Many Saturdays, there's one Peninsula Track Club race (Newport News, Hampton or Yorktown) and one Colonial Road Runners race (Williamsburg vicinity), for area runners to choose their weekend competitive exercise.
Add in occasional triathlons and adventure or untimed fun runs (color runs, etc.) to that mix. But due to a quirk in the schedule, this past Saturday saw three races in Williamsburg alone, but none for the PTC (which originally had the Hilton 5K scheduled for Saturday in Newport News, but that race got canceled).
In Williamsburg, there was the eighth annual Crapolfest 5K Run, a Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix event, organized by race director Al Albert and the William and Mary men's soccer team, and supporting the Andrew E. Crapol Soccer Scholarship Fund.
There was also the sixth annual Williamsburg Landing 5K for the ARC, and a smaller race, the third annual 3.6 in the Sticks Race, organizing by, and for, James City County Parks and Recreation, utilizing the 3.6-mile Warhill Nature Trail in the Warhill Sports Complex.
The "Crapolfest 2016" also included a golf outing at the Golden Horseshoe, a mini-golf tournament at Pirates Cove, and the William and Mary men's soccer game that evening (a 7-1 rout over Northeastern). The 5K loop course (USATF-certified, VA-13048-RT) started and finished at the Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field, and was mostly flat with one hill, utilizing the recreation center loop. There were 111 finishers in the 5K run/walk, and an additional 18 finishers in the 1-mile fun run.
Men's winner Roger Hopper, 25, was challenged for two miles by Keith Schumann, 46, before pulling away for a 21-second victory, 16:58 to 17:19. Third place was Greg Dawson, 51, in 19:12, with the top three all from Williamsburg. Hopper and Schumann both broke five-year age group records.
For the women, Jessica Riggs, 39, of Williamsburg, won in 20:02, followed by Emily Honeycutt, 25, of Newport News (a yearly best time of 21:26) and Jessica Burcham, 34, of Williamsburg (22:37), the same top three as the previous Saturday at the Colonial Heritage 5K.
Two other Crapolfest age group marks were set, by Rose Crist, 61, of Lanexa (women 60-64, 24:42), and by Pat Eden, 85, of Williamsburg (women 85-and-over, 54:58). Larry Coley, 68, of Chesapeake ran 21:32, and missed George Carrigan's men's 65-69 record of 21:28 by just four seconds. The race walk winners were John Strassberger, 72, of Williamsburg (37:42), for the fourth consecutive year, and the up-and-coming race walk talent Jocelyn Lamprecht, 11, of New Kent (40:01).
An even dozen runners bettered the regional class level of 70 percent, age graded, as compiled by CRR statistician Jim Gullo. Schumann made the national class level of 80 percent with his 82.68 percent, and Coley just missed that level with his 79.41 percent. Others ranked age graded were Dawson (77.43percent), Hopper (76.52 percent), Will Murray, 60, of Williamsburg (21:00, 76.03 percent), Crist (75.98 percent), Dan O'Brien, 53, of Williamsburg (19:56, 75.75 percent), Paul Pelletier, 51, of Williamsburg (19:43, 75.40 percent), Riggs (75.29 percent), Morris Morgan, 66, of Williamsburg (22:19, 75.28 percent), Ben Dyer, 73, of Hayes (24:23, 74.50 percent) and Isaac Lamprecht, 10, of New Kent (a PR 21:15, 73.1 percent).
For the ARC 5K race at Williamsburg Landing, the top three men overall were Michael Glascock, 32, of Williamsburg (22:14), Pat Neary, 47, of Williamsburg (22:35) and Tim Murphy, 20, of Lovettsville (22:37). For the women, the top three overall were Ashlyn Grogan, 15 (22:49), Nicole Grogan, 17 (23:51) and Lorraine Perkins, 50 (24:00), all three from Williamsburg. There were 173 total finishers, 62 for the men, and 111 for the women, along with about 100 in the fun run.
There were 30 finishers in the 3.6 in the Sticks race, all James City County employees or family members. The top three men were Matthew Hilderbrand (32:29), Kevin Onizuk of the JCC Board of Supervisors (32:45) and Keith Denny (33:22). For the women the top three were Rachel Hilderbrand (32:47), Carla Brittle, Centers Administrator for JCC Parks and Recreation (36:40) and Suzanne Dyba (47:41).
The largest race of the weekend, though, was the Crawlin' Crab Half Marathon (Sunday) and 5K (Saturday) in Hampton. Of 1,070 women in the half marathon, the top two were defending champion Kris Lawrence of Virginia Beach (1:21:46) and Kelsey Osborne of Newport News (1:26:27).
For the men, Ryan Carroll of Portsmouth won for the third time in five years with a time of 1:12:13, followed by William Rehrig of Virginia Beach in 1:18:54. Williamsburg's Laura Shannon was fourth overall for the women, and first Masters (ages 40-and-over) with a time of 1:34:13. Other area age group winners were Kevin Topp of Yorktown (men 60-64, 1:41:49), Joe Day of Yorktown (men 65-69, 1:51:03), Larry Arata of Williamsburg (men 70-and-over, 2:14), Thorin Jean of Williamsburg (women 15-19, 1:53:07), and Barbara Biasi of Yorktown (2:12:57).
In the 5K, Sika Henry of Newport News won for the women in 18:58, among 1,166 women (with a total of 1,790 finishers). Area age group winners were Brenna Donahue of Yorktown (women 15-19, 30:58), Elaine Henderson of Yorktown (women 70-74, 35:28) and Arata (men 70-74, 26:23).