- The Washington Times - Monday, April 28, 2003

The water stop some 7 miles into the George Washington Parkway Classic 10-Miler proved to be significant in both the men's and women's races yesterday.
It was at this point, just across the parkway from Belle Haven Park, that Glen Mays of Washington and Heather Hanscom of Alexandria made their moves to victory. Mays ended in a personal-best 51:38 and Hanscom in 59:20, with each earning $500 in prize money.
Michael Wardian of Arlington was runner-up for the men in 52:20 while Rockville-based Russian Irina Suvorova, the defending champion, was second among the women in 1:00:09. Each pocketed $300.
The temperature for the 19th running of the Mount Vernon-to-Old Town race was near perfect, but the constant headwind slowed many of the participants.
Mays tucked in early behind Wardian, letting the taller marathoner slice the wind for him as the two quickly ran away from the pack.
"My strategy was to hang on," said the 32-year-old Mays, a health researcher for Mathematica Policy Research. "He was pushing it hard. I wasn't feeling so well early on."
They reached the water stop, and after Wardian reached for a cup, he looked up and Mays was 15 meters ahead and moving away fast.
"I couldn't believe he put such a large gap on me in such a short time," Wardian said. "I was pretty impressed that he had that much energy left."
"Michael beat me at Cherry Blossom a couple of weeks ago," Mays said. "I knew if I wanted to beat him, I'd have to gap him quickly."
Virtually the same thing happened in the women's race.
Hanscom was the driving force early on in the women's race, with Suvorova and 1999 champion Sharon Servidio of Alexandria in tow. Servidio dropped off after four miles, while Hanscom, running on a sore ankle, led Suvorova.
"After mile seven, I pulled away," said Hanscom, a 25-year-old research technician at American Red Cross Biomedical Headquarters. "I picked it up and she slowed down a bit. This was just a fun race to support Pacer's [running store]."
By eight miles, Hanscom led by 12 seconds and never trailed again.
John Tuttle, the 1984 Olympian from Douglasville, Ga., was the top masters runner, fourth overall in 54:32.
That he was there at all is impressive. "Just nine days ago, the doctors took two paddles to my heart and shocked it," said Tuttle, 44, fourth overall in 2001. "My pulse is usually 40 beats a minute but it had gotten down to 32-33. I feel great now. I can't complain I'm still running."
Marc Beauchemin (15:55) and Jackie Concaugh (17:53), both from Alexandria, earned $150 for their triumphs in the accompanying 5K.
At the eighth running of the Pike's Peek 10K in Rockville, the Montgomery County-based Russians swept the men's and women's races in dominant fashion.
Mikhail Khobotov (29:38) and Albina Ivanova (33:12) each earned $500.
The 25-year-old Ivanova had placed an impressive sixth (2:30:57) at the Boston Marathon just six days earlier. She broke from Washington-based Ethiopian Ketema Atalelech after two kilometers and started to run away with the race after three kilometers. Atalelech was second in 33:54.

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