Gillette, Watson Win 42nd Running of York White Rose Run

by Clay Shaw

YORK, PA, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019—Matt Gillette, “the Diamond Guy” (he’s won four straight Berwick Run For the Diamonds races), from Orefield, PA won the White Rose Five Mile Run handily in 25:35.  Josh Sadlock of Harrisburg finished second in 26:06, just missing a sweep of all three Run 717 Series races. Sadlock won both the Shoe House 5 Miler on July 4, and the East Berlin 5K on July 20.  Fred Joslyn of Mt Holly Springs was third in 26:21.  Joslyn recently won the Harrisburg Half Marathon.  Alex Pearson of Hummelstown moved up a spot to fourth in 27:25.  Matt Marcini of York was fifth and top Master in 27:30.

Georganne Watson of Lititz led the women with a 29:40.  Watson was second at the Lancaster Red Rose 5 miler in June, and won the Freshburst 5 Miler in Lititz, later in June.  Aimee Phillippi-Taylor of Glenville was second in 30:31 and was top Master. Aimee, a former 2:47 marathoner, is now a nationally ranked tri-athlete.  Zoe Matherne of Camp Hill was third in 30:46, she was the 2018 White Rose champ. Matherne also won the 2018 Berwick Run for the Diamonds on Thanksgiving.  Laura Latchford, 50, of Palmyra was fourth in 30:57, Laura won the Tom Ausherman 5 miler in August.  Sherry Stick of Sykesville, MD was fifth in 31:34, and the third Master in the top five. Stick recently won the Dreaded Druid Hills 10K in Baltimore on a hot August morning.

Andrew Friesema and Christine Krebs of York, both competitive racers on the Flying Feet team, won the stroller division, Friesema in 30:41, pushing two children. Krebs repeats as champion, pushing Naomi, in 37:24.  Flying Feet won the competitive team championship trophy for the second straight year with an average time of 30:42 for the top five runners.  River Runners were second in 33:58, State Farm was 3rd, Moms Run this Town was 4th, and Code Runners took fifth.

The River Runners had the largest team with 38, Moms Run This Town had 23, Flying Feet had 12.

In total 421 registered for the 42nd Running of the White Rose Run 5 Miler, 373 of them finished. It was a nice gain of 49 finishers over 2018. The race was hosted by the York Road Runners Club and by the White Rose Bar & Grill as the runners were Rockin’ on Beaver Street on September 28.  Proceeds from the event will go to the York Chapter of Not One More, a nonprofit organization formed in 2015 for the purpose of providing awareness, education, and support to those affected by drug abuse and addiction.

Sponsors of the White Rose Run were the White Rose Bar & Grill, OSS Health, Flying Feet Sport Shoes, Turkey Hill, Martin Foot & Ankle, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, CGA Law Firm, Dottie’s Family Market, Blossom Med Spa, Sarah’s Snacks, York Water Company, and York Traditions Bank.

Top Women

  1. 29:40 Georganne Watson PA
  2. 30:31 Aimee Phillippi-Taylor (42) PA
  3. 30:46 Zoe Matherne PA
  4. 3);57 Laura Latchford (50) PA
  5. 31:34 Sherry Stick (41) MD
  6. 32:30 Kristin Snyder PA
  7. 33:20 Katie Fuller PA
  8. 33:58 Amanda Cario PA
  9. 34:00 Vicki Boyer (47) OR
  10. 34:32 Erin Dubs PA

Top Men

  1. 25:35 Matt Gillette PA
  2. 26:06 Josh Sadlock PA
  3. 26:21 Fred Joslyn PA
  4. 27:25 Alex Pearson PA
  5. 27:30 Matt Marcini (43) PA
  6. 27:38 Paul Stringer PA
  7. 27:42 Jordan Cruise PA
  8. 27:43 Ty Stump PA
  9. 28:31 David Schofield PA
  10. 28:39 Thomas Luff PA

*Go here for full, searchable results (overall, winners, masters, leaderboards).*

Jan Workinger (second from left) and his cycling team helped to keep the runners safe and on course. Aimee Taylor (left) would place second. Downtown, the York Revolution Mascot, was hopeful for the evening’s playoff game.
Matt Gillette #1 shares the front with Josh Sadlock #403 and Paul Springer #414 two blocks into the 42nd running of the York White Rose Run.
The top women sort themselves out quickly into the top three. Georganne Watson of Lititz #22 won in 29:40. Aimee Taylor #23 was second, and 2018 champ Zoe Matherne #21 was third.
Downtown tries to make the top five. Alex Pearson of Hummelstown is charging fast to take fourth in 27:25.
Georganne Watson of Lititz wins the 2019 York White Rose Run in 29:40.
Aimee Phillippi-Taylor of Glenville, PA finishes second in 30:31, and was first of three masters women in the top five.
Andrew Friesema of York and the Flying Feet Team wins the men’s stroller division, while placing 18th in 30:41 (pushing two children). Andrew also scored on Flying Feet’s winning team.
Keith Dowling of Reston, VA, now 50, returned to his hometown of York and to the event that he won in an epic race with Barcelona Olympian Steve Spence in 1992. It was great to have Keith back and to share race management stories.
Christine Krebs of York (Naomi holding ears with the drum line ahead) wins stroller division for second straight year. Krebs finished in 37:24.
Leah Navarro of Seven Valleys, runs 38:46, holding off Seth Smith #322 of York Springs, and Patrick Lister of Middletown (pushing three kids !). Leah recently won the Sasquatch 5K.
Miles of Smiles, Becky Doner of Mt Wolf speeds up Beaver Street.
Joe Church, the most interesting marathon traveler around.
Ashley Wright of York tears up as she nears the finish ……..
……… because her two girls are there to finish with her.
Our neighborhood has fast runners out in the 17404. Megan Dodson 36:53 and Kelly McKinley 36:46. Both earned award caps.
Flying Team Racing Team won team title with 30:42 average time. Friesema, Theisen, Jamison, Phillippi-Taylor, Marcini, Sipe, Dubs, Dodson, and Meyer.
Top 5 women: 1 Georganne Watson, 2 Aimee Phillippi-Taylor, 3 Zoe Matherne, 4 Laura Latchford, 5 Sherry Stick. Three of the top five are masters (2, 4, and 5)..
Top 5 from left: 1 Matt Gillette, 2 Josh Sadlock, 3 Fred Joslyn, 4 Alex Pearson, and 5 Matt Marcini (also top master)
Liam George placed 42nd overall in 34:30 and won his age group. Of course, he is grandson of Karen and Clay, so we are big time proud.
Touching moment after Shawn Whitecomb got his award and a hug from wife, Liz Treffinger. Whitecomb was 36th in 33:44 and placed in age group. Had a severe accident a year ago (read story in RunnersGazette) and somehow ran Boston in April.
River Runners had the largest team with 38 runners. Thanks, Jeff Paladina, for organizing the team and thanks all River Runners for participating in this year’s event. See you next year!!!

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