OVERALL WINNERS STEPHEN THOMPSON,
RD MATT BURROWS, AND LAURA BETH CROSSETT.
CREATIVE IMAGES PLUS PHOTO

Thompson, Crossett Win
Community-Supported Law Enforcement 5K

BY TROOPER MATT BURROWS

LEWISBURG, PA--There were a total of 213 participants in the Law Enforcement 5K on May 13. The race was held at the Big House Training Center on the grounds of the federal penitentiary. Stephen Thompson of Shippensburg “handcuffed” his competitors with a winning time of 16:31. Laura Beth Crossett of Northumberland was the top female in 19:24.

There were many door prizes and giveaways including a .22 caliber rifle, sneakers, overnight accommodations, shirts, hats, etc. Sponsors included E.H. Kleckner and Applebee’s, who are also big supporters of Camp Cadet, a training camp for youth interested in a career in law enforcement, the race beneficiary.

Thanks goes to Dave Fogleman for the use of the facility as well as the Northwest Academy, a place for troubled youth, who manned the water stops. Music was provided by regional fave Grantham Road and free massages were available courtesy of the McCann School.

MALE

Overall

1. Stephen Thompson 16:31

18 and Under

1. Justin Erdman 19:55
2. Matthew Gordon 20:21
3. Derek Hitesman 20:35

19-29

1. Joe Stoltz 18:17
2. Benjamin Koch 20:30
3. Shane Laudenslager 21:27

30-39

1. Jim Wenger 18:01
2. Ryan Downer 18:31
3. Stuart Sheebest 18:38

40-49

1. Doug Alter 19:02
2. Kevin Kilgus 20:29
3. Stephen Wilcox 20:32

50-59

1. Randy Stroble 18:40
2. Bob Welby 18:44
3. Pedro Romero 19:28

60 and Over

1. John Peeler 23:50
2. Dick Crossett 26:16
3. Ray Loftus 27:40

 

 FAMILY PRIDE?DICK CROSSETT (2ND, 60 AND OVER)
WITH HIS DAUGHTER LAURA BETH, WOMEN’S
WINNER IN 19:24.
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FEMALE

Overall

1. Laura Beth Crossett 19:24

18 and Under

1. Brianna Eroh 26:11
2. Jordyn Johnson 29:14
3. Alexandra Barben 31:24

19-29

1. Melian Boyle 20:52
2. Anne Marie Hirsch 26:07
3. Amber Keefer 31:23

30-39

1. Wendy Wood 19:29
2. Melissa Rosenkilde 22:26
3. Jen Stec Gagliardi 23:13

40-49

1. Ann Sick 20:02
2. Richelle Fessler 23:28
3. Cheryl Stumpf 23:36

50-59

1. Marlene Manzo 26:20
2. Marsha Williams 31:30
3. Cathy Hudock 43:23

60 and Over

1. Freddi Carlip 34:51
2. Susan Portzline 45:10
3. Sandra Dersham 46:57

 

 FREDDI RELAXES WITH A MASSAGE AFTER THE RACE. IS THAT
SNORING I HEAR?
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Party at the Pen

BY FREDDI CARLIP

I’m not sure how he did it, but PA State Trooper and Race Director Matt Burrows topped last year’s great event with the 2006 edition of the Law Enforcement 5K. The novelty of running at the US Penitentiary at Lewisburg didn’t fade. Getting close to the actual building, seeing the dogs, the guard tower and lights, and the barbed wire is almost surreal, knowing what’s happening “inside.”

The Law Enforcement 5K is a true community event, with prison employees, state troopers, local volunteers, and runners coming together to support Camp Cadet.

I was keying on improving my 2005 time, since I knew the course (challenging) and had raced well two weeks before. The music of Grantham Road was enough to get me pumped and knowing that a scrumptious smorgasbord awaited me on my return fueled the fire.

I was psyched. I was ready. I began my run. I felt lousy. And I knew right away that it was going to be a “very long” 5K. I tried every mental trick I could think of, but my legs felt like cement and I felt like I couldn’t move. Somehow I made it to the finish…and I was miserable. I didn’t want to talk to anyone. I just wanted to go off by myself and wallow in my misery.

I sat on a swing, looked out at the creek, and tried to keep the tears of frustration inside. Later, when I joined the group of runners, happily eating and listening, all I wanted to do was wallow in my self-created misery. Then Matt (Farrand) suggested I have a massage. The McCann School was giving massages (thanks, guys). My body was tense and tight. And, as I lay on the table, hearing the chatter, listening to Grantham Road’s great sounds, I began to relax. Matt had some food waiting for me when I was finished. And my wise-woman friend, Shelley Heasley, who also was disappointed in her race, got me to go outside of myself and savor the moment. “It’s one race, Freddi,” she said. “It’s not the end of the world.” Sometimes we forget that. It’s the running, the being with people, the experience that counts the most.

Matt Burrows throws one heck of a party. I don’t know how he can top it for next year, but I plan to be there. And I plan to remember that no matter how lousy I feel, the joy comes from the experience. I’ve said that to countless others and sometimes I need to be reminded of my own advice.

Cheers and applause to Race Director Matt Burrows, the volunteers, the sponsors, and everyone who supported the Law Enforcement 5K. It’s a gem of a race for a great cause. Here’s to another sparkling year.