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Saturday, October 1, 2005 -- Cumberland, MD
The Great Allegany Run (iPO Event Id#: 7081)
Story and photos by Jason Chastain

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Results: [Overall Results] [Results by Class] [5K Results] [5K by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]
[Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9] [Set 10] [Set 11]

Past Coverage: [2000] [2001] [2002] [2003] [2004]

Photo by Jason Chastain
Sunny day in Cumberland
Though the sun was shining brightly, the morning of the race was unusually cold and damp for this time of year, but that didn't seem to dampen the spirits of the participants The Great Allegany Run. Now in it's 24th year, this event is one of more popular events of the Queen City Striders Race Series.

The organizers were very friendly and helpful as always, as were the local police when anyone had questions about the race and a good place to catch all the action.

The point-to-point 15K course started on Savage Mountain and ran east, with an elevation loss of over 500 feet, finishing in historic downtown Cumberland. The 5K race was run at the same time as the 15K with an out-and-back course that started and finished downtown. So that no one was left out of the fun, a 2-mile fitness walk and a kid's run were offered, as well.

Photo by Jason Chastain
Enjoying a fall stroll
The 15K Chase
Having had a banner year in 2004 at American University, Matt Barresi set personal bests in every event in which he competed. Barresi's team placed 2nd overall in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Mens 10K, and he graduated college with a 4.0 average. Now in 2005 at 22 years old, Barresi can add a 1st place overall finish in the The Great Allegany 15K Run to his accomplishments. His 5 minute pace won him a 46:23 top finish.

A BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Award winner 5 years ago, Nick Gramsky of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland holds 1st place honors from the Disney XC Classic in Orlando, Florida. Gramsky was Barresi's cha,,enger this day, finishing 2nd with a time of 46:31. Taking 1st place in the 2005 Reunion Run XC Race was Jaron Hawkins (47:45), who placed 3rd overall on this day.

Photo by Jason Chastain
Ed of SERJ Racing Serices
Vicki Caulder of York, Pennsylvania took 1st with a commanding lead. Her time was 53-47. Aimee Taylor, who runs with the Flying Feet Racing Team, promoters of York County, PA running, Has been at it since she was 13. "I have an ultimate goal of trying to run a sub-2:50 marathon." she says on her team website. With a 2nd place finish of 55:12, she's well on her way.

Saucony/PowerBar runner Heather Bury-Parks is back on the charts with a 3rd place finish of 58:35. Recently married and just back from her Ireland honeymoon, Heather's happy to get back in the groove.

The Out-N-Back 5K
Finishing 2nd in the 5K in 2004, David Mertz returned this year to settle for nothing less than 1st. Beating his 04' time by more than 15 seconds, Mertz claimed 1st with a time of 18:14.

Elite Master Tammy Slusser of Monroeville, PA captured the 1st place womens master News and Sentinel Half Marathon championship in her first year of being eligible. Slusser was 2nd place overall in The Great Allegany 5K Run and 1st place female with a time of 18:37 and a solid 6 minute pace. Tommy Chandler (18:48), of Cumberland, MD placed 3rd.

Lauryn Macfawn (19:15), of Allegany High School placed 6th overall, and 2nd for the women while Jessica Barron (22:06) finished 3rd for the ladies.

The participants all seemed to have a great time as many of them flashed me the 'thumbs up' sign as they passed by my location. After the race, it was time for cookies. Thanks to all who made the event possible, and don't forget, the next race in this series is the Autumn Glory 5K on Oct. 15 in Oakland, Maryland. For more details go to www.qcstriders.org/2005race.html.