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New York native brings home Great Race 5K

| Monday, Sept. 28, 2009

Ryan Anderson, 22, of Orchard Park, N.Y., won the 5K with a time of 15:06.

"I had a time in mind, so I was just grinding as best I could," said Anderson, a recent Carnegie Mellon graduate who was running in his first Great Race. "I was lucky enough to come away with it."

He was followed by Sean Kennedy, of Forest Hills, in 15:22, and Patrick Coles, of Pittsburgh, in 15:28. The men's 5K course record is 14:25, set by Martin Lyons in 1997.

• Stephanie Sproule, 42, of Wexford, won the women's 5K in a time of 18:28. She was followed by Morgan Ansell, 12, of Greensburg, and Heather McDaniel, 26, of Grafton, W.Va. The women's 5K course record is 16:29, set by Sonja Friend-Uhl in 1995.

• In the 10K master's division, 40-year-old Eric Shafer, of Pittsburgh, won the men's race in 33:04, while Tammy Slusser, 44, of Monroeville, was the top woman with a time of 38:07.

• Margretta Lutz, 80, was the only finisher in the women's 80-98 age group, completing the 10K in a time of 1:03.00. Her daughter, Pat Neubert, finished No. 36 among masters women with a time of 48:10.

• There were no wheelchair entries in this year's race.

• Bob Costello, one of 26 men who have run all 32 Great Races, said he remembers races where it rained off and on, but nothing like yesterday when there was some kind of precipitation the entire race.

"Of all the races, this is by far the rainiest," said Costello, a Connellsville resident who is cross country coach at Laurel Highlands High School. "It doesn't matter to me. If it had been hot, it would have been nice, but it felt pretty good. The rain didn't get really steady until about 30 minutes into the race, so it wasn't too bad."

• Gary Boyd, another Great Racer with perfect attendance, said that in the past five years, the 26 men who've run every race have gotten closer.

"You knew there were people out there who'd run them all, but you didn't really think about it," he said. "But they had a party about 10 years ago and people started to get to know each other. Now, we start looking for each other."

• The breakdown of 5K and 10K participants was 8,292 in the 10K and 4,496 in the 5K.

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