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The Arbutus Firecracker 10K race is known for the residents of Arbutus providing water along the 6.2-mile course, but this year’s race on the Fourth of July got an unexpected invasion of water when a water main break erupted on the course at Francis Avenue in front of the 7-Eleven.

Martin Goode, the new race director for the 36th annual race, found out about it around an hour and a half before the race.

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“I went down and I looked and I saw that it had blown up the sidewalk and a little piece of the road,” said Goode, who had hoped runners could navigate the stretch by running through the water or on the dry sidewalk.

“They finally told me you’ve got to change the course because the Department of Works didn’t know what the integrity of the road is and it could collapse,” Goode said.

Without changing the distance, he altered the course by having the runners go straight across Francis Ave. on Oakland Rd. and turn right on Elm Rd. instead of turning right on Francis Ave.

That left another possible obstacle in that the Soap Box Derby race was scheduled to start on Elm and Oakland at 9 a.m., while the Firecracker race starts at 8 a.m.

“It’s less than four miles in, so you would have to be running 15-minute miles to not make it to that spot,” Goode said. “I had to tell everyone they had to make it to Elm and Oakland by 9 o’clock or they can’t finish the race and every one was through, so we were happy about that.”

The fastest to that point and first to the finish line was Dustin Meeker, who clocked in through the heat and humidity in 34:10.

Dustin Meeker placed first for the men in the 36th annual Arbutus Firecracker 10K in a time of 34:10.
Dustin Meeker placed first for the men in the 36th annual Arbutus Firecracker 10K in a time of 34:10. (Nicole Munchel / For Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Meeker, who runs for the Falls Road Running Club, paced 5:30 per mile, slightly faster than second-place Dave Berdan, who finished in 34:30.

Berdan, who won the previous three Arbutus Firecracker races, paced 5:34 per mile.

Louis Levine (34:46), Michael Wardian (35:11) and Andrew Lent (36:10) rounded out the top five.

Wardian, 44, is one of the top ultra-marathoners in the world and last year he ran seven marathons in seven days, one in each continent. He ran them all in under three hours and won the World Marathon Challenge that featured 24 runners.

“He (Wardian) is one of the nicest guys you will ever want to run into,” Goode said. “This guy is awesome and I’m just fortunate he is a friend of mine.”

Julia Roman-Duval was the first female finisher and she was 10th overall in a time of 37:29.

Her pace of 6:02 per mile was 30 seconds faster than second-place Megan DiGregorio, who ran 40:34.

Roman-Duval, who competed in the Olympic Trials marathon and finished 50th out of 149 runners in a time of 2:46.47, won the Firecracker 10K in 2016.

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Julia Roman-Duval, of Columbia, placed first for the women in the Arbutus Firecracker 10K with a time of 37:29.
Julia Roman-Duval, of Columbia, placed first for the women in the Arbutus Firecracker 10K with a time of 37:29. (Nicole Munchel / For Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Brit Lang (41:22), Sherry Stick (42:05) and Gina McNamara (42:29) rounded out the top five females.

“Not to demean anyone, but Julia is in a different class for some people,” Goode said. “When you look across the board at all the finishers and how much slower all of them ran, she still ran a heckuva time.”

While the runners took center stage, it was the people behind the scenes that made it happen.

“The two major factors were the fact that the police worked with me and didn’t tell me to shut it down because if they said shut it down, I’m done... and the residents were out in full force with sprinklers, hoses, pop-up water stations and one place had little Popsicles for the runners,” Goode said.

He also praised the work of Bobby Mitchell, who heads the Arbutus Athletic Association’s football and basketball programs.

“Bobby Mitchell, who runs the 4.75-mile water stop, does a spectacular job,” Goode said. “People were commenting about how enthusiastic they were, how much water they had, how cold the water was.”

Goode noted there were many contributors.

“I might deserve a teeny tiny bit of credit, but I left some people back at that finish line, start area that jumped in and really, really helped me,” Goode said. “There were some unsung heroes behind the scenes.”

There were a total of 398 registrants for the race and 359 finishers.

