Santana and Martino Sparkle in the Diamonds Run

By Clay Shaw
Photography by Clay Shaw and Karen Mitchell

Berwick, PA, November 24, 2022 Thanksgiving Day, 113th Run for the Diamonds—The 2022 Run for the Diamonds seemed back to normal after two years of no pasta dinner and wave starts. Kudos to the staff for even staging the event in 2020.

Mark Will-Weber, who wrote the book Run for the Diamonds: 100 Years of Footracing in Berwick, Pennsylvania, was the pre-race dinner speaker. Honored at the dinner were Claudette Garber, who was one of two women who were invited to compete in 1972, and Debbie Focht, the first local woman to run the race (1973) then called the “Berwick Marathon.” The 2022 running was the 50-year anniversary of women in the race, as prior to 1972 women were not permitted to participate.

Alfredo Jose Santana, a native of Puerto Rico proudly wearing the national team singlet, won an epic battle with Casey Ellis of Towanda, PA. Santana, who now lives in Philadelphia, won in 44:13, the 7th fastest time ever. Ellis finished in 44:18 and earned 9th place on the all-time list. In a strong men’s field Samuel Gerstenbacher of Lancaster was third in 44:44. Matt Gillette of Allentown, the five-time champ, was fourth in 45:13. Alex Price of Bethlehem was fifth in 45:27. Gregory Jaindl of Macungie was sixth in 45:44. David Haines of Madison Township was seventh in 45:48. The top seven overall earned the coveted diamond rings. There were also rings in ten-year age groups with Michael Heimes of Reading earning the 40-49 ring with a 49:15 time and thirteenth overall. Art Siemers of Signal Mountain, TN was the 50-59 victor in 53:23 and 33rd overall. Phil Garland of Lancaster won the 60-and-up diamond in 58:41 and was 86th ; he was a repeat winner.

Marino Martino, née Orrson, of Dallas, PA won the Run for The Diamonds for her third time in 52:51. She won in 2015 (Orrson) and again in 2019 as Martino. Corinne Fitzgerald of New York, NY was second in 53:45. Zoe Matherne of Philadelphia, the 2018 champion, was third in 54:08. Laurel Moyer of Lock Haven, who was eighth in 2021, moved into the diamond winners with a 54:29 and fourth place. Lacey Danilovitz of Moosic was fifth in 54:34. Julie Hartenbach of Springfield, VA was sixth in 55:10. Carly Danoski of Clarks Summit earned the seventh and final diamond in 55:49. Alison Schwalm of Line Lexington, PA was top 40-49 in 1:02:55 earning the diamond, and was 22nd overall. Amy Rome of Dallas, PA was the diamond winner of the 50-59 in 1:04:45. Kate Fisher of Watsontown, PA was the 60-and-up champ in 1:16:11.

The Run for the Diamonds has a rich history and attracts runners from all over the United States and even a few other countries. The diamond awards and a deep set of age group and team awards add to the attraction of this longtime staple in the running community. The nine-mile distance with hills make it a tough challenge. 1041 hearty athletes completed the 2022 Run for The Diamonds. Big time kudos to Chris Aurand of Berwick who completed his 50th consecutive race along with friends and family sporting Oregon Ducks t-shirts.

Top Women

  1. 52:51 Marina Martino, 31, Dallas, PA
  2. 53:45 Corinne Fitzgerald, 31, New York, NY
  3. 54:08 Zoe Matherne, 26, Philadelphia, PA
  4. 54:29 Laurel Moyer, 26, Lock Haven, PA
  5. 54:34 Lacey Danilovitz, 17, Moosic, PA
  6. 55:10 Julie Hartenbach, 36, Springfield, VA
  7. 55:50 Carly Danoski, 24, Clarks Summit, PA
  8. 56:55 Katie Sick, 31, Millville, PA
  9. 57:41 Madison Hedglin, 15, Dallas, PA
  10. 58:01 Jamie Rizzo, 28, Phoenixville, PA
  11. 59:20 Maizy Aikey, 18, Bloomsburg, PA
  12. 59:43 Nicole Keeley, 22, Northumberland, PA
  13. 59:43 Brianna Hennett, 18, Northumberland, PA
  14. 1:00:39 Katie Moncavage, 16, Elysburg, PA
  15. 1:00:51 Marie Lemay, 34, Rochester, NY

