Jesse Martin 5K Ropes Growing Number of Participants


PARTICIPANTS ENJOY THE SCENIC JESSE MARTIN MEMORIAL 5K.
CASEY MARTIN PHOTO
BY PERRY AND JOANNE SMITH

GETTYSBURG, PA--The third annual Jesse Martin Memorial 5K Run and Bench Press competition took place on November 20, 1999 at the Gettysburg Area Senior High School. Organized by the Gettysburg Elementary Wrestling Booster Club, the event is held in memory of Jesse Martin. Jesse was a 1996 Gettysburg High School graduate and wrestling team captain who was tragically killed in an automobile accident on July 19, 1997. At the time of his death, Jesse was the top ranked bull rider in the American Professional Rodeo Association. A scholarship fund, which assists Gettysburg wrestlers in attending wrestling camps, has been established in Jesse's name. Proceeds from the run are used to support this fund, which, to date, has helped 37 wrestlers attend summer wrestling camps.

The Jesse Martin Memorial Run has more to offer than just a 5K. In addition to the 5K run, the organizers have incorporated a bench-and-run division. Participants in the bench and run, bench their body weight (females 60% of their body weight) for a maximum number of repetitions. For every repetition one is able to do, a 30 second time reduction is applied to their 5K time. The bench and run has different age groups as well as male and female divisions. Bench and runs are seeing a growing popularity on the East Coast, as evidenced by the growing number of participants in this event. In addition, the entire Gettysburg High School and Middle School wrestling teams joined in the action. The wrestlers participate in the bench and run and then compete in their own division.

The 5K run, designated as the 1999 RRCA Pennsylvania 5K Cross-Country Championship, is truly cross-country style, following the perimeter of the grassy athletic fields. From a spectator's perspective, it is a great race to watch because of the ability to see nearly the entire race from one spot.

Over 275 individuals participated in the 1999 event. First place overall in the 5K run was Kevin Geesaman of Waynesboro, PA with a time of 15:34. The women's division was won by Megan Elliott, of Shippensburg, PA in a time of 19:28. Mike Flaherty of Hanover, PA (17:11) and Penny Gray of Carlisle, PA (21:56) were the overall male and female Masters division winners, respectively.


RACE DIRECTOR JOANNE SMITH (RIGHT) PRESENTS
AWARDS TO 5K WINNERS KEVIN GEESAMAN (15:34)
AND MEGAN ELLIOTT (19:28).
CASEY MARTIN PHOTO
Marty Fees of Gettysburg defended his overall title in the bench and run, by benching his weight 32 times, thus finishing with an adjusted 5K time of 3:38. Overall female winner in the bench and run was Karen "Pete" Bender of Gettysburg with 28 repetitions and an adjusted 5K time of 7:32. All winners, both overall and age group, were treated to unique awards fashioned from real horseshoes.

A very special participant in the 5K run this year was Lisa Showers of Biglerville, PA. Lisa was recognized before the start of the race for having lost over 150 pounds (more than half her body weight) in the last year. Lisa successfully completed the run, thus accomplishing a goal which she had set for herself in June of 1999. Just like the late Jesse Martin, Lisa serves as an inspiration to not only runners, but anyone who sets a goal for themselves and then accomplishes that goal.

The major sponsor of the Jesse Martin Memorial Run was the Gettysburg Center for Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Secondary sponsors included: Barrett Chiropractic, Gettysburg Optimists, Gettysburg Lions, Land O Lakes Butter, Tommy's Pizza, and Simpson's Getty Mart.

Don't miss this unique event. Mark your calendars for next year's Jesse Martin 5K Run and Bench and Run, set for November 18, 2000.


