NOAH NOWELL, 2ND IN THE 18-AND-UNDER AGE GROUP WITH
21:55, PROUDLY WEARS HIS MEDAL.
TIFFINI SCOTT PHOTO

Runners Turn in Arresting Performances
at Inaugural Law Enforcement Run

BY TROOPER MATT BURROWS

LEWISBURG, PA--The inaugural Susquehanna Valley Law Enforcement 5K Run/Walk was held on Saturday, May 14 at the U.S. Penitentiary to benefit Susquehanna Valley Law Enforcement Camp Cadet. This Camp is a non-profit organization for kids age 12-15 years old. There were 186 registered for this event including a group of twenty-five U.S. Marine Corps recruits running in formation, finishing in 34:39.

The winner of the event was Joe Stoltz (17:55) with top women’s honors going to Hilary Roth (19:48), who finished a spectacular 5th overall.

 

 JRG'S OWN EDITOR EXTRAORDINAIRE FREDDI
CARLIP WAS ON HAND TO COMPETE IN
THE RACE, WINNING THE 60 AND OVER
FEMALE DIVISION IN 32:05.
BRENT BACON PHOTO
Freebird, Fun, and Fast Times at the Big House…with ‘Probable Cause’

BY FREDDI CARLIP

Play “Freebird”…a cover-band request that’s heard at least once each gig. And this gig was no exception. And it was topped with irony as the name of the bands was “Probable Cause.” The venue of the gig, held May 14, was The United States Federal Penitentiary at Lewisburg (aka The Big House) home to more than a few famous or infamous “guests” over the years. The occasion was the postrace party for the Susquehanna Law Enforcement 5K, to benefit Camp Cadet. The Camp is for kids from 12-15 who are interested in law enforcement. Proceeds from the 5K will be used to provide funds for up to 50 campers.

The event was staged by the PA State Police, Milton Barracks. Trooper Matt Burrows, the race director, and his dedicated troop of volunteers did a stellar job with this inaugural event. Contrary to what many people believe, State Troopers have a sense of humor. The T-shirt race logo featured a police car, light flashing, on the tail of a “speeding” runner. Volunteers, including Big House employees, State Troopers, and members of the Mid-Penn Trail Blazers, couldn’t do enough for the runners. Questions were answered with a smile and no one was too busy to give assistance. The course was challenging—character-building, as the State Police might say. At least 2½ miles of the 5K were uphill, on gravel roads. The finish was a smoker: downhill and paved. Runners were treated to close-up views of the actual prison facility, with K-9 dogs at the ready, and the beautiful grounds and the creek, complete with fishermen and ducks. The start and finish were at the Pen’s training facility, by the creek

The weather gods smiled on the race as the sun and warm temperatures were a wonderful contrast to the cool and cloudy conditions of the past week. Trooper Burrows knew exactly how to please the runners. From the Big Country radio remote pre-race to the massages and band afterwards; from using Insta-Results to water at just the right place on the well-marked course…all a runner’s delight. The start was enhanced by a beautiful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

And the food…a feast for all! There was pizza from Papa John’s, subs from Subway, wings from Applebee’s, Italian ice from Rita’s, fruit, drinks, cereal bars, and more. The door prizes were great, the awards were wonderful, and the goody bags were overstuffed. After conquering the tough course, runners were mingling and talking with smiles on their faces. Not only was this the largest race in Lewisburg in recent years, but also a race that keyed on exactly what runners want in a race. And this was the first year!

The race had an “Old Home Week” feel to it. When Bloomsburg's stellar 50-year-old Carmella Di Pippa was called up to accept her award, Shelly Heasley, fresh from a great run at Boston, yelled, “Carmella hosts a terrific New Year’s Eve party!” (Your editor can attest to that.). Race Director Matt Burrows answered with, “Sounds great! Okay, everybody, we’re all invited to Carmella’s for New Year’s Eve.” A loud cheer followed.

The race was a personal step forward for me. I’ve been plagued with nagging injuries since the Run for Shelter on New Year’s Eve. This was my third race since then, and, as I “flew” down the last hill to the finish, I felt as if I was finally coming back.

After enjoying the postrace smorgasbord and the awards ceremony, I opted for a massage. Picture this:
There I was, lying on the massage table, being warmed by the sun, listening to Probable Cause rockin’ away, and having all of the aches and pains of my race effort being soothed. I knew that this race gave the runners more than they could have ever expected, and it gave me something more: reclaiming my running soul and remembering why I run.

 

 JOE STOLTZ CRUISES TO VICTORY IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT
5K.
TIFFINI SCOTT PHOTO
Overall

1. Joe Stoltz 17:55
2. Charles Gundrum 18:06
3. Kevin Roth 18:45
4. Bob Welby 18:55
5. Hilary Roth 19:48
6. Scott Sick 19:38
7. Jim Wenger 19:48
8. Wendy Wood 20:02
9. Pedro Romero 20:28
10. Ken Bugda 20:37
11. Brad Zimmerman 20:42
12. EJ Moore 20:52
13. Scott Grove 20:52
14. Kevin Warren 21:00
15. Steve Wilcox Jr. 21:03
16. Rocky Miller 21:11
17. Ann Sick 21:13
18. Matthew Farrand 21:15
19. Mike Ranck 21:17
20. Mike Reider 21:18
21. Terry Larson 21:25
22. Dave Fogelman 21:33
23. Noah Nowell 21:55
24. Melian Boyle 21:57
25. Kelly Fry 22:00
26. Gary Fry 22:00
27. Ben Koch 22:07
28. Shane Laudenslager 22:14
29. Tricia Good 22:21
30. Rick Hueholt 22:26

MALE

Overall

1. Joe Stoltz 17:55

18 and Under

1. Kevin Roth 18:45
2. Noah Nowell 21:55
3. Matt Barron 23:03

19-29

1. Charles Gundrum 18:06
2. Rocky Miller 21:11
3. Ben Koch 22:07

30-39

1. Jim Wenger 19:48
2. Ken Bugda 20:37
3. Brad Zimmerman 20:42

40-49

1. Scott Sick 19:38
2. Pedro Romero 20:28
3. EJ Moore 20:52

50-59

1. Bob Welby 18:55
2. Mike Ranck 21:17
3. Terry Larson 21:25

60 and Over

1. Joseph Koletar, Jr. 26:27
2. Ray Loftus 27:09
3. Raymond Roth 29:37

FEMALE

Overall

1. Hilary Roth 19:48

18 and Under

1. Kelly Fry 22:00
2. Brianna Eroh 25:47
3. Megan Trusal 30:02

19-29

1. Meghan Boyle 21:57
2. Lane Keiffer 23:05
3. Nancy Nowicki 23:26

30-39

1. Wendy Wood 20:02
2. Tricia Good 22:21
3. Shelley Billings 23:45

40-49

1. Ann Sick 21:13
2. Shelly Heasley 22:54
3. Sue Bacon 23:04

50-59

1. Carmella DiPippa 25:23
2. Marlene Manzo 25:50
3. Sandra Dersham 51:16

60 and Over

1. Freddi Carlip 32:05
2. Elaine Koletar 44:11
3. Marlene Miller 52:27