Ndereba Breaks Benoit's PDR Record

BY JERRY NOLAN

PHILADELPHIA, PA--Ordinarily, in a written commentary about a race, the overall winner is the first athlete mentioned. On September 14, however, the performance of another runner, Catherine Ndereba, earns her first mention. This is what Catherine Ndereba, age 29, of Royersford, PA, accomplished during the 2001 edition of the Philadelphia Distance Run--a half-marathon. She won the women's division of the race for the fourth straight year and the fifth time in the last six years. Finishing in 19th place overall, Ndereba beat the second woman, Gladys Asiba, age 24, of Royersford, by two minutes and 45 seconds. Ndereba and Asiba, both Kenyans, ran 1:08:30 and 1:11:15, respectively. Ndereba's pace of 5:13.05 was a record breaker. It helped her to break the existing record of 1:08:34 by four seconds. That record stood for 17 years, having been set by Joan Benoit Samuelson in 1984. Elena Paramonova, age 38, ran a 1:11:33 race to finish third among the women. Ndereba, a two-time Boston Marathon winner, ran the Chicago Marathon in October and continued her record breaking there. Ndereba won the female race in 2:18:47 which bettered the world mark set by Naoko Takahashi the week before in Berlin (2:19:46) by 59 seconds.

Another Kenyan, Ronald Mogaka, age 23, of Royersford, was the overall race winner with his time of 1:01:25. Mogaka also won the Blue Cross Broad Street 10-Mile Run in May, making him only the second runner to win the PDR and Broad Street in the same year. Joseph Kamau, who finished in fifth place this year, was the only other runner to accomplish that dual win. Khalid Kannouchi set the course record of 1:00:27 in 1997.

Four hundred and fifty-seven runners were attracted to the companion 5K race. That was won by Brian Gallagher, age 26, of Philadelphia, in a time of 15:21. Finishing 24th overall in 18:42 was the first woman, Katie Dougherty, age 19, of Wilmington, DE.

Over the years, PDR has had its share of weather problems: too hot, too cold, and heavy rains. This year, fortunately, the weather was perfect for running the 24th edition of the race. That weather helped 6,394 finishers make it around the course which went through the downtown area past the Art Museum, around the Schuylkill River, and finished near City Hall. Before the race, the runners participated in a moving ceremony in remembrance of those who were killed in the September 11 tragedy at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. That included two runners, Bill Fallon, of Rocky Hill, NJ, and Danielle Kousoulis, of Haddon Township, NJ, who were missing and presumed dead in the WTC attack. Like many sporting events, whether the race would be held remained in doubt for a time after the attacks. City officials finally gave their approval. In addition, many runners contacted PDR officials asking that the race not be postponed. As it was, the one-mile races scheduled for Friday evening were canceled.

MALE

Overall

1. Ronald Mogaka 1:01:25
2. Simon Kasimili 1:01:45
3. Laban Kipkemboi 1:01:50
4. Wilson Onsare 1:01:51
5. John Kagwe 1:02:47
6. Ben Kimondiu 1:04:01
7. Joseph Kahugu 1:04:04
8. John Kariuki 1:04:26
9. Mike Cox 1:05:42
10. Daniel Kihara 1:05:50
11. Bill Stewart 1:06:00
12. Keith Dowling 1:06:21
13. Wilson Kagiri 1:06:57
14. Robert Johnson 1:07:10
15. Fred Klevan 1:07:51

40-44

1. Fred Klevan 1:07:51
2. David O'Keeffe 1:09:09
3. Jim Hage 1:09:24

45-49

1. Walter Dupont 1:14:51
2. Lee McConnell 1:18:01
3. David Anderson 1:19:01

50-54

1. Gary Fanelli 1:16:04
2. Ronald Roop 1:19:22
3. John Wright 1:21:41

55-59

1. David Chester 1:24:25
2. Arthur Burger 1:26:02
3. Dwight Edris 1:30:18

60-64

1. James Flanagan 1:33:27
2. Rod Hostetler 1:37:46
3. Jerry Gornish 1:39:17

65-69

1. Tony Cerminaro 1:25:43
2. George Hirsh 1:34:47
3. Vincent Criniti 1:37:25

70 and Over

1. Richard Hoban 1:41:58
2. E. James Kunik 2:22:50
3. George Blyn 2:32:50

FEMALE

Overall

1. Catherine Ndereba 1:08:30
2. Gladys Asiba 1:11:15
3. Elena Paramonova 1:11:33
4. Ramilia Burangulova 1:11:41
5. Theresa Wanjiku 1:12:36
6. Tatiana Titova 1:13:42
7. Misti Demko 1:14:46
8. Kate Fonshell 1:15:59
9. Gordon Bakoulis 1:16:41
10. Judy Johnson 1:17:19
11. Julie Bowers 1:17:44

40-44

1. Ramilia Burangulova 1:11:41
2. Gordon Bakoulis 1:16:41
3. Dorian Meyer 1:18:27

45-49

1. Margaret Krupa 1:34:19
2. Beth Howlett 1:35:48
3. Mary Tomich 1:35:59

50-54

1. Leah Whipple 1:31:00
2. Laurene Jones 1:34:00
3. Joy Hampton 1:35:07

55-59

1. M. Walsh-Greeley 1:36:15
2. Judith Gilbert 1:48:03
3. Lynne Hays 1:49:28

60-64

1. Sandra Folzer 1:42:20
2. Imme Dyson 1:48:16
3. Rita Alles 1:56:19

65-69

1. Zandra Moberg 2:20:40
2. Carol Montgomery 2:27:06
3. Betsy Youtz 2:30:55

70 and Over

1. Toshiko Delia 1:50:31
2. Lorraine Cephus 2:41:53
3. Pamela Lee 3:26:03