BENSON CHERUYOT (LEFT) LEADS A SMALL PACK THAT
INCLUDES MACHARIA YUOT (RIGHT).
KAREN MITCHELL PHOTO

A Record Day at Broad Street
Ten Miler

BY JERRY NOLAN

PHILADELPHIA, PA--In 2002 Simon Wangai ran a 45:16 time to set a new Blue Cross Broad Street Ten-Mile Run course record. That time was also considered the best ten-mile time ever run in the U.S. At the 28th edition of the race, held on May 7, Wangai’s effort was eclipsed by Patrick Cheruiyot, age 21, from Kenya. Cheruiyot posted a time of 45:14, which set a new course record and a new U.S. ten-mile best time. Following in second and third, respectively, were Benson Cheruyot, age 24, from Kenya (45:19) and Macharia Yuot, age 25, from Philadelphia (47:59). Yuot, a refugee from the war in Sudan, now runs for Widener University.

It was a day for records as the total finishers numbered 15,882, beating the 2006 figure of 13,582, also a record. Finishing first among the 7,356 woman (also a record) in 53:43 was Naomi Wangui, age 28, from Kenya. She was followed by Olga Romanova, age 26, from Germantown, MD (54:14). Romanova was the 2006 female winner with a time of 53:21. Renee Gunning, age 25, from Philadelphia (54:28) was the third woman to finish. Catherine Ndereba set the women’s record of 53:07 in 1999.

Finishing in 25th place and winning the male Masters title was Fred Klevan, age 45, from Merion Station (52:24). He also won that title in 2006. Finishing first among the women’s Masters was Doreen McCoubrie, age 45, from Malvern (58:52). The Masters records are 50:13 for the men and 57:56 for the women.

Another record was set when Tony Nogueira, age 39, from Glen Ridge, NJ rolled to a 32:05 finish in the wheelchair competition which broke the previous record of 34:43 set by him in 2003. Gary Brendel, age 49, from Sterling, MA finished in 36:46, breaking the previous Masters wheelchair record of 39:02 set in 1999. Taking the women’s wheelchair title in 43:14 was Shannon Franks, age 29, from College Park, MD.

 

ABBY DEAN, 1ST FEMALE 35-39 IN 57:08.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
About 1,800 runners participated on one of the 121 corporate or club teams in the male, female, coed, or Masters categories. Over $20,000 in prize money was awarded to the top five male and female finishers in the Open, Masters, and Wheelchair categories in addition to 150 age-group awards. For the second year the two-day expo was held at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.

Jim Marino, Race Director, credits the quantum leap in registration to the continued increase in women runners and the good weather forecast for the day. Forty-six percent of the finishers were women, an increase of 1,200 over 2006. As for the weather, it was windy and cold--better for running than watching. Benefiting from race proceeds was the American Cancer Society.

Team

Mixed Club

1. Bryn Mawr Running Company 2:42:46
2. Howard County Striders 2:47:43
3. A Running Start 2:55:39

Mixed Masters

1. Runaway Success Orange 2:57:42
2. A Running Start Masters 3:02:10
3. Runaway Success Black 3:14:01

MALE

Overall

1. Patrick Cheruiyot 45:14
2. Benson Cheruyot 45:19
3. Macharia Yuot 47:59
4. Thomas Rhodes 48:49
5. John Kipchirchirbitok 49:02
6. Christopher Nirschel 49:41
7. Edward Callinan 49:42
8. Ross Martinson 49:52
9. David Berdon 49:52
10. Jon Fasulo 50:08
11. Terrance Armstrong 50:09
12. AJ Kelly 50:16
13. Carl Rundell 50:21
14. Matthew Sandercock 50:32
15. Michael McKeeman 50:38
16. Tim Mulligan 50:39
17. Zach Miller 50:42
18. Matthew Wagoner 50:48
19. Brian Baillie 51:14
20. Steve Gourley 51:26

 

