Run, run away
Goodfellow collects win as Garden Spot Village Marathon celebrates fifth year. By Carole Deck, Correspondent
Take a bright blue sky, brilliant sunshine and mix with temperatures in the mid-40s and you had the perfect setting for the fifth annual Garden Spot Village Marathon.
Close to 1,200 runners competed Saturday in New Holland at Lancaster County's biggest road race and only USATF-certified Boston Marathon qualifier.
Kenny Goodfellow, 23, raced across the finish line first with a time of 2:35:30.
The Juniata College graduate, who grew up in Hollidaysburg and now lives in Rochester, N.Y., was surprised but happy with his win.
"It's my first win and first time at Garden Spot," Goodfellow said with a smile. "I've only run in two other marathons."
Last year's winner, John Wallace, 21, of Denver, took second place this time around, clocking a 2:38:08. Robert Longenecker, 24, of Lititz, came in third at 2:45:33.
"It doesn't get much better than today's weather to run," said Longenecker, who was competing in his first GSV Marathon.
Jenn Terefencko, 34, of Pottsville, outdistanced her competitors to take first among the women with a time of 3:14, earning her 19th place overall in the marathon.
Second place went to Vanessa Andes, 29, of Ephrata, in 3:22:38. Amanda An, 26, of Ellicott City, Md., came in third with a time of 3:25:43.
The men's 50-plus winner was Michael Kubbutat, 52, of Schallstadt, Germany, with a time of 3:25.55.
Fashionably dressed in a pink tutu and shoes, Keith Straw, 58, of Malvern, took second in that class for the second year in a row at 3:27:22. Third place went to Moreno Tomei, 51, of Granby, Quebec, at 3:34:34.
Winning the women's 50-plus division was Kathleen Sanders, 51, of Manheim, with a time of 4:05:31. Second place went to Martha Kurtz, 62, of Morgantown, at 4:06:24, and taking third at 4:08:51 was Carolyn Roberts, 50, of Metuchen, N.J.
Anthony Malatesta, 19, finished first in the male 19-under division with a time of 2:48:01. Top female honors in that age group went to Erin Dyer, 16, of Holden, Mass., at 3:46.42.
Ian Sim, 80, of Alexandria, Ontario, competing in his 51st marathon, was the oldest runner Saturday. He finished in 6:22:52. The octogenarian began running at age 50 and has run the Boston Marathon six times.
The GSV Marathon was the 14th for police Officer Bob Schluben, 44, of Lenexa, Kan., who is running a marathon every weekend for one year to raise awareness and funding for child-abuse victims.
Schluben's 10-year-old son, Kyle, ran in the half-marathon, the 11th time the father-son runners participated in a marathon together.
The elder Schluben, born in Penryn, attended Manheim Central before his family moved to Kansas when he was in 10th grade.
An Amish father-and-son team, Aaron Fisher, 37, of New Holland, and 10-year-old Lavern shared some quality time as they ran together in the half-marathon.
Celebrating her 83rd birthday Saturday, GSV resident Clarice Prescott returned for a second year to participate on a four-person relay team.
"I decided to celebrate and take the challenge," Prescott said with a chuckle.
Rima Chai, of Egham, England, dragging a 22-pound tire behind her to promote conservation and sustainability, finished in 7:17:26.
Every year since the inaugural race in 2009, the GSV Marathon has continued to grow with runners coming from across the U.S. and other countries.
Scott Miller, marathon director and chief marketing officer at Garden Spot Village, credits the teamwork of more than 350 volunteers for its continued success.
"It's a great event for runners, our residents, staff and people who come from all over the state to watch the Garden Spot Village Marathon," he said.n