KHALID KHANNOUCHI (#2), ELARBI KHATTABI (#45), AND
JULIUS KIBET CHARGE TO THE FINISH LINE.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO

2004 PDR Beats the Weather
and Yields Fast Times

PHILADELPHIA, PA--A hurricane named Ivan and a 22-year-old named Julius both delivered surprises in the 27th running of the Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run on September 19. Julius Kibet, 22, who trains in West Chester, won the half-marathon in 1:01:18, running a course that included a muddy stretch of Kelly Drive which flooded after the remnants of Hurricane Ivan caused torrential rains the day before. At the 11th hour, race organizers were able to avoid detouring the course, thanks to a heroic nighttime clean-up by the City of Philadelphia.

Leading the pack throughout the outbound section and running alone into the wind on the West River Drive was Kenyan Luke Metto, now a resident of Peoria, IL. Metto led for nearly 10 miles, opening a lead of 100 yards before fatigue set in. The pursuit pack included the same five runners for most of the race: Moroccan-American Khalid Khannouchi, Kenyans Julius Kibet, Gabriel Muchiri, and John Itati, and Moroccan El-Arbi Khattabi (who finished second in the JHPDR in 2003).

Mile after mile through the middle section of the race, this pack clustered shoulder to shoulder until at mile 11, Muchiri dropped out, clutching his side in pain. The remaining four stuck together past Boathouse Row, up the hill to the Art Museum, and down the Ben Franklin Parkway as far as Logan Circle. With about 300 meters to go and the finish line in sight, Kibet made his move, pouring on the speed. Answering Kibet’s surge but unable to match his closing speed were Khattabi (who also trains in West Chester) in 1:01:19 and three-time PDR champion Khannouchi in 1:01:21. Metto came in fourth in 1:01:37.

Kibet ran his race exactly according to the game plan of coach Hussein Makke of Elite International Sports Management in West Chester. "We wanted him to be patient and pace himself and let someone else go out fast. He got that message and ran this race just the way we discussed." Flashing a sunny smile, Kibet said, "I didn’t expect to win, but when I looked over my shoulder, I could see that I was going to do it."

Top woman finisher Nuta Olaru, 34, broke the tape at 1:09:38. She pulled ahead at nine miles after running in a pack with 2003 JHPDR winner Leah Malot and 90-pound Japanese phenom Masako Chiba, who finished 2nd and 3rd in 1:10:02 and 1:10:55, respectively. Olaru, who had finished 13th in the Athens Olympics Marathon and won the Virginia Beach Rock & Roll Marathon two weeks before the JHPDR, has the Chicago Marathon next on her to-do list. When not in her native Romania, she trains with the Boulder Wave and finished fifth in the Boston Marathon.

In the Masters division, 42-year-old Steve Spence (head track & field and cross-country coach at Shippensburg University) repeated his 2003 victory in 1:06:21. The 2000 JHPDR Masters champion, Tatyana Pozdnyakova, 49, of Ukraine, won in 1:13:36.

In the 5K Classic following the half-marathon, the top runners made the day a family affair. The 5K was won by relatives of some of the half-marathon stars. Alae Eddine Khannouchi, brother of Khalid, won the men’s event in 16:07 and Steve Spence’s 14-year-old daughter Neely won the women’s race in 18:17.

"I’m very relieved at how the event turned out," said Race Director Mark Stewart, who had been awakened with the news of Kelly Drive’s flooding in the wee hours of Sunday morning. "I’m grateful to all the people who were out in the dark and gloom clearing water and muck so our 8,800 runners could run the course we promised them. Everybody involved in the race owes a huge thank you to the Fairmount Park Commission."

Top local residents in the half-marathon included Edward Callinan, 30, of Cherry Hill, NJ in 1:06:40; Ross Martinson, 26, of Conshohocken in 1:06:44; and Gene Mitchell, 36, of Ardmore in 1:06:46. Top female local runners included Emily Kroshus, 21, of Bryn Mawr in 1:15:55; Lisah Hamilton, 32, of Phoenixville in 1:16:23; and Andrea Niggemeier, 35, of Philadelphia in 1:18:57.

Complete results are available at www.philadistancerun.org.

 

STEVE AND NEELY SPENCE CLEANED UP
AT THE 2004 PDR. STEVE WON THE
MASTERS DIVISION OF THE
HALF-MARATHON AND NEELYCLAIMED
TOP WOMEN’S 5K HONORS.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
MALE

