Record Turnout at Volvo Powertrain 5K

BY NEAL RIEMENSCHNEIDER

HAGERSTOWN, MD--A record 106 finishers completed the 3rd Annual Volvo Powertrain 5K held on August 29th. The event was run completely on the traffic-free campus of the Volvo plant. Race day was warm and humid but the cloud cover kept the sun from beating down on the runners as they toured the grounds of the facility.

Mark Eissens, a 28 year old from nearby Williamsport, MD, took the lead at the gun and after a half-mile or so was never challenged. “I hit the first mile in 5:07 and didn’t have anyone with me so I just tried to keep my pace the rest of the race,” explained the Radiographer at Martinsburg Hospital. Finishing second was 46-year-old Tim Schuler (16:47) from Chambersburg, PA while another Williamsport resident Jaime Dick (16:52,) took third. With Schuler finishing in the top three, 45-year-old Rob Hovermale (17:09) garnered the top Masters award.

The women’s race was decided at the gun also as 34-year-old Michelle Benshoff from Waynesboro, PA bolted to the lead at the gun and was never pressed. “I tried to go out hard and when I hit the first mile in 6:24 I still felt strong and tried to attack the hill as hard as I could.” The home-school mother of four enjoyed the layout of the course and was pleased with her effort. Finishing second was 17-year-old Charmaye McFadden (20:29) while 20-year-old Jessey Schulz (21:53) took third. Top Masters for the women was 46-year-old local runner Kay Harrison who finished with a time of 22:04.

Afterwards, Volvo Powertrain Senior Vice-President Carlos Hungria presided over the awards ceremony and received a well deserved round of applause when it was mentioned that Volvo has contributed over $22,000 to Hagerstown Rescue Missions as Volvo remains a steadfast supporter of Hagerstown and Washington County activities.

Runners feasted on fresh fruit, PowerAde, and plenty of bagels while waiting for the awards ceremony to begin. In fact, Margaret Horioka and I hung around until the end of the awards ceremony and were rewarded with being allowed to take home a bag of bagels. Breakfast for a week!