JULIUS KIBET (LEFT), BROAD STREET CHAMPION, AND
ALBERT OKEMWA, 3RD PLACE, POSE WITH THE LEGENDARY
PHILADELPHIA MUMMERS.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO

Philly’s Own Ten Miler Celebrates
25th Anniversary

BY JERRY NOLAN

PHILADELPHIA, PA--The Silver Anniversary in the life of an individual or an organization is a special event and one to be remembered. Something else for the memory happened on May 2 when the Blue Cross Broad Street Run was held for the 25th time. Minutes before the scheduled race start at 8:30 a.m., more than 10,000 runners learned that the race would be delayed because of a fire in the subway system which runs under Broad Street. The subway system is directly under the runners as they make their way down Broad Street. Race officials could not allow the race to start because runners would have to run through the smoke coming up from the tunnel. Even as race officials were considering a course change, fire officials announced the fire was under control. The result of all of this was that the runners had to wait about twenty minutes for the race to start.

The delay didn’t seem to bother the Kenyan runners who again dominated. Julius Kibet, age 22, from Ridgeway, NJ led 10,682 runners to the finish line with his time of 48:07. Following him was Henry Kipchirchir, age 20, from West Chester (49:20) and Albert Okemwa, age 38, from Royersford (50:33). The winning time was way off the course record of 45:16 (best ever in the USA) set by Simon Wangai in 2002. He also ran and won the Bloomsday 15K the day before Broad Street.

Young newcomer Maria Buseinei, age 18, from West Chester took the women’s division. Her time of 57:32 was more than a minute faster than the second woman, Naoko Ishibe, age 35, from Silver Spring, MD (58:34). Finishing third among the women was Anne Kugler, age 35, from New York City (58:37). Catherine Ndereba holds the women’s record of 53:07 which she set in 1999. A familiar name in local women’s running is Vicki Huber Rudawsky who finished sixth among the women in 59:53. She is a former Villanova runner and a former Olympian.

Masters winners were David O’Keefe, age 45, from Orchard Park, NY (53:46) and Lee DiPietro, age 46, from Towson, MD (1:01:08). Taking top honors among the wheelchairs were Tony Nogbuerira, age 35, from Glen Ridge, NJ (40:35) and April Coughlin, age 25, from New Paltz, NY (52:30). Coughlin beat Amanda McGrory, age 17, from Kennett Square by only two seconds.

It seems appropriate to name the seven runners who ran their 25th Broad Street Run: Rory McManus, Robert Richmond, Ken Beran, Carl Grossman, Joseph Farrell, Jr., Frank Rubino, and James Jones. This race was third in the ten event 2004 Mid-Atlantic USATF Grand Prix.