April 11, 2016

Bryan Morseman, 30, of Bath, NY, wins for the third time in a row at the Garden Spot Village Marathon.

In spite of the snowy weather, Bryan Morseman, 30, of Bath, N.Y., once again finished first in the eighth annual Garden Spot Village Marathon on Saturday, April 9, with a time of 2:39:39. For the 2014 and 2015 races, Morseman won with times of 2:25:33 and 2:30:08, respectively.

“Two years ago, it was beautiful weather and I did 2:25. Last year wasn’t as nice, and I finished in 2:35. This year… What do you have in store for next year?” Joked Morseman, who was lighthearted about the conditions for his most recent first place finish.

Jenny Bender, 23, of Hatfield, Pa., finished first in the Women’s Open Division and eleventh overall, with a time of 3:18:27.

Jeff Smucker, 50, of Centre Hall, Pa., won the Men’s Grand Masters Division for runners 50 years old and better, and was sixth overall, with a time of 3:07:33. Kelly Dworak, 53, of Carlisle, Pa., was the Women’s Grand Masters winner, finishing in 3:41:13.

An interesting turn of events saw the chip times and gun times of two runners in the Women’s Overall full marathon standings conflict. Hannah Smith, age 28, of Philadelphia, Pa., would place second and Sheena Wells, age 32, Bethlehem, Pa. third, using the gun time as the method to determine placement, as is standard practice for all marathons.

The event attracted some 1,300 marathoners and half marathoners from 32 states and as far as India.

“Though we had some unusual winter weather, race day was filled with enthusiasm and excitement,” said Scott Miller, race director and chief marketing officer for Garden Spot Village who is himself a marathoner. “It made the race even more of a memorable experience, for the runners, volunteers and event staff.”

The Garden Spot Village Marathon is believed to be the first marathon hosted by a retirement community. Beginning and ending on the community’s 104-acre campus, the USA Track & Field (USATF)-certified course runs along rural roads through scenic Lancaster County, Pa. The Garden Spot Village Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

To encourage a broad range of participation, the event recognizes individual achievement in five-year age categories to ages 80-plus, and the course remains open until the last participant has finished. On the eve of the race, Garden Spot Village hosted the Lancaster YMCA Kids Marathon, which drew more than 110 participants ages 6 to 12.

First-place marathon finishers in each of four categories won cash awards: Men Overall, Women Overall, Men’s Grand Masters (50-plus) and Women’s Grand Masters (50-plus). The Garden Spot Village Marathon is unique in that the masters awards for runners 50-plus are the same amounts as the overall awards.

Results for the full marathon were (times listed are chip times):
Men’s Overall
First place        Bryan Morseman, age 30, Bath, N.Y.; 2:39:39
Second place   Justin Shane, age 34, New York, N.Y.; 2:55:53
Third Place      David Petersheim, age 21, Christiana, Pa.; 2:59:55

Women’s Overall
First place        Jenny Bender, age 23, Hatfield, Pa.; 3:18:27
Second place   Hannah Smith, age 28, Philadelphia, Pa.; 3:35:35
Third place      Sheena Wells, age 32, Bethlehem, Pa.; 3:35:28

Men’s Grand Masters (age 50 or above)
First place        Jeff Smucker, age 50, Centre Hall, Pa.; 3:07:33
Second place   Mike Smith, age 57, Lebanon, Pa.; 3:28:50
Third Place      Keith Straw, age 61, Malvern, Pa.; 3:32:15

Women’s Grand Masters (age 50 or above)
First place        Kelly Dworak, age 53, Carlisle, Pa.; 3:41:13
Second place   Laurie Kimsal, age 50, Mt. Kisco, N.Y.; 4:04:56
Third Place      Cathy Hopkins, age 55, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada; 4:42:41

Results for the half marathon were (times listed are chip times):
Men’s Overall
First place        Eric Dyson, age 26; Downingtown, Pa.; 1:17:07
Second place   Ben Zook, age 33, Gordonville, Pa.; 1:21:13
Third Place      Russell Burns, Morgantown, Pa.; 1:21:23

Women’s Overall
First place        Brooke Magni, age 33, Lancaster, Pa.; 1:32:17
Second place   Julie Halteman, age 23, Lancaster, Pa.; 1:34:44
Third place      Cayla Schultz, age 23, Ephrata, Pa.; 1:36:37

Men’s Grand Masters (age 50 or above)
First place        Timothy Rehman, age 53, York, Pa.; 1:30:12
Second place   Michael Gerhart, age 50, East Earl, Pa.; 1:33:29
Third Place      James Krupa, age 50, Pottstown, Pa.; 1:33:43

Women’s Grand Masters (age 50 or above)
First place        Kathy Pride, age 55, Danville, Pa.; 1:53:59
Second place   Linda Pegg, age 53, Danville, Pa; 1:54:32
Third Place      Becky Michaelian, age 53, Mechanicsburg, Pa; 1:55:49

Complete results are posted at under Road Races.

Proceeds from the marathon benefit the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, which helps support residents who need financial assistance.

In addition to Garden Spot Village and the Lancaster Family YMCA, this year’s sponsors include Sodexo, Sensenig’s Feed Mill, Shady Maple Smorgasbord, Warfel Construction Company, and Lapp Valley Farm.

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