BY GEORGE A. HANCOCK
Edgehill Drive has a storied relationship with Johnstown road racing. This picturesque residential street witnessed runners by the thousands stampede along its contours.
The Johnstown Marathon companion 10K, the Blue Cross Blue Shield 10K, the Johnstown Corporate Challenge 10K and several other races attracted throngs of eager runners to Westmont’s quiet street. Now it’s Morley’s turn.
Saturday morning saw the second running of Morley’s 10-mile run and 5-mile fun run/walk.
A small army of runners, walkers, race volunteers, race officials, family members and supporters began gathering at the Inclined Plane around 7:30 a.m.
Twenty-six-year old Patrick Smith from Meyersdale won the 2013 Morley’s 5-mile run in 28 minutes and 20 seconds. Although this was Smith’s first Morley’s Run, he is visible on the local road race scene.
Smith runs between 20 to 30 miles a week while averaging 10 road races a year.
“This is a real nice course,” Smith said. “I liked that nice mix of street running and the trail through Stackhouse Park. This is the best time of the year to run. The fall foliage is awesome.”
Ethan Imhoff, from Hollidaysburg, placed second in 30:12. Sam Berry was third in 30:22.
Ebensburg’s Sam Schilling was fourth in 31:44. 2012 winner Rukvin McCabe was fifth in 33:20.
Carrie Arcurio was the first female
5-mile finisher in 37:38. Arcurio also placed ninth overall in the race.
Taylor Kasler was the second female 5-mile finisher in 38:05. Lily Whorl was a step behind also in 38:05. Former Windber resident Nancy Henger was fourth in 38:35.
Chris Sheftic of Hollidaysburg became the first Morley’s Run repeat winner.
Sheftic, a former Boswell and Somerset resident, led the 10-mile race from the start.
Sheftic completed his Saturday morning run in 1:02:40.
Sheftic’s finishing time troubled him a bit.
“I hoped to duck under one hour,” Sheftic said. “I was surprised no one went with me at the start.”
Sheftic liked the revised course, noting: “That first hill gets your attention.”
Sheftic won last year’s Morley’s Run in 1:00:47.
John Molnar, from Sidman, placed second in 1:10:42.
“This is my first 10-mile race in 21 years,” Molnar said.
Molnar continues to astound fellow runners with his training regime. Molnar runs 12 to 14 miles a week yet runs swift times.
Molnar did increase his weekly mileage to 20 miles for Morley’s Run.
Johnstown’s Greg Winger placed third in 1:13:42. James Fernando finished fourth in 1:15:42.
Veteran trail runner Mike Houck placed fifth in 1:15:48.
Catherine Muchesko, fresh from her October 6 Johnstown 10K win, was the first female 10-mile finisher in 1:12:01. Muchesko placed third overall in the race.
This was Muchesko’s longest road race.
“Some of the turns were a little confusing but we were running together in groups which helped my race,” Muchesko said.
Johnstown’s Kim Seidel was second in 1:14:51.
Kristen Macey finished third in 1:19:19. Kelly Tremel was fourth in 1:21:16. Christa Miko was fifth in 1:21:43.
The 2014 Morley’s Run drew 292 registered participants with 271 crossing the finish line.
Mapes Timing Service handled the timing and finish line.
Race advisers Joe and Heather Nibert were very visible during the race attending to the myriad race details. The Niberts were instrumental in creating the Morley’s Run course.
Proceeds from the race are earmarked for the Newspaper in Education (NIE) program.