JUBILANT BLUE CROSS BROAD ST.
WOMEN'S WINNER CRYSTAL BURNICK
BEING HOISTED BY HER FIANCE,
BOB BACON.
KAREN MITCHELL PHOTO

'Stormy Weather' at 37th Annual
Blue Cross Broad Street Run

BY CLAY SHAW

PHILADELPHIA, PA--The best of the Philly races, and there are a number of great runs.  The Broad Street Run is 10 miles through the heart and soul of Philadelphia,  from Olney Station in the north to the finish in the Navy Yard in the south.  The 37th Annual, held Sunday, May 1, featured rain.  It wasn't just a sprinkle, but a hard, cold, soaking uncomfortable rain.  Wondering how to keep our cameras dry, yet still document the race. It was a bother, yes.  Karen and I did okay.  Noting that prior to the race, weather gal Cecily Tynan, could pull off looking good with a plastic poncho.  Most of the 40,000 registrants hunkered down in whatever shelter they could find prior to the race.  Once the race started the top runners took off maybe thinking of running fast and getting  it done.

A huge men's pack stayed together for the early miles, and by halfway at City Hall it was down to two runners.  Abebe Mekuria of Ethiopia who won in 48:43, and Mathew Kiplagat of Kenya who was second in 48:51.  David Fuentes of Austin, TX, an Olympic Marathon Trials competitor was elated with third in 49:28. Brian Crispell of Media was  first Masters in 54:19.

Crystal Burnick of Skippack PA was first overall woman in 57:07.  Emily Giannotti of Ephrata PA was second in 57:54, and Amanda Scott of Boulder, CO was third in 57:59.  Abby Dean of Philly was first women's Masters in 1:00:36.

 
 

ABBY DEAN ON HER WAY TO THE
WOMEN’S MASTERS TITLE IN 1:00:36.
KAREN MITCHELL PHOTO
Top 10 Men

1   48:43  Abebe Mekuria ETH
2   48:51  Mathew Kiplagat KEN
3    49:28  David Fuentes TX
4   49:43  Matthew Forys DC
6   49:51  Andrew Weaver MD
7   49:56  Tyler Andrews VA
8   50:07  Justin Garrard PA
9   50:37  Japeth Kiptanui KEN
10 51:23  Darryl Brown PA

 

 

TOP MASTERS BRIAN CRISPELL OF MEDIA, PA,
FINISHES IN 54:19.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
Top 10 Women
 
1        57:07 Crystal Burnick PA
2        57:54 Emily Giannotti PA
3        57:59 Amanda Scott CO
4        58:00 Alexandra Bernardi NY
5        58:12 Jessica Fragola PA
6        58:20 Zeineba Hayato NY
7        58:40 Claire Hewitt PA
8        58:52 Veronica Jackson NY
9        58:58 Kerry Allen DC
10      59:01 Carly Shea PA