American Record Set
BY MIKE BRESSI
HARRISBURG, PA--After the dust settled, one American record
and two course records were broken at this year's Capitol 5000
held June 12. In the Silver Classic, Doug Bell of Greeley, Colorado
set an American record for 48 year olds, running the 5K course
in 15:26.5 to place third in the Men's Masters Division. Finishing
first in the Masters Division and sixth overall was world ranked
Andre Kuznetsov of Russia, obliterating Jim Hage's old course
record of 15:10 with a time of 14:29.3. Hage of Lanham, Maryland
finished fourth with a time of 15:37.1.
The top female Masters was Lee DiPietro of Ruxton, Maryland running a time of 17:38.7.
In the Men's Open race, Ben Kapsoiya of Kenya, out kicked fellow countrymen Julius Gwako and Joseph Kariuki with a time of 14:10.5, just missing last year's course record. First American finisher was Michael Mykytok of Ramsey, New Jersey finishing 15 seconds behind Kapsoiya in fifth place.
A point of interest is that nine male Masters runners ran
16:05 or better, with two under 15:00.
Again this year, one of the best races of the day was the
1/3 Mile Kids Run (8 and under). Many of the children were getting
their faces painted as they patiently waited for the start of
their run. Michael Jones of Harrisburg led the group, outclassing
Jeff Folley of Hershey. We were later told Michael worked very
hard to get ready for this race. It was great seeing the children
beaming after they crossed the finish line and a finisher's medal
was placed around their neck.
Because the 5K course crossed the finish line three times, it is a great spectator course. After the first race, everyone was treated to a race of 52 elite runners vying for $8000 in prize money which included premium money for lead runners at the halfway point.
There was plenty of food, drinks, and fun for everyone. An
Oompah Band from Hersheypark played as runners went by and face
painters painted the faces of young and old alike.
Next year's race will be June 17, 2000. Do not miss it. It promises to be a good one.