Sunday, March 4, 2001 -- Columbus, OH
Arnold 5K Pump & Run (iPO Event Id#: 2541)
Story and photos by Don Parks
Results: [Pump O/A] [Sort by Run] [Sort by Pump] [All Run O/A] [All Run by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8]
(Official results can be found at RunOhio.com)
This was just one event going on at the 13th Annual Arnold
Fitness Weekend featuring a record 5,000-plus competitors. Other
events included the Arnold Classic and Ms. International professional
bodybuilding competitions, Arnold Battle of Columbus World Martial
Arts Championship, Arnold Gymnastics Challenge, Arnold Cheerleading
Classic and Dance Team Championships, along with a fitness expo. And,
for the Pump and Run, Arnold Schwarzenegger himself was on hand
to fire the starting gun.
Karen Donnelly, a 29-year-old from Columbus, was a little more impressed with her own performance, "I thought I'd get 11 or 12, but I weighed in 5 lbs less than I thought I would." In just her third time lifting free weights she cranked out a full 21 reps, "It's good that it's 60% of your weight, that is very doable for women."
Linda Evans, a 90-pound 52-year-old from Columbus, has been running for the last 30 years but never lifted weights until this year. In her first time benching with free weights, she also managed to pull off 21 reps. "It is a great challenge and I'm glad to see there are a lot of women participating."
It seemed everyone was out to have a good time and enjoying the unique
event. David Pyshora, a 46-year-old from Westerville, was
certainly one of these individuals. When asked about whether the lift
or the run was his strength, he remarked, "I have no strong point, I'm
just doing it for fun."
At 10:30am it was time to step out in the streets of Columbus as Arnold merged into the crowd to get the runners started. 3.1 miles later, through the drizzle of a cool March morning, and it would be time to tally your overall time. Adding to the Pump and Run participants, another hundred-plus runners were on hand to run in a 5K only event.
Ben Ortt (a.k.a. Jim Thompson), a 22-year-old from Kimbolton
who races mountain bikes for Tri Tech Multisport, was in a group of
four that led out early and ran together for the first mile. Then
Dave Mirth, a 37-year-old from Reynoldsburg, made his move to
drop the field. Mirth, racing in the 5K only event, went on to finish
alone with the fastest 5K time of 16:17.
Sidney Gillispie, a 25-year-old from Elkins, West Virginia, raced across the line as the fourth 5K finisher in the Pump and Run. Subtracting his 15-minute bonus for 25 reps, the Assistant XC Coach at Davis & Elkins College looked tough to beat at a Pump and Run adjusted 2:21.
The next finisher with more reps was 26-year-old Byron Kimmel
from Vandalia, the boys' JV Basketball Coach at Tipp City's Tippecanoe
HS. His 28 reps combined with his 17:43 5K moved him to first at an
First in the 5K event for the women, and the second fastest overall
female, was Elaine Binkley, a 16-year-old from Columbus. The
sophomore track and crosscountry stand-out at Bishop Waterson HS,
commented on her 20:16, "The rain wasn't that bad and [Pamela
Mertz] pushed me out there." Mertz, a 32-year-old from Richmond,
Indiana, finished just one second back at 20:17 to record the third
fastest female run time and the second fastest in the Pump and Run.
Taking the win in the female Pump and Run was 36-year-old Sharon Knecht, the Director of Education at Bally Total Fitness in Cleveland. With a dominating run time of 19:00, first overall for all female runners, her 27 reps on the bench where four more than she needed to earn the win. Her adjusted winning time amounted to just 3:00.
Race director Matt McGowan stated "The event was very popular. We hope to make a few changes, which will make the event even better next year." Judging from the enthusiasm of this year's runners and lifters, he's sure to have plenty of folks lining up to do it again. Special thanks go out to the fine crew from RunOhio.com and to Jim Lorimer and Lorimer Productions who have been co-producing events with Arnold Schwarzenegger for the last 26 years.