Berwick Cookie Run the Best Deal Around

BY MARGARET LIVSEY
AND BILL BULL

BERWICK, PA--On Saturday, February 24, the Berwick Marathon Association conducted the annual Run for the Cookies 10K. This race is the alter ego of the famed Run for the Diamonds. Cookies are presented to the finishers instead of diamonds. The Cookie Run has a budget counted in the hundreds instead of thousands. So why did 190 runners show up to compete on a cold and windy day in February? Well, for starters, the entry fee is a meager $3 without a shirt, $13 with a shirt. But these shirts are not your run-of-the-mill T-shirts. The organizers pride themselves on giving something unique. This year an embroidered, buttoned-down, golf shirt was given.

Secondly, every finisher receives a raisin or cherry-filled cookie and if you wait until the awards are over, you'll probably leave with many more!

Third, all the homemade soup and hot dogs you and your family can eat are provided free of charge.

Put all these together, add a once prolific, but now all but forgotten distance, the 10K, and a great race and postrace experience is enjoyed by all. This year's winners were Shane Anthony (Palmerton) in 33:12 and Lora Learn (Bloomsburg) in 41:36. Mark Gerber, 33:46, and Kathy Frich, 41:41, were the runners-up. Paul Leonard, 33:52, and Maria DeRojas Moulton, 42:00, rounded out the top 3.

So, if you're looking for a nice, but challenging, course and a great postrace party, all for a bargain-basement price, then keep the last Saturday of February and Berwick in mind.

MALE

Overall

1. Shane Anthony 33:12
2. Mark Gerber 33:46
3. Paul Leonard 33:52

13-15

1. Tim Peters 45:06
2. Allen Kotsur 55:21

16-18

1. Jeff McCabe 35:17
2. Brian Klinefelter 37:29

19-21

1. Brad Styer 43:19
2. John Kacuba 43:33

22-24

1. Andy Styer 36:24
2. Jeremy Kacuba 36:37

25-27

1. Anthony Pecora 38:09
2. Sean Cryan 40:03

28-30

1. Jeremy Austin 38:50
2. Jeff Stiner 40:01

31-33

1. Robert Patten 34:20
2. Brian McCarthy 37:46

34-36

1. Dan Kirk 36:10
2. Brian Bubb 41:42

37-39

1. Mark Weidner 45:44
2. Mike Whalen 49:10

40-42

1. Samuel Hansell 38:30
2. Mike Rawls 40:26

43-45

1. Jeff Brandt 35:57
2. Steve Johnson 38:19

46-48

1. Joe Muldowney 35:10
2. David Horvath 35:41

49-51

1. John Riley 41:55
2. Gary Yocum 42:31

52-54

1. Paul Noll 46:05
2. Ron Rawls 48:58

55-57

1. Steve Mardyniak 42:36
2. Pat Dowd 63:06

58-60

1. Joe Naughton 47:03
2. Tom Wozniak 53:49

61-65

1. Michael Fay 53:54
2. Jim Marsh 62:28

66-69

1. Rich Hause 45:13
2. Frank Dudley 52:07

70 and Over

1. Ed Livsey 63:37

FEMALE

Overall

1. Lora Learn 41:36
2. Kathy Frick 41:41
3. Maria Moulton 42:00

12 and Under

1. Beverly Church 82:30

13-15

1. Vanessa Sitler 50:37
2. Jennifer Reams 60:32

16-18

1. Karen Hause 43:30

19-21

1. Nadalie Temperine 46:33

22-24

1. Melissa Hibell 46:32
2. Alyssa Engle 56:39

25-27

1. Jen Stec-Gagliardi 44:03
2. Renee Popalis 44:41

28-30

1. Kelly Phillips 48:59
2. Beth Hendricks 54:53

31-33

1. Wendy Rauscher 42:15
2. Wendy Blass 47:27

34-36

1. Ruth Ann Helfrick 49:16
2. Shelly Billings 49:42

37-39

1. Kim Gasper 42:43
2. Susan McDermott 47:46

40-42

1. Eileen Hower 45:50
2. Karen Brandt 47:26

43-45

1. Tricia Kormonick 52:14
2. Mindi Spear 53:56

46-48

1. Patty Phillips 49:57
2. Jennifer Marrese 50:32

49-51

1. Nancy Werthmuller 49:45
2. Kathy Koberlein 52:16

52-55

1. Barbara Zeske 50:51
2. Judy Donnelly 58:46

60 and Over

1. Nancy desGarennes 62:05
2. Jeanie Chisarick 83:36