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Steve Kudla loves running and Old Bay

Steve Kudla is probably known as the fleetest flavorist around McCormick and Company after his performance in a 5K race last Saturday.

The 60-year-old Forest Hill resident placed 11th among 465 finishers in the annual Old Bay 5K in Hunt Valley. He ran 19:19 and finished almost a mile (7 minutes) ahead of the nearest 60-and-over finisher.

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Kudla, a master flavorist (flavor chemist) at McCormick, finished first in the 55-60 age group, 46 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Another McCormick employee, 57-year-old Layne Party, one of Baltimore's top runners of 30 years ago, finished second in the age group.

Kudla's recent performances indicate he is one of Maryland's fastest 60-year-olds in the 5K and 10K. In last Saturday's race, he finished just 18 seconds and four places behind his 20-year-old son Noah, a collegiate runner.

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Other Harford area runners placing in the age groups were Andrea Hulse, Havre de Grace, third in 36-54 in 23:01; Dianna Coen, Havre de Grace, second in over-61 in 33:07, and Dale Jordan, Baldwin, third among men over 61 in 28:12.

Maryland Half Marathon

Megan Hairfield of Abingdon finished second among the women, and Sean McCormack of Bel Air, third among the men in the Maryland Half Marathon in Howard County May 13.

Timed in 1:29:23, Hairfield finished 11th overall among 595 runners. McCormack ran 1:23:31.

Also among the top finishers were Tyler Boyd of Abingdon, fifth in 20-29 in 1:34:16; Danielle Kays, Bel Air, first in 40-49 in 1:37:26; Joseph Nosek, Bel Air, 35th overall in 1:39:41; and Logan Bear of Abingdon, second in 16-19 in 1:58:49.

In other races

George Weber of Abingdon and Ashley Haugh of Parkville led the way in the Race to Feed the Hungry 5K in Bel Air last Saturday.

Weber led all 99 finishers in 23:10. Haugh paced the women in 24:33. Behind Haugh in the top five were Carole Rosasco, 24:46; Marge Rosasco, 25:33; Gwyneth Lewis, 25:37; and Hanna Fitzpatrick, 25:51. In the men's top five were Ryan Floyd, 24:26; Kyle Torster, 24:38; Mark Rosasco, 24:42; and Henry Johnson, 25:10.

Brothers Dave and Rob Stevenson finished 1-2 in the RASAC Mariner Point Park 5.4-miler in Joppatowne Sunday. Dave won in 35:30. Rob was second in 37:20, and Matt Miller third in 37:29. Christine Trzinski (38:06), Jeanette Goetz (41:52), and Jen Perkovich (42:08) were the top three women in the field of 36.

Marge Rosasco of Joppa finished ninth among 110 runners in the BRRC Women's Distance Festival in Gunpowder State Park May 13. She ran the 2.4-mile course in 18:53 to place first in 65-69. Daughter-in-law Carole Rosasco led the 55-59 age group in 18:31.

Casey Moore won the men's race, and Sandy Sanders, the women's, in the Music Boosters 5K in Havre de Grace May 13. Moore, 17, ran 19:58 to lead runner-up George Algard by 1:38. Jonathan Link was third in 22:23. Sanders, third overall among 72, ran 21:53. Tabitha Petz was second in 23:44 and Megan Heller, third in 26:16.

Upcoming local races

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May 27 – Gabriel Little Foundation 5K, Bel Air, 8 a.m., eliteraces.com

June 4 – Bel Air Town Run, Shamrock Park, 8 a.m., belairtownrun.com

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