Beautiful Weather for 29th Somerset
Daily American Races
BY GEORGE A. HANCOCK
SOMERSET, PA--The 29th Somerset Daily American 10K and 5K
races were held Saturday morning June 13. This year the races
consisted of a 10K run, a 5K run, and a 5K walk. The 10K walk
was eliminated due to traffic and safety concerns.
This well organized annual event begins and finishes at the Somerset
High School athletic complex. Numerous volunteers assist with
every facet of this popular race. Finding eager race volunteers
is never a problem with this Somerset race. Every year the race
committee selects several Somerset County nonprofit groups to
split the race proceeds. The 2015 selected groups were the Special
Olympics, the Sipesville Volunteer Fire Company, and the Somerset
First Christian Churchs Weekend Backpack Program. These
three groups would split the anticipated $50,000 in race proceeds.
The lone stipulation for these nonprofits is they must provide
race volunteers to help everywhere. And, every year this is never
an issue. A small army of volunteers work tirelessly insuring
a successful race.
Race day dawned warm and humid beneath thick clouds. The starting-line
temperature was 68 degrees. A strong breeze swept across the
The race-day festivities began with a lap around the Somerset
track by various military and fire company personnel. Then, the
10K runners were called to the start.
Mark Courtney and the crew from Runners High handled the
timing and finish line. The three races were chip timed.
It was 33-year-old Somerset resident Levi Foust who won the 2015
Daily American 10K in 35:49. Foust is a familiar race day figure.
Foust won the last three Daily American 5K races. Foust decided
to run the 10K this year. A smart move since he easily outdistanced
the race field.
Greg Opp, 25, from Somerset, placed second in 37:22. Opp was
visibly upset as he crossed the finish line. Opp had won this
10K race the last three years. However, the morning humidity
and Fousts torrid pace relegated him to a distant second
Thirty-one-year-old Gabriel Foust, from Millersburg, PA, was
third in 38:02. Dominic Mazzariello, 15, from Somerset, was fourth
in 42:18. Fifth place was taken by 18-year-old Somerset resident
Mike Emert in 42:23.
The top female 10K finisher was 38-year-old Jessica Riggs from
Surry, VA in 43:50. Forty-six-year-old Somerset resident Lynn
Singer was second in 47:24. Graycen Breckenridge, 15, from Rockwood,
PA was third in 47:40. Julie Ostrich, 28, from Johnstown placed
fourth in 47:40. Fifth place was taken by 38-year-old Carla Lytle
Eighteen-year-old Jared Hallow had the distinction of being the
first runner to cross the Saturday morning finish line. Hallow
from Gerrardstown, WV finished the 5K in 18:04. Randy Lisbon,
28, from Jennerstown, PA was second in 19:32. Eric Walker, 42,
was third in 19:45. Fourteen-year-old Cejay Walker placed fourth
in 20:24. Brian Bell, 38, was fifth in 20:35.
Sixteen-year-old Somerset resident Karen Dice was the overall
top female 5K runner in 23:41. Lori Horning, 21, from Berlin
was second in 24:10. Twenty-eight-year-old Ashley Hartman was
third in 24:45. Kelly Kaltenbaugh, 27, placed fourth in 25:36.
Jamie Emert, 22, was fifth in 25:39.
Forty-three-year-old Don Penrod from Somerset was the first male
5K walk finisher in 34:24. Melissa Reilly, 48, from Friedens,
PA, was the first place female 5K walk finisher in 34:24.
There were 96 runners that completed the 10K road course and
247 runners finished the rolling 5K course. Finally, 433 walkers
toured the companion 5K walk event.
Awards were presented to the top male and female finishers in
each race. Also, the top three finishers in the various age-group
categories received medals for their race-day efforts.
Cold beverages, fruit, cookies, and potato chips were available
on numerous tables for the race day participants. The runners
and walkers shared race stories while refueling for that next
The 2015 race committee will analyze the race, total the race
proceeds, and plan for the historic June 2016 30th Daily American