Results

  1. Dustin Meeker 34:10
  2. Dave Berdan 34:30
  3. Louis Levine 34:46
  4. Michael Wardian 35:11
  5. Andrew Lent 36:10
  6. Mark Buschman 36:19
  7. Jason Tripp 36:38
  8. Ty Stump 36:50
  9. Tristam Thomas 37:22
  10. Julia Roman-Duval 37:29
  11. Terrance Baptiste 37:50
  12. Garrett Patrick 38:11
  13. Lance Dockery 38:12
  14. Phillip Turner 38:33
  15. Guadaloupe Arriaya 38:42
  16. Constantine Matsakis 39:09
  17. Colin Sybing 39:10
  18. Eric Schuler 39:31
  19. Russell Buescher 39:40
  20. David Phipps 40:27
  21. Megan DiGregorio 40:34
  22. Aaron Ellison 40:46
  23. Maurice Pointer 40:57
  24. Malcolm Peacock 41:20
  25. Brit Lang 41:22
  26. Kevin Ford 41:32
  27. Mark Landree 41:43
  28. Sherry Stick 42:05
  29. Gina McNamara 42:29
  30. Ryan Marisa 42:45
  31. Morgan Zinn 43:47
  32. Brian Murphy 43:32
  33. Tylor Tarantino 43:54
  34. Richard Reinhardt 44:13
  35. Ed Wilson 44:22
  36. Jason Miller 44:38
  37. Shane Hart 44:38
  38. Timothy Huynh 44:43
  39. Ashley Campbell 45:24
  40. Ryan Stasiowski 45:25
  41. Nolan O’Donnell 45:39
  42. Steve Turner 45:39
  43. Reza Farjami 45:49
  44. Erin Surett 45:50
  45. Sigurd Knippenberg 45:58
  46. Robert Lupo Jr. 46:16
  47. Raymond Hamer 46:23
  48. Cole Partridge 46:28
  49. Dennis Albright 46:30
  50. Brian Battaglia 46:47
  51. Deb Hicks 46:57
  52. Bill Kelvey 47:05
  53. Mikhail Petrovskikh 47:16
  54. Alex Strawley 47:19
  55. Jeloni Moore 47:20
  56. Jen Bachtel 47:30
  57. Henry Bergles 47:32
  58. Chris Stein 47:36
  59. Victoria Brun 47:37
  60. Joseph Kurek 47:44
  61. Robert Roa 48:08
  62. Kevin Brittinham 48:11
  63. Patricia Stein 48:27
  64. Timothy Goulet 48:36
  65. Alexander Puccio 48:37
  66. Ron Eshelman 48:40
  67. Chad Burger 48:54
  68. Daniel Brawn 49:10
  69. Elizabeth Burger 50:01
  70. David Kelly 50:06
  71. Eric Palermo 50:09
  72. Mark Smith 50:16
  73. Martin Jauquet 50:23
  74. Peter Juengst 50:24
  75. Philip Juengst 50:38
  76. Caleb Dixon 50:47
  77. Hans Cabrera 50:50
  78. Dave Marcotte 50:51
  79. Heeyoung Weddington 51:12
  80. John Stanmore 51:20
  81. Colin Smith 51:38
  82. Traci Lijewski 51:40
  83. Beth Lowenthal 51:43
  84. Todd Pearsall 51:49
  85. Roberto Magana 52:19
  86. Scott Mattingly 52:22
  87. Michael Shive 52:29
  88. Derek Oppenheim 52:40
  89. Julia Skinner 52:52
  90. Rebecca Jankowiak 53:01
  91. Matthew Fitzsimmons 53:06
  92. Buddy Weber 53:16
  93. Charles Brendon 53:17
  94. Paul Russell 53:19
  95. Scott Koenig 53:26
  96. Oscar UribeCervantes 53:52
  97. Michael Lochary 54:28
  98. Ronnie Wong 54:36
  99. Marc Burger 54:41
  100. Allysha Lorber 55:10
  101. Robert Smith 55:14
  102. Caroline Ebersole 55:18
  103. Bryan Prince 55:42
  104. Stacey Shea 55:49
  105. Brett Roberts 55:55
  106. Drew Rossbach 55:56
  107. Mark Lash 56:07
  108. David Hopkins 56:22
  109. Ron Kwasnieski 56:32
  110. Sarah Dukeshire 56:35
  111. Brad Lieberman 56:35
  112. Daniel Wysling 56:37
  113. Sean Kromeke 56:41
  114. Benjamin Cerkovnik 57:09
  115. John Briggs 57:21
  116. Steven Haga 57:25
  117. Greg Goucher 57:32
  118. James Brinsfield 57:47
  119. Lisa Ievers 57:51
  120. Eric Wieczorkowski 57:52
  121. Tony Tacka 58:15
  122. Nelda Clelland 58:16
  123. Jonathan Stewart 58:22
  124. Danielle Crump 58:26
  125. Joe Dougherty 58:33
  126. Nina Mandell 59:01
  127. Daniel Piel 59:07
  128. Barbara Laki 59:13
