A special victory for Buckwalter

RUNNING

October 04, 1994|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Sun Staff Writer

Make no mistake about it: Connie Buckwalter is no middle-of-the-pack runner.

The 24-year-old resident of Lancaster, Pa., had finished second in last year's Race for the Cure 5K at the Inner Harbor to former Olympic Marathon qualifier Charlotte Thomas. She had run a 17-minute, 18-second personal-record 5K, albeit "on an extremely flat course in Lancaster."

And on Mother's Day this year, she won Philadelphia's Race for the Cure, which benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

But Saturday's Race for the Cure 5K at the Inner Harbor had special significance to her.

"My mother died of breast cancer this weekend eight years ago," said Buckwalter, who finished in 17:32. "It means a lot to me. I was 16 when my mom died. There was a lot about the disease I didn't know about."

Five-time U.S. Olympic marathoner Francie Larrieu Smith, a spokeswoman for Race for the Cure who finished Baltimore's race in 19:09, has run in nine Race for the Cure 5Ks this year.

"It was a thrill just to line up next to her," said Buckwalter. "Prizes are great, but I believe the cause is what's extremely important."

Larrieu Smith says she can't win them all but is thrilled to be part of the cause.

She's not alone. Runners, parents behind baby-joggers, walkers, strollers and race-walkers of seemingly every age, size and shape -- part of the 4,373-strong field that participated in the Race for the Cure, the Race for All and a 1-mile fun walk/run -- lined up for Saturday's events.

With the absence of the national pastime, even Mr. Baseball and family -- wife Peggy and sons Ben and Eli -- were able to participate.

"I had to push Dad," said Ben Hyman, 6, after he and his father completed the 1-miler.

Donna Moore, a most gracious second-place finisher who had led part of the Race for the Cure 5K, told Buckwalter: "My prayers were with you today."

Buckwalter said: "I usually don't put my hands up when I win, but I did it for my mom. Donna had passed me, but I wasn't going to give up. With 400 to 600 meters to go, I said I was going to give it one more try."

, The weekend's top finishers:

SATURDAY

Race for the Cure 5K At Rash Field 1. Connie Buckwalter, 24, 17:32; 2. Donna Moore, 34, 17:36; 3. Stacey Nicholson, 32, 17:44; 4. Bea Marie Fritsch, 27, 17:55; 5. Dolly Ginter, 31, 17:59; 6. Charlotte Thomas, 37, 18:17; 7. Debra Porter, 35, 18:27; 8. Francie Larrieu Smith, 41, 19:09; 9. Margaret Starnes, 39, 19:11; 10. Julie Caprio, 33, 19:26. Survivors: 1. Cheryl Rose, 33, 21:34; 2. Louise Teel, 44, 22:39; 3. Susan Laugen, 38, 24:47. Race for All 5K: 1. Steve Kartalia, 14:58.

Benjamin Banneker Memorial 5K Run At Oella Males: 1. Chris Chattin, 16:05; 2. Neville Anderson, 16:28; 3. James Clelland, 17:00; 4. Anthony Grier, 17:00; 5. Mark Bogardy, 17:06; 6. Ted Poulos, 18:00; 7. Jack Kavanagh, 18:05; 8. Bruce Miller, 18:25; 9. David Goucher, 18:38; 10. Mick Slonaker, 18:44.

Females: 1. Maureen Hall, 18:51; 2. Yolanda Washington, 21:22; 3. Valerie Guilfoil, 23:31; 4. Bernadette Manuel, 24:07; 5. Christine Jenkins, 24:33; 6. Anne Galloway, 25:39; 7. Julie Sesno, 25:53; 8. Katherine Gaidis, 26:11; 9. Stephanie Hall, 26:15; 10. Marjorie

Rawle, 26:38.

BRRC Cross Country Series 5.5-miler At Baybrook Park Males: 1. Terry Shaner, 31:35; 2. John Hecox, 32:09; 3. Remus Medley, 33:49; 4. Michael Boer, 35:02; 5. Chuck Wienckowzki, 36:25.

SUNDAY

BRRC Championship Series Metric Marathon

(16.3 miles) At Ashland Trail Males: 1. Mark Rosasco, 1:35:56; 2. John Roemer IV, 1:37:38; 3. Mike Woodman, 1:38:16; 4. Jeff Sanborn, 1:40:22; 5. Paul Hannsen, 1:40:39; 6. Don Miller, 1:41:39; 7. Bill Peeling, 1:42:05; 8. Chris Sinclair, 1:42:45; 9. Greg Cocco, 1:45:37; 10. Ronnie Wong, 1:46:59.

Females: 1. Alice Klages, 2:02:23; 2. Randon Fritsch, 2:09:46; 3. Janine Paciarelli, 2:10:20; 4. Catherine Thompson, 2:14:07; 5. Christy St. Clair, 2:14:45; 6. Chris Saverda, 2:19:05; 7. Sandy Buck, 2:23:28; 8. Ruth Hens, 2:24:07; 9. Donna Simmons, 2:34:32; 10. Judith Gilbert, 2:41:29.

RASAC Harmony Half-Marathon At Harmony Males: 1. Nathan Boyer, 1:19:21; 2. Jeff Hinte, 1:26:04; 3. Rick Schmidt, 1:32:47; 4. Bert Booth, 1:34:41; 5. Duane Christy, 1:35:28.

Females: 1. Margaret Starnes, 1:36:18; 2. Ellie Fischer, 1:54:48; 3. Wendy Hayes, 1:55:09; 4. Jane Roberts, 1:58:31; 5. Kim Fleming, 1:59:04.

Coming events

Saturday, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Loch Raven Reservoir, 8 a.m., (410) 243-3153.

Saturday, MCRRC Along the C&O Relay, C&O Canal, 8 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

Saturday, The Great Allegany Run 15K, 5K, 8 a.m., Cumberland, (301) 729-3088.

Saturday, Mental Illness Awareness 8K, Frederick, 8 a.m., (301) 846-0063.

Saturday, RASAC Women's Distance Festival 5K, Belcamp, 9 a.m., (410) 836-1784.

Saturday, MCRRC Ultra Distance Relay, C & O Canal towpath, 9 a.m., (301) 871-1537.

Saturday, 5K for Mission, Newark, Del., 9 a.m.

Saturday, RASAC Harford Invitational Cross Country, noon, (410) Sunday, HCS Columbus Chase 10K, Columbia, 8 a.m., (410) 461-2757.

Sunday, Annapolis Striders' Metric Marathon, Harwood, 8 a.m., (410) 268-1165.

Sunday, Delaware Distance Classic 15K, Wilmington, Del., 8:30 a.m., (302) 234-0918.

Sunday, WRRC Bachman Valley Half-Marathon, Westminster, 8:30 a.m., (410) 876-6201.

Sunday, BRRC Paolo's 5K, Towson, 9 a.m., (410) 243-3153.

Sunday, Bill Brown Youth Cross Country Series, Bel Air, 2 p.m., (410) 879-2168.

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