Celebrating Hyman's legacy

Sonny Hyman’s daughter, Kelley Burton, and Tyler Pake celebrate the legacy of Hyman after they both placed first in their respective age divisions in the 10K. (Zack Nally photo)

BEAUFORT — The theme of this year’s Historic Beaufort Road Race was “35 Years and Still Running,” and while the event had a drop in numbers Saturday, the 664 participants who came out were treated to fantastic racing conditions.

The sun hid behind cool, rainy clouds, and racers relished temperatures in the low 80s. Add to that, volunteers waited at the finish line with towels soaked in baths of ice water for each runner.

“It’s a perfect running day,” four-year Race Director Bedford Smith said. “There’s a gentle breeze, not like last year where we had a gale force wind come through here.”

Last year’s race had participation climb to 805 from the previous year’s 750. That came on the heels of the 2011 event when a record 876 participants flooded downtown Beaufort.

Some, including James Orr, owner of Run the East, the group that manages and clocks the race, pontificated that the weather played a role in this year’s drop, that perhaps the gray backdrop of rain clouds discouraged participants who would have normally showed.

“Races all across the state are seeing drops in numbers, Orr said. “A lot of times, it’s because of weather perception. People look outside and think it might be ugly, so they don’t come.”

The 2012 race had runners brave the threat of rough weather after a bout of thunderstorms passed over the area the night before. Early morning showers also caused concern in last year’s event, but when the 805 racers arrived, they found only a few puddles and cool temperatures.

“That was the second best (attendance) that we’ve had,” race director Bedford Smith noted. “We had 876 a couple of years ago, but we want to get to 1,000. That’s the next goal.”  

This year’s race celebrated old traditions like remembering the late Sonny Hyman, who for decades has been the face of Carteret County road racing, as well as new traditions like seeing hometown product Tyler Pake winning his second big county race for the first time ever within a nine-month span and the Farm Bureau bringing Bogue Sound watermelons for parched racers.

One long-standing tradition was broken, though. Ricardo Bell, a native of Havelock and resident of Indianapolis, Ind., had finished first in the 1-mile race for 10 years in a row, capped by a 5-minute, 25-second time in last year’s event. However, Bell was nowhere to be seen this year, and his reign ended with a win from another promising runner in James Lawson.

Lawson, a 22-year-old recent graduate of Wingate University and resident of Wake Forest, clocked 5:23 in the 1-mile to not only replace Bell at the top but also prove he could have contended had Bell showed, topping the 10-year champ’s 2013 time by two seconds. Lawson finished second (4:53) in the 1-mile behind Bell in 2012.

“It feels pretty good (to win),” Lawson said. “He (Bell) was a great competitor. It’s a fun race. I always enjoy coming out, and maybe I can come back for the next 10 years and win it.”

Lawson wasn’t finished with the 1-mile race. He cooled off, re-hydrated and toed the line again for the 5K. After the 5K and 10K runners took off, spectators mingled and awaited the first finisher.

Before long, Lawson was spotted coming down the final stretch side-by-side with Cole Rossiter, 21, from New Milford, Conn. The youthful pair gave spectators a photo finish as Lawson pulled ahead at the last second for the win in 17:13. It was Lawson’s second time topping the 5K list as he won the event in 2010 as an 18-year-old with a time of 18:39.

“We pushed the pace pretty hard,” Rossiter said. “He was on my shoulder the whole race, and he made his move at the last moment. I tried to retake the front, but I was winded. Great race overall, though.”

Rossiter is a newcomer to the race while Lawson is a veteran. However, both got their start thanks to Beaufort’s vacation allure.

“I’m from Connecticut, but I was on vacation with my friend from school,” Rossiter said, “and the race sounded fun.”

“A very good day,” Lawson said. “We’ve been vacationing to Beaufort for probably 16 years. I was actually 7 when I first ran this race, and then on and off. A lot of great memories here.”

The theme of visiting runners continued as Madeline Wolf, 13, of Annandale, N.J., captured first in the female 1-mile division, finishing 20 seconds better than the next female with a time of 6:30. Wolf’s entire family also participated in the race, and all five made it to the podium.  

Her 15-year-old brother, Richard, took second overall behind Lawson with a time of 5:38, while her mother Kelly, 43, placed third in the female masters list, posting a time of 10:25. Younger sisters Kristin, 12, and Kathryn, 6, took first and third, respectively in their age divisions, with times of 7:10 and 10:24. Wolf is a repeat winner, topping the 1-mile female division in 2010 with a time of 6:53.

“I’ve always liked running, even when I was just learning to walk,” Madeline Wolf said. “My whole family loves coming back here to race.”

