Wanderers Compete in the Phila Marathon
On Sunday, November 21, 2004 the Wanderers once again made an appearance in
the Philadelphia Marathon. There were a record 7,724 runners and the weather
was perfect for a marathon, cloudy and temperatures in the low 50s.
Palombaro ran a personal best of 2:48:25 placing 85th overall. As
amazing as his time was what is even more astonishing is that he even took
around 15.5 miles to make a pit stop at the port-o-john! Matthew appreciated
the cheering by fellow Wanderer Barbara Gorka. "Barb
was out around mile 25 cheering which was fantastic. Starting around mile
23, I started to feel
a bit depleted and those miles are so boring on Kelly Drive. Her cheering
woke me up a bit and I was able to make a final push" according
Dennis Crowne was also
out on the course and he finished with a time of 4:48:27. While running in
the final miles of the marathon Dennis commented that if he
collapsed before the finish line to take his sneaker with the chip on it
and throw it across the finish line. Of course that wasn't necessary. Dennis
hard-core. This was his second marathon in less than two months and he's
had a great performance in both marathons.
Dan Gordon can definitely learn a thing
or two from Dennis. Time to stop sipping those pints of beer and get training,
Chris Moore made it to mile 17
but unfortunately had to drop out. "I began
experiencing a shooting pain in my hip about mile 15, and despite being on
pace, was done by 17." according to Chris. But it sounds like Chris
will be back on the marathon scene very soon. "My efforts will be
redoubled, and I'm shooting for Miami or Las Vegas in January and plan to
get the 3:10
off my back for good."
Turchetti competed in the 8k and had a personal best of 55:34, almost a full
8 minutes faster than her previous 8k time. "My training has been
going pretty well this year, so I'm happy with my time."
there were quite a few Wanderers out manning the 18/22 mile water stop. Petra was
in charge of organizing this water stop and as usual maintained her allegiance
to the Wanderers. Petra's declaration before the marathon: "Just
the Wanderers with the official team singlet will get water at Falls Bridge!"
at the Start of the 2004 Phila Marathon
handing out water at the Wanderers 18/22 mile water table
on 34th Street embarking on a remarkable performance.
Julie and Terrie on 34th Street.
on 34th Street.
at the 18/22 mile water table.
Lynn helping out at the Wanderers' table.