The quietest race of the Baltimore Grand Prix, the only one not requiring earplugs, went off at 7 p.m. Friday at the Inner Harbor. Before the 120-decibel engine roar resumed and the crowds filled the grandstands, 1,342 runners took to the course for a 1-1/2 lap footrace.
The venue for the Grand Prix 5K was one of the most unusual for Maryland runners, as much an oddity as the Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K and the Preakness 5K on the track at Pimlico. This one was a tour of a 2.04-mile serpentine oval bordered by protective barriers and fencing.
Five Harford County runners raced to age-group victories. Sergio Flores, of Abingdon, led the men's 25-29 group. He took the checkered flag, literally, in 16:42, placing fourth overall behind winner Edi Turco, of Arlington, Va.
Scott Wheeler, of Bel Air, finished two places behind Flores in 17:12 and won the 15-19 age group. Chris Disney, of Bel Air, was 13th overall and first in the 20-24 age group in 17:41. Marie Disney won the women's 50-54 in 23:03. Ellen Wheeler, of Street, finished first in under-15 in 28:18.
Other Harford runners placing in the top six were Esther Buchser, third in over-60, 23:40; Tim Preston, fourth in 45-49, 18:57; Robert Wheeler, fifth in 30-34, 18:47; Ken Szymanski, sixth in 50-54, 22:36; and Marianna Fleischman, sixth in 15-19 in 29:32. Sherry Stick, of Sykesville, won the women's race in 17:15.
Dominator 5K and 10K
The second annual Dominator 5K and 10K drew 255 runners to the Forest Hill Business Park Saturday. Jennifer Bouffard, of Fallston, and Jerry Henderson, of Bel Air, led the way in the 5K. Chad Ahalt, of Frederick, and Liz Peregoy, of Fallston, were winners in the 10K.
Bouffard, the 10K runner-up in last year's inaugural race, edged Julia Bacso, the runner-up in last year's 5K, 21:14 to 21:19, in the women's 5K. Emma Mattson, 21:31; Katie Ogle, 22:18; and Katie Wirth, 23:08, took the next three places.
Henderson won the men's 5K, leading 150 finishers in 18:07. Calvin Egnew, 19:41; Jim Fornoff, 21:11; Sam Chan, 21:21; and J.D. Blewett, 21:24, finished in the top five.
Ahalt set the pace for 105 runners in the 10K, finishing in 39:34 to win by 49 seconds over Brian Lindsey. Sean Hanley Jr., was third in 42:09; Dan Smith, fourth, 42:30; and Joseph Richardson, fifth, 43:06. Scott Kothenbeutel led the masters in 45:50.
Peregoy won the women's 10K in 44:24, finishing 1:20 ahead of runner-up Kelly Machala. Mary Woolford, 48:00; Erin Wood, 48:20; and Angela Bissett, 48:22, completed the top five.
The event benefited the D.O. Believe Foundation, established in memory of Dominic Osorio, a victim of cancer at age 7 in 2009, to raise awareness and research funding for the fight against pediatric cancer.
Charm City Run 20-Miler
Jesse Jaeger, of Kingsville won the Charm City Run 20 Miler on the Northern Central Railroad Trail in Baltimore County Sunday. The 23-year-old led 246 runners across the finish line, winning by more than a minute in 2:00:55.
Mike McMonagle, of Bel Air, finished 11th overall and third in the 20-29 age group in 2:14:29.
Zach Huffman, of Abingdon, led the 45-49 age group with a 2:25:24. Robin Patalon, of Fallston, finished second in the women's 45-49 in 3:06:51 and Caterina Vono was third in 50-54 in 3:26:31.
Collegiate cross country
C. Milton Wright alumna Whitney Hora, a sophomore at Wilmington University, placed third in the women's 6K in 23:54 in the Delaware Valley College Invitational in New Castle, Del., Saturday. Wilmington junior Billy Steele (Rising Sun) won the men's 8K race in 27:05.
Former John Carroll standout Liz Tauber opened her collegiate career at Towson University with a second-place finish in the Baltimore Metro Meet Saturday. She toured a 5K course in Westminster in 19:23, finishing 8 seconds behind her senior teammate Katie Ogden. Hannah McKenzie (CMW) ran 20:44 as the sixth runner for Towson, which edged Johns Hopkins for the women's title, 29-30.
Bill Brown Youth Cross Country
The 23rd annual Bill Brown Youth Cross-Country Series begins Sunday, Sept. 25, at John Carroll School in Bel Air. The series includes three meets for runners 13 and younger, with the second at C. Milton Wright on Oct. 9, and the third at Tollgate Park Oct. 23. Distances are a quarter mile for under-6, half mile for age groups 6-7, 8-9 and 10-11, and a mile for 12-13. For information: http://www.RASAC.com, or call 410-838-1284.
Sept. 11: Run to Remember 5K, Baltimore Police Headquarters, 8:46 a.m., 410-308-1870.
Sept. 11: RASAC Nobles Mill 5 Miler, Churchville Test Track Parking Lot, 8 a.m.
Sept. 18: Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K, Baltimore, 9 a.m., 410-308-1870.
Sept. 24: Harford Memorial Hospital Celebration Run 5K, Havre de Grace, 8:30 a.m., 443-643-4200.