Nderitu Sets New Record
at Philly Marathon

BY JERRY NOLAN

 

 PATRICK NTHIWA WINS THE
ROTHMAN INSTITUTE 8K.
KAREN MITCHELL PHOTO

PHILADELPHIA, PA--Joseph Nderitu not only won the 10th annual Philadelphia Marathon, held on November 24, by more than three minutes, but he set a new course record in the process. Nderitu, age 29, a Kenyan who lives in Canada, led 5,355 runners to the finish line with his time of 2:16:47. Brian Clas held the previous record of 2:18:03, which he set in 2000. Repeating his second place finish in 2002 was Charles Kamindo, age 21, from Boulder, CO with his time of 2:20:08. A former Browning Ross runner at Gloucester Catholic High School, Ted Callinan, age 29, of Cherry Hill finished third and qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials with his 2:21:22 effort. Also qualifying, with a 2:21:42, was the fourth finisher, Matthew Byrne, age 28, of Philadelphia. Mike Korir, age 28, of Youngstown, OH, the 2002 race winner, finished in seventh place with his time of 2:22:21.

For the previous three years, Russian women had taken top honors in the women's division. Seana Carmean, age 27, from Amherst, MA broke that string of wins, however, when her time of 2:21:05 beat Deirdre Brill, age 26, of Downingtown by five seconds. The first five women finishers qualified for the Women's Olympic Marathon Trials by scoring under the 2:48:00 qualifying time. Nderitu and Carmean each received $3,500 for their efforts. Anne Marie Lauck set the women's course record of 2:37:59 in 1999.

Gennady Temnikov age 42, from Russia and Judy Cassel, age 40, from Lititz each won $1,000 for taking the top Masters awards. Their times were 2:22:31 and 3:00:16, respectively. Temnikov, who was fifth overall, was the overall race winner in 2001. Gerardo Maldonado, age 32, rolled to a 2:18:38 wheelchair win. For the first time, the event included four-person relay teams who split the race into 10, 4, 6, and 6.2 mile sections. A total of 87 male, female, and coed teams participated.

An excellent 8K companion race attracted 1,275 runners. Winning that race, in 23:17, was Patrick Nthiwa, age 20, of West Chester. Finishing five seconds later was Ryan Shay, age 24, of East Jordan, MI. Shay is the present U.S. marathon and half-marathon champion. The women's winner, in 26:09, was Firaya Sultanova-Zhdanova, age 42, from Gainesville, FL. Each 8K overall winner received $1,000. Cainan Willison, age 28, from Savoy, IL won the 8K wheelchair division in 22:33.

 

 FIRAYA SULTANOVA-ZHMNOV,
A MASTERS STAR, WINS THE
WOMEN'S ROTHMAN INSTITUTE 8K.
KAREN MITCHELL PHOTO
In addition to the two races, the weekend included a health and fitness expo, pasta dinner, Mayor's two-mile walk, and a family fun run. Much of this is made possible by numerous sponsors, especially Citizens Bank, Rothman Institute, and Verizon. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the marathon, a special reception was held where sponsors and volunteers who had been involved for that time were honored.

Both the marathon and the 8K were races in the 2003 Grand Prix Circuit of the Mid-Atlantic Association of USATF. They were the last races of the year in the twelve-event circuit.