2011 Kathryn M. Freeman Race For Ovarian Cancer
Half Marathon and 3-Mile Run/Country Stroll
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Three Springs Farm, 2026 Bloomingrove Road, Williamsport, PA 17701
Thanks to our sponsors, all of your registration fees (over $6,000) went to the
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

A special thanks to our title sponsor, Jersey Shore State Bank:

Jersey Shore Bank Logo1

2011 Race Results

2011 Race Highlights
Setting up for the race proved challenging, as the previous week’s rain made early set-up impossible. On top of that, the fields where participants originally planned to park became mud traps. Race organizers also had several volunteers back out, either because they had to deal with property damage from flooding, or they were needed by other affected families, as well as local Red Cross efforts.

Nevertheless, participants were enthusiastic, with several runners already asking when next year’s half marathon will take place.

Jerry Harrington from Port Matilda, PA was the 1st place male finisher in the half marathon, with a time of 1:31:11.74. Mark Kozlowski from Marietta, PA came in 2nd at 1:34:43.50. And in 3rd place, Michael Renz from Port Matilda, PA crossed the finish line at 1:36:27.43.

Top female finishers included Sherri Doebler from Williamsport, PA, with a time of 1:36:47.48. In 2nd place, Jessica Leddy from Landisville, PA finished in 1:48:25.93; and in 3rd place, Renee Popalis from Bloomsburg, PA came in at 1:50:00.95.

Top 3-milers included Howard Courtland from Red Lion, PA (25:08.50) and Rebecca Luczak from Williamsport, PA (30:58.29). Dustin Vanhook from Williamsport, PA (30:37.38) and Judi Hubler from Montgomery, PA (36:05.86) were 2nd place finishers. And crossing the finish line in 3rd place were Dennis Wolfe from Williamsport, PA (30:56.65) and Jennifer Czaplicki from Drexel Hill, PA (36:50.93).

Both courses proved challenging, even for walkers. 3-milers ran and walked through three farms in the area, with several steep hills and uneven, muddy terrain. The half marathon route was extremely hilly, running through the City of Williamsport, Loyalsock Twp., and Hepburn Twp. What made it even more taxing, was the fact that runners tackled the steepest incline during the last mile of the race.

Several people ran and walked for loved ones lost to ovarian cancer. Many families and friends walked together, wearing matching teal shirts and signs with the names of those affected by the disease.

102 people ran the half marathon and 53 people ran and walked the 3-mile, with most runners coming from towns throughout Pennsylvania. Yet, the race did see participants from a few other states, such as Florida, Georgia and Ohio.

In addition to resilient runners, the race found some great volunteers, with Loyalsock Twp. High School recruiting several students last minute, when volunteer numbers looked bleak.

All and all, the race was a success. Of course there were snags due to the weather and the fact that this was an inaugural event. However, the runners enjoyed themselves and the cause brought everyone together. Hopefully the Kathryn M. Freeman Race for Ovarian Cancer will encourage more area endurance events, as there are plenty of local runners interested and eager to run distance races within their community.

Half Marathon Course
Map My Run Course Map / Course Pictures

Turn by Turn Half Marathon Route Directions
Once you make a loop around the farm’s upper field:
Run down Bloomingrove
Make a right on Elmira
Make a right on Memorial
Make a left on Walnut
Make a left on Little League
Make a right on Mulberry
Make a left on 4
Make a left on Franklin
Make a left on Lincoln
Make a right on Mulberry
Make a right on Grampian
Take Grampian to the dead end and come back up Grampian
Make a right on Lafayette
Make a right on 4 Mile
Make a left on Northway
Make a left on Northway Extension
Make a left on Bloomingrove
End at 2026 Bloomingrove

3-Mile Run/Country Stroll Course
Course Pictures
The 3-mile run/walk was routed through farms in the area, so it was more of a trail race. There was uneven, extremely hilly terrain with several lengthy, steep hills on the course. However, while the course was quite challenging, participants did take in several stunning, countryside views.

2011 Race Pictures
Backend of the Course
Set-up and Start
Finish Part 1
Finish Part 2/Post Race
Some More Pics...
1st Mile Pics
Registration/3-Mile Views/Post Race
Mile 5

Articles about the Race
Williamsport Sun Gazette
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Webb Weekly - September 14, 2011
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Williamsport Sun Gazette - August 2, 2011
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Lock Haven Express - June 7, 2011

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