Lack of August heat brings more than 1,500 runners and a McNew win

Because of the heat, August is typically a down month for long foot races in Maryland. On Saturday, however, the Charles Street 12 joined the Annapolis 10, the granddaddy of Maryland road races, on the August calendar and drew a big field.

In its first running, 1,557 runners followed Ben Hutterer of New Jersey and Megan McNew of Baltimore over a rolling, descending, 12-mile course from Towson to the Inner Harbor.

McNew led the women's race. The former North Harford standout ran 1:17:37 to win by 13 seconds over Lauren Williams of Timonium. Jesse Jaeger of Kingsville was the top local finisher among the men, placing second in 1:07:40, about 100 meters behind Hutterer.

About 10 percent of the field came from Harford County. Jeff Burger of Bel Air finished 10th in 1:15:08 to lead the 30-39 age group by almost 2 minutes. Jerry Henderson of Bel Air placed 12th in 1:15:59 and led the 40-49 age group, three minutes ahead of runner-up Rob Santoni of Baltimore. David Stevenson of Abingdon, 1:21:30, and John Escarsega of Bel Air, 1:21:32, finished in the top 30. Escarsega was third in men's 50-59.

Mirek Havel, 15, of Bel Air, led the 12-15 age group in 1:39:31. Talia Kahoe of Bel Air took third in 16-19 in 1:46:46. Finishing fourth in their age groups were Courtney Waldhauser of Fallston in 20-29, 1:31:28, and Stacey Esposito of Joppa in 40-49, 1:31:40.

The undisputed leader among August races, the Annapolis 10, goes to the starting line for the 38th time Aug. 24 with a full field of 5,300.

Giddy Up 5K

Dan Lekites, a Fallston High School junior, led 188 runners to the finish of the Giddy Up 5K in Towson Sunday. Lekites, 16, ran 19:30 over a course at Goucher College, winning by about 300 meters.

Elizabeth Lelonek, a student at Catholic High in Baltimore, won the women's race in 20:35. Third place among the 116 women went to Laura Muneses of Bel Air in 22:26.

Dom Venanzi, 13, of Bel Air, led the under-14 age group in 24:55 and Michael Callahan of Abingdon led men's 30-39 in 21:51.

In races elsewhere

Rob Bartholomew of Aberdeen placed fourth in the 40-49 age group in the annual Half Wit Half Marathon Sunday in 1:56:51. He placed 22nd among 296 finishers over a rugged 13.1-mile course near Reading, Pa. Also in the race were Rob Stevenson, 2:04.35; David Stevenson, 2:13.15; Seth McElroy, 2:37.20; and Megan Stevenson, 4:24.19.

Brent Van Scyoc of Jarrettsville finished second in men's 45-49 and 13th overall among 227 in the Highway One Group 5K in Dewey Beach, Del., Saturday. He ran 21:35, and his son, Connor Van Scyoc, 16, finished four places behind him in 22:35.

Duane Christy of Havre de Grace was the 50-59 runner-up in the Don't Just Stand There 5K in Wilmington, Del., Aug. 7. He ran 19:50.

Edgar Narciso and Christine Trzcinski were winners in the RASAC Nobles Mill 5 Miler Sunday. Narciso won easily in 35:23, leading Efrain Martinez by 1:45. Trzcinski led the women in 42:56, with Jennifer Perkovich second in 45:43.

Coming races

Aug. 17 – River Valley 10K Trail and 5K Road Race, 8 a.m., Manchester,

Aug. 25 – 45th Annual RASAC Airfield Run, Forest Hill Airport, 8 a.m.,

Aug. 24 – Camp Hidden Valley 5K, 4722 Mellow Road, White Hall, 8 a.m.,

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