Pro Triathlete Ben Collins wins NLW 5K...
Bridget Klein takes first for women...
Cooled off by intermittent showers in the historic town of Christiansted a group of runners were at the starting line for the 32nd running of the National Library Week…Run To Your Library 5K. The race is part of the celebration of National Library Week. It took place at the Florence Williams Public Library on a four lap and flat course.
In to the first mile multiple winner of the race, Billy Bohlke and Ben Collins for easily under 6 minutes per mile pace. Collins would prevail and take first place in the race with a time of 16:28; Bohlke finished second in 18:07; Steve Horness was third in 20:06; Randall Nielsen was fourth in 20:58 and Jay Gleason was fifth in 21:20.
Bridget Klein continue her winning ways and finish in first place for females and third overall in the race with a time 19:17; Theresa Harper was second in 21:10; Deanna Ruomo was third in 24:16; Dulcie Crowther was fourth in 25:02 and Sarah Reardon was fifth in 26:21.
Upcoming events on the V.I.Pace Runners Calendar:
May 1 6pm The Paradise 5K Road Race…Buccaneer Resort
********** MALE OVERALL RESULTS FOR 5K RACE ***********
1 BEN Collins 30 Christiansted 16:28
2 WILLIAM Bohlke 35 V.I.Pace Runner 18:07
3 STEVE Horness 50 Christiansted 20:06
4 RANDALL Nielsen 46 Superior Court 20:58
5 JAY Gleason 39 Christiansted 21:20
6 PATRICK Kralik 40 Christiansted 22:52
7 TROY Holloway 50 Christiansted 23:43
8 ROGER Hatfield 63 Gold Coast Yacht 24:27
9 MIKE Klein 49 Jolly Roger 24:36
10 MARK Kennedy 65 Christiansted 26:24
11 TEDDY Seymour 70 V.I.Pace Runner 28:10
12 BEN Miner 21 Christiansted 28:30
13 X Romero 57 Christiansted 30:16 (Ran 3.9 Miles)
********** FEMALE OVERALL RESULTS FOR 5K RACE ***********
1 BRIDGET Klein 30 Jolly Roger 19:17
2 THERESA Harper 48 V.I. Triathlon 21:10
3 DEANA Roumo 16 St. Croix Track 24:16
4 DULCIE Crowther 44 Christiasnted 25:02
5 SARAH Reardon 39 Christiansted 26:21
6 ANAIS Alecia 22 Christiansted 28:09
7 CAROLO Romero 53 Christiansted 28:16
8 JOYA Jones 38 Christiansted 29:04
9 CHANTELLE Quiones 28 Christiansted 32:28
10 CORINNE Farinola 31 Christiansted 32:33 32:33 32:33 (Ran 3.9 Miles)
11 LISA Coates 45 Christiansted 35:16
12 WENDY Solomon 42 Go To St. Croix 36:35
13 LORETTA Morhead 37 Christiasnted 40:08
14 PAMELA Colbert 56 Christiansted 41:01
FEMALE AGE GROUP: 30 - 39
1 3 BRIDGET Klein 19:17 30 Jolly Roger 19:17
2 14 SARAH Reardon 26:21 39 Christiansted 26:21
3 20 JOYA Jones 29:04 38 Christiansted 29:04
4 23 CORINNE Farinola 32:33 31 Christiansted 32:33
5 26 LORETTA Morhead40:08 37 Christiasnted 40:08
MALE AGE GROUP: 30 - 39
1 1 BEN Collins 16:28 30 Christiansted 16:28
2 2 WILLIAM Bohlke 18:07 35 V.I.Pace Runners 18:07
3 7 JAY Gleason 21:20 39 Christiansted 21:20
FEMALE AGE GROUP: 40 - 49
1 6 THERESA Harper 21:10 48 V.I. Triathlon Fed 21:10
2 13 DULCIE Crowther 25:02 44 Christiasnted 25:02
3 24 LISA Coates 35:16 45 Christiansted 35:16
4 25 WENDY Solomon 36:35 42 Go To St. Croix 36:35
MALE AGE GROUP: 40 - 49
1 5 RANDALL Nielsen 20:58 46 Superior Court 20:58
2 8 PATRICK Kralik 22:52 40 Christiansted 22:52
3 12 MIKE Klein 24:36 49 Jolly Roger 24:36
FEMALE AGE GROUP: 50 - 59
1 18 CAROLO Romero 28:16 53 Christiansted 28:16
2 27 PAMELA Colbert 41:01 56 Christiansted 41:01
MALE AGE GROUP: 50 - 59
1 4 STEVE Horness 20:06 50 Christiansted 20:06
2 9 TROY Holloway 23:43 50 Christiansted 23:43
3 21 X Romero 30:16 57 Christiansted 30:16
FEMALE AGE GROUP: 60 - 99
MALE AGE GROUP: 60 - 99
1 11 ROGER Hatfield 24:27 63 Gold Coast Yachts 24:27
2 15 MARK Kennedy 26:24 65 Christiansted 26:24
3 17 TEDDY Seymour 28:10 70 V.I.Pace Runners 28:10
The 31st Annual National Library Week...Run To Your Library...
