HISTORIC HALF: Sparkling day draws runners
The seventh annual Marine Corps Historic Half weekend ended with 7,545 people finishing the three races on a beautiful spring day with near-perfect conditions.
The morning was dry and in the 50-degree range throughout the races, making for a cool and pleasant start and avoiding problems that can come from running for miles in heat and humidity or from heavy downpours.
If trends mean anything, runners taking part in the Fredericksburg event should expect at least a sprinkling of rain next year.
Every other year of the event has seen some rainfall, statistics compiled by Marine Corps Marathon officials show.
The heaviest downpour came in 2009 for the second running of the Historic Half. Runners slogged through rain and jumped over puddles on a day that recorded a rainfall of 0.56 inches.
This year’s Marine Corps Historic Half weekend offered slots for up to 10,000 runners in three races—the half-marathon, the Historic 10K and the Semper Fred 5K.
By race morning, 9,169 people had registered for the three races—7,247 in the Historic Half, 1,000 for the Historic 10K, and 922 in the Semper Fred 5K, said Marine Corps Marathon spokeswoman Tami Faram.
The Historic 10K sold out in its second year.
As is customary for any race, not all who registered took part.
Nearly 18 percent of those who signed up to run were no-shows. But, even at that, the event saw its second-highest number of participants in the half-marathon and the 5K and only 1 less person in the 10K than last year.
On Sunday, 6,020 people finished the half-marathon, 772 finished the 10K and 753 finished the 5K.
The Historic Half had its largest number of finishers last year with 6,290. The largest turnout for the 5K was in 2012 when 925 people finished the course.
Runners from the Fredericksburg region had a strong showing on Sunday, taking home the majority of race honors.
Tim Young of Fredericksburg, 27, broke his own course record in winning the Historic Half with a time of 1:05:09.
In the Historic 10K, runners from the region took all three top spots for men. Aaron Naraine, 15, of Fredericksburg finished in first place with a time of 40:32. Stafford County resident Anthony Brooks, 17, came in second at 40:41, and 47-year-old Robert Woods of Stafford was third at 43:33.
The region claimed five of the six top spots in the Semper Fred 5K.
On the men’s side, 14-year-old Philip Lambert won the race with a time of 19:32. Sean Porthouse, 25, of Fredericksburg came in third at 19:42, and 15-year-old Tanner Jacob of Stafford placed third at 19:45.
On the women’s side, local residents placed second and third behind Yuko Whitestone, 42, of Springfield. Whitestone won with a time of 22:26 followed by 11-year-old Greta Lambert of Fredericksburg at 22:51, and 37-year-old Miossi Haviland of Fredericksburg at 23:50.
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HISTORIC HALF FINISHERS
Here’s the tally of finishers for the Marine Corps
Historic Half by year: