Joslyns Win at 43rd Harrisburg Marathon
BY HAP MILLER
HARRISBURG, PA--On Sunday, November 8, 2015 the 43rd edition of the Aspire Harrisburg Marathon saw 675 runners/walkers and 71 four-person relay teams cross the finish line in downtown Harrisburg. The day started with ideal conditions, very little wind, temps in the mid-forties and creeping into the fifties later in the day under sunny skies.
This year, for the first time in over thirty years, the marathon course was drastically changed. The major difference was eliminating the out-and-back portion on the truck-traffic busy Industrial Road and back via the hills of Wildwood. The new course, now considered flat (very) does an out-and-back route to a point just north of Fort Hunter, where it did a relatively straight return trip along the beautiful Susquehanna to a festive finish in downtown Harrisburg. Many, especially the old timers, have mixed feelings about the course change. I think the course lost a little of its character after going through Wildwood for many, many years. Many cussed those hills but talked about them with reverence after crossing the finish line. Looking at the times, I dont think the change made the course any faster, if anything maybe a little slower without the added challenge.
Womens champion, Shelby Joslyn, 30, won with well over a minute to spare in 3:11:03. Its exciting, Shelby Joslyn said, This was the first time we ran this race together, so it means a lot to us. Brooke Magni, 33, Lancaster, PA, was second in 3:12:26. Coming in third was Meg Griffith, 28, Manheim, PA, in 3:14:53.
Four countries, along with seventeen states including the DC area, were represented by the starting field. Showing the diversity of the field, an Amish man from Gordonville, PA, finished in the very respectable time of 3:05:49. To make it even more challenging, Leroy Stolzfus, 22, ran the whole 26.2 miles in the traditional Amish garb of long black slacks, long-sleeved button down shirt, complete with suspenders. Stolzfus just missed qualifying for the Boston Marathon by less than a minute. Boston is on his race to do list.
Mens age-group winners: Tom Lipsie, 48, Indiana, PA, (First Masters, 4th overall), 2:44:50; Christopher Dardis, 52, Camp Hill, PA (Second Masters), 2:56:36; Michael Ravegum, 43, York, PA (Third Masters) 3:01:36; Chase Goodwin, 16, Mifflin, PA (19 & Under), 3:29:06; Kevin Waldman, Pittsburgh, PA (20 24, 6th overall), 2:48:30; Rocco Addante, New York City, NY (25 29, 8th overall), 2:52:54; Drew Nesbitt, Lancaster, PA (30 34, 5th overall), 2:48:24; Justin Parker (35 39, 7th overall), 2:49:26; James Stoch, Manheim, PA (40 44), 3:07:05; Stephen Housenick, Kingston, PA (45 49), 3:02:25; Steven Murphy, Mechanicsburg, PA (50 54), 3:14:02; Lynn Danner, Etters, PA (55 59), 3:14:43; David Charlton, Vandergrift, PA (60 64), 3:28:48; David Howey, 67, Etters, PA (65 & Over), 3:24:02. This was Lipsies 5th Masters title, to go along with a win in the 35 39 age group in 2006, out of eight finishes at Harrisburg. Danner, 55, who won the 25 29 age group in 1989 in a time of 2:48:10, completed his 13th Harrisburg Marathon.
Even though, after 43 years most of the records seem to be chiseled in stone, there was one new record set in the 65 & Over age group. David Howey, 67, Etters, PA, crushed the old record set in 1996 by Wally Wright, 67, Hellertown, PA, by almost four minutes. It wasnt all that easy for Howey, who crossed the line in 3:24:02, because Dean Rowland, 65, Pittsburgh, PA, was in his rear view mirror during the second half of the race. Rowland, finishing with a great time of 3:24:19, just seventeen ticks behind Howey. Howey and Rowland were 73rd and 75th overall respectively.
Second year Race Director Tom Gifford, did a great job orchestrating a well run marathon. This year, instead of finishing on City Island, runners crossed the finish line in downtown Harrisburg, in front of Aroogas at North Second and Locust Streets. We want the Harrisburg Marathon to grow into an event the entire city of Harrisburg is proud of and comes out to support, Gifford said. Gifford and his band of over two-hundred volunteers did a nice job in putting on a quality event. All the help did a outstanding job from start to finish. The groups tending the many water stops were very helpful and encouraging, with the group at Fort Hunter going way over the top with their enthusiastic cheering for all of the runners.
Marathonpacing.com and their great team of Pacers were on hand for the fourth year to help runners achieve their marathon goals. The pace groups, for those with goals from anywhere from three to five hours, were broken into increments of fifteen minutes with a head Pacer leading each group
Course records are held by Rick Blood, Summerdale, PA, who set the record of 2:21:38 in 1981 at the age of 23 and Caroll Myers, East Berlin, PA, setting the course record for women in 1984 with a time of 2:44:00 at the age of 27.
Many repeat Harrisburg Marathon finishers better known as the frequent flyer group, were on hand. Park Barner, 71, Harrisburg, Pa, and Mike Ranck, 64, Orwigsburg, PA, have finished all 43 Harrisburg Marathons. Hap Miller, 72, Carlisle, PA completed his 41st. Dwight Edris, 69, Leesport, PA, completed his 35th. Donald Halke II, 57, Newport, PA, finished his 22nd. Dale Jordan, 62, Baldwin, MD, 21st. Alan Sommerville, 70, Halifax, PA, 19th. Lewis Atkinson, 74, Mechanicsburg, PA and Eliot Collins, 63, Raritan, NJ, their 16th. Stephen Housenick, 47, Indiana, PA, Steve Whittle, 64, Hummelstown, PA, Jim Honchar, 51, Dillsburg, PA and Richard Parker, 61 Duncansville, PA completed their 15th. Marge Lebo, 54, New Cumberland, PA, (Lebo is only second to course record holder Caroll Myers in number of Harrisburg Marathons completed by a woman) also finished her 15th. Jennifer Cadenhead, 37, Harrisburg, PA, finished her 13th marathon at Harrisburg. Steven Murphy, 52, Mechanicsburg, PA, Al Redmond, 59, Harrisburg, PA and Lorna Owens, 63, Harrisburg, PA wrapped up their 11th. Finishing number ten at Harrisburg are David Adams, 59, Hershey, PA, Larry Herrold, 56, Sunbury, PA, Al Hipple, 66, Harrisburg, PA, Neil Policelli, 66, Bangor, PA, John Rine, 58, Bethelem, PA and Karl Robinson, 73, Carlisle, PA (Robinson had heart surgery in July). Al Emma, 75, Exton, PA, 5:52:23, was the oldest person to complete the marathon. Walker, Susan Lederer, age 55, finished last in a time of 7:50:26.
Now that is a whole lot of stats! If you want more numbers, the overall, age group, walker, and team results are at http://www.parunners.com
In 2016 the 44th Annual Harrisburg Marathon is on November 6.
Marathon web site: http://ymcarun.com/info-marathon.
Pictures are at: http://www.pennimages.com/2015aspireharrisburgmarathon
Note: all times used in this article are gun times.