Harry Retains Title at Kentlands/Lakelands 5K
BY BRIAN RUBERRY
GAITHERSBURG, MD--A cool, cloudy morning made for fast times as Troy Harry, of Fairfax, VA, won the Kentlands/Lakelands 5K, on September 1, for the second consecutive year. His time of 15:26 broke the course record by 20 seconds. Olympic Trials 1500-meter specialist, Michael Ryan, of Arlington, VA, was second (15:46) and previous course record holder, Rob Magin, of Gaithersburg, placed third (16:14).
"I felt comfortable right from the start and throughout the race," said Harry, a former Quince Orchard High School and LaSalle University track and cross-country star. "I liked the course a lot. It was better racing conditions than last year--it was cooler and I felt more relaxed."
Naoko Ishibe, the first female finisher two years ago, broke her own course record in a winning time of 17:14. Last year's champion, Patty Fulton, of Silver Spring, MD, was second (17:39) and Kim Chenen, of Gaithersburg, came in third (19:51).
First Masters male finisher Dan Lawson, of Gaithersburg, blasted a 16:21, good for 4th overall. First Masters female Beth McCann, of Falls Church, VA, was 5th overall female finisher clocking in at exactly 20 minutes even.
A record 855 finishers made the 8th annual race the largest 5K in Montgomery County. Participants ranged from age 6, Charlotte Lambert, of Mt Airy, MD, to age 82, Alvin Guttag, of Gaithersburg. Family Teams have become a staple of the Kentlands/Lakelands race. A total of 60 teams competed in eight different categories: mother-daughter, mother-son, father-daughter, father-son, husband-wife, sister-sister, brother-brother, and brother-sister. The father-son category was dominated by the "Flying Ryans"--Michael and Navy Admiral Paul Ryan--with a combined time of 33:09. The Moores family showed true family competitive spirit by winning both mother-daughter, Lisa and Aimee (combined time 47:06), and father-daughter, Leon and Kristen (combined time 42:10), categories.
Tom Temin, 46, from Potomac, MD, served as Kids' Fun Run rabbit. This proved to be a good warm-up strategy. Minutes later he set a personal record in the 5K finishing in 20:29 for 81st male overall. Terry Hetterscheidt, a 51-year-old computer programmer from Colorado Springs, CO, finished in 26:09 (249th male) as part of his goal to race in all 50 states. Maryland was his 44th state.
Another 321 children of all ages laced up their racing shoes to tackle the Kids' Fun Runs. After the race that snaked through the streets of the neo-traditional Kentlands and Lakelands neighborhoods, an estimated 3,500 people enjoyed food, drinks, music, and children's activities from about 50 local retailers.
The race's lead sponsor was Natelli Communities and Classic Community Corporation, with the City of Gaithersburg playing an active role as race partner. Major sponsors included Galyan's, Comcast, the Gazette Newspapers, radio station 94.7 Classic Rock, Rio's Sport & Health Club, Kentlands Citizens Assembly, Potomac Pizza, Charles C. Harrington, D.D.S., Allentuck Printing & Graphics, Inc., Fresh Fields, and Chevy's Fresh Mex.
Race proceeds, which will be announced at a later date, will benefit the Kentlands Community Foundation, the Quince Orchard Chapter, Friends of the Library, and the City of Gaithersburg's Dolores C. Swoyer Scholarship Fund.
Next year's race is Saturday, August 31, 2002.
1. Troy Harry 15:26
1. Naoko Ishibe 17:14