Lydia Johnson slogs to second place in Super Bowl Trail Run
By Bill Blewett
Feb 07, 2019 | 1:40 PM
Lydia Johnson of Street finished second among women age 60 to 69 Sunday in the Super Bowl Trail Run, an event of the Baltimore Road Runners Club.
The 8-mile race in Cromwell Valley Park would have been of super quality had it taken place in early autumn. But after the recent snowfall and thaw, the trails in the park were slick with mud and melting snow.
Johnson, 65, has been racing for more than 30 years, and since turning 60 has set age-group records of the Harford County Running Club (formerly RASAC) at distances from 5K to 13.1 miles.
The pace Sunday was far from record-setting for her and the 280 others as they slogged over the course. She averaged 12:53 per mile and finished in 1:42:59, about 1 1/2 minutes behind two of her running friends from Harford County, Robbie Reeves (third among eight in 55-59) and Moira McGill (sixth among 10 in 50-54).
Finishing second in the over-60 age category was no consolation for Johnson, as there were just two women in that age group. Older age groups are typically thin, particularly in winter races, and in this one, over-60 was light in quantity, but not so light in quality.
Finishing first among the 60-somethings, was Laura Dewald, 61, of Baltimore. Thirty-six years ago, Dewald was a world-class marathoner, the 20-mile American record holder and an Olympic hopeful. In 1982, her personal best of 2:34:59 was then the 17th best all-time among American women in U.S. marathons.
On Sunday, she averaged 12:09 per mile and finished 5 1/2 minutes ahead of Johnson. The toughest opponents in the race were clearly the mud and snow.
Several other Harford runners were among the finishers. Greg Peterson of Bel Air finished 14th overall in 1:06:00 and third in the 35-39 age group. Jennifer Perkovich of Joppa was fourth among 18 women in 45-49 in 1:33:48.
Phillip Pawlukovich of Forest Hill, who was fourth in 62 minutes in the 2016 race, ran 1:48:41 in pacing his 10-year-old daughter Isabella from start to finish.
Amanda Deller, 27, former record-setting shot and discus thrower at UMBC from Aberdeen, finished in 1:47:07. Nathan Boyer of Aberdeen, one of the fastest men in Harford County 30 years ago, finished eighth in 55-59 in 1:37:51.
Nick Johnson of Abingdon, Lydia Johnson’s son, finished first among 23 runners in 30-34 in 1:09:19.
Get Schooled 5-Miler
Mark Broadwater and Katie Streib led the way in 25-degree cold Saturday in the Get Schooled 5-Miler at HCC.
Broadwater, of Jarrettsville, led all 64 finishers in 30:10. Streib, new president of the Harford County Running Club, led the women in 39:31.
Others in the men’s top 10 were Dave Stevenson, 33:45; Brian Yeager, 34:14; Matt Miller, 34:27; Anthony Graber, 36:25; Nate Costa, 36:30; Mike Martinek, 37:26; Matt Schultz, 37:30; Kirk Ingold, 38:32; Paul Fallace, 38:37.
In the women’s top 10 were Katie Harrington, 39:33; Gina Schlosser, 42:07; Jessica Ryan, 42:20; Karen Henry, 44:32; Tarah Wilson, 44:37; B.J. Terrell, 47:32; Jill Shephard, 47:45; Karen OÕBrien, 48:28; Kim Fleming, 50:42.
Mike Trott runs Florida
Mike Trott of Joppatowne, who turned 65 in July, exercised his racing legs while in Florida on vacation recently. Competing in 65-69, he led his age group in a 5-mile race of the Clearwater Running Festival in 50:27. He placed fourth in the St. Pete Beach Classic 10K in 57:34, then sixth in the Best Damn Race 10K in Safety Harbor in 1:07:58; and finally, he was 19th among 43 in the Sarasota Music Half Marathon in 2:21:25 on Feb. 3.
Upcoming local races
Feb. 10 — Tune up 15K, Susquehanna State Park Grist Mill, 8 a.m. runharford.com; Feb. 17 — Joppatowne Coffee Run 5-Miler, Dunkin Donuts on Joppa Farm Road, 8 a.m., runharford.com