The popularity of Thanksgiving Day running events was apparent on Williams Street in Bel Air Nov. 24.
Runners in the 16th annual YMCA of Central Maryland Turkey Trot packed the starting line from curb to curb and 150 meters deep. A half-hour later, the 1,173 participants produced a finish-line backup of similar density on the nearby Ma & Pa Trail.
The huge pack, 40 percent larger than last year, created an intimate, elbow-bumping running experience paced by local collegiate and high school runners.
Tyler Muse, a freshman at Harford Community College, led the way. Whitney Hora, a sophomore at Wilmington University, finished far ahead of the women's field.
Muse surged near the mile mark to pull away from Brandon Smith and Ben Pickett and win by 100 meters in 16:32. Smith took second in 16:50, and Pickett, third in 16:55. Dave Knaide placed fourth in 17:31, and Chris Wagner, fifth in 17:42.
Others in the top 10 were Jerry Henderson, 17:50; Andrew Ellis, 17:53; Kyle Orlando, 18:06; Frank Abbate, 18:08; and Sam Caretti, 18:07.
Hora won the women's race by almost 2 minutes, placing 19th overall in 19:13. Sisters Kaitlin and Lindsay Ames took the next two places in 21:16 and 21:25, respectively. Also in the women's top 10 were Jennifer Bouffard, 21:39; Kelly Machala, 21:40; Jennifer Eikenberg, 22:01; Amanda Johnston, 22:03; Lauren Greenberg, 22:12; Jessica Rogers, 22:11; and Grace Frakenhauser, 22:10
Kays, Ecker lead Bulle Rock 5K
Kays ran 19:17, the fastest women's time in the five years the race has been held. Britta Nelson placed second in 20:36 and Karen Eckberg, third in 21:03. Last year's winner, Shana Hersh, finished fourth in 21:14.
Ecker, 19, led all 419 runners in 16:19, finishing a quartermile ahead of runnerup James Toy, 17:53. Alex Loper was third in 18:17, and last year's winner, Gabriel Lincoln-DeCusatis, fourth in 19:16.
Tisch runs 2:55 in Trail Marathon
Rob Tisch of Bel Air placed eighth among 425 finishers in the Northern Central Recreation Trail Marathon Nov. 26 in Baltimore County. He clocked 2:55:33 and placed second in the masters category.
Laurie Bothwell of Bel Air was the runner-up in the women's masters category in 3:56:19.
Other Harford finishers were Scott Kothenbeutel, 3:27:16; Keith Burgess, 3:34:14; Robert Bell, 3:48:00; Roger Poe, 3:58:36; Dan Harned, 3:58:53; Dale Jordan, 4:10:14; Deana Perry, 4:21:19; Adine Cumberland, 4:21:56; Jerry Marquez, 4:27:52; August Thurn, 4:59:17; Paul Deck, 5:05:02; and Phil Anderson, 5:43:09.
Kara, Young lead RASAC 50K
Huseyin Kara, 53, of Belcamp, won the RASAC Gunpowder 50K trail race in Gunpowder State Park Nov. 19, completing the 31-mile course in 5:12:50.
Matt Nicodemus took second place in 5:19:14, and Mike LaFiandra, third in 5:48:01. Trish McAndrew Young led the women in 6:46:50. Kat Brady was second in 7:09:48, and Roxie McNeal, third in 7:17:17.
Others in the top 10 were Mike Moser, 5:49:55; Scott McGill, 5:59:28; Rick Thompson, 6:09:51; Tommy Thompson, 6:09:51; Tim Gavin, 6:11:03; Jeff Hinte, 6:21:27; Mark Hawkins, 6:35:44; and Seth McElroy, 6:43:50.
In other races...
Shawn Loper of Bel Air finished second in 17:17 in the Towson University Turkey Run 5K Nov 20. Jason Guarino of Abingdon placed sixth among the 156 finishers in 19:20. Shannon Lynch of Jarrettsville was third among the women in 22:27.
Bill Steele of Conowingo won the 5K race of the PNC Bank Run for MS in Wilmington Nov. 24. He clocked in 15:43. Duane Christy of Havre de Grace placed third in the 45-49 age group in 19:15.
Douglas Ripley (20:37) and Kaitlyn Heinly (24:57) were winners in the One World Run 5K on Nov. 19 in Norrisville. The race raised $4,000 for the Project Aids Orphans in Kenya.
Jeff Damiano of Bel Air finished 95th among 1,579 finishers in the 102nd annual Run for the Diamonds in Berwick, Pa., Nov. 24. He completed the hilly 9-mile course in 57:49 for sixth in the 30-34 age group.
Dec. 4 - RASAC Charity Run 5K, Boulton Street at Route 24, Bel Air, 8 a.m., 443-858-0640.
Dec. 10 - Santa's Sleigh 5K, Arena Club, Bel Air, 8 a.m., 410-459-1234.
Dec. 11 - RASAC Run to Mama 5 Miler, Susquehanna State Park Mill, 8 a.m., 410-272-4128.
Dec. 18 - RASAC Holiday 5K, Boulton Street at Route 24, Bel Air, 8 a.m., 410-879-0018.