- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 16, 2003

Arnie Schifferdecker, 67, of the District, died of an apparent heart attack while driving home from yesterday's St. Patrick's Day 10K race.
Joan Schifferdecker said she was shocked when she was notified of her husband's death because "he had no known physical problems."
She said police found her husband in his car, which had a slight dent in the fender from an apparent accident. Race director Rick Freedman said police told him Schifferdecker was found on Independence Avenue, between 13th and 14th streets NW.
Joan Schifferdecker said she was told that police attempted to resuscitate her husband and EMTs could not bring him back to consciousness. He was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to his wife, Schifferdecker had been running since 1990.
"He may have even run before then but not to the extent he was running in the past 10 years," she said.
She said he completed two Marine Corps marathons, and records show that he competed in many 10Ks and other races in the area, including the 1997 St. Patrick's Day race (54:44), the 1997 Capitol Hill Classic 10K (54:03), the 1999 MS Half Marathon (2:01:41), Lawyers Have Heart 10K in 1999 (55:20) and in 2002 (64:46), as well as a few races in 2002 (Fair Lakes 8K and Kensington 8K).
As a frequent runner, he owned his own ChampionChip running timing device. According to Freedman, Schifferdecker's chip did not record a start or finish time in yesterday's race.
Schifferdecker retired in 1995 as a Foreign Service officer who served as a political officer in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, Turkey, Morocco and the District. He returned to Kabul in 1997-98 as an adviser to the United Nations Special Mission in Afghanistan.
A member of the Foreign Service Journal's editorial board, Schifferdecker was a consultant with the Department of State. His article "The Taliban-Bin Laden-ISI Connection" was published in the Foreign Service Journal in December 2001.
Steve Nearman

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