Half Marathon

1. Julius Kibet 1:01:18
2. Elarbi Khattabi 1:01:19
3. Khalid Khannouchi 1:01:21
4. Luke Metto 1:01:37
5. John Itati 1:02:04
6. Duncan Kibet 1:02:45
7. Fred Getange 1:02:50
8. Brian Sell 1:04:00
9. Clint Verran 1:04:00
10. Samuel Ndereba 1:04:27
11. Wilson Komen 1:04:43
12. Matthew McInnes 1:04:56
13. John Kariuki 1:05:17
14. Nikolai Antoniko 1:05:39
15. Luke Humphry 1:06:17
16. Steve Spence 1:06:23
17. Casey Moulton 1:06:27
18. Edward Callinan 1:06:40
19. Ross Martinson 1:06:44
20. Gene Mitchell 1:06:46
21. Andrew Masai 1:07:01
22. Mark Stallings 1:07:29
23. Abderrahim Hadi 1:07:25
24. Steve Gourley 1:07:31
25. Abraham Limo 1:07:39
26. Philippe Rolly 1:07:57
27. Matt Wagoner 1:08:14
28. Miranda Ruiz 1:08:17
29. John Garton Jr. 1:08:49
30. Bryan Skelly 1:12:13
31. Matt DiPretore 1:09:05
32. Rick Roundtree 1:09:22
33. John Korir 1:09:27
34. Freddie Klevan 1:09:32
35. Chris Farley 1:09:41
36. Artie DiCola 1:09:42
37. Bradd Delmuto 1:09:53
38. Michael Walker 1:09:55
39. Timothy Callinan 1:09:55
40. Brian Harris 1:10:51
41. Derrick Jones 1:10:54
42. Ryan Walsh 1:11:02
43. Gary Dennis 1:11:16
44. Kevan Huston 1:11:18
45. Craig Vanderoef 1:11:25
46. Ryan Gleason 1:11:31
47. Aaron Price 1:11:48
48. Mike Carriglitto 1:12:01
49. Chip Hazewski 1:12:03
50. Stepuhan Bois 1:12:05

5K

1. Alae Eddine Khannouchi 16:07
2. Alvin Yew 16:30
3. Brian Gould 16:31
4. Paul Ward 16:37
5. Scott Littrell 17:08
6. William Scgaaf 17:19
7. Chad Tibbetts 17:25
8. Philip Reilly 17:30
9. Samy Muaddi 17:31
10. Maurice Pointer 17:37
11. Thomas Stroman 17:45
12. William Pine 17:53
13. B. Bartosh 17:57
14. Peter Bittinger 17:59
15. Bill Lovesusan 18:05
16. David DiPaolo 18:21
17. Matthew Prowler 18:23
18. Bob Hanlon 18:38
19. Timothy Lilienthal 18:41
20. Nace Mullen 18:44
21. Donald Hurford 18:50
22. Richard Henderson 19:04
23. Neal Berman 19:14
24. Bill Wells 19:24
25. Arthuro Jimenez 19:22

 

NUTA OLARU, WOMEN’S
HALF-MARATHON WINNER IN 1:09:38.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
FEMALE

Half-Marathon

1. Nuta Olaru 1:09:38
2. Leah Malot 1:10:02
3. Masako Cheiba 1:10:55
4. Marla Runyan 1:11:19
5. Aki Fujikawa 1:12:42
6. Tatyana Pozdnyakova 1:13:36
7. Gladys Asiba 1:14:45
8. Emily Kroshus 1:15:55
9. Debbi Kilpatrick-Morris 1:16:19
10. Lisah Hamilton 1:16:23
11. Emily Richard 1:16:37
12. Sharon Lemberger 1:16:51
13. Ramilia Burangulova 1:17:33
14. Molly Austin 1:17:40
15. Casey Smith 1:17:52
16. Mary Coordt 1:18:48
17. Andrea Niggemeier 1:18:57
18. Sara Raschiatore 1:19:49
19. Doreen McCoubrie 1:19:21
20. Lee DiPietro 1:19:35
21. Jorge Salazor 1:19:39
22. Amanda Mitchell 1:19:54
23. Victoria McParland 1:21:02
24. Meghan McLaughlin 1:21:01
25. Lisa Thomas 1:21:36
26. Patti Stewart-Garbrecht 1:22:21
27. Kara-Lynne Kerr 1:22:48
28. Lynn Knothe 1:23:02
29. Missy Foy 1:23:09
30. Ann Tierney 1:23:29
31. Lucy Brooks 1:23:39
32. Lindsay Goulet 1:23:38
33. Melissa Mast 1:25:04
34. Leslie Hoey 1:25:21
35. Terry Luzader 1:25:07
36. Janice Torpey 1:25:25
37. Kathryn Masselam 1:25:17
38. Meranda Wall 1:26:14
39. Anne Campbell 1:25:33
40. Julie Hankin 1:25:49
41. Terri Cook 1:26:22
42. Michele Dowling 1:25:55
43. Shelley Farmer 1:26:02
44. Andrea Costella 1:26:05
45. Kelly Dworak 1:26:15
46. Deborah Hyde 1:27:11
47. Michele Belisle 1:27:56
48. Sarah Tabbutt 1:27:39
49. Susan Volpe 1:27:39
50. Lauren Tuchband 1:27:41

5K

1. Neely Spence 18:17
2. Jacqueline Maruca 19:24
3. Susan Lovesbil 19:39
4. Megan Young 21:08
5. Suzanne Watts 21:14
6. Hannah Meyer 21:36
7. Tory Macadams 22:04
8. Adrienne Purdy 22:07
9. Dana Brielle 22:27
10. Kellie Vozzella 22:24
11. Priscilla Lim 22:38
12. Jody Frank 23:09
13. Carrie Houssock 23:38
14. Melissa Murphy 23:44
15. Megan Schlussel 23:39
16. Trina Yiengst 23:39
17. Megan Wyda 23:50
18. Megan Foley 24:01
19. Myronee Simpson 24:05
20. Lorraine Lewis 24:27
21. Colleen Cingel 24:35
22. Maria Samohod 24:47
23. Sara Bush 24:57
24. Esther Lee 24:47
25. Briar Dienna 24:55