Krzystofik, Keshishian win Lock 2 Lock Marathon titles

September 12, 2022


Kahsay, King earn HM victories
Khatcheressian, Smith race to 10K wins
2023 race date is Sept. 9

* Link to Facebook event page (includes additional photos)
* Marathon results
* Half Marathon results
* 10K results
* Lock 2 Lock event website

WILLIAMSPORT — It seems the town of Williamsport and the regional running community had simply been waiting for the opportunity.

Well over 100 runners and spectators from 12 states and Washington D.C. gathered in the canal town and boosted Williamsport’s population by nearly 10 percent during the inaugural Lock 2 Lock Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K footraces on Saturday along the C&O Canal Towpath. It was a good day to have a last name starting with the letter “K” — men and women with such a designation earned five of the six victories.

Runners at the start of their journeys along the C&O Canal Towpath in Williamsport for the Lock 2 Lock Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K races.


It’s a good thing Joseph Krzystofik was in a hurry on Saturday. Had the 33-year-old runner from Silver Spring, Md., set a more recreational pace, he might not have finished first.

Krzystofik stopped the clock in 3 hours, 4 minutes and 20 seconds, leading a field of 38 finishers in the inaugural Lock 2 Lock Marathon. Devin Kelly, 31, of New York, N.Y., less than than two minutes behind. Kelly covered the 26.2-mile distance in 3:06:08. Krzystofik averaged 7:02 to mile to Kelly’s 7:06 pace. Sarah Keshishian, 29, of Rosedale, Md., finished third overall and earned the women’s title in 3:13:15, a pace of 7:23 per mile.

Gary Ashcroft, 34, of Silver Spring, placed third in the men’s race in 3:28:29, good for fourth overall, while Michael Na, 57, of Ellicott City, Md., placed fifth in 3:29:40 and was the last runner under the 3:30 barrier.

Tiaisha Myers, 44, of Fredericksburg, Va., placed second in the women’s race in 3:57:04, good for 11th overall. Amy Heinz, 64, of Wheaton, Ill., finished 14th and third in the women’s standings by crossing the finish line in 4:03:11.

As the course is USATF-certified, 7.8 percent of the field — 3 of 38 — earned Boston Marathon-Qualifying times, including Keshishian, Na and Heinz.

Half Marathon

Quinn Kahsay, 26, of Kearneysville, W.Va., led a field of 52 finishers in the Lock 2 Lock Half Marathon in 1:18:40, a pace of six minutes flat per mile. Kahsay finished with a five-minute lead over runner-up Gavin Tabb, 38, of Washington D.C., who stopped the clock in 1:23:40. Jonathan Ladson, 31, of Woodbridge, Va., was third in 1:24:05.

Dana King, 27, of California, Md., placed ninth overall and topped the women’s field in 1:39:29. Shelby Moleskie, 43, of Hagerstown, Md., was second in 1:41:32 while Bekah Keifer, 32, of Kearneysville, led a four-runner race for third place in 1:48:18.

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Pictured with race director Adam Lowe (left), Christopher W. Smith led the 10K men’s field, while wife Lidiaveen C. Smith placed fourth in the women’s 10K field, and won the women’s masters title.


The top three finishers of the 10K race were all female. Anne Khatcheressian, 43, of Fredericksburg, Va., won the debut Lock 2 Lock 10K race, leading 18 runners to the finish line. She covered the 6.2-mile distance in 44:05, a pace of 7:07 per mile.

Lauren Cramer, 38, of Hagerstown, Md., finished second in 49:33, while Gina McFarland, 32, of Williamsport, Md., took third in 50:31.

In the men’s race, Christopher W. Smith, 58, of Hagerstown, Md., placed first — and fourth overall — in 52:57. Clifton Scott, 39, of Port Republic, Md., took second (fifth overall) in 54:11, while Craig Leisher, 61, of Chambersburg, Pa., finished third (sixth overall) in 54:47.

