7th annual Laurel Run Switchbacker 10K

March 13, 2010

By Mike Casper

Kudos to Mike Philippe, who braved the elements as much as any runner to direct on this day that kicked off the 2010 Tussey Teasers series. Spring was still a week away, so Ma Nature dished out shoe-sogging rain and bone-chilling wind as a heady addition of adverse elements to the long climb on the front end of this run. Recalled Mike: “Took me about 20 minutes to warm up after the start—in my car!” There was still ice on the upper switchback near the summit. 

Thirty-six runners faced the challenge head on. The rain didn’t bother Pat Singletary much, as he cruised in within 14 seconds of his 2009 time to take first. A few runners even improved their times from last year, including Greg Luna, Jim Myers and Jeannie Peters, and several finished within a minute or two of last year’s time. Travis Cain was second among the men and Martijn Westhoff third. Michele Glasgow led the ladies on the course, followed by Tara Murray and Peters. 
 
At the finish, Mike P. had to run his wipers to see approaching runners and keep his window up to keep the paperwork dry. There were door prizes, but divvying them out on-site was not very practical, so Mike got creative and used an online site and bib numbers to select winners:http://www.random.org/. A $25 gift card from Hoss’ goes to Ben Farahani. Rita’s Italian ice certificates go to Martijn Westhoff and Julie Sutsko.

All runners who turned out for this one are currently eligible for the series “grand” door prize, which will go to someone who completes all five Teasers. Every runner who does all five runs gets a prize.

Thanks again to Mike P. and to all who came out. The next Teaser is the Tussey to Whipple 11 Miler on April 10. We hope to see many of you back – and perhaps even more agreeable weather.

PL. NAME AGE TIME
1 Pat Singletary 44 39:04
2 Travis Cain 22 40:57
3 Martijn Westhoff 29 41:20
4 Costas Maranas 42 41:25
5 Greg Luna 44 42:33
6 Jason Contilno 18 45:30
7 Michele Glasgow* 24 46:19
8 Connaire Foran 32 46:20
9 Tim Herring 38 46:23
10 Jim Myers 55 48:12
11 Scott Brenneman 36 49:37
12 Dana Todd 46 50:59
13 Scott Woods 35 51:07
14 Bill Moen 44 52:47
15 Dave Degroote 52 53:58
16 Rob Crowe 62 54:36
17 Ben Farahani 41 56:40
18 Tara Murray* 33 57:40
19 Mark Harrison 20 58:58
20 John Long-Hart 20 58:58
21 Jeanne Peters* 32 59:20
22 Steve Donnelly 43 59:21
23 Christa Kelleher* 23 59:45
24 Joel Niemann 35 1:00:07
25 Christy Kline* 30 1:00:30
26 Diane Swauger* 34 1:00:58*
27 Van Swauger 41 1:00:58*
28 Tom Voltz 22 1:01:20
29 Randy Loss 43 1:08:42
30 Sarah Peterec* 31 1:08:43
31 Julie Sutsko* 24 1:10:15
32 Kelly Sitch 25 1:10:15
33 Denise Weaver* 45 1:10:37
34 Mary Conner-Righter* 51 1:10:37
35 Maryellen Moen* 43 1:11:05
36 Angie Brown* 22 1:17:36
  *Female runner