Shoe House 5 Miler: First Live Race in Four Months

by Clay Shaw

YORK, PA—The 8th Annual Shoe House 5 Miler, held July 4, 2020, became the first regional race to be held live since the start of the pandemic in mid-March. Race director Melissa Darrin had mixed emotions about going forward with the region’s first live race.  The “Green” designation issued by the state of Pennsylvania for York County in early June made the event possible for less than 250 people (runners and staff).  Guidelines for six-feet apart in either the packet pick-up line or the toilet lines.  Masks were to be worn to pick up packets and at anytime other than the actual race itself.  The water station was staffed by gloved personnel who placed 8 oz. unopened bottles of water on the tables.  Throwaway containers were nearby.  Awards will be mailed.  176 runners finished the 5 miler, and 191 registered.

Christopher Myers of Lancaster won the race in 25:48 in a close battle with Benjamin Linne of York, who took second in 26:13.  Matthew Martino of Hanover was third in 27:37. Eric Deignan of Harrisburg was fourth in 27:41.  Lyle Stauffer of Ephrata had a PR and was fifth in 27:46, and at 39 almost a Master.  Paul Willits of Lititz was the top Master in 33:46, and 16th overall.

Colleen Deignan of Harrisburg was top woman, in 34:56.  York Winter Series regular Lyla Eltz (age 9) of Hanover was second overall in 35:53.  Masters runners Kelly Trabosh of Pottsville (36:34) and Megan Dodson of York (36:48) took the third and fourth overall spots.  Sarah Wenger of Dallastown was fifth in 36:58.

Of note, some nice older-runner performances by Courtland Howard of Red Lion in 40:55 at age 65, Armand Meyer of York in 41:44 at 72.  Not to be outdone, Isabel Bentz of Lancaster ran 43:38 at 69. 

Top Men

  1. 25:48 Christopher Myers
  2. 26:13 Benjamin Linne
  3. 27:37 Matthew Martino
  4. 27:41 Eric Deignan
  5. 27:46 Lyle Stauffer
  6. 28:04 Luis Miranda
  7. 28:49 Jack Warehime
  8. 29:06 Alec Wetcher
  9. 29:09 Daniel Myers
  10. 29:38 Colby Clinton

Top Women

  1. 34:56 Colleen Deignan
  2. 35:53 Lyla Eltz (9)
  3. 36:34 Kelly Trabosh (42)
  4. 36:48 Megan Dodson (43)
  5. 36:58 Sarah Wenger
  6. 37:38 Cathy Ginder
  7. 38:48 Susan Lewis
  8. 38:58 Janel Kinard
  9. 39:36 Madie Morrow
  10. 39:55 Lacey McClare
Social-Distant packet pick up, with mask wearing to get packets, lots of COVID instructions and hand sanitizer.
Armand Meyer #64 of York (age 72), and Mike Ball #7 of Wellsville (age 67) still putting in the miles.
Lyla Eltz (age 9), of Hanover, PA. is all smiles in the first mile of the Shoe House 5 Miler. Lyla ran 35:53 to place 2nd Female overall.
Lyla Stauffer of Ephrata crossing over US 30 on Shoe House Road, with Eric Deignan #20 of Harrisburg. Stauffer finished fifth in 27:46, and Deignan in fourth in 27:41.
Colleen Deignan of Harrisburg won the Shoe House 5 Miler by nearly a minute. Deignan won it in 34:56
Benjamin Linne #57 of York charges by the Shoe House in the lead. Christopher Myers #69 of Lancaster, would win in 25:48. Linne finished second in 26:13. Linne won the Springettsbury 10K in February on some of the same roads.
Luis Miranda of Lebanon PA strides away from the famed Shoe House. Miranda finished 6th in 28:04.
Megan Dodson of York and the Flying Feet Racing Team powers around the Shoe House on way to fourth place overall, and second master.
Kelli Kauffman of York ran 49:45 pushing a stroller.
Susan Eckman of Lancaster enjoying Central PA’s first race in months, as does Clare Flannery of Harrisburg.
Isabel Bentz of Lancaster PA, age 69, rocked the course in 43:38.
Tracy Myers of Dallastown and the Flying Feet Racing Team placed 11th overall in 40:33.
Kirby Smith of Akron, PA one of the legendary runners and race directors of the 1980’s, rounds the Shoe House, the halfway point.


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