Top honors in the female 5K division was a close one between county runners Heidi Tucker, 36, and Katherine Price, 34. Tucker and Price are training buddies and the two finished together in the same time of 18:59, but Tucker nipped her good friend at the line for the title.

“The race went as well as we could have hoped,” Tucker said. “We kept each other in sight and motivated each other. Our goal was to break 19 minutes, and we just squeaked in.”

Tucker finished first in last year’s 5K with a time of 19:56. Her performance this year was a 59-second improvement over her time in 2011 when she also took first in the female 5K division.

As has become tradition in races such as these, parents showed up in droves to compete in the baby jogger 5K. Beth Floyd, 40, of Hubert, took first in the female division with a time of 20:16, while Dominic Reisig, 34, of Washington finished first overall by 20 seconds with a time of 20:16.

 “I have a friend, Garcy Ward, who did the stroller race last year, and he roped me into it this year,” said Reisig, who toppled Ward’s 22:46 time by two and a half minutes.

In the 10K race, it was another county product, Beaufort native Tyler Pake, 31, who took top honors with a time of 38:15. Pake has become a regular fixture at local races, despite living year-round in Greenville, but this year’s event marked his first win ever at the Beaufort road race, less than a year after he won his first Twin Bridges race.

As Pake crossed the finish line, he pointed to the sky and bellowed his respects to Hyman and his relief at finally winning.

“My first time running this race was in 1997, and I haven’t missed a single year, so if my math is right, this was my 18th consecutive run in the event,” Pake said. “I’ve placed second in the 5K before, but this was my first win. Winning this and the Twin Bridges is special because Sonny was a big part of starting these races.”

Pake and Hyman had a longtime friendship, and when Hyman died less than a week before Pake’s eighth attempt at the Boston Marathon in April, Pake made it his goal to break 2:50:00. He did just that with a posted time of 2:49:52.

“I started running with Sonny my senior year at East Carteret,” Pake said in an interview with WCTI-TV after the marathon. “He was the Carteret County local legend, and I saw this guy who I thought was older at the time, running these races, so I figured it can’t be that hard.”

Pake celebrated after Saturday’s finish with Hyman’s daughter, Kelley Burton. Burton, 34, placed first in her age division with a time of 51:03.

“Seeing people’s love for my dad is surreal,” Burton said. “The volunteers are wearing the same bright green colors he wore, which is ironic because he was a volunteer.”

Corey Monk, 36, was the overall winner in the 10K female division, posting a time of 44:36.

The Beaufort Ole Towne Rotary sponsors the Beaufort Road Race, and proceeds from the event go to fund area charities and provide scholarships for Carteret County students. This year, new Rotary President Lonnie Pollard oversaw the event.

“We moved here from San Angelo, Texas, two years ago,” Pollard said, “and we love it here. I’ve been involved with the race since then, but I’ve only been president for two weeks. We’re so glad everyone turned out like they did, and the weather was really cooperative.”

“It’s very rewarding to see people from all over the county come out,” Smith said. “And we have people who come from places all over the country. It’s good to see everyone enjoying themselves out here.”

Here are results of top finishers in the 1-mile, 5K and 10K runs:

2014 HISTORIC BEAUFORT ROAD RACE

1-Mile Run

Female

Overall: 1, Madeline Wolf, 6:30; 2, Michelle Novotni, 7:01; 3, Mary Margar, 7:06.

Masters Overall: 1, Elizabeth Henderson, 7:29; 2, Jenny McCartney, 7:57; 3, Kelly Wolf, 10:25.

8-and-under: 1, Samantha Ward, 8:35; 2, Susanna Salter, 10:01; 3, Kathryn Wolf, 10:24.

9-10: 1, Madelynn Hill, 10:01; 2, Ann Marie Thorell, 10:24.

11-12: 1, Kristin Wolf, 7:10; 2, Allison Taylor, 8:48; 3, Kayla Hadder, 8:54.

13-15: 1, Caroline Ritter, 7:13; 2, Meg McCartney, 7:56; 3, Jillian Schmitt, 8:59.

16-19: None.

20-29: None.

30-39: 1, Lori Worley, 8:11; 2, Marsha Block, 10:29.

40-49: 1, Laura Styron, 10:28; 2, Lisa Stalnaker, 11:03; 3, Yasha Moore, 11:28.

50-59: 1, Martha Prideaux, 12:39; 2, Debbie Chused, 13:55.

60-69: 1, Valerie Murrah, 13:01; 2, Gayle Rasberry, 18:38.

70-and-over: 1, Joan Murray, 16:45.

Male

Overall: 1, James Lawson, 5:23; 2, Richard Wolf, 5:38; 3, Duane Novotni, 5:56.

