Brown Wins Big at Rotary 5K

BY NEAL RIEMENSCHNEIDER

Winchester, VA--Frequent racer Karsten Brown took a break from competing in longer distances when he toed the line for the 11th Annual Rotary Run for Polio 5K held on April 10. This competing at longer distances must be paying off as Brown, who won the event last year in 17:16, took 31 seconds off his time this year as he soloed to victory in 16:45. “I just went out as hard as I could at the gun as the first mile of this course is the easiest,” explained the 35-year-old Front Royal resident. “I hit the mile mark in 5:15 and then just tried to work as hard as I could on the hills.” Brown finished over 1½ minutes ahead of second place finisher Armi Legge (18:17), was in fourth place at the halfway point but made up a lot of ground late in the race. Finishing third was Blake Armstrong (18:22) while the top Masters Brad Rippey (18:44) finished fourth overall.

In the women’s race, there was no competition for the lead as 32-year-old Misty Lowman of Martinsburg, WV took the lead at the gun and was never pressed as she hit the finish line first in 23:06. “I was just under seven minutes at Mile One and tried to keep my pace even the rest of the race,” stated the secretary for physician of an internal medicine. Finishing a distant second was 43-year-old Karin Warren (25:37) who also took the first Masters award while Jacqueline Post (26:04) took third.

There were 83 finishers in the event held under windy conditions with sunny skies and cool temps. An additionally dozen or so tykes ran the ¼-mile fun run which looped the start/finish area much to the delight of the 5Kers milling around the area.

After the race, runners feasted on donuts, bagels, muffins, and my all time favorite, oatmeal raisin cookies. CAN I GET A WHOOEEEE!! At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, I actually went back to the food table and copped a few of those babies for the long drive home.