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Runners are oinking their way to the finish lines

July is the month for farm-fair footraces.

The Harford Farm Fair 5K drew a field of 87 runners to the Bel Air Equestrian Center Sunday. The run was added two years ago, complementing other, more unusual contests of speed and power at the fair – pig races and tractor pulls.


Kate Hoppe, 30, of Aberdeen, won the women's race in 21:24, and Alex Loper, 26, of Bel Air, repeated as the men's winner in 16:57.

Finishing in the women's top five were Holly Driver, 21:50; Paige Rickey, 23:22; Emily League, 23:30; and Barbara Stachowiak, 23:43. In the men's top five were Mike Feinberg, 18:26; Tony Pellegrino, 18:56; Dan Lekites, 19:05; and Nathan Jecelin, 20:22.


Mike Trott of Joppa traveled to the Texas State Fair in Dallas, where he ran the Moo Cow Mini Marathon Saturday. It was a fractional (10 percent) marathon, 2.62 miles long, and Trott used the race to celebrate his 60th birthday. He won his new age group in 21:27, placing 24th overall among 310 runners.

The Running of the Pigs, held Sunday at the Cecil County Fair at Fair Hill ,drew 309 runners. Duane Christy of Havre de Grace captured an age-group victory, winning the 50-59 age group by almost 3 minutes in 20:38 and placing 11th overall. Sixteen-year-old Ty Franks of Earleville won in 16:55. Victoria Vickers, 17, of Smyrna, Del., led the women in 20:47.

On the day before the Cecil Fair race, Christy won his age group in the Buffalo Stampede 10K in Wyoming, Del. He ran 45:31 and placed 13th among 183 finishers.

Shawn Loper set the pace in the Mason-Dixon Fair 5K in Delta, Pa., July 13, winning in 18:01. Rob Tisch placed second in 18:55, and Jonathan Stewart, third in 19:59. Paige Rickey, a senior at North Harford High School, won the women's race in 23:52. Eliza Herman was second in 25:28, and Sabrina Harbaugh, third in 25:41.

On the four-legged animal theme, the Harford Hounds 4-Mile drew 84 runners to Susquehanna State Park on July 4. Shawn Loper won that race in 23:21, beating David Stevenson by 2:04. Rob Stevenson placed third in 26:09. Christine Trzcinski, 27:30; Kristi Burke, 27:44; Adria Pirozzi, 14, 28:57, were the top three women.

Run in the Sun 5K and 10K

Megan and Kaitlyn Coughlin of Bel Air finished second and third, respectively, in the women's 5K of the Run in the Sun for Autism 5K and 10K in Baltimore Sunday.

Megan, 17, ran 21:36 to place seventh overall among 110 finishers. Her younger sister ran 23:26 for 13th behind women's winner Maggie Seybold, 16, of Cockeysville.


In the 10K, Tyler Hora of Bel Air finished third among 73 runners in 46:21. Huseyin Kara of Belcamp was fifth overall in 46:25.

RASAC track meet

Two athletes who are heading to national age-group meets used the second RASAC track meet of the summer as a tune-up July 11 on the Bel Air High School track.

Dom Corson, who will be competing in the National Senior Olympics in Cleveland Saturday, ran the 100 dash in 13.1 seconds and the 200 in 27.4.

Jessica Rogers, 13, who is to compete in the National AAU Junior Olympics in Michigan, ran 5:03.8 in the 1500, a personal best by 6 seconds.

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Kevin Ponce, 15, was the fastest in two events in the meet, the 100 dash in 12.4 and the 400 in 1:01.3. Kathy Fishman led the women in the 100 in 16.8.


Chester Wrobel was first in the men's 1500 in 5:01.9, edging Joe Dragunas by 1.1 seconds.

Taras Vizzi (50-54 age group) took the men's 800 in 2:33.2, and Miriam Silton, 16, the women's 800 in 3:02.8. Kelly Narciso led the women in the 200 in 37.8.

Coming races

July 28 - RASAC Over the River 5.5 Mile trail run, Big Gunpowder on Route 1, 8 a.m.,

Aug. 1 – RASAC Harford Senior Olympics Track Meet, John Carroll School, 6 p.m.,

Aug. 2 – Sneaks Come Out at Night 15K, Baltimore's Druid Hill Park, 6:30 p.m.,