Reikie, Bowser collect Salem Challenge wins

July 20, 2013


Reikie holds off Czapski for women’s title

* 2013 results – 5K overall5K awards1-mile walk
* Online photo gallery (download them for free!)
* Permanent event page (bookmark it for 2014!!!)
* PHDC Facebook page

FROSTBURG, Md., July 20, 2013 — It was only fitting that a race official confirm with Chelsea Reikie the spelling of her name during the pre-race registration process at Maryland Salem Children’s Trust.

After all, no one wants to misspell the name of the winner. 

Reikie, 17, of Cumberland, outlasted 21-year-old Catherine Czapski, also of Cumberland, to earn top spot in the women’s standings on Saturday in the 5th annual Salem Challenge 5K (3.1-mile) cross country run in eastern Garrett County. Reikie crossed the finish line in 24 minute and 24.3 seconds, good for seventh place overall in a field of 59.

Czapski, meanwhile, had another race to win — the one for second place. Shelly Mohr, 29, of Salisbury, Pa., came on strong after the signature climb of the race, late in the second mile, to be on Czapski’s shoulder. Czapski held her off, though, edging her by a measly 5.9 seconds (24:38.3 to 24:44.2). Melissa Werner, 40, of Corriganville, placed 20th overall in 26:34.5 to notch a women’s masters victory.

The men’s race, meanwhile, wasn’t nearly as close as Grantsville resident Ryan Bowser, 23, stopped the clock more than four minutes ahead of runner-up Jaden Laid. Bowser earned a time of 19:03.2 — well off his 2012 winning time of 17:24 — while Laid, 13, of Grantsville, settled for second (23:04). Joe Fischetti, 28, of Salisbury, Pa., took third in 23:22.1. Lenny Webb, 44, of Cumberland, placed 15th overall and took home the men’s masters win.  Start1

The 5K run and 1-mile walk coincided this year with the facility’s 35th anniversary celebration. The combined festivities meant a treasure trove of door prizes and age division winners, three deep, and a post-race spread the envy of local 5Ks.






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