HALLINAN AND AKBAR VICTORIOUS AT THE 26TH GWPC 10 MILER By George Banker
There was a steady rain before the start of the 26th George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Miler on Sunday, April 25, 2010. The point-to-point course started at historic Mount Vernon and traveled along the George Washington Memorial Parkway to finish in Old Town, Alexandria, Va. The top male and female runners were chasing $6,000 in prize money. The event was sponsored by BAE Systems, Pacers, New Balance, and Potomac Runners and the beneficiary was the Boys and Girls Club.
Minutes before the start of the race the rain showers ceased. Off the circle a group of four runners took to front, Christopher Raabe of Washington, DC, Andrew Dumm and Steve Hallinan of Team Pacers, and Fernando Cabada of Boulder, Colo.
Into the first mile (4:49) Raabe was setting the pace with the pack of three off the shoulders and a gap was quickly formed over the trailing runners.
Into the fourth mile (19:41) the pack was holding firm as the lead was periodically being shared by Dumm and Raabe. There was no one willing to make an attempt to break away.
Trailing in the distance was the leading female, Samia Akbar of Herndon, Va., who was setting such a blistering pace that her moves were not being covered. Last year Akbar was runner up with 57:28.
Going into the fifth mile (24:52) Dumm was towing the line as the pack was holding fast. At mile six (29:52) the pack was still together. Into the seventh mile (34:44) Raabe was up in the lead as Dumm was starting to fall off the pace. Nearing mile eight after Belle Haven Park the remaining three were still in contact.
Along Washington Street into Old Town the group turned at Franklin Street and at mile nine a gradual hill greeted the runners. On the back side the runners made a left turn onto Union Street for a three-quarter mile straightway to the finish.
Hallinan was prepared to make a move as Cabada was close on the shoulder. It was down to a kick as Hallinan was the dominant runner collecting first place in 49:28 and collecting $1300 plus an additional $200 time bonus (sub 49:30).
Cabada was pushing hard to hold on to second place with a time of 49:44 and collecting $750. Raabe finished in third place with 49:58 and collected $425.
Akbar led wire-wire to capture first place in a time of 56:02 (second fastest winning time in the history of the race) along with the $1300 and $200 for a time bonus of a sub-58 minutes.
The top male master was Bob Ferry of Vienna, VA., with a time of 1:25:25. The top female was Suzanne Himes of Alexandria, Va., with a time of 1:05:37.
The 12th George Washington Parkway Classic 5K started at Belle Haven Park along the George Washington Memorial Parkway which shared the same course as the 10-miler. The top winner in the 5K was William Mikolajczak of Triangle, VA., with a time of 17:15. The winning female was Ashley Griffith of Chevy Chase, Md., with a time of 19:11.