The River Valley 10K and 5K races drew more than 1,000 runners to the River Valley Ranch in northeast Carroll County Saturday, when Robert Harvey of Bel Air led 465 of them to the finish of the 10K.
Harvey, 25, won the 6.2-mile race in 42:16, completing a course along wooded trails, up and down steep grades and across the Gunpowder Falls River. He reached the finish line 9 seconds ahead of his nearest rival to capture his first 10K win.
Five other Harford runners placed in the age groups in the 10K. James Reeves of Street led the 16-19 age group in 47:35. Carrie Wirth of Bel Air was second in 30-39 in 51:39. Lydia Johnson of Street was second in 50-59 in 57:37 and Kendall Sinosky of Abingdon was second in under-16 in 1:00:42, followed by Brianna Roush of Joppa in third in under-16 in 1:12:47.
Barbara Stachowiak of Kingsville ran 23:49 in the 5K to win the 40-49 age group. Sarah Bethke of Jarrettsville was second in 30-39 in 23:49 and Brianna Coleman of Jarrettsville, second in 16-19 in 27:05. Leah Polakoff of Forest Hill ran 28:14 for third in 16-19.
Pat Wilkerson, 52, of Columbia, led the women in the 5K with a 20:06. Matt Croft of Red Lion, Pa., led all 406 finishers in the 5K in 16:31. Carly Page of Baltimore was the women's 10K winner in 43:56.
Weszka 3rd in Ritchie Triathlon
Joel Weszka of Churchville placed third in the Elite Olympic race of the Fort Ritchie Triathlon Aug. 7 in Cascade..
Weszka, a graduate student at the Peabody Institute, completed a 1500-meter swim in 28:11, averaged 21.6 mph over a 38K bike course and ran 10K in 43:18. Weszka, who competes for Brooks Running in its Fanatics program, was timed in 2:19:30. His bike leg was the third fastest in the competition.
Rain turns triathlon to "Unithon"
Torrential rain turned the annual Lum's Pond Triathlon in Bear, Del., Sunday into what one competitor called a "unithon," canceling the swim and bike phases. That left only a 6-mile run over a wet, muddy course. About half the 23 Harford County entrants decided not to race.
Bob Becker of White Hall, a duathlon entrant, ran the course in 45:10 to win the 60-64 age group. Earl Brownell of Bel Air ran 46:52 and was fourth in 40-44.
Hugh McCusker of Bel Air, who entered the triathlon, ran 51:48 to finish second in the 60-64 age group. Judith Lavoie of Havre de Grace ran 52:06 and placed fourth in 40-44.
Other Harford finishers were Scott Hewitt, 53:58; Robert Willard, 56:45; Ilene O'Donnell, 57:17; Bill Sangtinette, 58:30; Greg Smith, 1:02:16; Eric Dyckman, 1:02:39; Elaine Burchette, 1:03:28; Jennifer Ettenger, 1:06:52; Morgan Schell, 1:09:45; and Mark Strine, 1:17:52.
In races elsewhere...
Larry and Ben Pickett of Abingdon finished ninth among 26 teams Saturday in the BRRC two-person 10-mile relay. The father-son duo alternated 1-mile legs on the Loch Raven High School track, finishing in 57:14.
Rick McClain and Amy Gray were the winners in the Bunker Hill 4.84-mile Trail Race in Parkton Sunday. McClain ran 44:36, and Gray, 55:36.
Lindsay Hexter of Bel Air was the runner-up in the 13-19 age group in the Free to Breathe 5K in Lewes, Del., Sunday. She finished in 26:14, placing 39th among 133 runners.
Duane Christy of Havre de Grace was the age-45-49 winner in the Pace for Prevention 5K in Wilmington, Del., Saturday. He ran 19:09 and was seventh overall among 157. Bill Benson of Bel Air placed fifth in 45-49 in 23:40.
Aug. 21 - RASAC Airfield Run, 2.7 miles, Forest Hill Industrial Park, 8 a.m., 410-879-7679.
Aug. 21 - 5K Trail Run at Boordy Vineyards, Hydes, 6 p.m. (entries have closed).