SCRANTON — Strong was the word of the day Sunday at the 18th annual Steamtown Marathon.
C. Fred Joslyn felt strong as he approached the hill, trailing by about four meters, late in the race. He made a decision to pound the hill and ran to victory.
Carol Jefferson was leading the female division and wondered if another female was going to challenge her late in the race. But she wasn’t worried, because she felt strong and knew in the back of her mind that she was more than ready for the challenge. She cruised to the win.
Joslyn, 29, of East Syracuse, N.Y., broke the tape in 2 hours, 22 minutes and 28 seconds, winning $1,500. He outran second-place finisher, Peter Kemboi, 33, of Hebron, Ky., by 1:55. Kemboi won $1,000.
James Burns, 25, of Colorado Springs, Col., finished third, clocking in at 2:26:37. He won $500.
“It was a strange race,” said Joslyn, who finished third in his only other attempt at Steamtown in 2007. “I led for the first three miles. Peter led from mile three to mile six. Then Peter cramped up and suddenly there were three of us running together. I started to push the pace at mile 16. The one guy fell back. And then Peter and I ran together until mile 23.”
It was at mile 23 (Boulevard Ave.) when Joslyn saw an opportunity to make his move.
“I felt really strong,”Joslyn said. “And (Kemboi) seemed to be hurting. I was running behind, But I thought that this was my chance. If he’s hurting, the hill might do him in. So I pushed the hill.”
That’s when Joslyn took control of the race and ran to victory.
Jefferson had strength as an ace in the hole. She was being pursued by Samantha Snead. But Jefferson’s strength proved too much for Snead. She just couldn’t track her down.
Jefferson, 28, of Schwenksville, broke the tape in 2:45:08, winning $1,500. Snead, 25, of Moscow, finished second in 2:52:29, winning $1,000. Scranton’s Caitlin Gaughan, 27, finished third, nearly two minutes behind Snead, to take a $500 prize.
“I knew that if I was going to be challenged, I was ready for a race,” Jefferson said.
But the challenge never happened.
- Joslyn won the 9-mile Run for the Diamonds twice and finished in the top seven (the top seven win diamond prizes) nine times in the Berwick race on Thanksgiving.
“Berwick is my favorite race. Steamtown is my second favorite race,” Joslyn said. Joslyn ran for SUNY Cortland.
- Snead ran for Penn State Worthington.
- Jefferson ran for Liberty University. She’s getting married in less than two weeks and said that the prize money from Steamtown will come in handy.
- Proceeds from the race go to St. Joseph’s Center in Dunmore, a facility for neurologically impaired, handicapped and medically fragile children and young adults. On Thursday night, at the pre race VIP Party at the University of Scranton’s McShane Executive Center race director, Bill King, received a check for $5,000 from Subway, the latest organization to join on as a major sponsor of the marathon.
Then, Jack Marx, treasurer of the marathon committee, presented a check for $50,000 to Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, president of St. Joe’s. That brought the amount of monies presented to St. Joe’s, over 18 years, to over the $1 million mark.
- Runners from 41 states and U.S. territories took part, as well as some from Germany, Canada, England, Mexico and Australia.
- Runner’s World magazine ranks the Steamtown Marathon seventh amount the Best U.S. Marathons.
18th annual Steamtown Marathon results
Top 5 male money winners
1. C. Fred Joslyn, 29, E. Syracuse, N.Y., 2:22:08, $1,500.
2. Peter Kemboi, 33, Hebron, Ky, 2:24:03, $1,000.
3. James Burns, 25, Colorado Springs, Colo., $500.
4. Kevin Borrelli, 31, Dickson City, 2:30:50, $300.
5. Matt Herring, 23, University Park, 2:30:56, $100.
Top 3 male masters winners
1. Jerry Pannullo, 43, E. Islip,, N.Y., 2:44:06, $300.
2. Brett Stephenson, 42, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 2:44:06, $200.
3. Paul O’Hora, 41, Scranton, 2:48:05, $100
Top 5 female money winners
1. Carol Jefferson, 28, Schwenksville, 2:45:08, $1,500.
2. Samantha Snead, 25, Moscow, 2:52:29, $1,000.
3. Caitlin Gaugham, 27, Scranton, 2:53:25, $500.
4. Dara Steele-Belkin, 38, Atlanta, 2:57:51, $300.
5. Kathy O’Regan, 28, Lebanon, 3:01:17, $100.
Top 3 female masters winners
1.Sue Graham-Gray, 45, Chambersburg, 3:04:02, $300.
2. Chiara Lombardo, 41, Newton, N.J., 3:08:55, $200.
3. Julie Albano, 47, Alpharetta, Ga, 3:11:06, $100.
Male award winners
Wheelchair division: 1. Rob Leiser, 58, Nazareth, 1:46 (8th win at Steamtown). 2. Bryan McCormick, 31, Pittsburgh, 2:12.
Age group winners
25 and under: Dan Snitzer, Tonawanda, N.Y., 247:16. 25-29: Robert Athrens, Clarks Summit, 2:35:26. 30-34: Liam Harrison, New York City, 2:36:40. 35-39: Tom Glen, Levittown, N.Y., 2:47:06. Masters division, 40-44: Ben Lloyd, New York City, 2:48:40. 45-49: Chris Miller, Burke, Va., 2:56:24. 50-54: James Nolan, Collegeville, 2:49:52. 55-59: Tom Cali, State College, 2:54:35. 60-64: Martin Keibel, Manchester, Conn., 3:07:09. 65-69: Bong Joon Yoo, Vestal, N.Y., 3:32:06. 70-74: Jim Rehrig, Nazareth, 3:59:36. 75 and over: Tony Cerminaro, Jermyn, 3:30:45.
Female award winners
Age group winners
25 and under: Laura McNight, Jupiter, Fla, 3:21:03. 25-29: Alexandria Swiatocha, Worthington, 3:02:57. 30-34: Elizabeth Reinhart, Allison Park, 3:17:46. 35-39: Deedra Porfirio, West Pittston, 3:05:06. Masters division: 40-44: Kathy Koetje-Simin, State College, 3:16:08. 45-49: Luz Delia Heredia, Newark, Del., 3:13:30. 50-54: Beth Moras, Ridgewood, N.J., 3:24:47. 55-59: Joanne Weir, Johnson City, N.Y., 3:45:41. 60-64: Nancy Werthmuller, Scott Twp., 3:50:53. 65-69: Roswith Goossens-Winter, Corpus Christie, Texas, 4:15:20.
Field: 2,601. Honorary Chairperson: The late Tommy Holmes. Timing and results: Runner’s High (www.runhigh.com). Traffic control: Kevin Calpin. Head of volunteers: Jim Moran. Registration: Anne Gallagher. Treasurer: Jack Marx. Timing at the halfway mark: Vince Wojnar. Race director: Bill King. Assistant race director: Jim Cummings.
Saturday: Catholic Youth Back Mountain Fall 5K Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m. At Gate of Heaven Gym, Machell Ave., Dallas. Info: John Martino, 570-778-9165.
Sunday, Oct. 27: Wyoming Valley Striders 26th annual 5.5 mile Fall Trail Run at 1p.m. at Frances Slocum State Park, Kingston Twp. Info: Vince Wojnar, 570-474-5363.