ENOS BENBOW FINISHES WITH A PR
TIME OF 55:12.
KAREN MITCHELL PHOTO
15 And Under

1. Brad McCollester 1:04:32
2. Robert Spatola 1:04:51
3. Timothy Fisher, Jr. 1:06:13

16-19

1. Shawn Dandrea 54:57
2. Matthew Hand 58:11
3. Stephen Hand 59:08

20-24

1. Patrick Cheruiyot 45:14
2. Benson Cheruyot 45:19
3. Thomas Rhodes 48:49

25-29

1. Macharia Yuot 47:59
2. John Kipchirchirbitok 49:02
3. Ross Martinson 49:52

30-34

1. Edward Callinan 49:42
2. Michael McKeeman 50:38
3. Timothy Tapply 51:50

35-39

1. Terrance Armstrong 50:09
2. Carl Rundell 50:21
3. Matthew Sandercock 50:32

40-44

1. John Carroll 53:20
2. Jim Barger 55:31
3. Mark Sullivan 56:02

45-49

1. Fred Klevan 52:24
2. Bob Schwelm 52:47
3. Greg Cauller 53:48

50-54

1. Robert Reynolds 59:22
2. Craig Holm 59:32
3. Greg Vitali 1:00:22

55-59

1. David Jame 59:40
2. Bill Bosmann 1:02:47
3. Michael McDonald 1:04:56

60-64

1. Tom Jennings 1:08:34
2. Les Bell 1:09:56
3. Stephen Johnson 1:11:57

65-69

1. Bob Taggart 1:09:57
2. Jim Flanagan 1:10:54
3. Warren Taylor 1:12:52

70-74

1. J. Armstrong 1:22:53
2. Clay Armstrong 1:25:03
3. Carlo Di Giorgio 1:25:43

75-79

1. George van Rossum 1:44:27
2. Frank Rubino 1:48:24
3. Robert Giveans 1:55:01
4. William Wyatt 2:04:49

80 and Over

1. Lawrence Mussio 57:36
2. Bryan Mahon 58:02
3. Rodger Przybylowski 1:02:55

Results are age-graded

Team

Club

1. Phila Runner Track Club / Puma 2:33:35
2. West Shore Running Company 2:37:10
3. National Running Center 2:41:19

Masters

1. Viagra Abusers 2:40:59
2. Philadelphia Athletic Charity 2:58:14
3. South Jersey AC Red 3:02:11

FEMALE

Overall

1. Naomi Wangui 53:43
2. Olga Romanova 54:14
3. Renee Gunning 54:28
4. Casey Smith 56:59
5. Abby Dean 57:08
6. Claire Duncan 58:21
7. Susan Yagielski 58:36
8. Aimee Baylor 58:49
9. Doreen McCoubrie 58:52
10. Kim Walsh 59:00
11. Maureen Ackerly 59:16
12. Emily Ward 1:00:33
13. Leslee Hoey 1:01:11
14. Meredith Coulibaly 1:01:16
15. Kathleen Miller 1:01:22
16. Ana Leonard 1:01:29
17. Katie Breitenbach 1:01:35
18. Sylvia Schenk 1:01:50
19. Sarah Muhlbradt 1:02:21
20. Melissa Lafferty 1:02:43

15 and Under

1. Erin Thomson 1:16:31
2. Jordan Bernhard 1:18:17
3. Natalie DiGregorio 1:18:42

16-19

1. Kate O'Malley 1:11:11
2. Maggie Reynolds 1:14:17
3. Steffie Sauder 1:15:17

20-24

1. Claire Duncan 58:21
2. Claire Fawcett 1:05:35
3. Danielle Fournier 1:06:16

25-29

1. Naomi Wangui 53:43
2. Olga Romanova 54:14
3. Renee Gunning 54:28

30-34

1. Susan Yagielski 58:36
2. Kim Walsh 59:00
3. Ana Leonard 1:01:29

35-39

1. Abby Dean 57:08
2. Aimee Baylor 58:49
3. Maureen Ackerly 59:16

 

THE POLISH AMERICAN STRING BAND.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
40-44

1. Sylvia Schenk 1:01:50
2. Melissa Lafferty 1:02:43
3. Julie Hankin 1:04:22

45-49

1. Doreen McCoubrie 58:52
2. Lorraine Jasper 1:04:06
3. Susan Reich 1:05:32

50-54

1. Dianna Golden 1:07:28
2. Betsy Carpenter 1:08:21
3. Nancy Smith 1:09:09

55-59

1. Carolyn Bujak 1:08:52
2. Deborah Compton 1:17:11
3. Maurine Buettner 1:29:16

60-64

1. Joy Hampton 1:14:04
2. Jo Marchetti 1:16:04
3. Ingrid Cantarella-Fox 1:19:54

65-69

1. Heide Moebius 1:26:13
2. Cindy Clark 1:27:45
3. Gloria Jenkins 1:35:05

70-74

1. Imme Dyson 1:23:36
2. Rita Alles 1:40:04
3. Margaret Schmuckler 1:51:43

75-79

1. Bertha Mc Gruder 2:03:08
2. Anne Kaufmann 2:10:32
3. Shirley Simmers 2:37:32
4. Lorraine Cephus 2:58:01

80 and Over

1. Jeanie Fischer 1:13:34
2. Kate Dreyer 1:40:10
3. Shannon Miller 1:41:43
Results are age-graded

Team

Club

1. Girls Gone Wild Delco RRC 4:20:54

Masters

1. South Jersey AC 4:28:22

 ‘I Want to be a New Year’s Mummer’

BY FREDDI CARLIP

And I do…a dream that I hope will happen. After all, I played basketball vs. the Eagles, so it could happen, right? In the meantime, I’ll do my Philly thing at the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. The title above is a real song, on a 45, by a real string band--Polish American--and they are the featured string band on the Street--Broad St.--at the finish of this quintessential Philly race. Did I strut to the sounds? Do you need to ask?

