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Loper brothers finish together in warmer Myrtle Beach half marathon

Alex and Shawn Loper's nearly identical finish in Myrtle Beach highlighted the past week in running.
Alex and Shawn Loper's nearly identical finish in Myrtle Beach highlighted the past week in running. (The Aegis file photo)

The closest finish in the Myrtle Beach Half-Marathon Saturday was the one between Alex Loper and his brother Shawn.

The two finished just 0.05-second apart, placing 14th and 15th, respectively in the field of 2,038.

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Shawn, who is the race director for the Bel Air Town Run, took first place among 112 runners in the 40-44 age group, leading by almost 2 minutes. Alex finished fifth in 30-34. Both recorded a gun time of 1:24:45.

About 2 minutes separated the two near the halfway mark, with Alex ahead after passing the 10K mark in 37:00. That lead dwindled to near nothing at the finish.

Harford Multi-Sport Indoor Triathlon

Masters triathletes led the indoor triathlon of the Harford Multi-Sport Club Feb. 16 at the Bel Air Athletic Club.

Joel Baker, 46, of Fallston, finished ahead of 70 other competitors based on the distance he covered during the 10 minutes allowed for a swim, 30 minutes for the stationary bike, and 20 minutes for the treadmill run. Baker’s performance on the bike, 12.3 miles, cinched his win.

Alex Loper finished second. He covered the most distance on the run, 3.57 miles, to finish with a total of 15.41 miles. In third place among the men was Ken Oldendick, 56, of Edgewood, who had the best bike performance, 13.2 miles in 30 minutes, and finished with a 15.37 total. He also covered 0.34 miles in the 10-minute swim

Robyn McElwee, 53, of Churchville, finished first among the women. She completed 13.95 miles for 12th overall with strong performances in the swim and run. Valerie Boulet of Baltimore took second place with 13.7. Third went to Molly McDaniel of Marietta, Ga., with a 13.41.

Also among the top 10 women were Nicole Mancini, Parkville, 13.18; Katie Streib, Forest Hill, 13.13; Jennifer Zanni, Cockeysville, 12.8; Andrea Neal, Frederick, 12.6; Robbie Reeves, Street, 12.49; Stephanie Davis, Abingdon, 12.24; and Kathleen Vaughn, Forest Hill, 12.22.

In the top 10 men were William Thomas of Rockville, 15.17; Paul Fallace, Bel Air, 15.01; Hermann Thoennes, Fallston, 14.99; Adam Berger, Baltimore, 14.64; Glenn Garbinski, Forest Hill, 14.35; Peter Kelsey, Forest Hill, 14.31; and Dan Matheny, White Hall, 14.19.

In other races

Four Harford runners were among the 115 finishers in the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Marathon in Gaithersburg Saturday. Jeff Izzo of Abingdon completed a muddy, 26.2-mile course in 5:40:31 to place 24th. Kirk Bolen of Bel Air was one place behind him in 5:41:04. Bart Rein of Forest Hill finished in 7:09:40, and Jenny Gontasz of Bel Air, 7:09:40.

Brian Yeager and Katie Streib led the Noble’s Mill 5-miler in 35-degree weather Sunday. Yeager won by 4 seconds over David Stevenson, who was second among 30 finishers in 35:25. Steib led the women in 43:33, 42 seconds ahead of Kim Webster. In the men’s top five were Matt Miller, 35:28; Ryan Bayne, 35:41; Rob Stevenson, 36:58. For the women, Casey Leppo, 46:49; Kim Dawson, 48:41; and Rachel Slusher, 48:48, completed the top five.

Jennifer Perkovich of Joppa raced a 10K over the 4-mile-long Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay, Fla., Sunday. Finishing in 53:18, she placed 20th among 1,224 in the 45-54 age group. Mike Trott, a snow-bird from Joppa, was also in the field of 8,000. He placed 17th among 170 in the 65-and-older age group in 1:03:10.

Upcoming local races

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Mar. 10 - Eagle Project Run (3 miles), Annie’s Playground, Fallston, 8 a.m., runharford.com

Mar. 10 – Under Armour Kelly St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K, 1:15 p.m., charmcityrun.com

Mar. 16 – Anchors Aweigh St. Patrick’s Day 5K, North East, 8 a.m., bluecheetahtiming.com

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