4/20/2013--St. Croix, Virgin Islands--A mix of local and visiting runners participated in Saturday’s 31st Annual National Library Week…Run To Your Library 5K Road Race held in historic Christiansted.
Malique Smith of the St. Croix Track Club and the St. Croix Educational Complex High School and fresh off his personal record in the 800m at the CARIFTA Junior Championships in Nassau, Bahamas last week, was the top finisher for the second year in a row with a time of 18:02 at 6:02 per mile. Elijah DeIrish of Freewill Baptist School was second in 19:38; Steve Horness St. Croix was third in 19:48; John Bysiewciz Branford, CT was fourth in 20:21 and Malik DeIrish of Freewill Baptist was fifth in 21:10.
Sissell Holloway is preparing for the upcoming St. Croix Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, was the first female finisher in the race in 20:25 at 6:35 per mile and fifth overall; Rachael Conoff of the St. Croix Track Club and St. Croix Country Day School was second in 22:34; Theresa Harper St. Croix was third in 22:35; Mireille Smith was fourth in 22:44 and Dulcie Crowther St. Croix was fifth in 23:58.
1] The National Library Week…Run To Your Library 5K is an annual event, it supports the mission of the library and the celebration of that effort promoted by The American Library Association nationally; libraries in the Virgin Islands in general and the public library specifically in cooperation with library and the Friends of the Library.
2] The run, open to all takes place at the Florence Williams Public Library and on the streets of Christiansted, St. Croix Virgin Islands.
3] Participants were awarded medals to the top finishers; special certificates, library related gifts were presented to all, including books to the child runners. The awards were made possible by the Florence Williams Public Library (put together by Ricki Marshall) and The Virgin Islands Pace Runners the organizer of the event. Wallace Williams, former Territorial Librarian for the Virgin Islands Public Libraries is the founder and race director for the event.
The next event on the V.I.Pace Runners Calendar is the Paradise 5k on May 2 at 6pm at the Buccaneer Hotel St.Croix and the Children Run Christiansted (13 and under boys and girls) on May 3 at 6pm starts at Times Square in Christiansted.
31ST NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK...RUN TO YOUR LIBRARY
********** MALE OVERALL RESULTS FOR 5K *********
********** FEMALE OVERALL RESULTS FOR 5K *********
31ST NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK...RUN TO YOUR LIBRARY
Annual National Library Week...
April 14, 2012--St. Croix, Virgin Islands--To the onlookers at the 30th Annual National Library Week...Run To Your Library 5K, it would appear to be a continuation of last month’s UVI/Queen Mary 5K with the same lead runners battling to the finish.
Veteran Billy Bohlke and the up and comer Malique Smith were together for most of the four-lap historic course around the town of Chiristiansted. With experience in his favor, Bohlke maintained a minimum of two steps on Smith all the way and with little surges on the slight inclines, pulled away from him on the third lap to finish first in the race with a time of 17 minutes 59 seconds; Smith, the defending champion who had a major photo finish win over Bohlke at the UVI/Queen Mary 4K last month, finished strong with a time of 18:20; Brad Lenhart, improving on each race, finished third with a time of 20:28; Troy Holloway was fourth in 20:34; Steve Horness was fifth in 21:20; Mike Klein was sixth in 21:58; Scott Fricks was seventh in 22:21; Jay Gleason was eigth in 23:28; Kevin Liburd was ninth in 25:40 and Teddy Seymour was tenth in 29:41
In the early stage of the race, Mireille Smith held a comfortable lead until marathoner and defending champion Theresa Harper overtook her mid-way to win the race in 21:29 just three seconds of her time last year. Smith finished second with the exact time she ran last year 22:01; Dulcie Crowther a veteran of this race, ran a faster time than last year to finish third in 25:02; Patty Coleman finished fourth in 25:44; Earthla Augustin was fifth in 27:05; Louise Stapleton was sixth in 27:24 and Angela Augustin was seventh in 35:38.
1] In recognition of the 30th Anniversary of the National Library Week...Run To Your Library celebrated author and runner Larry Williams was at the event and presented two of his signed books: The Mount Sinai Myth an archaeological search for Mt. Sinai in Egypt and Confessions of a Tax Rebel on his battle with IRS. The books were raffled to participants in the race. He is one of the founders of the Rock & Roll Marathon Series (San Diego).
2] St. Croix author Lila Linzer provided two signed copies of her book (which were also raffled to the runners) Once Upon An Island Illustrated by Joan Luby. The first draft of the book ...collection of four stories for children is set on a Caribbean island where the cows may forget their friends, lizards know more than you think, spiders talk to dragonflies, and a morning dove thinks she has more power than she really has”, was typeset in the Florence Williams Public Library by the then Head Librarian Wallace Williams. The book was published in three editions: in Great Britian with Joanna Carey the illustrator and in Japanese.
3] In a special presentation, Earthla Augustin, Poet and V.I.Pace Runner read a special poem entitled The Williams (inspired by V.I. Olympic Marathon Runners Marlon Williams and Wallace Williams) from her book Carry The Key . She also ...ran to the library... with her book in a backpack.