Top Men

  1. 44:13 Alfredo Jose Santana, 31, Philadelphia, PA
  2. 44:18 Casey Ellis, 23, Towanda, PA
  3. 44:44 Samuel Gerstenbacher, 25, Lancaster, PA
  4. 45:13 Matt Gillette, 31, Allentown, PA
  5. 45:27 Alex Price, 29, Bethlehem, PA
  6. 45:44 Gregory Jaindl, 25, Macungie, PA
  7. 45:48 David Haines, 23, Madison Twp, PA
  8. 46:12 Christian Schaaf, 23, Phoenixville, PA
  9. 46:28 Seth Slavin, 23, Bethlehem, PA
  10. 47:32 Chris McCabe, 33, Boiling Springs, PA
  11. 48:35 Mitchell Rome, 22, Dallas, PA
  12. 48:55 Ciaran Fisher, 26, Marion Heights, PA
  13. 49:15 Michael Heimes, 44, Reading, PA
  14. 49:19 Daniel Danilovitz, 16, Moosic, PA
  15. 49:35 Oliver Heintzelman, 15, Shickshinny, PA
Alfredo Jose Santana of Philadelphia wins in 44:13. Proudly wearing the Puerto Rico national team singlet, Santana ran the 7th fastest time ever in the 113-year history. Casey Ellis (also in picture) finished second in 44:18, the 9th fastest time ever.
Marina Martino of Dallas, PA becomes a 3-time champ with a 52:51 victory. Marina won the 2015 and 2019 race, too.
Corinne Fitzgerald of New York, NY was second in 53:45.
Zoë Matherne of Philadelphia, the 2018 champ, was third in 54:08.
Samuel Gerstenbacher of Lancaster finishes third in 44:44.
Matt Gillette of Allentown, the 5-time champion, was fourth in 45:13. Matt won in 2015 through 2018 and again in 2021.
Julie Hartenbach of Springfield, VA was sixth in 55:10.
Madison Hedglin of Dallas, PA, age 15, was ninth overall in 57:41.
Fred Joslyn of Boiling Springs, the 2006 and 2011 champ finished, 16th in 49:44. Two of his children raced this year, too.
Alison Schwalm of Line Lexington, PA was the diamond winner of the 40-49 group in 1:02:55. Alison was 22nd overall. Justin O’Brien of Palmyra was one second back in 1:02:56.
Roger Davis of Jenkintown, PA finishes his 48th Run For the Diamonds.
Chris Aurand of Berwick (gray sweatshirt)) and his crew celebrate 50 years of consecutive Diamond runs. Bill Bull #49 is one year behind. Amazing dudes for both perseverance and race loyalty.
Carmella DiPippa of Bloomsburg wears F39 for a reason. It’s her 39th Run for the Diamonds finish, and she is the all-time female leader.
The hills begin gently before the BIG hill. Casey Ellis #16, Samuel Gerstenbacher #19, Matt Gillette #1, David Haines #3, Gregory Jaindl (back of group), Alfredo Jose Santana #24, Seth Slavin #408, and Alex Price #2 are all in contention.
A strong eight-man field charges through the first mile. Samuel Gerstenbacher, Casey Ellis #16, David Haines #3, Matt Gillette #1, Seth Slavin #408, Alfredo Jose Santana #24, and Alex Price #2.
Alfredo Jose Santana goes to the front on Summer Hill as the field strings out into single file.
Casey Ellis #16 tries his best to break away from Alfredo Jose Santana. The two athletes pushed each other into the top ten fastest times ever in the 113-year history of the race.
Casey Ellis #16 and Alfredo Jose Santana head through the gauntlet of Thanksgiving spectators, as they had broken away from the rest of the strong field on Summer Hill.
Thomas Schofflin of Bloomsburg finishes the nine-mile race in style with a four-legged pal.
Doug Alter of Berwick and Kathy Purtell of Endwell, NY finish together, as the race does end well.
Jen Reams of Bridgeport, WV finishes the race in appropriate Thanksgiving race garb.
Chloe Joslyn #F242 of Boiling Springs finishes the 9-mile Run For the Diamonds. Her father Fred Joslyn finished 16th and is a two-time champion.
Dominque Ramer of Nesquehoning, PA finishes in 1:06:20. One of two women to run in the 1972 race, Claudette Garber, watches the race (at left) with her granddaughter.
Lori Wase of Richboro, PA finishes with a smile in the 113th running of the Run For The Diamonds. She ran 1:05:31.
Kyle Orrson of Mountaintop, PA gets “five” in the home-stretch, followed by Kyra Bechtel, also of Mountaintop.
Charles (Gabe) Joslyn #307, gets some encouragement from his dad (2-time champ Fred Joslyn), on the long homestretch of the 9-mile Run For the Diamonds.
Top women: Martino 1st, Fitzgerald 2nd, Matherne 3rd, Danilovitz 5th, Hartenbach 6th, Danoski 7th. (Not pictured – Moyer 4th – See team photo for Moyer.)
Top 7 men: Santana 1st, Ellis 2nd, Gerstenbacher 3rd, Gillette 4th, Price 5th, Jaindl 6th, and Haines 7th.
Masters champs (Diamonds and jackets) by decade. Alison Schalm (left) 40’s, Amy Rome 50’s, Kate Fisher 60’s, and Phil Garland 60’s.
Laurel Moyer who was 4th overall holds the top team trophy representing Team Sick.
The Coal Busters were the top team.

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