Stallings Avenges Loss;
BY MARGARET LIVSEY
BERWICK, PA--At 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, the wind was blowing trees down, lightning was flashing, and rain was falling in torrents. The only good news was that the temperature was hovering around 60 degrees.
With this view from most runners homes or hotel rooms, it is amazing that over 1,000 runners toed the starting line. Crawling back into bed is not what Turkey Day is about for many runners. What it is about is greeting old friends, climbing the hill, enjoying the downhills, and letting the big crowds pull you in to the finish line. Being a runner paid off. By race time, the rain had stopped and the clouds were clearing. The sun came out. It was a beautiful day to run.
Mark Stallings of Atglen came to the race with still-fresh thoughts of last years three-second loss to Mike Mykytok. He did not want a repeat. I didnt want it to come down to a leg kick, Stallings said. He began to pull away at the top of the hill: about 3½ miles into the race. He never looked back and won by 47 seconds. This is a prestigious race. It is like running in a race at the national level. This race draws a great deal of fine runners. And winning this race is a feather in your cap. Im proud of my win! said an obviously happy Stallings.
Ed Whitlock of Milton, Canada, finished in 81st place with a time of 57:45. This is a remarkable feat for a 73-year-old. Ed holds many world age-group records including the marathon in under three hours.
This was the third year in a row that there were over 1,000 finishers.
Tony Lawson won the Local title for the 6th year in row (7th overall).
A total of 22 diamond rings and pendants were awarded to the top runners in the race.
2008 will be the 100th anniversary of the first race.
2009 will be the 100th annual running of the race.
The Berwick Marathon Association would like to thank Burger
King, the Berwick Hospital Center, and the many other sponsors
of the race. The Association would also like to thank the Borough
of Berwick, Salem Township, and Briar Creek Township for their
great support of the race, without which, the race could not