RG’S OWN GEORGE HANCOCK, OVERALL WINNER, AND TINA
HONKUS, EVENT CHAIR. GEORGE WON HIS
FIRST OVERALL FOR MALES IN THE RUN.

Hancock, Tucker Have Winged Shoes
at Wings of Hope

BY GEORGE A. HANCOCK

JOHNSTOWN, PA--The Wings of Hope 5K run and walk was held Saturday morning April 26, 2008. This new race was developed by local runners Tina Honkus and Nancy Livingston. The race was also part of the scheduled Feel Great Fun event. Over two-dozen vendors were present at the Westmont Grove along with food booths and live music for this Feel Great Event. The race proceeds and all the monies raised were earmarked for cancer research specifically fighting skin and pancreatic cancer.

The 5K events began and finished at the Westmont Borough Grove complex. Westmont is located in suburban Johnstown. The out-and-back road course featured pleasant tree-lined residential streets. Volunteer course marshals monitored key intersections slowing traffic and directing the race field. The route was very runner friendly.

Dave and Tim Mapes served as the race timers and manned the finish line. Cold beverages, cookies, and pastries awaited the road competitors near the finish line.

The starting-line temperature was 58 degrees beneath mostly sunny skies. However, local forecasters were predicting rain for later that morning. Forty-one runners were present along with 30 walkers.

George A. Hancock won the 5K race in 21:15. Hancock, 55, led the event from about 100 yards into the race and was never challenged during the run. Hancock, a Senior Writer with the Runner’s Gazette, earned his first road-race victory in a road-running career that spans 35 years. Hancock commented after the race that being the frontrunner is nerve-wracking since you do not know what is going on behind you. Hancock had placed second several times during his running career but this was his first win.

Steve Tucker and Jim Devine raced each other to the finish line. Both runners finished in 21:25, but Tucker placed second with his last-minute lunge at the finish-line clock.

 

KATHY MOON CROSSING THE FINISH LINE.
Amy Tucker was a mere step behind in 21:26. Tucker, 25, finished fourth overall and was the first female 5K runner.

Kylie Boyer placed a distant second in 23:02.

William Obert, 60, won the 5K walk in 33:38. His wife Sherry, 52, was the first female 5K walk finisher in 34:16.

Awards were presented to the overall winners along with the top finishers in the various age groups. The forecast rains came as the last of the 5K walkers was nearing the finish line.

Following the race, the 5K athletes milled around the Grove examining the products, services, and skills demonstrated by the Feel Great Vendors. Rosie and Jammers provided live music and many purchased tickets for the huge theme-basket raffle giveaway.

Tina Honkus and her race committee were pleased with the race turnout. The committee plans to make this race a yearly event using the same course.

From Tina: Here is why we did it:
Since my mother passed away Mother’s Day Weekend, 2002, I have traveled to Pittsburgh and run in the Race for the Cure. Then I decided to start my own event to raise money for the cancers that my mother battled. They were pancreatic and skin cancer. The event was called Wings of Hope because my mother loved angels. We had over 100 runners and walkers and the event raised over $5000 that was donated to the American Cancer Society.

 

MALE

Overall

1. George A. Hancock 21:15

14 and Under

1. Ben Mostoller 27:08
2. Brennan Moore 27:11

15-19

1. Korey Boyer 21:32

20-29

1. Russell Custer 22:49
2. Cory Shaw 23:07

30-39

1. Frank Grandas 23:14

40-44

1. Jeff Grandas 21:55
2. Joe Myers 24:28

45-49
23:17
2. Jim Rievel 23:41
3. Thomas Wolfe 23:53
4. Rick Martinek 24:17
5. Jerry Moon 24:57

50-54

1. Steve Tucker 21:25
2. Jim Devine 21:25
3. Gary Honkus 23:52
4. Richard Yuhas 26:40
5. David Rupper 30:00

55-59

1. Ron Wissinger 30:49

60 and Over

1. Keith Neff 22:01
2. Don Reese. 23:13
3. Paul Yewcic 29:11

FEMALE

Overall

1. Amy Tucker 21:26

14 and Under

1. Karlynn Boyer 40:30

15-19

1. Kylie Boyer 23:02

20-29

1. Kristine Honkus 27:31

30-39

1. Somer Haight 23:56
2. Sarah Pruss 24:23
3. Kirsten Hickey 27:24

40-44

1. Mary Beth Lintz 26:23
2. Karrina Basett 28:17
3. Leslie Rupper 30:12
4. Amanda Fisher 42:57

45-49

1. Kathleen Moon 28:14
2. Patti Thomas 28:23
3. Kimberlin Martinek 30:07
4. Melanie Shiley 31:21
5. Linda Foust 32:05

50-59

1. Mary Ann Yuhas 26:14
2. Sandy Wissinger 35:26