Ole Man River New Orleans International Airport Rotary Club

28th Annual Ole Man River Results

Sunday, December 20, 2009, 8:00 AM
Tad Gormley Stadium, City Park, New Orleans, LA
Benefiting the Wheelchair Foundation and the Kenner Food Bank
Hosted by the New Orleans International Airport Rotary Club
Race Director: Chuck George, New Orleans Track Club
Timing and Scoring: FAST Athletic Scoring and Timing, Inc.
USATF-RRTC Certified Course Number LA09005JF

The 28th Annual Ole Man River Half-Marathon and 5K took place later than usual, moving to a December date. As predicted the weather was a perfect ten.

Kevin Castille and Sarah Skotty won the Half-Marathon overall male and female titles. This was Kevin's second consecutive Ole Man River win. His finish times for 2009 and 2008 are the third and fourth fastest overall in the race's history. Sarah's time is the second fastest female finish time in the race's history. The City Park-based course and cool temperatures and low humidy contributed to many PR's on this USATF-certified Half-Marathon.

Congratulations to Richard Strasbourg in completing the Half-Marathon running backwards and setting an unofficial Guiness World Record.

All finishers in the 5K and Half-Marathon received custom medallions. The exciting finish inside Tad Gormley Stadium was only the start of some great post-race features highlighted by the New Orleans International Airport Rotary Club's "Pancake Breakfast."

Thanks to the volunteers from the Rotary Club, New Orleans Track Club, and Dominican High School (water stations). Proceeds benefitted the Wheelchair Foundation and the Kenner Food Bank.

Race Photos

Former NOTC Presidents Don Brinkman and Mo Emory before the race. The 28th Annual Ole Man River starts. 28th Annual Ole Man River. Carlos Zervigon, 11, and Matthew Vargas, 13, running stride for stride. Richard Strasbourg running the Half-Marathon backwards on the way to an unofficial Guiness World Record. Mary Grace Rome and Ellis Gill on the Half-Marathon course. Second place finisher Brendan Minihan, Jr. nears the 12 mile mark. First place finisher Sarah Skotty. May King and Byron Adams pass the last water station. Patrick Melancon on the Half-Marathon course. Sarah Truxillo on the Half-Marathon course. Friendly competetion. Rotary Club volunteers Janice Watsky and Lynn Wilderman. First overall male 5K finisher Robert Willie. First overall female 5K finisher Kathleen Welch. Kevin Castille overall Half-Marathon winner with Rick Wilderman of the Rotary Club holding the tape. Sarah Skotty takes overall female Half-Marathon title in the second fastest overall winning time in the 28 years of the race. First reindeer finisher Rene Alonzo. Rotary Club pancake breakfast volunteer Barbara Hershberger with Paul Prokop and Rick Wilderman in background. Top three Half-Marathon male finishers (l-r): Nick Accardo, Brendan Minihan, Jr., Kevin Castille. Top three Half-Marathon female finishers (l-r): Carolyn Thompson, Sarah Skotty, May King. Half-Marathon Masters division winners Michael Scott and Lisa Luongo. 28th Annual Ole Man River.

Photos by George Waguespack and Billie Sloss. Click on any photo for a larger image.