4] Last week, Malique Smith (at the entry level age of 14) competed with the Virgin Island National Junior Track and Field Team, in the CARIFTA Junior Track and Field Championships in the high jump, 1500m and 3000m. He joined three others who also were at the entry level age wise in the competition.
5] The awards ceremony took place on the steps of the Florence Williams Public Library where, with the exception of one year when the race was held at the Sunshine Mall in Frederiksted they have happened for 29 of the past 30 years.
6] The first official V.I.Pace Runners event took place at the public library in St. Croix 1n 1978. It was a group run from the Athalie Petersen Public Library in Frederiksted (then at a temporary location at what is now the Legislature of the Virgin Islands), to the Florence Williams Public Library on King St. in Christiansted, the exact finish line for the NLW 5K).
8] Ricki Marshall of the Florence Williams prepared special bookmarks, a brochure and goodie bag and was on hand to make the presentation of awards to the participants.
7] The Virgin Islands Pace Runners and the NLW...Run To Your Library were founded by Wallace Williams, participant in that first event and V.I. Territorial Librarian (Retired)
Runners Celebrate National Library Week...
4-17-2011--St. Croix, Virgin Islands--In the 29th running of the National Library Week—Run To Your Library in St. Croix, on Saturday, 13 year old Malique Smith of the St. Croix Track Club improved on his second place performance of last year and was the first place finisher running the 5k course in 18 minutes and 32 seconds, his personal best. Tyler Jowasis led half of the four lap race in Christiansted on King and Company streets as he and Smith shadowed each other until Smith pulled away in the end to win by a mere 10 seconds. Jowasis was second the race with a time of 18:42, training for the triathlon, Jowasis clipped a whopping 2 minutes 41 seconds off last year’s time; triathlete Kellon Hood finished third in 19:10; Troy Holloway, St. Croix Scenic 50 Mile finisher, was fourth in 21:14; Mike Klein, in training for his first 100 mile race, finished fifth in 21:29; Scott Fricks ran nearly a minute faster than last year with a time of 21:56 for sixth place; Jason Gleason was seventh in 27:17; Teddy Seymour was eighth in 27:47; Ray Lutz was ninth in 28:44 and Larry Williams was tenth in 29:14
Theresa Harper added to her long list of victories in St. Croix road races by taking first place for females and fifth place overall with a time of 21:26; last year’s winner Mireille Smith was second in22:01; Amanda Warehime was third in 22:55; Dulcie Crowther was fourth in 26:02; Debi Gerson-Locke was fifth in 29:38 and Sheila Deevy was sixth in 33:43.
Participants in Saturday’s race received medals, certificates and a special NLW bookmark and information about the library.
The race started near the Florence Williams Public Library in Christiansted and finished in front of the library the same route, with the exception of one year when it the race was around the perimeter and in the parking lot of The Sunshine Mall in Frederiksted.
The next race on the V.I.Pace Runners calendar is the 23rd Paradise 5K which will be at the Buccaneer Hotel on April 28th at 5pm followed by the Children Run Christiansted on Friday April 29th at the Sunday Market Square at 6pm at Jump Up.
For information contact: V.I.Pace Runners 340-643-2557 logon to: http://virginislandspace.org
V.I.Pace Runners Bulletin: April 17, 2010…
Run to Your Library 5K…
April 17, 2010--St. Croix, Virgin Islands--For all but one of the 28 years the venue for the National Library Week—Run To Your Library 5K has been on the Streets of Christiansted. There have been a numerous different overall male and female winners of the race. For all but one second on Saturday morning, it looked like for the first time, the winners would be mother and son. David Mann, from Bowdoinham, Maine took the lead in the race on the second of two laps of the race from 12 year-old Malique Smith and held him off at the finish to be the first place finisher with a time of 19 minutes and 1 second. Smith was second in 19:02; Tyler Jowaisas who seemed to have grown at least six inches since he ran a V.I.Pace race, was third in 21:23.
Mireille Smith, Malique’s mom, and former All-America middle distance runner at Eastern Michigan University and Surinam led the women’s field of runners all the way and finished with a time of 22:44; Kara Pomicter had a strong finish for second in 23:41; Emma Van Fink finished third in 25:04.
Awards including medals, retro-tee shirts, certificates, special library bookmarks and public library informational brochure were made to finishers. A subscription to Runner’s World magazine was presented to the top male and female finishers as part of National Library Week which was celebrated throughout the USA.
The Finishers Male:
1.David Mann 19:01; 2. Malique Smith 19:02; 3. Tyler Jowaisas 21:23; 4. Shamoi Garcia 21:49; 5. Mile Klein 21:49; 6. Scott Fricks 22:50; 7. Brad Chaffee 22:54; 8. Casey Bergstrom 23:40; 9. Bruce Daugherty 24:15; 10. Teddy Seymour 26:54
The Finishers Female:
1.Mirelle Smith 22:44; 2. Kara Pomicter 23:41; 3. Emma Van Fink 25:04; 4. Sara Hastreiter 26:06; 5. Jennifer Lockwood 29:32; 6. Olga Capriola 29:48