The Ethiopian Express
BY CLAY SHAW
YORK, PA--The Ethiopian Express rolled into York, as did great November weather, for the White Rose 5-Mile Run held on November 11.
A seven-man pack made a strong breakaway from the rest of the White Rose Run field.
The mix of Ethiopian and Kenyan runners, along with USA rising star Dave Berdan of Baltimore, pushed the pace to nearly race-record times. Alene Reta of Ethiopia won it in 23:39, while NY City Marathon pacemaker Julius Kibet of Kenya ran a strong second in 23:42. Demesee Tefera of Ethiopia rounded out the 3-man final breakaway pack with a third place clocking of 23:49. The 1992 Dowling-Spence duel that resulted in the White Roses greatest mens race, proved that the 2006 field was strong, and also proved how good Dowling and Spence were in 1992 when the duo clocked in at 23:37.
Rounding out the top seven were Genna Tufa (ETH) in 24:15, John Chepochok (KEN) in 24:31, Jacob Yator (KEN) in 24:36, and Dave Berdan (USA) in 24:40. Berdan was the only American other than Mark Stallings to break the 25-minute barrier in 10 years. After Berdan, there was a 1:28 gap until the rest of field began to finish. Masters star Greg Cauller of York, at 47, took another Masters title with a 27:31. Cauller was the overall winner of the White Rose Run in 1983.
The Masters stars of the 30th White Rose Run were two 50-year-olds. Dianna Golden of York took top Masters honors in 34:08, placing 8th overall in the strong field. Nancy Stevenson of Golden, CO, another 50s runner, took second Masters in 35:57.
Its not unusual for Dianna to beat all the 40-year-olds, but for two women in their 50s to be the top two Masters is quite non-typical. But, the biggest hand of the day came for Albert Booth of Lebanon, the oldest finisher in the 30-year history of the White Rose, at age 87, won the 70-plus mens division in 56:42.
The race had 243 finishers plus another 14 in a short fun run. The good weather and the formation of the 2006 York Hospital Running Series attributed to the strong increase in numbers. The White Rose Run continues to have the strongest field of any race in the region, as well as being a local event with strong ties to the community. It is a race organized by runners for runners. The race beneficiary is the Crispus Attucks Early Learning Center (located at 605 S. Duke St., York, PA 17403). The race sponsors are Citizens Bank, York Hospital/Wellspan, Wolf Organization, Peoples Bank, Penn Waste, Ricke Brothers Auto Sales, Turkey Hill, Yorktowne Hotel, York Water Company, and Met-Ed. The 31st running of the York White Rose Run will be on Saturday, November 10, 2007.
FUN RUN Participants
Danielle Bowman, 11, York
Mea Michaels, 11, York
Amanda Prowell, 16, York
Cyndi Prowell, 38, York
Danielle Prowell, 11, York
Victoria Rizzuto, 12, York