:28).
For the third consecutive year, the finish line was inside the old Philadelphia Navy Yard. This meant that the course was a ten-mile point-to-point race down Broad Street with no turns except several around City Hall. On the way to the finish, participants ran by the mothballed Navy warships on the right and the old Marine barracks and parade grounds on the left.
Other weekend activities included a two-day expo, a pasta party, a Senior Walk, a kids' run, and other kids' activities. A complete list of finishers appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News, a major sponsor. This race was the third in the ten event Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix Series in the year 2001.