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Runners help an old friend

By Sharon Robb
STAFF WRITER
Posted August 21 2005
 
SUNRISE ∑ It looked more like a 20-year reunion than a road race.

Several members of the South Florida running community came together to help raise money for one of their own despite scorching heat and little shade at Markham Park on Saturday.

"I ran with people today I haven't seen in 20 years," said University of Miami cross country and track coach Mike Ward. "All the old-timers came out."

Longtime runners Alan Miller, John Whitt, Carol Virga, Sharon Beal, Ron Raymond, Jorge Ramos, Frederick Franklin, Jim Werring, Brian Peroni, Luba Bozanich, Jim Richardson and Jack Detling were among nearly 600 runners and spectators who raised about $15,000 at the 5K For The Love of Hector.

The race was held for Hector Rodriguez, 61, of Hollywood, who hadn't miss a day of running in 24 years before March 29, when he suffered a heart attack and subsequent brain damage.

Rodriguez is undergoing physical therapy at the Florida Institute for Neurological Rehabilitation in Wachula.

The money raised through race entries, silent auction and raffle will help pay medical costs.

It was the first time so many running clubs, stores and race directors have come together to help a runner.

The race started 22 minutes late because cars were lined up at the front gate trying to get in at for the start. Nearly 200 runners registered on race morning.

"This was a great tribute to Hector. ... I got a little choked up on the starting line. ... Over 500 runners in the heat of the summer," said Miller, a longtime friend and training partner who annually traveled to the New York City Marathon with Rodriguez and Werring. "There are guys here who drove from Jupiter and South Miami."

Miller and several of his friends bought a color television in the silent auction to put in Rodriguez's hospital room. Miller also bought a Don Shula autographed football for $290.

Sam Madison's autographed football went for $60.

Byron Willis, 17, of Upperroom Christian, who was leading for most of the race until he cramped and had to walk for a while, was the winner. He finished the 3.1-mile race in 16 minutes, 50 seconds. It was Willis' second road race win in two weeks.

"I am really getting ready for track season," said Willis, who won a free entry into the ING Miami Marathon/Half Marathon, donated by race director Robert Pozo.

"I had a long run [Friday] and didn't take in enough fluids, which is why I started cramping. I had no idea I won the race until they called my name."

Kim Delaney, 36, of the Runner's Edge Racing Team, the state's top women's team, won the women's race in 18:50, followed by teammate Marlene Persson, 35, in 18:57.

Results

MEN OPEN: 1. Byron Willis 16:50, 2. Craig Peroni 16:53, 3. Joel Cardoso 16:58; MEN MASTERS: 1. Colin Ansine 17:32.

MEN AGE GROUP: 9-and-under: 1. Andrew Iglesias 22:57, 2. Ricardo Vazquez Jr. 39:09; 10-12: 1. Jeffrey Tait 20:31, 2. Bryce Hill 20:42, 3. Antonio Jurko 25:21; 13-14: 1. Kevin Bonilla 17:52, 2. Stephen Chung 18:45, 3. Mark Cheribin 20:31; 15-19: 1. Mike Jones 18:07, 2. Travis Nichols 18:15, 3. James Hertfield 18:28; 20-24: 1. Andrew Reger 21:50, 2. Joseph Zowrocega 24:13, 3. Tim Waterhouse 27:01; 25-29: 1. Frankie Ruiz 20:10, 2. Dennis Gooven 22:23, 3. Earl Allen 23:08; 30-34: 1. David Schneider 17:26, 2. Michael Giacobbe 18:44, 3. Rustico DeJesus 24:27; 35-39: 1. Jon Williams 17:58, 2. Chris Oesch 18:00, 3. Doug Horn 19:22; 40-44: 1. Dale Ruby 18:11, 2. Walthon Maxwell 18:12, 3. Eduardo Viera 18:34; 45-49: 1. Harrie Olsthoorn 17:44, 2. Randy Fisher 18:02, 3. Jorge Ramos 18:10; 50-54: 1. Brian Peroni 18:30, 2. Mike Ward 20:31, 3. Noguera Amilcar 20:35; 55-59: 1. Herbert Weber 20:40, 2. Jim Werring 21:00, 3. Gustavo Schmidt 22:08; 60-64: 1. Ricardo Luis Miranda 23:23, 2. Jose Santiago 24:11, 3. Mark Lewin 26:44; 65-69: 1. Louis Best 26:25, 2. Don Kemp 26:37, 3. Robert Dombrowski 31:53; 70-and-over: 1. George McCuen 24:02, 2. Bebsie Thompson 24:56, 3. Adalberto Martinez 27:25.

WOMEN OPEN: 1. Kim Delaney 18:50, 2. Marlene Persson 18:57, 3. Stella Shalem 20:39.

WOMEN MASTERS: 1. Lisa Dorfman 20:46.

WOMEN AGE GROUP: 9-and-under: 1. Emily Londono 53:20; 10-12: 1. Valeria Trujillo 39:10, 2. Vilma Cardoso 41:06, 3. Tiana Bick 44:27; 13-14: 1. Jazzalynn Bick 58:45; 15-19: 1. Maura Withington 20:59, 2. Heather Howard 22:33, 3. Danelle Marietta 23:21; 20-24: 1. Rebecca Geismar 22:01, 2. Lilian Pimenthal 23:06, 3. Jaime Smith 25:39; 25-29: 1. Heather Whitter 22:46, 2. Theresa Zowrocega 25:26, 3. Amanda Keigans 25:33; 30-34: 1. Ngozi Uwah 20:44, 2. Dyanne Velasquez 26:28, 3. Jennifer Bauer 28:22; 35-39: 1. Kim Loucks 21:54, 2. Deana Riggs 24:19, 3. Lynn Franzosa 24:48; 40-44: 1. Molly Ragsdale 21:30, 2. Sharon Piccolo 23:01, 3. Eileen Posgay 23:35; 45-49: 1. Maria Augustine 21:55, 2. Lorna Williams-Thompson 23:06, 3. Terri Swanson 23:25; 50-54: 1. Rosa Pinto-Rogers 21:47, 2. Char Davidson 23:13, 3. Manuel Carvalho 23:50; 55-59: 1. Susie Simms 24:27, 2. Gail Beily 26:01, 3. Yvonne Richardson 26:24; 60-64: 1. Christina Weisberg 26:17, 2. Joyce Kemp 46:06; 65-69: 1. Mimi Oliveira 28:05, 2. Geri Barry 28:43.





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