Arnold 5K Pump and Run

03/09/2009 - 12:11

arnold-3-09.jpgMarch 8, 2009 Columbus OH, Matt McGowan The 9th annual Arnold 5K Pump and Run was one of the athletic events held during the Arnold Fitness Weekend, which is billed as "The Largest Fitness Expo in the World". Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was on hand again this year to start the race. Governor Schwarzenegger said the "The Pump and Run is a true test of one's fitness as it combines both strength and endurance."

With 750 athletes registered for the Arnold 5K Pump and Run from thirty States, Washington D.C. and Canada, this event is the largest of its' kind in the World. The limit of 750 athletes was reached in four days. The race started on High Street at the north end of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, ran towards downtown, by the Nationwide Arena, around Goodale Park, through the Short North, North Market area, and the Arena District, and finished behind the Convention Center.

Before the runners started their run they spent the morning weighing in and bench pressing to reduce their running times. The lifting rules were: Men 39 and under bench pressed 100% of their weight, men 40 - 49 did 90% of their weight, men 50 and over benched 80% of their weight, men 60-69 did 70% and men 70 and over lifted 60%. Women 39 and under benched pressed 70% of their weight, women 40 - 49 benched 60% of their weight, women 50-59 benched 50% of their weight and women 60 and over lifted 40%. For each lift a runner's time was reduced by 30 seconds with a maximum of 30 reps counted.

The top fifteen finishers all maxed out with thirty lifts. Pontiac, Michigan’s Shane Logan (30) has been a top ten finisher three of the past five years ran away with the overall crown as he clocked a 16:34 5km and a finish time of 1:34 after the fifteen minute reduction with his thirty lifts. 2007 winner, Westerville’s Damien Brandon (32) ran a 17:08 to capture the silver in 2:08. Kingsville, Ontario’s Scott Moore (42) ran a 17:10 to capture the bronze in 2:10. Rockville, Maryland’s Jamie Cope (28) repeated his last year fourth place finish with a 17:30 and a 2:30. Washington’s DC’s Vaughan O’Brien (33) moved down two spots from last year with his 17:49 and 2:49.

Westerville’s Nathan Aichele (27) last year runner up placed sixth with his 17:50 and 2:50. Marion’s Stan Nicol (47) ran a 18:04 5km to record a finish time of 3:04. Columbus’ Brue Hoyt (41) improved five spots from last year with his 18:17 and 3:17. Marion’s Derke Bibler (22) improved thirteen spots from 2008 to place ninth with his 18:27 and 3:27. Lynchburg, Virginia’s Steve Bognar (57) ran a 18:33 to place tenth in 3:33

The top seven and eight of the top ten women successfully lifted their required weight thirty times. Former Ohio resident Lisa Veneziano (44) now living in Fenton, Michigan had the fastest time of the day for the women as she covered the downtown 5km in 18:17 to five peat with her overall time of 3:17 . She placed ninth overall. McDonough, Georgia's Theresa Winterhalte (44) ran a 19:28 to take home runner up honors for the third year in a row with her 4:28. Loudonville’s Terri Lemke (48) ran a 19:32 to capture the bronze in 4:32. Hillsboro’s Tara Berry (36) last year’s bronze finisher placed fourth with her 21:01 and 6:01. Columbus’ Cookie O’Neal (56) repeated her 2008 fifth place finish with her 21:07 and 6:07.

Zionsville, Indiana’s Erin Wilson (41) finished sixth with her 21:32 and finish time of 6:32. Grosse Ile, Michigan’s Susan Armiak (37) repeated her last year seventh place finish with her 21:51 and 6:51. Madison’s Tiffaney Florentine (26) lifted her required weight 29 times and ran a 22:09 to finish in 7:39. Powell’s Kerry Smith (34) lifted her required weight 27 times and improved seven spots from last year to finish ninth with her 21:52 and 8:22. Hilliard’s Jenny Kipker (40) ran a 23:40 to place tenth in 8:40.

The event had the support of the entire running community. RUNOHIO's Matt McGowan served as race director, Tim Pancher and his workers along with the help of the U.S Marines oversaw the bench pressing. Jeff McGowan and Run Time Systems scored the event. Jeff Glaze and Premier Sports provided computer chip timing for the race, Jeff Sheard and UltraFit – USA provided finish line support and cross-country coaches from Bishop Watterson High School and Whetstone High School worked the race.

The Arnold Sports Festival is the brainchild of Governor Schwarzengger and James Lorimer, who have nurtured what began as a world-class bodybuilding competition in Columbus in the 1978 into one of the worlds most popular and innovative sports festivals. The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest three-day sports festival in the world with more than 18,000 athletes competing in 37 sports of which 17 are competed at the Olympic level.

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