Apple Pie Makes the Shanksville 10K a Sweet Race to Run
BY GEORGE HANCOCK
SHANKSVILLE, PA--The 27th Shanksville 10K and companion 5K road race was held Sunday afternoon March 12, 2006. This race is Somerset Countys oldest road event. Each year the Shanksville sophomore class holds the race as a class project. The 2008 Shansksville class staffs the registration tables, the water stops, the mile markers, serve as traffic control, and assist with the beverages, refreshments, and postrace cleanup.
The sophomore class also provides the unique age-group awards. Apples pies serve as the race awards. Each age-group winner receives for his or her race efforts either a homemade or a store-bought apple pie. The delicious treats make the Shanksville trek quite enjoyable. The race benefits various class projects.
The rolling 10K course begins above the beautiful Shanksville school complex. The 10K road course meanders out to State Route 160 then encircles Lake Stonycreek. The out-and-back 5K begins and ends below the Shanksville School. Weather is always a factor in this race that opens the Spring road-racing season in Somerset and Cambria County.
The warmest weather in 11 years greeted the road athletes at the starting lines. The temperature was a balmy, but rainy, 58 degrees. The race competitors were dressed in light racing clothes. Some runners simply did not know how to act in the warmer weather. The previous Shanksville weather highs were 50 degrees in 1992 and 55 degrees in 1995. The other years featured snowy, cold, windy weather.
Both starting lines featured cloudy, rainy skies. Yet, the air temperature was warm. Those savage Shanksville winds were not present for the 2006 races. However, the rains disappeared by the 10K halfway point. The runners faced mild conditions during the final 10K segment.
Twenty-three runners completed the 10K road course. Twenty-one runners toured the 5K route. Eight walkers completed the 5K walk.
Tom Lipsie liked those warmer Shanksville temperatures. Lipsie won the 10K race in 35:58. Lipsie became the first three-peat Shanksville 10K winner. Lipsie won the 2004 race in 35:41 and also the 2005 race in 36:56.
The 38-year-old Indiana, PA resident won the 10K race by a wide margin. Central Cambria High School running ace Carly Seymour, 16, placed second in 39:10. Seymours time was just a few seconds off Heather Burys 2005 38:57 course record.
Randy Wilson was the second place male 10K runner in 42:49. Joe Gilmore was third with his 43:37 finishing effort.
Dana Furdella was the second female 10K finisher in 44:57. Michele Restivo was third in 51:50.
Neal Riemenschneider, 51, won the 5K race in 18:46. Riemenschneider is a familiar name to Runners Gazette readers. This long-time Runners Gazette contributor made the long drive to the Shanksville, PA starting line from his Winchester, VA residence. Neal also earned an apple pie for his race-day performance. One wonders if he nibbled on the tasty treat during the drive home.
Mitch Radella placed second in 19:13. Zachary Weimer finished third in 20:29.
Kelsy Seymour, 13, was the first female 5K finisher in 21:46. Seymour also out-legged her competitors to the finish line. Brynn Waylonis was second in 23:35. Maggie Samole was third in 24:30.
Ageless Craig Baer won the 5K walk in 28:53. The 47-year-old Fort Hill, PA resident is again working on another successful racing year. Baer stated after the race that he could easily complete over 65 road events in 2006.
Sherry Obert, 50, from Bedford, PA was the first female 5K walk finisher with her 34:22 time.
Veteran road racer Tom Fetterman, Sr returned to the local road-race scene. Last Fall, Fetterman became the first regional runner to run a marathon in every state. Shortly after completed his 50th state marathon, he developed a troubling bacterial infection. This infection left him tired and sluggish. Fetterman used the Winter season to return to his normal racing form.
Some Shanksville 10K runners will have a difficult time explaining their part in the doggie incident that occurred during the last mile. A slightly overweight low rider collie dog jumped into the 10K race about 50 yards ahead of this running writer. This hard-charging well-fed dog proceeded to pass runner after runner on the road course. Then this spirited pooch sprinted up the last hill passing everyone. The collie then calmly turned around at the top and jogged back down seemingly exclaiming to everyone that road running is not that hard.
Race Director Dave Mapes along with his brother, Tim, again provided the Shanksville field with another outstanding road race. Dave coordinated the sophomore class race-day efforts. The end result was a well-organized race. The road athletes experienced an excellent athletic contest. The balmy weather was a race-day bonus.
1. Tom Lipsie 35:58
1. Randy Wilson 42:49
1. Tom Fetterman, Jr. 44:30
1. Bill Bromyard 44:44
1. Joe Gilmore 43:37
60 & Over
1. Tom Fetterman, Sr. 45:06
1. Carly Seymour 39:10
1. Dana Furdella 44:57
1. Julie Lehman 57:59
1. Janice Boyko 69:19
1. Neal Riemenschneider 18:46
15 & Under
1. Zachary Weimer 20:29
1. Austin Brownlee 20:40
1. Jim Gettys 25:20
1. Mitch Radella 19:13
1. Roy Knupp 20:56
60 & Over
1. Carl Pritts 24:52
1. Kelsey Seymour 21:46
15 & Under
1. Brynn Waylonis 23:35
1. Casi Neff 28:35
1. Maggie Samole 24:30
1. Shelley Roxby 27:12
60 & Over
1. June Deakins 34:56
1. Craig Baer 28:53
1. Jeff Pawlak 39:22
1. Kim Bennett 29:59
1. Sherry Obert 34:22
1. Dawn Bennett 34:36
1. Gwen Baer 35:08
1. Darlene Pawlak 37:21