PHDC sponsors Beckwith Memorial 5K

July 1, 2012

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Adams, Rhoderick-McKinely crush course records

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Current course records (since new course in 2010):
Male — Dustin Adams, 16:18.32 (2012);
Female — Angie Rhoderick-McKinely, 20:00.65 (2012)

Event Facebook page … Course mapDownload entry form … Course description

SMITHSBURG, Md., July 21, 2012 — For the second time in race history, the Potomac Highlands Distance Club is a sponsor of the annual Bill Beckwith Memorial 5K race and 1-mile fun run, set for July 21 in Smithsburg, Md.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Smithsburg High School cross country program, of which PHDC executive director Kevin Spradlin was a member for two — and the best — of his four high school cross country campaigns.

The 5K is a single-loop course on the road, beginning and finishing at Veterans Park on West Water Street. Before 2010, the race used a different loop and began and ended near the start line of the cross country team’s fall start line.

Beckwith was an avid runner and former town councilman. I knew him as a father of two kids — Megan and Ben — both of whom ran for the Leopards’ cross country teams.

“I know it sounds like a cliche, but this event is the epitome of a community benefit run in a small town,” said Spradlin, who ran under the guidance of former XC coach Herb Taber while at Smithsburg in the falls of 1994 and 1995. As a sophomore in 1994, he posted a 5K personal best of 17 minutes and 22 minutes — which remains his PR at that distance — on a competitive team. “This is a fun event with great people and a great course.”

2012 — results

2011 — results

2010 — results … photos

2009 — resultsphotos

2008 — results and photos

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