Wanderers Stayed on Course at the Tyler Arboretum 10K
Report by Helen Cheung
Photos by Christian Mongrain
MEDIA, PA (April 5,
2008) - Eleven Wanderers and friends descended upon the Tyler
Arboretum and made quick work of the 10K course. The conditions
were almost perfect for running around sleeveless - temperatures
in the 50s, cloudy and dry, and indeed several Wanderers proudly
dusted off and wore their club singlets. As the second race in
the Mid-Atlantic USATF off-road series, the Tyler Arboretum
10K course was not nearly as treacherous and easy-to-cut as the Pretzel
City trail races, but it was not without its challenges. The
Wanderers overcame a litany of hills and four creek crossings
and managed to finish in impressive form.
Chris Verry took off at the start and never looked back, kicking
in at 45:51 and earning a bronze medal in the M30-34 age group.
But Chris was not the only person who started out (too) fast. Sharon
Schmidt Mongrain, Doug Dubrosky, and Helen
Cheung chased him well
into the sixth mile and hung on for strong finishes. Sharon finished
in 46:00 and podiumed again as the 2nd place female, shaving over
a minute off last year's time. Helen came in 3rd among females,
three seconds behind Sharon. Doug charged in soon after in 47:56.
The cool hip pink gaiters around his ankles (see pictures) clearly
Polly Jansen, the Wanderers' organizer
extraordinaire, made a triumphant return from an ankle injury to
score a silver medal in F30-34 in a time of 53:08. Also out in
front were Wanderers Erik Johnson (50:42) and Randy
in his first race since last year's Tyler 10K and looking ready
for Boston. Also showing mid-season shape at this early Spring
race were Wanderers Jim Millar (59:51) and Anita
Matt Mauren, a consistent force in the woods, ran an awesome
race as well, crossing the finish line in 54:19. He also recommended
this race to his "friend but
actually boss" Liza Kahle. So, in just her second trail run ever, Liza gritted
out (but didn't exactly love) the hilly terrain, completing the race in 1:11:51.
Despite rumors afterwards that Matt would get in trouble for this, he managed
to keep his job.
Once again, the Wanderers brought their own cheering squad
to the race. Christian Mongrain took the fabulous action shots
below and Noah Shusterman, fresh off his BQ, lifted our spirits
from start to finish. Thank you so much for the support!
Photos by Sharon's husband Christian Mongrain
Back row (l>r): Noah Shusterman, Doug Dubrosky, Jim Millar, Matt
Front rwo: Helen Cheung, Sharon Schmidt, Polly Jansen, Randy Clever
The start of the Tyler Arboretun 10K Trail Race.
Coming in for the finish.
Hardware for Wanderers Helen Cheung, Polly Jansen, Chris Verry, and
Additional race pictures can be found here »
Official race results can be found here »
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