May 5, 2018
Rothrock State Forest
by Mike Casper

It was sunny and mild, finally, as runners gathered at Whipple Dam State Park for the 15th Sidewinder but the first with an out-and-back route for the 10K and first ever 20K distance this year. The results given are ranked according to the WMA (World Masters Athletics) age and gender adjustment. Raw finish time is given as well

Jason Spicher took first place in the 10K, with Terry Reid and Kevin Briggs not far behind. Emma Maras finished strong to claim the women’s contest, with her sister, Victoria, in close pursuit taking second and Kylee Ammerman finishing third.

In the 20K, Shundhai Li ran away with the title, with Steve Templin edging out Michael Zimmerman for second. The women’s race saw Becky Wittrig claim top honors, with Amanda Pighetti-Marshall in second and Amy Hobson taking third.

Special thanks to Bob Crowe and Kathleen Taylor for Subway sub pickup, and Steve Templin for assistance at the finish line. Proceeds from this series and the Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon race on Oct. 7 support the Team Ream Foundation.

Thanks to Tom Cali, of CaliWagnerMillward – RE/MAX Centre Realty, Subway Restaurants, and Appalachian Outdoors for series support. Drawing prizes came from Café Verve, Meyer Dairy, Rita’s, and Webster’s Bookstore Café.

The World Masters Athletics (WMA) percentage is an age- and gender-graded scoring system based on data. The WMA percentage tells how your age- and gender-graded time compares to the gender world record for a given distance. If your WMA score is 100%, you would have run a gender world record time in your prime. If it's 50%, then the world record holder would have come in in half your time. By the way, 80% is considered National Class level. Today's top 5 age and gender graded finishers were all pretty close to that! See below for how the results of this race are calculated, and how you can use the system to score yourself for other events. Here’s an explanation of the formula:

WORLD MASTERS ATHLETICS (WMA) Percentage Calculation:
AGST = age-gender standard time
OGST = open-gender standard time
AGT = age-graded time
WMA factor = OGST / AGST
WMA factor * actual time = AGT
WMA% (age-performance %) = OGST / AGT (or = AGST / time)

Simplified, your World Masters Athletics percentage is the ratio of the approximate world-record time for your age and gender divided by your actual time.

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Before the start, runners are eager to get going

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Jason Spicher takes top honors in the 10K distance

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Kevin Briggs strides in for third in the 10K

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Emma Maras wins the women’s 10K race

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Elizabeth Pringle edges out her father, John, at the 10K finish

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Clarisa Brindley completes her longest run ever in the 10K 

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Rebecca Weldon revels in a race well done

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Shundhai Li posts the Sidewinder’s first 20K race time

Sidewinder 10K

Place First Name Last Name City Sex Age Time
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1 Jason Spicher State College Male 25 44:57
2 Terry Reid Bellefonte Male 59 46:37
3 Kevin Briggs Port Matilda Male 41 47:02
4 Rich Harter State College Male 61 47:38
5 Keith Henderson State College Male 53 48:51
6 Jim Maras State College Male 56 51:06
7 Emma Maras State College Female 16 52:56
8 Victoria Maras State College Female 19 53:25
9 David Lloyd State College Male 47 1:01:29
10 Kylee Ammerman Bellefonte Female 37 1:02:26
11 Rebecca Weldon Huntingdon Female 36 1:04:16
12 Jill Fleming Allensville Female 49 1:07:50
13 John Pringle State College Male 56 1:12:41
14 Elizabeth Pringle State College Female 22 1:12:43
15 Ali Weyant Huntingdon Female 21 1:13:07
16 Linda Wible Altoona Female 60 1:14:49
17 Brian Brown Lewisburg Male 43 1:17:16
18 Clarisa Brindley Philipsburg Female 44 1:28:07

Sidewinder 20K

Place First Name Last Name City Sex Age Time
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1 Shundai Li State College Male 45 1:20:46
2 Steve Templin Muncy Male 45 1:29:14
3 Michael Zimmerman State College Male 37 1:29:35
4 Bob Shafer Bellefonte Male 37 1:28:50
5 Chuck Beyer Kersey Male 43 1:46:24
6 Llew Williams Sinking Spring Male 60 1:46:30
7 Becky Wittrig Port Matilda Female 50 1:47:15
8 Michael Goldfine Lemont Male 62 1:50:36
9 Evan Bresler PA Furnace Male 33 1:56:51
10 Amanda Pighetti-Marshall Warriors Mark Female 35 1:57:47
11 Jacob Gordon Huntingdon Male 30 2:01:03
12 Alan Effrig State College Male 39 2:02:36
13 Joel Pheasant Alexandria Male 40 2:03:39
14 Amy Hobson Bellefonte Female 22 2:20:58
15 Zach Hobson Bellefonte Male 22 2:20:58
16 Rob Singer Kersey Male 55 2:47:20