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Wanderers Shine at Philadelphia Marathon

The 2003 Philadelphia Marathon turned into a cavalcade of Wanderer stars. Ten Wanderers competed with Jeff Hayes leading the parade. Jeff stormed to a 60th place finish overall out of more than 5,000 runners in a time of 2:47:27.

Wanderers were busy off the course staffing a Water Table along with the New Freedom Striders at the 18/22 mile mark.

Matt Palombaro ran a personal best 2:52:16 to finish 103rd, and Chris Moore turned in an exceptional time of 3:14:04. Barbara Gorka worked hard to finish in a time of 3:33:50. Bob Alig didn't qualify for Boston, but his time of 3:34:07 was excellent nonetheless.

Susan Hurrey grabbed a personal best of 4:09:53, and was followed by Megan Boyle in 4:20:50. Scott Quitel once more proved that he is Mr. Consistency with a finish in 4:28:08, a little more than two minutes ahead of Beast of Burden. The 4:30:49 was a personal best for Beast and was an incredible time once her lack of training was factored in.

Snake Bite battled all sorts of ailments yet still finished in 5:00:06.

The Wanderers were not through yet. Sylvia Forman ran 50:36 in the Rothman 8k race and was followed by Leslie Turchetti in 1:03.

(Bin Reuter putting up signs before the race)

The 2003 marathon performance was a repeat of the stellar job put in by the Wanderers in the 2002 marathon. However, this year, the Wanderers' talent was all home grown as opposed to last year when the club had to import in its runners from Scotland.

(Sydney Stafford filling cups at the water table)

Wanderers also excelled at the Water Table. Great performances were turned in by Madison and Schuyler Alig and Sydney Stafford as well as Rob and Heidi Zisselman. Randi Garnick showed marathon endurance by handing out water throughout the race while holding onto her three-year-old son David. Wanderers also got a big boost from the Bike Addicts crew who showed up in their biking gear to hand out water during the crunch time in the middle of the race. The New Freedom Striders under the direction of Bill McClellan once more showed that they are the best in the business.

Scott (Mr. Consistency) Quitel at mile 18

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