HALF MARATHON, YORK, PA, April 28, 2019—Alexander
Hampel of Marietta, PA. made it a three-peat as he won the Spartan Half
Marathon for the third consecutive year.
Hampel won it in 1:12:58, despite strong rain through much of the
race. Zach Lofties of York was second in
1:16:22. Andrew Friesema of York was
third in 1:16:33. York College of PA
coach Stephen LoBianco was fourth in 1:18:53, brother Pete LoBianco was seventh
and first Master in 1:25:40. Tim Schuler
of Lititz, age 55, finished ninth among men in 1:30:00.
O’Regan of Lititz won the women’s race in a course-record time of 1:22:52. O’Regan has won many area events including
the York White Rose Run and the Race Against Racism/Lancaster. She told me after the race that she would
really like to represent Ireland in the Euro XC meet and/or competitive trail
runs. Katie has duel USA/Ireland
citizenship. Megan DiGregorio of
Baltimore ran strong to place second in 1:26:38. O’Regan, and DiGregorio both placed in the
top eight overall. Karen Lam-Duckett of
York placed third in 1:38:26 and was first Master. Both third place runners Friesma and
Lam-Duckett live in our Raintree neighborhood.
Three hundred YCP student athletes braved the weather and the early wake-up call to staff the 4th Annual Spartan Half Marathon. The rain and the race both started at 8 am. The rail trail did get quite muddy, as the lead cyclist and your race photographer can attest to. The rain quieted down after the elites finished, and stopped all together before the end of the race. In total 207 registered with 174 finishers. Weather conditions, and having Easter Sunday the week prior (and those races moving to our crowded weekend) were likely factors. The event benefits The Spartan Advance for York College athletics.