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Karsten Brown wins New Year's Day 10K race in Joppa

MarathonNew Year's Day

Karsten Brown won the annual New Year's Day footrace in Joppa Tuesday for the second time, ignoring sub-freezing temperatures to win the 10K event easily in shorts and singlet. Sarah Zephir-Thomason won the women's race.

None of the other 98 participants were in sight when Brown crossed the finish line on Mountain Road. The 38-year-old from Virginia, who routinely runs more than 100 races per year, finished in 37:46.

That was 2 minutes slower than his course-record performance of three years ago — and the RASAC course this time was 0.1-mile longer — but it was fast enough to win by over a minute. Shawn Loper of Bel Air finished second in 38:55, and Jerry Henderson of Bel Air, third in 39:02.

Zephir-Thomason, 37, of Forest Hill, won even more easily than Brown. She finished in 44:57, three minutes faster than a year ago, and 1:43 ahead of runner-up Christine Trzcinski of Baltimore. Laura Muneses of Perry Hall was third in 49:36.

Also finishing in the women's top 10 were Heather Thompson, 50:16; Michele Hoffman, 50:24; Robbie Reeves, 51:29; Donna Lewis, 51:42; Andi Miller, 51:57; Renee Vadas, 52:08; and Jennifer Perkovich, 52:25.

Others in the men's top 10: Jeff Burger, 39:10; Charles Powell II, 39:17; Kevin Hennessey, 41:21; Darren Thompson, 41:38; Dave Stevenson, 43:06; Efrain Martinez, 43:44; and Mike Feinberg, 43:47.

In other races

Rob Tisch of Bel Air was the top masters finisher in the Celtic Solstice 5 Mile in Baltimore Dec. 15. He placed 17th among 3,069 finishers in 28:11. In the 50-54 age group, Joe Richardson of Forest Hill placed third in 33:22 and Joe Zulty of Fallston was fourth in 34:00.

Bart Rein of Forest Hill placed fourth in the 40-49 age group of the Baltimore Resolution Run 5K on New Year's Day. He ran 21:22 for 41st overall among 738 runners.

David Stevenson and Chi-Chin Wu were winners in the RASAC Holiday Run 5K in Bel Air Dec. 16. Stevenson ran 19:04 to lead the field of 30, and Wu led the women in 26:30. Duane Christy (23:34) and Christine Trzcinski (24:17) were the top finishers in the RASAC Merry Christmas 3.4-mile race in Fallston Dec. 23.

Tim Gavin of Jarrettsville and Steve Boutilier of Bel Air were among the finishers in the Tussey Mountain 42-mile race in Boalsburg, Pa., Dec. 2. Gavin finished in 9 hours, 44 minutes, and Boutilier in 9 hours, 57 minutes.

Coming races

Jan. 6 - RASAC Eden Mill 6 Miler, Eden Mill, 8 a.m., 410-879-7679

Jan. 13 - RASAC North Bend 6.5 Miler, Jarrettsville, 8 a.m., 410-652-9829.

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