5-Mile Race Causes Ripple in Stillwater


NEWTON, NJ--Prize money and prestige were the carrots and international competition was the impetus as the state's fastest five mile, probably in history, unfolded in the Stillwater section of Newton on June 2. An international field of two Kenyans, a Venezuelan, and several Moroccans duked it out at the Sixth Annual Stillwater Stampede Five-Mile Race.

Fouzzi Aloui, New Jersey's most durable runner, originally from Morocco, went with the front pack for the first mile-and-a-half before falling victim to the pressure and pace. A pack of five went through the mile in a blazing 4:35 and hung tough before Kenyan Nelson Ndereva pulled away at the three-mile mark. Ndereva maintained the lead through the rolling hills and into the lightning fast finale back into the park, running 24:09 and shattering the course record. Larry Sanchez, of Venezuela, was second in 24:16, and, Charles Kipseremi, also of Kenya, was t