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Berdan, Wang win 33rd annual Arbutus Firecracker 10K

If there were a Hall of Fame for Arbutus Firecracker 10K runners, Dave Berdan would be a charter member. Berdan, 34, dodged the raindrops and soaked up the humidity to win the 33rd annual race, which began and ended at Arbutus Middle School on Saturday.

The top female runner was Alex Wang, 23, of Baltimore City, a 2009 graduate of Centennial High School. She ran the course in a time of 37:06.

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Berdan glided up and down the hilly course in a time of 32:56 and won the event for the fourth time since 2007. Berdan won the race in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and finished second in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

He didn't run in it in 2013 or 2014, but made his comeback a special one.

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The rain didn't pick up until Berdan finished so there was little relief from the humidity.

"It wasn't raining hard enough to help," said Berdan, whose shirt was drenched. "This isn't rain, it's sweat."

The humidity allowed Berdan, an Owings Mills resident, to take advantage of the sprinklers and hoses along the 6.2 mile course.

"I used them every time I could," he said.

The biggest obstacle was the slippery paint on the center lines of the road.

"It was tricky because you have to be careful of the paint," said Berdan, who is a cross country and track and field coach at Stevenson University.

Berdan ran in high school in Northeastern Pennsylvania and at Elizabethtown College. He loves coming back to Arbutus for the Fourth of July race.

"I just like the course," he said. "I like the atmosphere. It's great with people sitting out in their chairs, and it's a great community event with people handing out water in front of their house."

While most of the runners dread the hills, Berdan attacks them.

"I like it. It's a good workout," he said.

The top female runner was Alex Wang, 23, of Baltimore City, a 2009 graduate of Centennial High School. She ran the in a time of 37:06.

Wang said she had "a lot of friends that were doing" the race. She runs with the Howard County Striders and won the 2014 Baltimore Marathon in 2:58.41.

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"I'm more of a marathoner," said the University of Maryland graduate. "This is the first one [10K] I've done in a year."

Local Arbutus resident Alan Lagon, who competed in a 100-mile run in Wyoming last month, loves to get in the holiday spirit with a run, but even with the clouds, rain and cooler temperatures, he wasn't comfortable.

"It was very humid," said Lagon, a football and girls basketball coach at Western Tech.

Lagon didn't run through the sprinklers because of his glasses, but he did enjoy the rain, which grew steadier during the race. "The rain felt great," he said.

Val Stocksdale, the race organizer along with her father, George Kendrick, also appreciated the rain because it brought back memories of her mom [Naamah Kendrick], who died on Feb. 9 at age 83.

"When it started to rain, I definitely knew they were her tears coming down watching over all of us today," Stocksdale said.

Results (top 25 males)

1. Dave Berdan 32:56.4

2. Tyler Muse 34:11.8

3. Eric Schuler 35:12.0

4. Nathan Drenkow 36:42.3

5. Jason Bui 37:02.3

6. Ben Bartlett 37:11.9

7. Chistopher Disney 37:18.6

8. Ty Stump 37:26.0

9. Brendan DuLaney 37:39.4

10. Alex Whitaker 37:45.3

11. Mark Kauffman 37:49.1

12. Brian Fleming 37:52.2

13. Adam Driscoll 37:58.6

14. Greg Saylor 38:09.7

15. Gregory Skipper 38:18.6

16. Jason Miller 38:54.6

17. James Blackwood 39:00.5

18. Ross Cockerham 39:16.1

19. Jerry Henderson 39:22.2

20. Jackson Flowers 39:26.1

21. Mark Landree 39:34.2

22. Sam Besse 39:37.3

23. Williams Carter 40:23.1

24. Joe Ward 40:25.3

25. David Phipps 40:31.1

Top 25 females

1. Alex Wang 37:06.1

2. Julia Roman-Duval 37:57.8

3. Nicole Wilson 38:11.5

4. Sherry Stick 38:26.6

5. Megan DiGregorio 39:26.7

6. Jessica Bashaw 40:40.6

7. Nicole Dawson 41:41.8

8. Denise Knickman 42:11.0

9. Shannon Pyles 42:16.7

10. Jen Floyd 42:59.0

11.   Hannah Llorin 44:35.2

12.   Jill Snyder 45:04.7

13. Brady Crone 45:06.5

14. Ashley Seidl 45:46.7

15. Liana Farb 46:03.7

16. Carrie Groman 46:09.1

17. Macari Jessica 46:58.2

18. Britt Johnson-Broache 47:01.6

19. Elise Gustafson 47:18.8

20. Tina Trider 47:51.1

21. Abigail Pulcinella 48:01.4

22. Valerie White 48:22.7

23. Kirtana Kalavapudi 48:32.2

24. Kathrin Herberholz 49:26.4

25. Chrissy Libber 50:04.6

Age group winners (top 3)

Male 1 to 19

1. Alex Whitaker 37.45.3

2. Sam Besse 39.37.3

3. Williams Carter 40:23.1

Male 20 to 29

1. Tyler Muse 34:11.8

2. Eric Schuler 35:12.0

3. Nathan Drenkow 36:42.3

Male 30 to 39

1. Dave Berdan 32:56.4

2. Jason Bui 37:02.3

3. Brian Fleming 37:52.2

Male 40 to 49

1. Jerry Henderson 39:22.2

2. Mark Landree 39:34.2

3. Joshua Harriman 41:26.9

Male 50 to 59

1. David Phipps 40:31.1

2. Martin Goode 40:38.4

3. Mark Smith 42.54.7

Male 60 to 69

1. Mick Slonaker 43:05.4

2. Ronnie Wong 46.03.4

3. Maxwell Brooks 48:16.9

Male 70 to 79

1. John Elliott 52.53.2

2. joseph Clorety 57:32.0

3. Jerry Warfield 1:00:51.8

Female 1 to 19

1. Hannah Llorin 44:35.2

2. Elise Gustafson 47.18.8

3. Amanda Seidl 54:41.8

Female 20 to 29

1. Alex Wang 37.06.1

2. Nicole Wilson 38:11.5

3. Megan DiGregorio 39:26.7

Female 30 to 39

1. Julia Roman-Duval 37:57.8

2. Sherry Stick 38:26.6

3 Jessica Bashaw 40:40.6

Female 40 to 49

1. Denise Knickman 42:11.0

2. Brady Crone 45:06.5

3. Tina Trider 47:51.1

Female 50 to 59

1. Jill Snyder 45:04.7

2. Nina Fisher 50:47.3

3. Rosemary Lather 51:33.7

Female 60 to 69

1. Maria Shields 52.39.5

2. Karen Whittington 57.34.2

3. Kathy Hennes 58:30.2

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