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Clyde’s 10K

17 April 2011

2011 Clydes 10K Results

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Not often does a 47-year-old woman win a large format race such as Clyde’s 10k, but that’s exactly what Robyn Humphrey did last Sunday. The Howard County Striders Master Runner of 2010 led from start to finish and fulfilled a life-ling dream of winning the race. “It was on my bucket list,” Robyn said. “And I wasn’t getting younger.” But her victory was not a slam dunk. She faced stiff competition from Unsong Ostrowski and Suzy Serpico. “Suzy was breathing down my neck for a while.” Apparently, though, digestive issues obliged Ms. Serpico to check her speed and gave Humphrey a chance to win. Robyn’s time of 40:09 was actually two minutes faster than last year. “I also want to thank all the runners who chose to run the Boston Marathon and Pikes Peek 10k,” Robyn said, referring to races where her potential competition went.

In the men’s competition, Carlos Renjifo won the race for the second year in a row. He had little competition and, like Robyn, lead from start to finish. “I was trying to keep up a hard effort,” Carlos said, “and focus on my time.” The strong wind gave him some trouble holding that pace, especially on that long uphill on Route 108. “I kept looking at my watch. It didn’t quite work out.” He finished in 33:18 in spite of the wind.

The real battle in the men’s race was for second place. Master runner Peter Keating bolted from the start as if he was trying to beat Mr. Renjifo and managed to hold on to second place for at least two miles. At that point, Karsten Brown asserted himself and took over sole possession of second place, where he eventually finished as distant second to Renjifo. “I may have finished the race second,” Karsten said, “But I got to the beer before anyone else.” Brown’s time of 34:18 was only 18 seconds from a personal best.

For first woman over 40 to finish was also the first woman over 50. Grandmaster Pat Wilkerson nailed a 42:21. She finished immediately behind 12-year-sensation Avery Cunningham, who placed third overall in 2010. “Yep, she’s a great runner,” Pat said. The first master male was actually Peter Keating, but because he finished third overall, the master male award devolved to Matt Reinhardt from Crownsville.

The 33rd Annual Clyde’s 10k took place on a chilly, breezy morning the day after torrential rains had swept through Columbia. Nearly 1500 registered for the event, and 1299 actually finished. Afterwards, Clyde’s of Columbia furnished the runners with a sumptuous brunch that included pasta, turkey chili, yogurt, bagels, fresh California strawberries, and that beer. The beer was served only to adults.

Clyde’s also provided interesting prizes. In addition to gift certificates from Feet First of Hickory Riges, the top three men and women received a beach cooler with a beach blanket, a water bottle, a Clyde’s hat, and various other beach necessities. Age group winners got the cooler and/or the blanket.

The Howard County Striders have staged this race for Clyde’s since 1979, making it the oldest continuously-sponsored race in Maryland. In spite of competing with Pikes Peek 10k (Rockville) and the Boston Marathon, the race enjoyed one of its largest fields ever. Dennis Albright directed the race, with the assistance of dozens of Strider volunteers and traffic control by the Howard County Police.

Jim Carbary

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Carlos Renjifo, captain of the Howard County Striders/Feet First racing team, had a unique strategy for running the 32th Annual Clyde’s 10k. He reckoned that if he started off fast enough, he could get so far ahead all the other runners would forget about him. “Out of sight, out of mind,” he explained. So he bolted through the first (uphill) mile in a mere 5:07 and took the early lead in the race. “That was probably a little faster than wanted to go.” By the second mile, Carlos had a substantial lead of 20 seconds on the second place runner and about all the trailing runners could actually do was forget about Carlos. Renjifo won going away in 32:49

The Striders’ top female runner, Tasha Hogan, might have had a similar strategy in mind, but she ran afoul of Kara Walters. The two raced up the first long hill on Little Patuxent Parkway, going through the mile in 6:15. “That was too fast for me!” Tasha admitted. Walters cruised through the remainder of the race, hardly slowing down on that long hill on Route 108 and finishing in 38:37. But Hogan’s effort of 39:34 was good enough to set a “major PR.” “I may not have won,” Tasha said, “but I was ahead of that little girl.”

The little girl was Avery Cunningham, an 11-year-old strong enough and fast enough to challenge the adult women. She ran the race last year and placed fifth among females, and this year she finished fourth in 41:14. Sponsored by the Annapolis Running Store, Avery wore a shirt emblazoned with “Run your ARS off.”

