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Loper brothers finish 2nd, 3rd in 5K race at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

The Loper brothers of Bel Air sought a one-two finish at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Saturday. In the fifth annual KidsPeace Trick or Trot 5K, they finished just short of a brotherly sweep, however, with Alex Loper taking second place and Shawn, third.

The race, which drew 700 runners, began with Buck Showalter's starting command and finished inside Showalter's domain, Oriole Park. The Orioles' manager and his wife, Angela, hosted the event to benefit KidsPeace, which serves the behavioral and mental health needs of children and families.

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Jason Farber of Baltimore led the race around the Inner Harbor and back, winning in 16:29. Alex Loper finished in 16:41, and Shawn Loper in 17:15.

Amy Kitchens of Baltimore won the women's race. Kristen Teeter of Bel Air placed 10th among the 361 women in 22:41. Cathleen Bartholomew of Aberdeen placed second among women 50-59 in 24:41. Rob Bartholomew led the men's 50-59 in 21:02.

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New York City Marathon

A hurricane forced cancellation of the New York City Marathon two years ago. This year, what seemed like a hurricane buffeted the 50,900 starters, sweeping away hopes of personal bests.

Several Harford runners fought the 30 mph winds in 45-degree weather to reach the finish in Central Park Sunday. Fastest among the Harford runners were Maurizio illano, of Fallston, 3:08:11; Rob Tisch, Bel Air, 3:20:39; Matthew Burdette, Churchville, 3:21:37; Kevin Barnaba, Bel Air, 3:38:58; Eileen Giovanazi, Bel Air, 3:52:19; and Chris Fiacco, Bel Air, 3:58:31.

College cross country

Tyler Muse of Bel Air led Wilmington University to second place among 12 teams in the CACC cross-country meet in Philadelphia Saturday. He finished fourth in 27:48 (8K) to earn all-conference honors.

Elisabeth Tauber of Bel Air led Towson University to a seventh place finish in the Colonial Athletic Conference meet Saturday in Boston. She placed 26th in 22:35.

Matt Hoerr of Bel Air ran 26:21 for 8K in Capital Athletic Conference meet Saturday and was the ninth place finisher for Salisbury, which won the title.

Three college runners from Bel Air competed in the NIRCA regional cross-country meet in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday. Miriam Silton was the second place runner for the University of Maryland women's team in 26:06 (6K). Dan Colopietro was the fifth place finisher for the Maryland men's team in 28:44 (8K), and Sean Handerhan was the sixth place runner for the University of Pittsburg in 29:09.

In other races . . .

Ben DiBastiani of White Hall won the Baltimore Buddy 5K Sunday in Cockeysville, leading a field of 114 in 20:13. He won by 5 seconds over John Corkum of Baldwin.

Rhonda Utz and George Weber III led the way in the Janet's 5K for Hope and Healing in Perryman Sunday. Weber led the men in 20:19, finishing 1:58 ahead of runner-up Leroy Artis of Edgewood, 22:17. Utz led the women in 23:36, winning by 1:12 over Kathleen Luther of Parkville.

David Callaghan of Havre de Grace finished first in the 55-59 age group in the Chester River Challenge Half Marathon Sunday. He ran 1:35:38 over the 13.1-mile course in Chestertown. In the 5K race, Rose Rottloff of Havre de Grace took first in women's 55-59 in 29:18.

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Molly Robinson, 17, of Fallston, won her age group in the Flyers Charities Halloween 5K in Philadelphia Oct. 25. She ran 23:04 and placed sixth overall among the women.

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