Mahon Repeats at Schuylkill Loop
BY JERRY NOLAN
PHILADELPHIA, PA--The awards presentation to the two overall winners of the 30th Annual Schuylkill River Loop Race (8.4-miles), held on December 1, was a family affair. Terrence Mahon, age 32, ran a 43:41 race to lead 269 runners to the finish. His wife, Jen Rines, age 28, finished fifth overall in 49:10. Her time broke the women's record of 50:21, which had existed since 1981. Both Mahon and Rines, who are from St. Davids, PA, achieved All-American status while competing at Villanova University and both are qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
Finishing second and third overall, respectively, were Michael Gross, age 35, of Yardley, PA (47:36), and Patrick Dwyer, age 31, of Jamaica Plain, MA (48:07). The second and third place women finishers also ran well. Finishing in 10th and 19th place, respectively, were Andrea Niggemeier, age 33, of Philadelphia (51:09), and Roberta Wakim, age 39, of Penn Valley, PA (55:18). Stuart Caldewood, age 44 (50:40), and Anne Mitchell, age 48 (1:04:29), were the Masters winners.
The unusual race distance of 8.4-miles around the Schuylkill River began and ended near the Art Museum. It is a venue familiar to local runners who use all, or part, of the course for training runs. In addition, the course is part of the Philadelphia Distance Run (a half-marathon) and the Philadelphia Marathon. It is the oldest continuous road race in Philadelphia.
Also included among the day's events were a 5K racewalk and an 8.4-mile relay team race with male, female, and mixed teams. Taking overall 5K racewalk honors was Alex Major, age 31 (24:58). A new women's racewalk record for the course was set by Erin Taylor (27:27). Team honors went to O'Hara High School (male), Duffy Dames (female), and Platoon (mixed). Special awards went to the Leukemia Society and Lymphoma Team in Training overall winners Mark Hanna (52:53) and Hillary Goodman (59:29).
Proceeds from the race benefited the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Dave Thomas, the race director and marathon training coach, is a long-time marathoner and ultra runner.