Roman-Duval and Heilman Win Celtic Solstice

By Clay Shaw
Photography by Clay Shaw and Karen Mitchell

Baltimore, MD, Celtic Solstice 5 Miler, December 17, 2022—Julia Roman-Duval of Columbia, MD continued her winning ways after winning the Baltimore Marathon in October. Roman-Duval, now a master, was the fastest woman in the race by two minutes, winning in 29:05. James Heilman of Lutherville, MD also had a solo run into the finish line, winning by 50 seconds in 26:21.

The Year of the Firebird was the theme of the 2022 event. The race, started by Jim Adams in 2000, attracted 123 finishers in its first year. Karen Menge and Jim Adams have now become “race directors emeritus,” passing the event on to Corrigan Sports Enterprises for the 2022 running. The event continues in Druid Hill Park with its usual bagpipes, Irish wolfhounds, hot soup, hot spiced Wassail, hot coffee and chocolate, and Christmas ornament awards. Staging a race in mid-December has had its blizzard years in 2009 and 2016. This year it was cool but not cold, and very sunny. 2266 finished the race, with many participants dressed in Christmas merriment and ugly sweaters.

Meaghan Murray of Baltimore was second in 31:30. Nicole Dawson of Arnold, MD was third in 31:54. Jody Berinato of Parkville, MD was fourth and Sherry Stick of Sykesville, MD was fifth in 32:29. There were three master runners in the top five with Roman-Duval, Berinato, and Stick.

Paul Hugus of Columbia, MD was second in 27:11. Calvin Ong of Baltimore was third in 27:27, Kevin Ford of Baltimore was fourth in 27:57, and William Tripp of Carlisle, PA was fifth in 28:06. Robert Piper of Baltimore was top master and twelfth overall in 28:56. Jason Tripp of Columbia, MD was tops in the fifties group in 30:10. 2002 overall champion Greg Cauller of York, PA top the sixty-year-old in 34:15. Eugene Myers of Columbia, 70, ran 36:19 to top the age group.

Suzanne Hurst of Baltimore was the tops in the fifties in 35:15 among women and was fifteenth. Bonnie Stoeckl of Pequea, PA ran 39:33 to place first among the sixties.

Top Women

  1. 29:05 Julia Roman-Duval, 40, Columbia, MD
  2. 31:30 Meaghan Murray, 34, Baltimore, MD
  3. 31:54 Nicole Dawson, 28, Arnold, MD
  4. 32:15 Jody Berinato, 41, Parkville, MD
  5. 32:29 Sherry Stick, 44, Sykesville, MD
  6. 32:44 Jessica Brennan, 31, Baltimore, MD
  7. 32:49 Courtney Wallace, 25, Baltimore, MD
  8. 33:47 Grace Duffy, 28, Baltimore, MD
  9. 34:33 Maggie Winstead, 18, Baltimore, MD
  10. 34:36 Kate Deanehan, 45, Baltimore, MD

Top Men

  1. 26:21 James Heilman, 27, Lutherville, MD
  2. 27:11 Paul Hugus, 38, Columbia, MD
  3. 27:27 Calvin Ong, 25, Baltimore, MD
  4. 27:57 Kevin Ford, 35, Baltimore, MD
  5. 28:06 William Tripp, 20, Carlisle, PA
  6. 28:22 Ryan Fan, 25, Baltimore, MD
  7. 28:30 Zachary Simmons, 28, Lancaster, PA
  8. 28:32 Arthur Leathers, 32, Walkersville, MD
  9. 28:36 Connor Todd, 25, Baltimore, MD
  10. 28:36 Andrew Erickson, 27, Frederick, MD
2022 Celtic Solstice 5 Miler start in Druid Hill Park in Baltimore.
Teresa Wojtasiewicz of Baltimore gets a late start and finishes with a chip time of 36:35 (clock 44:42), as she glided past over 2000 runners in five miles.
Julia Roman-Duval of Columbia, MD wins the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler in 29:05.
James Heilman of Lutherville, MD wins the Celtic Solstice in 26:21.
Meaghan Murray of Baltimore placed second in 31:30.
William Tripp of Carlisle, PA places fifth overall in 28:06.
Ryan Fan of Baltimore was sixth in 28:22.
Courtney Wallace of Baltimore was seventh in 32:49.
Fast Santa Peter Jackson of Baltimore placed 27th in 30:48.
Greg Cauller of York, PA was the 2002 overall champ. In 2022, he was the top sixty-year old in 34:15.
Teresa Wojtasiewicz of Baltimore glides by runners on her way to the finish.
Hugo Monnier of Catonsville, MD runs 38:18 at age 9.
Julia Serfass of Washington, DC enjoys the Celtic Solstice 5 miler.
Lori Levine of Laurel, MD enjoying the Celtic Solstice 5 miler in seasonally appropriate attire.
Janice and Matthew Wright of Pylesville, MD always enjoy the races in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
How many other races serve wine? The Celtic Solstice 5 Miler does.
Jason Farber #1789 of Baltimore was 16th in 29:36. Connor Todd of Baltimore was ninth in 28:36.
Shawn Godack of York, PA, our festive neighbor, enjoys the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler.
Shawn Pinamonti #1 of Baltimore has run all 22 Celtic Solstice races. He ran 34:46 to place in the top hundred, as did Alexandra Dystant of Catonsville who was 13th woman in 34:47.
Jill May #3103 of Laurel, MD runs with Jessica Hellmers of Phoenix, MD in the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler.
Jennifer Fitze of Bel Air, MD sporting a Christmas sweater and a patriotic bib number.
Marcia Colender of Hampstead, MD enjoys the Celtic Solstice 5 miler, wearing Christmas lights.
Khalilah Imperatrice of Hanover, MD enjoys the beautiful morning at the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler.

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