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Left a little Goofy, 12 Harford runners return from Disney

A dozen Harford County runners left Disney World Sunday with weary legs and a heavy load of memorabilia – nothing particularly unusual for visitors to Orlando, Fla.

Their weariness came from running 48.6 miles in the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. The 12 were among 7,600 runners who completed the four-race Dopey Challenge – a 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon on successive days.

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David Stevenson of Abingdon was the first Harford runner to complete the challenge Sunday. He collected his raft of finisher medals by running the 5K in 20:12 on Thursday, 10K in 42:29 on Friday, half marathon in 1:30:45 on Saturday and marathon in 3:11:37 on Sunday.

"I had a pretty good running strategy for the four races," Stevenson said. "It was the miles walking around the Disney parks and the minimal sleep (getting up at 3 a.m. for the early post time) that were the biggest hurdles."

Scott Smith of Abingdon ran 4:29:05 in the marathon, 1:53:34 in the 13.1-mile race, 51:55 in the 10K and 26:09 in the 5K.

Other Harford runners who completed the four-race challenge were: Andrew Politz, Kimberly Politz, Douglas Saboy, Kara Smith and Stephanie Padovani, all of Abingdon; Jim Nold and Sabra Kurth, both of Havre de Grace; Matthew Hill of Bel Air; Dawn Bowers of Forest Hill; and Lisa Schneiders of Fallston.

Five others completed the Goofy Challenge – the half marathon and marathon: Carey Marzicola of Bel Air; Jessica Stern of Aberdeen; Shannon Dunnigan and Andrea Orellana of Forest Hill; and Charles Haugh of Street. Haugh last year was the first Harford runner to complete the Dopey Challenge.

Sixty Harford runners were among the 53,000 finishers in the Disney races. The fastest among those running only the marathon were Jeff Damiano of Bel Air, 3:23:07; Stacey Esposito of Joppa, 3:45:22; Dennis Blume of Forest Hill, 4:20:44; Adrian Smith of Havre de Grace, 4:23:09; and Ivo Louvado of Bel Air, 4:52:30.

In other races

Donna Lewis of Bel Air placed first among women 60 to 64 in the Mayor's Icicle 10 Miler in Wilmington, Del., Sunday. She ran 1:23:20. Among men 60 to 64, Brad Roberts finished eighth in 1:26:09 and Mike Trott, 11th in 1:33:04. Duane Christy was ninth in 50-54 in 1:14:35.

Phil Pawlukovich of Forest Hill and Christine Trzcinski of Parkville were winners in the RASAC North Bend 6.5 Miler in Jarrettsville Sunday. Pawlukovich led the men in 43:19, finishing 1 second ahead of Kevin Hennessey. Rob Stevenson took third in 47:43. Trzcinski led the women in 52:23, with Mercedes Pinkney second in 53:01 and Jen Perkovich third in 54:07.

Jheniel Kelly of Edgewood ran the 800 meters in 2:17:24 in the Coach O Indoor Invitational in Princess Anne Jan. 3. The UMES junior and Harford Tech grad placed third.

Coming races

Jan. 17 – Freeze Your Buns 5K, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, 10 a.m., charmcityrun.com

Jan. 18 – RASAC Rock Run Grist Mill 10K, Susquehanna State Park, 8 a.m., runharford.com.

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