Marsh wins 2nd straight Obstacle Challenge

April 26, 2014


Marsh, Maltese take Obstacle Challenge 5K titles

* 2014 results – Heat 1Heat 2
* 2013 race page

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va., April 26, 2014 — Jefferson High School product Cody Marsh won his second consecutive Sam Michaels Obstacle Challenge on Saturday at Sam Michaels Park. This time, though, the 22-year-old Harpers Ferry man completed the 5K (3.1-mile) course a lot faster.

Marsh shaved more than two minutes off his winning time. He was the first of 120 to cross the finish line; Marsh did it in 21 minutes, 25.2 seconds – a course record. He also won in 2013, the event’s inaugural year, in 23:25.3.

Jason Beard, 28, of Martinsburg, was second in 25:13 and Paul Marshall, 54, of Shepherdstown, was third in 25:33.8.

In the women’s race, young Miriam Maltese — only 14 years old — stopped the clock in 26:12.6 to earn the title of women’s champion. Her course-record time shaved more than seven minutes off last year’s top female, Allison Nasteff (33:22.1). Jennifer Seaton, 38, of Harpers Ferry, was second this year in 30:40 while Julie Hutchinson, 34, of Shepherdstown, was third in 32:43.

Proceeds from the event benefit The Outdoor Education Center of For Love of Children, located in Harpers Ferry. The center facilitates healthy character development for youth and adults through adventure challenges, environmental education, and sustainability practices in a powerful outdoor classroom where experiential learning inspires individual potential and leads participants toward discovering connections between the natural world and their communities. FLOC


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