Running only 20 miles a week, Strider Robyn Humphrey somehow managed to win the female masters competition in 41:22, which was about the same as she ran last year. “Yeah, but the little girl beat me this year,” Robyn lamented. Avery did not beat the first master male, however. Strider Mike Colaiacovo, who won Clyde’s 10k in 2005, turned in the best performance among the over-40s with a 34:22

The overall winners received really big athletic bags, but age group winners won possibly the most unique awards in the history of running: collapsible beach mats. Each red or blue mat came with an embedded pillow and a carry case with the Clyde’s logo. “We’ll have to go to the beach now,” said Brian Fleming (2nd, 25-29M).

All finishers and volunteers enjoyed the sumptuous post-race brunch that Clyde’s has made a signature of the race. This year’s fare included veggie goulash, bean soup, either sausage or chicken pasta, yogurt and granola, and fresh California strawberries. Liquid refreshments included Amstel Light or Heinicken and various Coca-Cola products.

Dennis Albright directed the race, which is staged each Spring by the Howard County Striders and Clyde’s of Columbia. The race drew a field of 1292 finishers this year.

by Jim Carbary

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Improbably, the winner of the 31st Annual Clyde’s 10k had run 8.8 miles the day before the race, on much the same course as the race. Unconcerned about his pre-race workout, Howard County Strider Runner of the Year Tom Williams found himself running with a pack of other elite runners at the top of the hill at the one mile mark of the race, and threw in a surge “to see who’s in and who’s not.” Master runner Doug Mock was in, and Williams and Mock dueled for the next mile until they reached the undulations of Old Columbia Road, where Williams took the lead. “Most people think the key to the race is the long hill on Route 108,” Williams counseled. “But the key is really Old Columbia.” Firmly in first, Tom knew he had the race won when he reached the top of that long hill. “I may have glanced back when I turned onto Little Patuxent, but Doug wasn’t in sight.” Williams won easily in 33:20, while Mock finished second in 34:14. After he finished, Tom got two beers to celebrate.

Performing one of her patented “bunny rabbit starts,” Howard County’s master runner of the year Robyn Humphrey charged up the first hill and seemed intent on winning the women’s race. But 19-year-old Courtney Waldhauser had other ideas and “picked her off at the top” of the hill. Waldhauser just continued a relentless pace along Old Columbia, and Humphrey never had a chance. “There was always one more downhill [after the uphill],” Courtney said. Part of the Charm City Racing team coached by Murray Davis, Ms. Waldhauser easily won the women’s competition in 40:31, while Humphrey checked in 1:30 behind.

The women’s race saw the birth of a new running star in 10-year-old Avery Cunningham. Not at all intimidated by some of the fast women, the young Cunningham sped along ahead of most of them and was actually in third place among the women about half way through the race. She wound up fifth among the females, first in the 14-and-unders, with a spectacular time of 43:17. “It was my first 10k,” she said. Avery has started running for the Annapolis Running Shop and sported a singlet with “Kick my ARS.” Not many did, however.

The top two master runners, Doug Mock and Robyn Humphrey, each placed second in their respective gender groups and won overall awards. The master awards then went to Peter Keating and Janelle McIntyre. Fourth overall, Mr. Keating was very deferential to Mock’s performance, although Pete was in the mix for a mile or so. “I got a good view of his back,” Keating said. One of triathlete Janelle McIntyre’s goals was to beat Jim Carbary, and, with a 43:57, she nearly chased down the old grandmaster this time. Janelle finished eighth overall among the women.

Over 1500 runners registered for this year’s annual event. They enjoyed a pleasant spring morning without rain or wind. After finishing, runners and volunteers appreciated the fabulous outdoor brunch served by Clyde’s of Columbia. Post-race fare included oranges, bananas, California strawberries, HUGE croissants, fruit salad with yogut, bagels and granola bars, hearty pasta salad, and a particularly succulent white bean chicken chili. Runners washed down the food with Heinekin and Amstel Light, Coca Cola products, or bottled water. Hundreds of them enjoyed the picnic on the grass overlooking Lake Kittimuqundi.

Clyde’s has sponsored the 10k race for 31 years in a row, and not many race sponsors have stuck so steadfast to a race as Clyde’s. With the assistance of Clyde’s coordinator Brent Lomax, Sous Chef Sean Riley and Executive Chef Jason McIntosh personally directed the refreshments.

