SISTERS MELODY AND MANDY
PARSHALL FINISH THE WHITE
ROSE RUN.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO

Kiptoo & Berry Champs of 28th
Annual Downtown York Race

YORK, PA--In York’s real race--the 5-mile York White Rose Run for Diversity, Equality, and Non-Violence, held November 13--Julius Kiptoo became the sixth different runner from Kenya to win the men’s race. Kiptoo had lots of company, as he was in the midst of the four-man breakaway pack that included Auerlio Miti Handanga of Angola (2nd, 24:27), USA’s Mark Stallings (3rd, 24:29), and Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Etitcha (4th, 24:30). The foursome broke away from a much larger group on the Farquhar Park hills midway through the race. Stallings took the lead on the downhill and said afterward that he felt that he could win it. Stallings did finish a solid third, and went on to win the prestigious Berwick Run for the Diamonds on Thanksgiving Day.

Jed Christiansen, 17, was in the hunt with the international runners for the first half of the race and finished an outstanding fifth overall with a time of 25:18. The young man was 17 seconds up on 1997 USA 10,000-meter champ Mike Mykytok of Ramsey, NJ (6th, 25:36). Kevin Stover of York took seventh, and the top York County prize, in 26:27.

Long-time friends and running buddies Mark Amway (26:45), Greg Cauller (27:27), and Rick Blood (27:27) were the top Master runners. Cauller took the York County Masters honors as well.

 

WHITE ROSE CHAMP JULIUS KIPTOO (LEFT) WITH FOURTH
PLACE FINISHER TESFAYE ETITCHA.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
Catherine Berry of Great Britain won easily in 28:03. In 2003 she was part of the five-woman sprint to the finish up Market Street, which went down as the most thrilling women’s race in the history of the event. Conditions in 2004 were much colder and windier than in 2003, therefore, Berry ran nearly a minute slower in her easy 2004 victory.

Upcoming Becki McClintock of Harrisburg took second in 28:49. Kim Saddic of West Chester was third in 30:01. Lee DiPietro of Ruxton, MD was fourth, and first Masters, in 30:16.

Jacy Christiansen, 11, of Greenville was fifth in 30:32. Jacy broke her White Rose age-group record by 1:24 over her 2003 performance, and she has three more years in the 14 & under age group!

Vicki Cauller of York took seventh, and first York County award, in 30:55; Dianna Golden was the top York County Masters, second only to DiPietro. In the 60-plus women’s group, Judy Gilbert had a share of the White Rose age-group record (with Heidi Moebius) coming into this race. Now she has the record alone in 38:52, running 40 seconds faster than 2003, despite harsher conditions. Those conditions, 37 degrees and noticeable winds, did affect the 2004 turnout, slipping 47 finishers from 2003.

 

GREAT BRITAIN’S CATHERINE BERRY,
2004 WHITE ROSE WOMEN’S
WINNER IN 28:03.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
The 2005 race will be the 29th, it will be held on Saturday November 12, 2005. Please run again next year and bring friends. The event was sponsored by PeoplesBank, York Hospital Human Motion Institute, Ricke Brothers Auto Sales, The Yorktowne Hotel, Turkey Hill, Big Sky Bread, Kinard Trucking, and Flying Feet Shoes. The 2004 race beneficiary is the Crispus Attucks Early Learning Center (additional donations may be sent to Crispus Attucks, c/o Robert Simpson, 605 S. Duke St., York, PA 17403).

Special thanks go out to all the volunteers from the city of York, and the York Road Runners. A very special thanks to course volunteer coordinator Tom Shepp, who had a very challenging job with the nature of a city-wide course needing over 70 staffing assignments to keep the event participants safe during the race.