Volunteers: Tami Graf, Race Director; Don Graf; Tammy's daughter Holly & Ally the Dog; Paul Serra; David Walser; Jay Jacob Wind
Nutcracker 5K Dowell MD 1 Karsten Brown M 33 Front Royal VA 17:06 2 Victor Papagno M 39 Hughesville MD 18:21 3 Noah Wood M 24 Columbia MD 19:00 4 Jay Clarke M 40 Lexington Park MD 19:16 5 William Allen II M 16 Prince Frederick MD 19:17 6 John Way M 42 Montgomery Village MD 19:42 7 William Allen M 47 Prince Frederick MD 20:00 8 Kerry Staats M 42 Lexington Park MD 20:57 9 David Luigi Walser M 26 Lusby MD 21:10 10 Jeff Moore M 41 Hollywood MD 21:43 11 Jay Jacob Wind M 57 Arlington VA 23:19 12 Peter Blank M 53 Annandale VA 24:09 13 Jon Palks M 58 Bowie MD 24:36 14 Donna Moore F 42 Hollywood MD 27:53 15 Jim Mankins M 31 Hagerstown MD 28:08 16 Shawn Stanley M 36 California MD 29:08 17 Nathan Kendle M 21 Hagerstown MD 30:41 18 Jeanette Kaufman F 54 Hollywood MD 30:56 19 Liza Recto F 51 Lexington Park MD 30:56 20 Michele Neel F 42 Lusby MD 31:30 21 Christina Caravoulias F 52 Silver Spring MD 33:36 22 Jeanne Larrison F 52 Chesapeake Beach MD 35:24 23 Julie Trapp F 63 Silver Spring MD 35:58 24 Ethan Mankins M 11 Hagerstown MD 36:04 25 Fred C. Briggs M 61 Solomons MD 38:36 ‘Twas the second of winter, unseasonably warm, And twenty-five runners showed up in fine form. Tami yelled “Go!” and in a blanket of fog, Some took off like rabbits, some chose just to jog. Paul Serra declined, and helped with the timing, As did Dave Walser, with temperatures climbing. Pho-jog-rapher Jeanne, maintaining pace, With digital camera recorded the race. Ponytailed Karsten wasn’t running for kicks. He won the race in seventeen-six. Next behind him was Vic, the president-elect, With 18:21, and second prize to collect. It started to drizzle, and as the fog lifted, The rest of the runners down Dowell Road drifted. Donna Moore was first female in 27:53, By 38 minutes, everyone was home free. The post-race food table was laden with treats, Doughnuts and clementines, and bourbon-soaked sweets. T-shirts and prizes were laid out for the choosing. Everyone won, even runners just cruising. Though he wasn’t top finisher, good Peter Blank Found the best prize, and has Tami to thank For a dancing red lobster, a funny crustacean That sings out a verse with every gyration. The tables were cleared and the runners filed out, To log some more miles or just be out and about The Nutcracker 5K, our Christmas tradition, Had wrapped up its 2007 edition. We’ll be back in Oh-Eight, no ifs, ands, or buts. Merry Christmas to all, and to all some good nuts.