Half-Marathon Award Winners

Place MaleAgeTime FemaleAgeTime
Overall Open
1 Kevin Castille311:09:36 Sarah Skotty261:22:35
2 Brendan Minihan, Jr341:12:47 May King251:26:30
3 Nick Accardo271:12:52 Carolyn Thompson411:29:05
Overall Masters
1 Michael Scott481:20:08 Lisa Luongo411:36:01
Overall Grandmasters
1 Michael Alexander561:29:24 Ann Wills501:53:41
Overall Seniors
1 Patrick Clancy611:36:44 Nancy Mann632:02:56
Age Group 14-Under
1 Matthews Vargas131:33:37
2 Carlos Zervigon111:36:08
Age Group 15-19
1 Romedy Murr191:22:48 Christine Derbins191:36:29
2 Steven Hollander171:23:21 Leighton Bell181:53:32
Age Group 20-24
1 Joshua Falgout231:23:44 Mary Erin Imwalle231:33:58
2 Mark Freeman201:25:48 Erin Borek231:46:00
Age Group 25-29
1 Matthew Manning291:12:56 Shelley Koch291:34:07
2 Sean Allerton251:13:00 Molly Dugger-Koenig251:40:40
Age Group 30-34
1 John Thompson331:24:33 Celeste Dolan331:34:35
2 Michael Schmidt311:28:34 Shannon Depp321:35:36
Age Group 35-39
1 Billy Borrouso371:21:50 Amy Simonetta371:34:34
2 Alberto Hernandez351:33:13 Bridgett Jolly351:42:57
Age Group 40-44
1 Doug Holmes421:20:48 Leigh Drye401:42:36
2 Terry Lawhead431:23:50 Mary Grace Rome431:47:18
Age Group 45-49
1 James Miller461:24:04 Marilyn Jenkins471:47:02
2 Byron Adams461:26:23 Robin Pringle451:48:13
Age Group 50-54
1 Neil Solomon501:29:59 Susan Rice501:56:35
2 JJ Waguespack511:30:13 Susan Opelka541:59:32
Age Group 55-59
1 Larry Price591:36:15 Joan Album571:56:14
2 Daniel Wernz571:42:53 Robin Danning571:59:31
Age Group 60-64
1 Ken Mire601:40:32 Cynthia Martin612:06:30
2 Carleton Smith641:40:49 Gail Sheridan622:10:14
Age Group 65-69
1 J.P. Gilles651:48:20 Joan Forman682:16:38
2 Rudy Smith671:51:45 Sandy Giannobile652:37:55
Age Group 70-74
1 Craig Sherman702:08:40
2 Bill Jennings702:14:41
Age Group 75-79
1 Bruce Worley752:09:21
2 Richard Gonzalez772:26:05
Age Group 80-Over
Overall Heavyweights
1 Ward Rice431:34:41
2 Daniel McQuate281:39:18
3 Andre Amedee351:42:15
Overall Racewalkers
1 Kevin Fleming482:30:04 Pat Driscoll562:39:53
2 Aaron Boudreaux532:55:06 Anne Marie St. Clair492:43:49
3 Bill Elrod733:03:44 Jane Phelps632:52:10

5K Award Winners

Place MaleAgeTime FemaleAgeTime
Overall Open
1 Robert Willie1817:40 Kathleen Welch5321:53
Overall Masters
1 Sammy Mapes4818:15 Virginia Besthoff5225:13
Overall Grandmasters
1 Jim Henry5519:50 Yvonne Thomas6626:40
Overall Seniors
1 J. Roger Brown6120:22 Helene Price6027:23
Age Group 10-Under
1 David Luongo723:50
Age Group 11-14
1 Alex Ourso1420:34 Sydney Stranan1223:57
2 Joey Precorye1323:54 Eva Mace1131:42
Age Group 15-19
1 Jean Luc Desselle1818:58 Christine Talley1624:53
2 Jeffrey Ross1622:24 Kaitlin Saacks1725:52
Age Group 20-24
1 Neal Fischer2017:55 Meagan Stewart2226:17
2 Chris Cousins2422:31 Bailey Hein2026:28
Age Group 25-29
1 Josh Dibenedetto2722:12 Tina Miletello2924:24
2 Schuyler Quinn2524:02 Jenny Willie2625:09
Age Group 30-34
1 Justin Hoffman3023:24 Sarah Thorne3026:28
2 Lon Rucker3124:23 Joellen Desselles3329:43
Age Group 35-39
1 Phil Monteleone3822:05 Page Zeringue3624:15
2 Michael Jourdan3923:13 Stephanie Sterling3625:41
Age Group 40-44
1 James Street4220:03 Sandy Johnson4426:24
2 Michael Iverson4320:10 Kristy Philippi4129:54
Age Group 45-49
1 Ron Renfroe4720:01 Alice Montelaro4725:37
2 Bruce Desselle4722:48 Susan Del Corral4730:27
Age Group 50-54
1 Jonathan Bracy5221:29 Erika Levandoske5227:18
2 Eddie Holmes5421:55 Leone Ferrari5437:41
Age Group 55-59
1 Hank Willie5622:05 Annemarie Clancy5532:12
2 Robert Reed5727:58 Margaret Blackman5842:55
Age Group 60-64
1 Milton Steen6129:24 Jackie Wolverton6232:06
Age Group 65-69
1 Lee Rhodes6825:26
2 William Knox6526:42
Age Group 70-74
1 Gerald Lyons7036:29 Betty Waguespack7452:17
Age Group 75-79
Age Group 80-Over
1 Bill Cox8135:31
2 Joseph Rumage8252:11
Overall Racewalkers
1 Duke Wolverton6236:01 Roxie Martinez4238:12
2 Doug Pool6939:08 Marie Merrick6845:18
3 Reginald Harley5340:59 Kenya Hudson3755:08