GETTYSBURG HEAD WRESTLING COACH PERRY
SMITH CONGRATULATES LISA SHOWERS AS
SHE FINISHES HER FIRST 5K RACE. SHOWERS
BEGAN RUNNING IN JUNE 1999 AND HAS LOST
OVER 150 POUNDS.
CASEY MARTIN PHOTO
MALE

Overall

1. Kevin Geesaman, Waynesboro 15:34

Masters

1. Mike Flaherty, Hanover 17:11

14 and Under

1. Stephen Lobianco, Dover 17:59
2. Brad Topper, Thurmont, MD 17:59.4
3. Zack Deitz, Gettysburg 19:09

15-19

1. Patrick Bringardner, Gettysburg 16:12
2. Chris Haines, Gettysburg 17:05
3. Michael Ott, Spring Grove 18:20

20-29

1. Michael Conley, York 18:45
2. Christopher Beck, Gettysburg 19:36
3. Baird McIlvain, East Berlin 20:01

30-39

1. Tim Schuler, Chambersburg 15:45
2. Steve Koch, Reading 16:05
3. John Roemer, Parkton, MD 17:08

40-49

1. Jack Harbaugh, Gettysburg 17:21
2. Courtland Howard, Windsor 17:50
3. Richard Darr, Gettysburg 18:28

50-59

1. Mike Hilemam, York 19:11
2. Ron Slozat, Shippensburg 19:37
3. Steve Shaeffer, Mt Airy, MD 20:07

60 and Over

1. Leon Bierbower, Chambersburg 20:40
2. William Nelson, York 25:27
3. Bill Cook, Gettysburg 30:30

Middle School Wrestling Team

1. Zach Eckert 19:40
2. John Forsythe 21:35
3. Zach Kump 22:06
4. Troy Litten 22:51
5. Colby Haller 22:52

Bench Press and Run

(Time is computed by taking the number of times they benched their weight, and subtracting 30 seconds for each rep from their 5K time.)

Overall

1. Marty Fees, Gettysburg (32) 3:38

24 and Under

1. David Maus, Hanover (13) 13:09
2. Dave Jones, Gettysburg (15) 14:20
3. Chris Zentz, Gettysburg (20) 14:21

25-39

1. Adam Wasserman, Gettysburg (29) 6:31
2. Dave Forry, Hanover (33) 6:40
3. Patrick Ballard, Baltimore, MD (23) 8:13

40 and Over

1. Mark Resciniti, Gettysburg (28) 7:00
2. Randy Mladenoff, Hershey (26) 7:03
3. Skip Dudash, Gettysburg (21) 9:14

High School Wrestling Team

1. Travis Martin (25) 6:52
2. Wade Shupe (24) 8:37
3. Jason Amato (19) 12:11
4. Harry Fluman (12) 13:31
5. Brett Miller (10) 15:54

FEMALE

Overall

1. Megan Elliott, Shippensburg, PA 19:28

Masters

1. Penny Gray, Carlisle 21:56

14 and Under

1. Julie Yingling, Gettysburg 25:42

15-19

1. Joanna Roth, Gettysburg 21:46
2. Robin Royer, Gettysburg 21:58
3. Laura Roth, Gettysburg 23:37

20-29

1. Cathy Heistand, York 22:01
2. Betsy Wilhem, Gettysburg 23:30
3. Jennifer Desouza, Philadelphia 23:53

30-39

1. Cyndie Winkelman, Gettysburg 19:56
2. Beverly Black, Fairfield 21:59
3. Joanie Helman, Gardners 23:50

40-49

1. Debby Burd, Biglerville 24:07
2. Ann Wright, Biglerville 26:18
3. Jamie Shaffer, Gettysburg 28:07

50-59

1. Patti Palmer, Charlestown, WV 31:50

60 and Over

1. Kum Ye Tarapchak, Grantville 27:56
2. Teeny Bender, Gettysburg 27:58
3. Jane Nelson, York 34:38

Bench Press and Run

(Time is computed by taking the number of times they benched 60% of their weight, and subtracting 30 seconds for each rep from their 5K time.)

Overall

1. Karen "Pete" Bender, Gettysburg (28) 7:32

24 and Under

1. Christina Reed, Shippensburg (16) 14:35
2. Kristin Cazin, Danville (12) 17:10
3. Melissa Snowden, Harleysville (6) 18:14

25-39

1. Mary Joe Heckman, Harrisonburg (28) 9:00
2. Lynn Royer, York (23) 9:32
3. Bonnie Rodgers, Biglerville (18) 13:02

40 and Over

1. Martha Lobianco, Dover (22) 11:22
2. Sharon Litten, Gettysburg (27) 15:22
3. Emily Harte, York (9) 19:01