Maiyo and Murage Take 30th
BY JERRY NOLAN
PHILADELPHIA, PA--In recent years attendance facts and figures about the Broad Street Ten Miler require and deserve more than a passing mention. Those numbers have exploded with records being broken every year. There were 26,973 registrants for the 30th anniversary race held on May 3. Of that number, 23,313 started, and finishers totaled 23,194. For the first time there were more female finishers (11,747) than men (11,447).
Because of these numbers, the corral system was used for the start which was on Broad Street near Cential High School and La Salle University. The course is a straight run down Broad Street finishing in the old Navy Yard. The SAL timing and tracking system with a disposable chip was used for scoring and timing. Early finishers ran their races in a light rain, but the later runners had to endure a steady, soaking rain.
Leading the record number of runners to the finish line was Linus Maiyo, age 26, from Royersford, PA with his time of 47:21. Following in second and third place overall were Worku Beyi, age 22 of the Bronx, N.Y. (47:25) and Alene Reta, age 27, from New York City (45:57).
For the second consecutive year, the womens top spot was taken by Jane Myrage, age 22, from Royersford, PA with a time of 53:31. She was followed by Buznesh Deba, age 21, from the Bronx, N.Y. (54:44) and Alemtsehay Misganaw, age 28, from New York City (54:47). Maiyo and Murage each won $1,500 for their overall winning efforts. Race records (men 54:14, women 53:07) were not threatened.
Sheila Klick, age 27, (57:56) and Tom Haxton, age 27, (51:13) were the first female and male Philadelphia finishers. They each received the Richard Lagocki Memorial Award and $250. Cecily Tynan, age 40, from Philadelphia and meteorologist on CHGABC finished in 36th place among the women. Her time of 1:05:27 earned her a third-place award in the 40-44 age group. The American Cancer Society, for many years a strong supporter of the race, also benefited from the proceeds.
Compared to other races of the same stature, the Broad Street Ten race fees remain modest and probably account to some extent for the increase in registrations. An interesting phenomenon in recent years in this and other large races are the no shows. The number for this race this year is 3,660 no shows which is larger than the number of finishers in each of the first ten years of this races existence (1980-1989).