Chilly and Hilly at Roxborough Debutilly

BY HERB TOWNSEND

PHILADELPHIA, PA--Notwithstanding the endless media chatter about global warming, it had been an unusually cool spring. So it was no big surprise that April 14 was hats-and-gloves weather for many of the 112 runners who turned out for the debut of the Roxborough (a Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood) 5K. Still, it was not the temperature for which this race will be remembered; it will be the hills.

With a steep, 100-yard uphill segment at the start, it was immediately apparent that this race would not be flat. This was followed by a quad-busting 1,000 yards of downhill. Then, with little respite, came another 1,000 yards or so of uphill to the turnaround, after which the process was repeated in the other direction. Given the nasty changes in elevation, there was small wonder at the generally slow times as evidenced by the men’s (Raymond Bokenkamp--19:07) and women’s (Aliah Molzan--22:03) winning performances.

With its good mix of age-group and random-drawing prizes, and the challenging course, it’s a safe bet that this race will attract a larger following in the future.

Overall

1. Raymond Bokenkamp 19:07
2. Dustin Wilson 19:18
3. Brian Berkley 19:50
4. Chris Schieve 20:03
5. John Fean 20:48
6. Ken Massey 20:56
7. Kevin Verbrugghe 21:07
8. Blank Tag 21:35
9. Jerry Mullin 21:58
10. Aliah Molczan 22:03
11. Dave Thomas 22:04
12. Anthony Nardini 22:15
13. Matt Kline 22:38
14. Nick Zasowski 22:44
15. Sean Kehl 22:49
16. Clarissa Maxton 23:20
17. Scott Hearon 23:39
18. Tom Boyslin 23:59
19. Patrick Quinn 23:59
20. Herb Townsend 24:02
21. Jen Teti 24:14
22. Kate Zinsky 24:17
23. Peg Kurnik 24:31
24. Shannon Koebbe 24:37
25. Simon Hantrell 24:42
26. Allison Lucik 24:42
27. Geanie Young 24:57
28. Kale Beers 25:00
29. Chris Katchur 25:05
30. Laura Antinucci 25:08
31. Mark Cipulcetti 25:24
32. Dale Kline 25:29
33. Wayne Brew 25:52
34. JP Boles 25:56
35. Kristin Kopp 26:41
36. Joel Goldberg 26:59
37. Jamie Kemm 27:11
38. Suzanne Smalley 27:22
39. Jill Schneider 27:31
40. Marty Harkins 27:35