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From RD Adam Lowe:

This is a long one: L2L recap
WOW! The first annual Lock 2 Lock Marathon/Half Marathon/10k footrace is in the books. It was such an honor to be the Race Director for this event.
I have sooooooo many people to thank, as they are the true reason this race was able to be a success. So here it goes:
First of all, Katie Swords Yoder, you are the best Assistant to the Race Director EVER. Also, a HUGE congratulations on your half marathon PR!!! 1:50:40 🔓🗝. I’m so incredibly proud of you and how you pushed through those last 2 miles. 🏃🏻‍♀️💛

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Wearing bib No. 103, Quinn Kahsay led the Lock 2 Lock Half Marathon field in a time of 1 hour, 18 minutes and 40 seconds. He is pictured with Adam Lowe, race director.

Race weekend started with Packet Pick up at Cushwa Brewing Company on Friday night. Shout out to them for hosting, and allowing us to have packet pick up there.

Thanks to Mountaineer Meat Smokers for providing our runners with pickle juice.
Thanks to Tim for letting us park at your house which allowed me and our race volunteers access to the towpath at Lockhouse 43.
The Mount Women’s Rugby team came out in FULL FORCE! They worked aid station 2, took care of race day packet pickup, setting up the finish line tables, handing out awards, dancing while we waited for runners, cheered so loud that I couldn’t hear runners numbers being called out to me. They were simply amazing and full of energy the entire morning. Thank you!
Thanks Meghan Marie for ALL your help at the finish line. You made my job much easier and took a lot off my plate.
Stacy Brady DiFranco, family, and Mario Zooniga. I can’t thank you guys enough for biking 3.1 miles out to aid station 1 and taking care of our runners! I only heard great things about the care you guys gave. Mario, thanks for all the photos!
It was an amazing day for the runners as well, who got some great weather. I hope they all achieved their race day goals or at least learned some lessons that will make them better runners moving forward.
We had 38 finishers in the marathon.
Congratulations to
Male overall: Joseph Krystofik in 3:04:20
Female overall: Sarah Keshishian 3:13:15
Masters Male overall: Michael Na 3:29:40
Masters Female overall: Tiaisha Myers 3:57:04
We had 3 runners run a BQ time: Sarah, Michael, and Amy Heinz. Congratulations! See you in Boston
Michael Na. The joy you shared when you were awarded the masters win and you celebrating your BQ will be something I’ll never forget.

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Medals await Lock 2 Lock Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K finishers on Saturday in Williamsport.

We had 52 finishers in the half marathon.

Congratulations to
Male overall: Quinn Kahsay 1:18:40
Female overall: Dana King 1:39:29
Masters Male overall: Keith Morris 1:41:31
Masters Female overall: Shelby Moleskie 1:41:32
We had 18 finishers in the 10k race
Congratulations to
Male overall: Christopher Smith 52:57 (Happy Birthday!)
Female overall (won the race outright) Anne Khatcheressian 44:05
Masters Male overall: Craig Leisher 54:47
Masters Female overall: Lidiaveen Smith 58:43
I’d also like to thank all my friends who came out to show their support by running L2L. It was amazing to see all of you. Our 100 day running group showed up! Past RD’s, running friends, old friends, new friends.
I’ll try to name them all here. They ran and then hung out to help and cheer on all the other finisher! I’m so blessed to be surrounded and supported by all of you. Thank you David Allen Church, Conni Errickson Miller, Rusty Scott, Lauren Cramer, Sharon Thrasher Everett, Dennis, Jeffrey Hein, Robert Kelley, Fogell Mcloving, Shelly Cable, Keith Morris, Kellen Sizemore, Katie, Mitch Hawbaker, Carl Pritchard, Luke Carney, Jason Lee Hinerman
Let me be clear….the race wouldn’t have been the same without you.
See you next year on September 9th, 2023!





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