McCormick, Nelson, Thompson and Shunney fly like Birds

April 20, 2013


Runners, walkers enjoy near-perfect conditions

* 7-plus mile overall results and age group awards (updated 8:58 a.m. 4.21)
* 4-plus mile overall results and age group awards
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SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va., April 20, 2013 — Martha Nelson won the 7.7-mile trail race while young Sam Shunney showed he is to be a long-time contender in the 4.9-mile distance.


Shunney, 11, of Kearneysville, W.Va., surprised — if not stunned — onlookers as he approached the finish line at This Race is for the Birds, a festival of running with four distances offered on the day at the National Conservation Training Center. Shunney was second overall, and first male, in the 4-plus mile distance with a time of 38 minutes, 49.4 seconds. Katie Thompson, 31, of Chambersburg, Pa., won the title outright by cruising to a 37:01.7.

Bill Senseney, 64, of Charles Town, took fifth overall and, at age 64, was the first 40-and-over finisher and earned the men’s masters title. Nicole LeBoeuf, 41, of Takoma Park, Md., finished 25th overall and tops in the women’s masters standings (49:08.1).

Nelson, 31, of Washington, D.C., took first place in the women’s standing and second overall in the 7.7-mile race, which shared a finish line with the 4.9-mile distance. Nelson, 31, claimed the win in 50:47 — she won the shorter distance last year. Joe McCormick, 16, of Charles Town, won the longer distance outright with a time of 50:42.4, edging Nelson by less than five seconds. Tim Hudson, 45, of Stephenson, Va., placed seventh overall to earn the men’s masters title (57:26.8) while Amy Mortimer, 47, of Arlington, Va., was crowned women’s masters champ (21st, 64:41.4).

Timing was provided by the Potomac Highlands Distance Club, the only nonprofit affiliate of the Road Runners Club of America active in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. The club’s next event is the Red Bud Distance Run, a 10-mile point-to-point road race in eastern Hampshire County, W.Va., on Sunday, April 28. The 10-mile distance has been named the RRCA’s State 10-Mile Championship for 2013. Entry is only $15 per person for non-PHDC members and $10 for members.


One Response to “McCormick, Nelson, Thompson and Shunney fly like Birds”

  1. Santina Cremeans Says:

    Thank you so much! We’re off to the airport in less than an hour. We’re all excited!


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