Greenwalt and Fabeberg Win Cherry Blossom 5K

By Clay Shaw
Photography by Clay Shaw and Karen Mitchell

Washington, DC, April 1, 2023—For the 50th Anniversary of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 miler, the organizers brought the “fun run” to a solid dedicated race status, held on Pennsylvania Avenue on the day before the 10 miler.  REI was the presenting sponsor.

6,000 plus participants braved steady rain for their trip, mainly on “the inauguration course” on Pennsylvania Ave, starting and finishing near Freedom Plaza.

Casey Greenwalt of Washington, DC came from behind on the home stretch to edge Rachel Gallap of Kalamazoo, MI.  Both women ran 18:12.  Marisa Deichert of State College, PA was third in 18:44.  Michelle Navarro of Red Bank, NJ was fourth in 19:01.  Natasha Fedkina of Arlington, VA was fifth in 19:35. Courtney Hansen-Jablonski of Muskegon, MI was top master and ninth overall in 20:19.

The men’s race was also extremely close.  John Fabeberg from Sweden and living in Baltimore won a close race with Mark Leininger, also of Baltimore.  Both men were clocked at 15:03.  Ethan Gonzales, a third Baltimorean, finished third in 15:32.  Tim Hughes of Washington, DC was fourth in 16:21.  16-year-old Laszlo Wolfe of Washington DC was fifth in 16:50.  Zachary Newman of Brooklyn was top master and tenth overall in 17:30.

Top Women

  1. 18:12 Casey Greenwalt, 27, Washington, DC
  2. 18:12 Rachel Gallap, 23, Kalamazoo, MI
  3. 18:44 Marisa Deichert, 25, State College, PA
  4. 19:01 Michelle Navarro, 31, Red Bank, NJ
  5. 19:35 Natasha Fedkina, 24, Arlington, VA
  6. 19:54 Zoe Calhoun, 25, Mt Kisco, NY

Top Men

  1. 15:03 Johan Fabeberg, 31, Baltimore, MD
  2. 15:03 Mark Leininger, 32, Baltimore, MD
  3. 15:32 Ethan Gonzales, 27, Baltimore, MD
  4. 16:21 Tim Hughes, 35, Washington, DC
  5. 16:50 Laszlo Wolfe, 16, Washington, DC
  6. 16:52 Miles Meijer, 25, Washington, DC
Game faces, as the CUCB 5K runners await the start at 13th NW and Pennsylvania Ave on a rainy morning.
Casey Greenwalt of Washington, DC came from behind to win the CUCB 5K in 18:12.
Rachel Gallap of Kalamazoo, MI had the lead until the very end, but took second in 18:12.
Baltimore residents Ethan Gonzales (red), Johan Fabeberg (blue), and Mark Leininger (black) would be the podium placers. Fabeberg won in 15:03, Leininger was second with same time, and Gonzales was third in 15:32.
Zoe Calhoun of Mount Kisco, NY was sixth in 1954.
Credit Union Cherry Blossom 5K runners pass the Archives Building on Pennsylvania Avenue as they near the finish line.
Fitzgerald Monfiston of Brooklyn, NY was 13th in 17:52.
Darren DeReuck and daughter Tara from Boulder, CO enjoy the CUCB 5K.
Sammie Nunziata of Hoboken, NJ ran 22:58.
Laszlo Wolfe, 16, of Washington, DC was fifth overall in 16:50.
Tim Hughes of DC finished fourth in 16:21 behind a trio from Baltimore.
Best dressed perhaps. Outfit caught the photographer’s eye on a rainy morning in DC.
Runners giving smiles, despite the rain, in the new Saturday Cherry Blossom 5K.

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