The footrace Phil Anderson is passionate about drew a full house Sunday in Bel Air. His annual Survivor Run 5K reached its entry limit of 300 well before the runners raced from the starting line in pursuit of winners Tyler Muse and Jenn Bouffard.
Anderson, a veteran of more than 110 races of 26 miles or longer, developed the race four years ago after he suffered a stroke in 2007. The 67-year-old Bel Air resident returned to running a year later, but his passion became making people aware of the risks and warning signs of stroke, the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. His personal message is that running and fitness do not immunize a person from stroke.
Anderson ran the race for the fifth time, placing second in the 60-69 age group in 28:20. He was one of three stroke victims among the 250 finishers.
Muse, an 18-year-old Harford Community College student, completed the 3.1-mile route in 16:42, winning by 72 seconds over Jeff Burger of Bel Air. Zach Zander of Havre de Grace was third in 18:18.
Bouffard, 41, of Fallston, outran last year's winner, Julia Bacso, by 18 seconds to win the women's race in 20:57. Debbie Felts of Aberdeen finished third in 22:05.
Age-group winners were Rachel Goldsborough, 25:41, and Corey Blanton, 19:34, under-20; Anna Wasielewski, 23:03, and Scott Walton, 20:15, in 20-29; Adine Cumberland, 22:18, and David Stevenson, 18:42, in 30-39; Lori Olszewski, 22:46, and Mike Feinberg, 18:39, in 40-49; Donna Lewis, 22:35, and Saul Duarte, 18:38, in 50-59; Terri Broemm, 28:44, and Joe Stevenson, 26:25, in 60-69; and Terry Derk, 26:08 in 70-79.
The race netted about $4,000, which Anderson is donating to the Stroke Network and the National Aphasia Association.
Cherry Blossom 10 Miler
Andrew Wilson of Darlington and Kristi Burke of Bel Air were the top Harford finishers among the 17,000 runners in the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler inWashington, D.C., Sunday. Wilson ran 1:03:41, and Burke, 1:15:32.
Other top Harford finishers were Jeff Damiano, 1:08:50; Keith Burgess, 1:15:44; Diana Lupus, 1:17:27; Elizabeth Peregoy, 1:17:59; Gina Mannion, 1:19:00; Laurie Bothwell, 1:19:49; Jackie Shugart, 1:21:30; Nikki Zander, 1:22:20; Brad Roberts, 1:22:50; Nicholas Taylor 1:23:20; Kim Roberts, 1:23:54; Vincent Novak, 1:24:59; Michael Myers, 1:28:19; Michael Funk, 1:28:29.
Campbell runs 58-second 400
Evan Campbell of Fallston, who usually high jumps, stepped up to the 400 in the Towson University Invitational Saturday and placed sixth in 58.41 seconds. The event was one of four for the Towson sophomore. She took second in the high jump at 5-1 and ran on the second-place 4x100 relay (48.45) and fourth-place 4x400 relay (4:03.42).
Other Harford performances in the collegiate meet: Elizabeth Tauber (John Carroll) second in 10,000 meters, 38:22.5; Hannah McKenzie (C. Milton Wright), third in 5,000 in 18:51.8; Kara Tolson (Patterson Mill), second in 100 in 12.63; Shannel Shivers (Aberdeen), fourth in discus (129-11) and hammer (146-3); Damian Cruz (Aberdeen), second in 200, 22:59; Wes Redfearn (Joppatowne), fourth in 400 in 50.48; Brooke Schulz (CMW), 1:14.67 in 400 hurdles; and Shea Staab (Fallston), 5:26.6 in 1500.
Xzavier Robertson (Aberdeen) placed second in the 100 dash in 11.27 in the Jim Taylor Invitational at Selinsgrove, Pa., Saturday. Other Frostburg State performances included Wes Jacobs (Aberdeen), seventh in the 1500 in 4:04.33; Eric Williams (Aberdeen), tenth in 800 in 2:00.19; Ron Troutman (North Harford), fifth in hammer, 134-8; and Jen Bower (CMW), 22:26 in the 5,000.
Matt Smith (CMW) ran 16:27.3 in the 5,000 in the Maryland Invitational in College Park Saturday. Also from York College, Tyler Quill (CMW) long-jumped 18-10 and triple-jumped 35-11.
Women's 5K by the Bay
Entries for the Women's 5K by the Bay have topped the 600 mark, with a week remaining until the race unfolds in Havre de Grace.
"I don't think it is unreasonable to think we'll get 100 more entries this week," race director Sue Jacobs said. "I'd say 750 is possible."
The race begins at Tydings Park at 8 a.m. on Sunday April 15. For entry information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-399-9948.
Youth track and field
The 16th annual Harford Junior Track and Field Meet, an introductory meet for ages 7 through 15, will be held on Sunday April 29 at John Carroll School from 1 to 5 p.m. The meet includes a dash, 400/800, relay, long jump and softball throw for boys and girls in each of four age groups, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-15. Entry forms are available at http://www.rasac.com. For information, call 410-838-1284.