Wanderers Shine at Philadelphia Marathon
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
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
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