Clyde’s 10k represents the major road race of the year for the Howard County Striders. Dennis Albright assumed the race director’s role this year, replacing Charlie Brown, who served in an advisory capacity. The Striders wish to thank not only Clyde’s of Columbia, but also the Howard County Police, who directed traffic and ensured the safety of the runners.

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When Mike Colaiacovo bolted away at the start of the 30th Annual Clyde’s 10k race, Tom Williams and Steve Moxey remained calm and focused on staying within striking distance of the leader. Their patience paid off. Around the three-mile mark, when the course turned up the infamously long hill on Route 108, they overhauled a slowing Colaiacovo. “I worked it on the hills,” Tom said. In fact, Williams opened up a 30-40 meter gap on Moxey, at which point “I thought I had a shot at winning.” He did, too, cruising the final two miles in 10:30 and winning the race in 33:24. The humid, soggy morning didn’t seem to bother him, but the challenging hills did. “It wasn’t the conditions,” he said, “it’s the course!” [Mr. Colaiacovo may not be blamed for losing his focus during the competition. he just became a new father!]

The women’s race showcased the core of the Howard County Striders’ women’s racing team: Katie Breitenbach, Vanessa Cox, and Robyn Humphrey. Humphrey led ythe three through the first three miles, at which point Cox and Breitenbach assumed the lead. But they were never further apart than a few meters. Indeed, when the trio swept into the West Running Brook neighborhood at the top of the 108 hill, they bunched together and fed of each other’s energy. “It was a team effort,” Katie said, “and it was great to run together like that.” Their mutual encouragements bonded the women together in a tight camaraderie – at least until the last quarter-mile straightaway. “When we saw the finish line, it was every women for herself,” Vanessa said, and it was Cox who surged away from her friends to win the race.

The master’s race proved to be quite interesting. The Strider’s master runner of the year Doug Mock assumed an immediate lead in the age group and seemed well on his way to another stunning victory, and then he suddenly dropped out at 2½ miles. That left Chris Chattin in command of the masters’ field. But his glory did not last more than half a mile, because Peter Keating overtook him on that same 108 hill that claimed so many other victims during the race. When they crested the hill, Keating was in charge and went on to win the masters race. “I’m not as fast as those other guys,” Mr. Keating explained, “and the hills worked to my advantage.”

Lisa Fichman joined Peter as the woman’s counterpart in the master’s championships. In spite of the drizzly conditions, her hair was perfect at the awards ceremony! The overall and masters winners received Clyde’s backpacks stuffed with a jacket and a long-sleeved t-shirt, while age group winners won a Clyde’s jacket and gift certificates to Feet First of Wilde Lake. All registered runners received a commemorative long-sleeved t-shirt.

The 2008 race marked the thirtieth consecutive year that Clyde’s of Columbia has sponsored the race. While there may be races with a longer history than this 10k, there are probably none that can claim to have had the same sponsor for 30 years. And this year’s race marked another milestone: the race “sold out” for first time (we think) in its history. “We achieved 1540 entries the day before the race,” said Jim Discuillo, the official race tabulator, who noted that the field “officially” closed at 1500. Of that number 1366 started and 1325 finished. Some runners were actually turned away before the race because they had waited too long to register.

After the race, Clyde’s of Columbia treated runners, volunteers, and their families to a fabulous outdoor brunch that featured, in addition to the usual bagels, muffins and fruit, sausage rigatoni, bean-chicken chili, a yogurt bar with granola and melons, a huge submarine sandwich (that went really fast), Coke and Powerade, Heinekin and Amsel Light, and delicious fresh strawberries specially flown in from California. Although it rained before the race, the precipitation stopped in time for the race and mercifully held off for the brunch and the awards ceremony.

Clyde’s 10k is staged every spring by the Howard County Striders. The race was directed by Charlie and Ellen Brown for the eighth year in a row. “Keeping a race director for eight years is comparable to keeping the same sponsor for 30 years,” noted announcer Dave Tripp. The Striders wish to thank the Howard County Police, who provided traffic control during the race, holding anxious motorists in check while the runners could move safely around Columbia. The Striders also wish to thank Clyde’s general manager Brent Lomax and his staff for their continued support (and especially the great brunch!).

Article By: Jim Carbary