  129. Michele Davis McFarland 59:15
  130. Laurence Spekterman 59:23
  131. Jennifer Murphy 59:35
  132. Juan Fernandez 59:40
  133. Douglas Toth 59:46
  134. Jeff Newstead 59:46
  135. Maxwell Brooks 59:48
  136. Nick Kinling 59:53
  137. Kyle Feeley 1:00.02
  138. Pete Fettig 1:00.10
  139. Lucas Dell 1:00.16
  140. James Lynch 1:00.19
  141. Peter Mulligan 1:00.23
  142. Jacob Dilvca 1:00.41
  143. Meredith Sullivan 1:00.41
  144. Jo Iannuzzi 1:01.04
  145. Taylor Boeckmann 1:01.16
  146. Elizabeth Kennedy 1:01.28
  147. Georgina Wojak 1:01.37
  148. Danilo Plana 1:01.38
  149. Nia Crump 1:01.39
  150. Lee Crumbaugh 1:01.40
  151. Candice Richardson 1:01.40
  152. Maria Shields 1:01.54
  153. Robert Angemaier 1:02.09
  154. Stephen Walsh 1:02.21
  155. Cori Maley 1:02.21
  156. Lauren Shutz 1:02.22
  157. Amanda Seidl 1:02.24
  158. Ryan Dietz 1:02.24
  159. Jakob Wilkens 1:02.33
  160. Michael Krestout 1:02.44
  161. Mike McCollum1:02.51
  162. Michael Parish 1:03.06
  163. Jasmine Aplin 1:03.10
  164. Daniel Hewins 1:03.30
  165. Javier Miranda 1:03.32
  166. Charity Scott 1:03.32
  167. Jason Lorch 1:03.42
  168. Christina Lesniowski 1:03.47
  169. Kathy Jimenez 1:03.54
  170. Brent Smith 1:04.14
  171. Susan Kim 1:04.15
  172. Craig Chilcott 1:04.19
  173. Brian Crossman 1:04.19
  174. Kathy Schammel 1:04.23
  175. Celide Koener 1:04.24
  176. Tim Nelson 1:04.26
  177. Robin Mitchell 1:04.28
  178. Jessica Linzmeier 1:04.28
  179. Julianne Dawson 1:04.29
  180. Casey Taylor 1:04.35
  181. Amy Kelly 1:04.49
  182. Jackie Reymann 1:04.49
  183. Sean Conlon 1:04.59
  184. Christina Leonard 1:05.19
  185. Mike Baziz 1:05.23
  186. Chris Guyer 1:05.28
  187. Daniel Morrissey 1:05.32
  188. Helene Belcher 1:05.33
  189. Bruce Chamblissv 1:05.33
  190. Eric Neseth 1:05.41
  191. Lisa Berlin 1:05.46
  192. Cynthia Evans 1:05.51
  193. Riley Toth 1:05.54
  194. Sarah Benedict 1:06.18
  195. Moira Gorman 1:06.22
  196. Rebecca Prince 1:06.30
  197. Tina Carter 1:06.38
  198. Stacey Parson 1:06.42
  199. Erin Sanders 1:06.42
  200. Cameron Loeschke 1:06.43
  201. Scott Smith 1:06.58
  202. Diana Towner 1:07.13
  203. Fred Towner 1:07.14
  204. Michelle Macurak 1:07.26
  205. Jessi Steere 1:07.41
  206. Jen Roussillon 1:07.41
  207. Hannah Cocchiaro 1:07.41
  208. Nicole Whiston 1:07.42
  209. Caimile Davis 1:07.42
  210. Stacy Moffet 1:07.42
  211. Daniel Coolahan 1:07.42
  212. Erin Presslein 1:07.52
  213. Jeff Berger 1:07.59
  214. Erik Peterson 1:07.59
  215. Dawn Carroll 1:07.59
  216. Doug Dixon 1:07.59
  217. Kevin O’Shea 1:08.00
  218. Wendy Young 1:08.01
  219. Terrance Ridley 1:08.01
  220. Kelly Reymann 1:08.02
  221. Emily Fowler 1:08.02
  222. Jack Saffran 1:08.02
  223. David Doxzen 1:08.08
  224. Emily Slusher 1:08.12
  225. Courtney Fisher 1:08.12
  226. Connor Hardy 1:08.18
  227. Jamie Lynch 1:08.19
  228. Meg Boyd 1:08.29
  229. Michael Skoglin 1:08.35
  230. Kurt Roper 1:08.37
  231. Ken Tabler 1:08.40
  232. Bryon Joynes 1:08.45
  233. Frank Gray 1:08.54
  234. Julianna Posey 1:09.01
  235. Maria Packard 1:09.02
  236. Rob Gregler 1:09.10
  237. Joseph Jacobson 1:09.17
  238. Natalie Slattery 1:09.29
  239. Leslie Marsiglia 1:09.33
  240. Michael Parblyzniak 1:09.34
  241. Elisabeth Jakobsen 1:09.53
  242. Laura Goodman 1:10.04
  243. Nick Kelly 1:10.05
  244. Pat McKeldin 1:10.07