Masters Overall: 1, George Williamson, 6:17; Danny Ellis, 6:33; 3, Dan Besse, 6:50.

8-and-under: 1, Max Blackmon, 9:06; 2, Jack Blackmon, 10:04; 3, Camden Ward, 12:18.

9-10: 1, Garrett Boucher, 6:47; 2, Steven Floyd, 6:47; 3, Darren Dolph, 7:19.

11-12: 1, Chris Samojedny, 7:59; 2, Jacob Boucher, 9:46; 3, Patrick Worley, 10:14.

13-15: 1, TJ Samojedny, 7:57.

16-19: 1, Kent Mosier, 6:03; 2, Luke Stalnaker, 8:20.

20-29: 1, Chris Derose, 6:43.

30-39: 1, Ralph Gillikin, 8:41.

40-49: 1, Will Farrell, 21:25.

50-59: 1, Greg Lawson, 17:53.

60-69: None.

70-and-over: 1, Allen Calloway, 11:44.

5K Run

Female

Overall: 1, Heidi Tucker, 18:59; 2, Katherine Price, 18:59; 3, Melanie Ng, 20:22.

Masters Overall: 1, Stacy Boucher, 22:09; 2, Kirsten Ransdell, 23:25; 3, Lynn Senior, 23:58.

Baby Joggers: 1, Beth Floyd, 20:36; 2, Kathleen Garretson, 27:36; 3, Rebecca Burckhalter, 28:08.

12-and-under: 1, Mika Lynn, 28:25; 2, Audrey Walters, 30:07; 3, Bailey Felter, 33:22.

13-16: 1, Lauren Dicktel, 24:28; 2, Jordan Floyd, 26:27; 3, Caroline Williamson, 26:35.

17-19: 1, Emily Biesel, 23:34; 2, Sarah Wilkins, 25:55; 3, Rachel Metcalf, 28:06.

20-24: 1, Alex Pollock, 25:46; 2, Ally Stephenson, 26:18; 3, Claire McCune, 26:30.

25-29: 1, Jennifer Peterson, 24:01; 2, Jamie Wagner, 27:53; 3, Amber Corbett, 28:00.

30-34: 1, Caroline Wilson, 23:28; 2, Pauline Shiver, 23:38; 3, Diana McMillan, 24:37.    

35-39: 1, Jenny Teachey, 23:34; 2, Michelle Novotni, 24:10; 3, Jessica Creech, 25:11.

40-44: 1, Rachel Lo Piccolo, 24:25; 2, Sarah Phipps, 28:22; 3, Gin Lynn, 28:24.

45-49: 1, Teresa Hagerty, 24:34; 2, Carol Dixon, 24:37; 3, Martha Levey, 28:25.

50-54: 1, Cynthia Cuddington, 25:53; 2, Donna Davis, 27:20; 3, Teresa Whitmyer; 28:43.

55-59: 1, Judy Whiting, 30:22; 2, Martha Ransdell, 30:41; 3, Jennifer Whitehurst, 32:20.

60-64: 1, Susan Teachey, 25:41; 2, Cindy Van Dover, 29:37; 3, Mary Marino, 30:19.

65-69: 1, Mary Hamrick, 30:50; 2, Sally Kelly, 34:27; 3, Penny Parker, 43:52.

70-and-over: 1, Dinah Smith, 41:21; 2, Roanne MacEwan, 45:02.

Male

Overall: 1, James Lawson, 17:13; 2, Cole Rossiter, 17:15; 3, Charlie Prideaux, 18:18.

Masters Overall: 1, Louis Pelsang, 19:19; 2, David Daly, 20:49; 3, Ronnie Grooms, 21:05.

Baby Joggers: 1, Dominic Reisig, 20:16; 2, Garcy Ward, 21:50; 3, Christopher Wyman, 23:13.

12-and-under: 1, Will Connolly, 24:18; 2, Thomas Kidwell, 24:20; 3, Russell Moore, 24:35.

13-16: 1, Zachary Allen, 18:39; 2, Nicholas Epperson, 19:16; 3, Ricky Kidwell, 19:43.

17-19: 1, Mills Whiting, 22:01; 2, Jonathan Wilkins, 24:03; 3, Micah Barwin, 25:55.

20-24: 1, Andrew Ewing, 19:49; 2, Alex Dillon, 21:32; 3, Thomas Belk, 21:32.

25-29: 1, Brandon Woolley, 20:22; 2, Rob Bridges, 20:27; 3, Joseph Adams, 22:00.

30-34: 1, Matt Dixon, 20:18; 2, Nick Wilson, 21:56; 3, Steve Zalewski, 24:59.

