By Jean Lillard
Special to the Rappahannock News
The runners didn’t seem to mind the cool, damp, 40-degree weather at the start of the 37th annual Fodderstack 10K race last Saturday (April 25) — but toward the end it was spitting sleet. Thanks to John McCarthy, who got our awards ceremony started on time, we finished before anyone was carted away with frostbite!
The race had 176 pre-registered participants; 224 runners and walkers crossed the finish line, with Karsten Brown coming in first with a time of 35:11.48 (beating his 2014 time of 38:48), and Rappahannock’s own Gavin Jenkins came in third overall with a time of 37:18.57. (Gavin also beat his 2014 time of 40:31.) Watch out Karsten, Gavin is knocking at the door.
Katie Arnold, visiting from Santa Fe with her family in Huntly, was first female to finish with a time of 41:29.03. Katie has quite the resume — she ran her first Fodderstack in 1979 when she was 7 and collected numerous awards in the 12-and-under group. Last year, she won the Transrockie three-day event held in the Colorado Rockies with more than 8,000 feet in elevation gain, an event where you run at least 20 miles each day. She outran her nearest female opponent by more than an hour. She has won 50K and 100k races, and her next goal is a 100-mile race! You go, girl!
Our coveted Eva Smith Award (to the first Rappahannock female/male to finish) went to Lilly Strange, her fifth time, and Gavin Jenkins, his second.
Since no family qualified for the Ike & Quita Parrish Award, we made a special presentation to the David Arnold family — three generations of runners: Lesley, who has run two years and won first place in the 70-74 category, Katie (won the overall female in 2004 and again in 2012) and Katie’s daughter Pippa, who is 6, running her first!
We do have at least two families who will be vying for the Parrish award. Mark Jenkins and family (Mark, Gavin and Lilyan) their first as a family. Mark’s mom, Sandra, started him at 6 years old running on Dearing Road while she drove along beside him. As a result of all that wonderful training on back roads, Mark won first place starting at age 7 and won first in his age group until he graduated from high school, with two exceptions, when he took third place.
Way to go Mark. Mark’s 10K record is one of our best. Obviously, Gavin, in his fifth year, has taken after Dad, and Lilyan, who is 11, is in hot pursuit.
Gary Light and his sons — David, 10, and George, 12 — will also be eligible for this family award in a couple of years. This year, David won first place in 14 and under.
We are very fortunate to have three runners who have competed every year — Bob Gurtler, Jenks Hobson and Merrill Strange. Way to go!
This was our first year to give an award for the most senior — given in memory of Dr. Mervyn Jeffries, who passed away last fall. His family was on hand to give the award in his memory. Bob Gurtler, 80, of the Plains, won that honor.
He is amazing — he ran a 5K on Friday night in Crystal City before our 10K on Saturday, then ran a 5K in Fredericksburg on Sunday. Awesome!
Other local winners include Skylar Culbertson who took second place in the 14-and-under group. She has won the 12-and-under the past three years. Her brother, Conner, won the 13-18 age group in 2012. The Culbertson family won the Ike/Quita Parrish Family award in 2011 and they were all back again this year.
Jake Demory won second place in the 15-19 group and Chris Payne, another regular, won fourth. Caragh Heverly won 23rd in the 15-19 group with Karolinne Calheiros going home with fourth place. Alexander Ramey took second in the 20-29.
Susannah McNear-Barnes, winner of the 40-49 age group, has quite a few previous wins; Rick Myers won first in the 50-59 group; Jimmy Deal was second-place finisher in the 60-69; Jane Smith took home third place in the 60-69 group. Raymond Stamps claimed first with a time of 65:52.87 in the 75-and-over group. Stamps has a collection of second- and third-place awards over the last 20 years.
Other honorable mentions: Jonathan Moore was only a couple of minutes behind third place winner. He has three thirds to his credit. Chris Parrish and wife Caroline had a good showing. Berkeley Hobson, who has won orplaced in quite a few races, ran with her dad, Jenks. She started running at 7 and won first place in ’95, ’97, 2000, 2001, second in 1998 and 1999, third in 1996 and 2009 in her age group, with her Eva Smith Memorial win in 2011. Quite an impressive record.
Tom List from the Inn at Little Washington and his son also participated. Jeff Riley and his daughter also ran. Heidi Maeyer didn’t need to be resuscitated after all. With a little more training, Heidi, you would win your age group!
As most of you know, Merrill Strange provides our beautiful and unique prizes for our winners. She has also won two of the Eva Smith Memorials.
Our race would not be a success if it wasn’t for all the volunteers who work so hard to make it a great race — one that is fun for the families as well as the serious runners.
A special thanks to all our sponsors who donated their support. It takes our entire community to make something this big work. You’re the best.