  245. Scott Roper 1:10.07
  246. Thomas Martin 1:10.10
  247. Mary Thompson 1:10.19
  248. Don Thompson 1:10.20
  249. Denise Drenning 1:10.32
  250. Patti Laun 1:10.32
  251. Ashley Seidl 1:10.36
  252. Sarah Leavitt 1:10.42
  253. Jay Chervenak 1:10.42
  254. Martin Romanik 1:10.50
  255. Colleen Knepper 1:10.52
  256. Colleen McGuinn 1:10.56
  257. Izya Spekterman 1:11.14
  258. Amy Spence 1:11.15
  259. Kathy Hennes 1:11.17
  260. Lois Shimanek 1:11.26
  261. Larry Puglisi 1:11.32
  262. Kate Sachs 1:11.34
  263. Bromley Lowe 1:11.34
  264. Jeanine Murphy-Morris 1:11.34
  265. Bill Hardy 1:11.34
  266. David Price 1:11.34
  267. Nicky Mancini 1:11.34
  268. Darryl Stinnett 1:11.36
  269. David Goucher 1:11.38
  270. Teddy Leonard 1:11.49
  271. Laura Lyman 1:11.51
  272. Rich Lyman 1:11.51
  273. Kenn Hamm 1:11.53
  274. Robyn Toth 1:11.54
  275. Russell Dillow 1:11.56
  276. Erik Shumaker 1:12.32
  277. James Wilkens 1:13.04
  278. William Jauquet 1:13.07
  279. Robert Knight 1:13.10
  280. Peter Seidl 1:13.19
  281. Jennie Roe 1:13.29
  282. Agler Agler 1:13.34
  283. Ashleigh Jankowski 1:13.55
  284. Nicholas Jankowski 1:13.56
  285. Gregory Seidl 1:14.02
  286. Ryan Seidl 1:14:34
  287. Amanda Hinkle 1:14.38
  288. Beth Wise 1:14.39
  289. Vanessa Bennett 1:14.39
  290. Cayce Hoffman 1:14.41
  291. Trish Gaffney 1:14.55
  292. Warren Pitts 1:15.09
  293. Victor Minella 1:15.11
  294. Cyndi Minnella 1:15.11
  295. Lindsay Johnson 1:15.22
  296. Katie Sheldon 1:15.23
  297. Ted Simpson 1:15.28
  298. Joseph Owens 1:15.51
  299. Morris Spekterman 1:15.58
  300. Jack Kavanaugh 1:16.06
  301. Alice Nickel 1:16.18
  302. Kyle Eaton 1:16.18
  303. Christine Dougherty 1:16.42
  304. Kashka Donaldson 1:17.40
  305. Misty Boatman 1:18.16
  306. Noreen Leary 1:18.51
  307. Erin Miles 1:18.55
  308. Sarah De Santis 1:18.55
  309. Cody Miles 1:18.59
  310. Ericka Gannon 1:19.17
  311. Doug Holsey 1:19.34
  312. R. David Bateman 1:19.34
  313. Dave Ehrhart 1:20.07
  314. Bryan Velasquez 1:21.22
  315. Sedrick Smith 1:21.32
  316. Colleen Jico 1:21.32
  317. Christine Fettig 1:21.41
  318. Barry Goldmeier 1:23.27
  319. Kaitlin Dorsey 1:23.44
  320. Anne Wisner 1:23.59
  321. Kathleen McMackin 1:24.13
  322. Laura Pitts 1:24.18
  323. John Wheatland 1:24.13
  324. Melissa Adams 1:24.44
  325. Chris Patterson 1:24.54
  326. Joseph Spekterman 1:25.16
  327. Owen Perez 1:25.26
  328. David Perez 1:25.26
  329. Nicole Perez 1:25.27
  330. Mary Winkfield 1:25.35
  331. Fran Daum 1:26.15
  332. Joe Howell 1:27.04
  333. Nathaniel Carlisle 1:27.42
  334. Nicole Novak 1:28.07
  335. Bob Wobbeking 1:28.18
  336. Barbara Bennett 1:28.35
  337. Tyler Carlisle 1:28.42
  338. Betsy Bartlett 1:30.26
  339. Becky Cully 1:30.27
  340. Susan Perdue 1:31.04
  341. Glenn Smink 1:31.12
  342. Lienhua Lee 1:31:44
  343. Algeron Moore 1:33.14
  344. Kevin Joseph 1:34.00
  345. Cheryl Colliflower 1:34.25
  346. Asha Smith 1:34.26
  347. Shannon Sipes 1:34.26
  348. Roberta Keen 1:35.04
  349. Ruth Kohl 1:35.40
  350. Nancy Berger 1:35.50
  351. Kevin Miller 1:36.20
  352. Monica Simpkins 1:37.58
  353. Richard Krummerich 1:38.40
  354. Peter Koener 1:38.45
  355. Heather Jauquet 1:38.49
  356. Heather Eshleman 1:38.53
  357. Kathleen Hanson 1:38.55
  358. Richard Schoen 1:39.50
  359. Alan Wycherley 1:40.35

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