35-39: 1, David Garrison, 20:05; 2, Al Dew, 22:09; 3, Anthony Scarbraugh, 25:17.

40-44: 1, Michael Fulcher, 24:32; 2, John Glisson, 25:10; 3, Paul Ransdell, 25:33.

45-49: 1, James Pelsang, 21:17; 2, Tom Ward, 23:27; 3, Dennis Gergely, 24:20.

50-54: 1, Scott Miller, 23:11; 2, Norm Waligora, 24:21; 3, Bill Hatch, 25:22.

55-59: 1, Ricky Davis, 21:22; 2, Mark Senior, 22:25; 3, Alan Leary III, 24:15.

60-64: 1, David Atkinson, 24:31; 2, Greg Harbaugh, 26:10; 3, Elliot Frank, 28:31.

65-69: 1, Dan Williams, 25:57; 2, Charles Teachey, 27:32; 3, Francis Rasberry, 27:45.

70-and-over: 1, Ronnie Davenport, 27:06; 2, Ken Wood, 34:19; 3, John Bales, 35:15.

10K Run

Female

Overall: 1, Corey Monk, 44:36; 2, Jessica Portera, 44:47; 3, Brooke Richardson, 44:58.

Masters Overall: 1, Kathi Mears, 45:23; 2, Kelly Lilley, 46:55; 3, Elizabeth Carey, 48:06.

12-and-under: None.

13-16: 1, Kiersten Kent, 49:07.

17-19: 1, McKayla Parks, 55:46; 2, Molly Braxton, 57:32.

20-24: 1, Helen Powell, 52:33; 2, Kelly Mansfield, 53:17; 3, Caitlin Ritchie, 55:06.

25-29: 1, Lexa Gass, 48:46; 2, Amanda Heim, 50:55; 3, Jamie Cain, 52:05.

30-34: 1, Kelley Burton, 51:03; 2, Sophie Plouviez, 57:34; 3, Carey Vuncannon, 1:01:24.

35-39: 1, Amy Getman, 58:17; 2, Laura Harkin, 59:05; 3, Sabra Willis, 59:20.

40-44: 1, Mary Margar, 50:59; 2, Barbara Taylor, 56:36; 3, Ronda Carroll, 57:52.

45-49: 1, Kelly Lee, 52:00; 2, Laura Van Sant, 53:32; 3, Monica Donosocraft, 1:02:17.

50-54: 1, Kim Urian, 53:16; 2, Jean Conlin, 1:05:39; 3, Cindy Baggett, 1:06:22.

55-59: 1, Jorine Olson, 1:02:10; 2, Bernadette Spong, 1:04:11; 3, Linda MacRae, 1:05:49.

60-64: 1, Valerie Murrah, 1:26:34.

65-69: None.

70-and-over: None.

Male

Overall: 1, Tyler Pake, 38:15; 2, Bryce Van Dam, 38:52; 3, Ryan Bingham, 38:57.

Masters Overall: 1, Paul Walters, 40:02; 2, David Lewis, 44:36; 3, Kelly Ramshur, 44:37.

Wheelchair: 1, Paul Kelly, 49:16.

12-and-under: 1, Alex Ellis, 1:00:07; 2, Zac Patterson, 1:05:01; 3, Chance Davis, 1:17:06.

13-16: None.

17-19: None.

20-24: 1, Ian Kroll, 42:16; 2, Jacob Works, 58:49; 3, Ryan Schladitz, 59:32.

25-29: 1, Keith Alligood, 43:00; 2, AJ Peterson, 46:35; 3, Matthew Kellerman, 48:40.

30-34: 1, Josh Lewis, 41:28; 2, Eric McCoy, 44:35; 3, Grant Page, 1:26:19.

35-39: 1, Duane Novotni, 40:43; 2, Vincent Savage, 42:14; 3, Christopher Ricks, 46:40.

40-44: 1, David Noe, 45:52; 2, Daniel Lilley, 46:31; 3, Mark Johnson, 46:37.

45-49: 1, Kenneth Bark, 47:45; 2, Alex McCraight, 48:17; 3, Tracey Conner, 51:06.

50-54: 1, David Toellder, 50:14; 2, Kevin Gaskill, 52:13; 3, Peter Schmitt, 52:57.

55-59: 1, Gary Davis, 49:47; 2, Robert Seidel, 50:48; 3, Rick Parker, 59:15.

60-64: 1, Jim Vernon, 51:16; 2, Patrick Keough, 53:20; 3, Michael Hardy, 57:43.

65-69: 1, Michael Cawthorne, 1:02:59; 2, John Garrett, 1:04:32.

70-and-over: 1, Charles Daniels, 1:17:52.

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