Ahrens Takes First at 31st Annual Run For the Cookies 10K

BY MARGARET LIVSEY

BERWICK, PA--Runners had been looking for any sign of spring. It had been another relentless winter. No breaks. No occasional fifty-degree day. There had not even been a forty-degree day in memory. Even just a sunny day had been scarce. The coldest February on record was thankfully coming to an end.

So when Cookie Run day was predicted to have sunshine with little wind, it was considered a good day to run. Never mind that the temperature was only two degrees. It was finally the last day of February! Runners wanted to get out, see people, and maybe test their conditioning.

It was difficult. Breathing in the cold air was brutal on the lungs. But runners, being a hardy bunch, pushed on. Road conditions were generally good. A few spots of black ice were there. Runners had to be careful.

Rob Ahrens, Clark Summit, PA, successfully defended his title by pulling away from the lead pack early in the race. He was all alone by the mile. Ahrens clocked in at 34 minutes flat, a good time, considering the conditions. He ran 33:22 to take home the Baker’s Dozen cookies while winning in 2014. Brian Lewis (34:44) and Jason Smolinsky (35:40) finished second and third respectively.

Marina Orrson, Shavertown, PA, also won for the second year in a row. Marina improved her time of 37:40 in 2014 to 37:04 this year. Marina finished seventh overall. Samantha Snead (39:43), Montana Dipietrantonio (39:56), and Caitlin Gaughan (39:59) battled throughout the race to finish second, third, and fourth respectively. They were 17th, 18th, and 19th overall.

The 315 finishers were tied for the second most ever with 2012. The 2011 race had 345 finishers.

Runners and their families and friends enjoyed hot soup, hot coffee, and hot dogs in the Elks Lodge after the race.
The Berwick Marathon Association would like to thank all the volunteers. Without your help, the race could not take place! The BMA would also like to thank all those who donated a crock of soup. And, lastly, the BMA would like to thank Berwick Borough and Salem Township for their support!

See you next year!