The expo, at Lincoln Financial Field, featured SWOOP and the Eagles Pep Band. I didn’t catch a glimpse of them, but just being at LFF had me soaring. It was fun walking through the expo and catching up with Race Director Jim Marino and his First Lt, Peggy Jastrzemski. They had gone the extra mile for me and I was ecstatic. And they were ecstatic about the entry numbers--record-breaking.

I was home and it felt great. Matt and I stayed at the Holiday Inn near LFF and Citizens Bank Park. The hotel featured Benny the Bum’s restaurant. More on that later. We had a nosh at a wonderful Italian restaurant, Medora’s Mecca, on Packer Ave. and then took the Broad Street Subway to Center City to meet friends Steve Reynolds and Emily Lawrence, of Fans Helping Fans; both are rabid Iggles fans. I have so many memories of riding the Broad St. Subway as part of my trip to Temple University as a “subway student.” As I said, I was home.

We went to dinner in Chinatown after we gave Matt a tour. We had Vietnamese food; not a typical pre-race meal, but it was so good. Matt was running the next day. I’d be strutting at the finish.

When Matt and I got back to the Holiday Inn, Benny the Bum’s was rockin’. Every Saturday night, oldies station WOGL hosts a dance party, live, on the air, with DJ Bob Pantano. We heard “Disco Inferno” and headed in. We danced, we had fun, and didn’t want to leave, but Matt had to be at the subway early to get to the race start.

Race-day morning, I had a lovely walk to the finish at the Navy Yard. It was windy and chilly, but it was a tail wind and I knew the runners would have that tail wind all the way down the Street. I overhead someone say that it was warmer for the Mummers Parade in January than the Broad St. Run in May. Go figure.

I was smiling as I walked, taking it all in. South Philly, Broad St., the sports complex, the Navy Yard. And the smile got bigger as I met up with RG senior writer Jerry Nolan and we watched the Polish American String Band set up. Then I caught a glimpse of the Philly Phanatic and began to cheer my favorite baseball team and their mascot. He was meeting and greeting all the kids who were part of the fun runs. They loved it. So did I.

And, all of a sudden, a woman was calling my name. I couldn’t believe I was seeing someone from Lewisburg. It was Sue Gerlinski with her granddaughter. Sue’s daughter, Aimee Baylor, was running and they were there to cheer her on. Aimee did extremely well, finishing as eighth woman overall. Yea Aimee!

And then the overall winner was approaching. I watched RG’s top-notch photographers Clay Shaw and Karen Mitchell hop off the press truck and scamper to the finish to capture the moment. It was a thrill to listen to the cheers, the announcer, and the P-A String Band, and watch as the finishers crossed the line. When I heard the name “Fielding Melish” announced, I did a double take--was the actual Woody Allen character running Broad Street?

What other race features the governor (thanks Guv Ed) at six miles cheering on the runners? What other race features soft pretzels and other Philly “phood” for the finishers?

The Broad St. Run is pure Philly. From North Broad to South, the sights, the sounds of Philly are on every corner, on every block and continue, postrace.

The Penrose Diner beckoned after Matt got cleaned up. No better way to continue the Philly experience than at the Penrose. Breakfast served by waitresses that can carry ten plates, memorize your order while talking to someone in the next booth, and make you feel like you’re the only one in the diner, Hon. What next? A trip to South St. (“where all the hippies meet”) and rummaging through box after box of vinyl at multiple record (yes, record) stores. With vinyl purchases bagged up, we were ready to go. Matt needed a South Street tour and we saw it all, stopping at Starbucks for a mocha and finishing our grand tour with a stop at Famous 4th St. I got cookies and knishes and I was in Jewish-food heaven.

Did I want to leave my hometown? The real world was waiting and we had to head back. The Broad St. Run is the Mummers Parade, an Iggles game, a “dash” down Philly’s ultimate street, with Billy Penn and Ed Rendell ready to greet the runners. I’m not a New Year’s Mummer yet, but this Philly Girl is proud to be part of another Philly tradition--the Broad Street Run.