Capital 10 Miler Celebrates the Arts
BY JOHN HARGREAVES
Harrisburg, PA--The 2nd annual Capital 10-Mile Run for the Arts was held Sunday morning April 1. Word is out. This distance is not offered in area races and last years version went so smoothly that the 2012 run had 528 registrants, an increase of more that 100 from the inaugural run.
The course starts and finishes on City Island, travels on paths along the Greenbelt, and crosses the Susquehanna River twice. It is fast and flat. Conditions this year were optimal as the temperature stayed in the mid-40s and there was cloud cover. The wind that frequently blows from the Northwest and slows runners appreciably was not a factor.
Forty-four-year-old Camp Hill runner Tadd Morris led from the start and posted a 59:47, some 49 seconds ahead of Mike Gustantino of Harrisburg. The womens battle was more lopsided as New Cumberlands Kate Jury, in her second year earning first female overall, finished in 68:28, more than three minutes ahead of Lindsay Leigh who had a 71:36.
The race is a fundraiser for arts agencies in the Central Pennsylvania region benefiting 12 such organizations including the Harrisburg Symphony, Open Stage of Harrisburg, and the Whitaker Center. Many of the more than 100 volunteers who staff this event are drawn from these groups along with a large turnout of the civic association Harrisburg Young Professionals.
Plenty of bagels, fruit and drinks are available at a covered pavilion at the conclusion. Mapes timing service was not involved but excellent chip timing and awards organization was handled by Applied Race Management. Along with handsome mugs, five-year age-division winners received gift certificates to various Central PA cultural offerings.