Shute Wins Jonas Cattell Race
After Running 10 Miles to Start


PENNSVILLE, NJ--While winning the 42nd annual Jonas Cattell 10-mile Run, held on October 23, in 56:08, Geoff Shute may have run the most interesting 10 miles from Haddonfield to Woodbury of anyone since--well, since Jonas Cattell himself covered the distance in 1777.
Shute, the 36-year-old head old cross-country coach at Pennsville High School in New Jersey is a previous winner of the race who decided to run this year race as a training run for the Philadelphia Marathon.

While it is common for runners to mention that they were just using a race as a “training run” Shute actually did so, incorporating the 10-mile Jonas Cattell race as the second half of a 20-mile training run at his projected marathon pace. Shute parked at the finish at Red Bank Battlefield in National Park in New Jersey and ran 10 miles to the race’s start, timing his run to arrive just before the race’s start. As the gun went off, he reversed course and ran the ten miles back to the finish and his car almost six minutes faster than second-place finisher Jim Sery.

Believe it or not, Shute was not entirely happy with his remarkable performance.

“I wanted to run the race at marathon pace, around 5:28--5:38 a mile but the adrenalin kicked in and I ran the first mile through Haddonfield a little too fast, around 5:12 pace. I felt good and kept that pace for a while, but started to tighten up and slowed down to around 5:48 pace later in the race. I didn’t use my head and went out a little too fast that first mile.” Shute, who was out of sight from the rest of the pack after the first mile, has won a number of South Jersey races this year, including a repeat as winner of the Benjamin Ross 5K in June in 16:25.

The first female, Julie Cattell, proved that running is still in the Cattell blood by winning the race in a fine 1:07:50. Julie was the first of a number of Cattell relatives who annually keep up the family tradition of re-enacting the historic run of distant relative Jonas.
Other age-group winners in the race include Gloucester Catholic cross-country sophomore Billy Simila, who was the first teenage runner in 1:10.45, and Jim Sery, 1st over-50 male in 1:02:06 and second overall.

Lisa Wixted, 1st female 35 to 39 in 1:14:10, second overall. Britta Deklyver 1st female 40-44 and third place overall. Boston Marathon age-group winner Joy Hampton was the first place female over-60 finisher in 1:22:12 and Ken Underwood was the first male 60-64 winner in 1:22:42.
Danny Wheeler was the first wheelchair finisher, navigating the hilly run in 1:25:35.
Tom Osler, who has run most of the 42 Jonas Cattell runs, was the first place male 70-and-over in 1:34:59. Cabrini cross-country coach and famed DJ “T Morgan” Tom O’Hara also ran the race.

There were 122 finishers on a picture-perfect October day ideal for running 10 miles (or 10 miles twice).
Notes: Besides winning South Jersey road races, Geoff Shute has 175th place in the Boston marathon with a time of 2:39:27 and 21st in the Philadelphia marathon with a time of 2:34:37. Geoff has also won Gloucester County-Cross Country Coach of the Year award at Pennsville (NJ).

For more on the history of the Jonas Cattell run:

For 1970s newspaper coverage of early Jonas Cattell races:

1. Geoffrey Shute 56:08
2. Jim Sery 1:02:6
3. Joe Clark 1:04:59
4. Herc Wileczak 1:05:17
5. Brian Quigley 1:05:24
6. John Carlson 1:05:47
7. Paul Loch 1:06:46
8. Steven Ireland 1:07:09
9. Julie Cattell 1:07:50
10. Roy Chapman 1:09:03
11. Johnathan Doughten 1:09:17
12. Leo Dantucci 1:09:39
13. Christopher Kelly 1:10:05
14. Billy Simila 1:10:45
15. Dennis Cline 1:10:49
16. Anthony Wileczak 1:11:41
17. Anthony Pugliese 1:12:18
18. Conrad Schaffer 1:12:21
19. Lisa Wixted 1:14:10
20. Godfrey Joyner III 1:14:27
21. Brendan Smith 1:14:29
22. Gary White 1:14:42
23. Joseph Brook 1:15:11
24. Bob Meck 1:15:12
25. Anatoliy Bizhko 1:15:22
26. Norby Vondra 1:15:55
27. Ron Riskie 1:16:28
28. Vincent Giovannitti 1:16:35
29. Tony Chila 1:16:35
30. William Davis 1:16:38
31. Britta Dekluyver 1:16:51
32. Carl Boudakin 1:16:57
33. Deanna Sweeney 1:17:03
34. Carmen Tierno 1:17:30
35. Stan Manel 1:17:41