Arusei, Akbar Lead the Way
To Benefit the Crispus Attucks
BY CLAY SHAW
YORK, PA--Issac Arusei of Kenya broke away early in the race and went on to win easily in 24:17. Arusei became the 12th African male to win the White Rose in the past 13 years. The second place runner, Oleksandr Kuzin of Ukraine, finished in 25:08. Kuzin had set a new marathon national record of 2:10:59 at the Venice Marathon in October. Kevin Stover of York finished a strong third in 26:11. Greg Cauller, 46, of York was fourth overall and set a new 45-49 race record of 26:27. The old record of 27:08 was set in 1981 by the legendary Ben Hyser and had withstood many challenges in the past 24 years. Cauller, who won the White Rose in 1981, triple-dipped with his 4th overall position, 1st Masters, and 1st York County Masters. Joel Brusewitz of Cockeysville, MD was 5th in 26:34.
Samia Akbar of Herndon, VA put the U.S. women back in the winning column with a 27:33 victory. Larisa Michailova of Russia was second in 28:12. Vicki Cauller of York was third in 28:42. Nikeya Green of Fort Washington, MD was 4th in 29:39. Masters star Lee DiPietro of Baltimore was fifth in 30:04. Over 200 runners signed up for the event with 187 finishing.
Special thanks go to the York Road Runners Club for their assistance. Tom Shepp, the course director; Jan Workinger, the co-director; Joe Myers, the finish-line director; Dave Pflaum, the computer wizard; Gary Golden, the results director; Joel Hornock, the refreshments coordinator; and Josh George, the application designer--all deserve utmost praise and congratulations for a flawless event. Special thanks to Robert Simpson and Robert Hollis from Crispus Attucks for their behind-the-scenes effort that made the race happen.
The 2006 White Rose Run will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2006. It will be the final event of a new and exciting six-race series. The 2006 York Area Running Series will include the Double Creek Half-Marathon & 5K (June 17), the East Berlin Summerfest 5K (July 15), the Bon-Ton 5-Miler (July 23), the Shelley Mialki Memorial 5K (Aug. 19), the York 10-Miler (Aug. 26), and the York White Rose Run (Nov. 11). Participation awards and liberal age-group awards can be earned for the series.