The 4th Annual Chesty Puller Memorial Twin Bridge 10K Run held in the Town of West Point, VA on Saturday morning, June 25, 2011. The race honored the most decorated Marine in
history, Marine General Chesty Puller who lived in West Point, Virginia. Proceeds from the race benefits the West Point Historical Society for the purpose of creating a West Point Historical Museum and the Wounded Warrior Project.The race itself was conducted and results were generated by the Peninsula Track Club. Conditions at race time were typical mid-summer conditions, sunny, but slightly less humid with a breeze and temperatures in the lower 80s.New this year was a Kids 1 Mile Run that started at the 10K start and ran
the first mile of the 10K course. 7 kids ran this inaugual event.
For the 10K, 131 entered the race (down from the record 185 runners in
2010) with 119 runners completing the course (down from 159 in 2010).
The course looped through downtown West Point, passing the home of Chesty Puller, over the Mattaponi River Bridge into King & Queen County, then back over that bridge, through downtown West Point, and continued for an out-and-back over the Pamunkey River Bridge into Eltham, then back again
over the bridge, finishing in West Point. The 10K course is USATF
Certified #VA-10031-RT and was followed correctly by the runners.
The 10K run was won by the 2010 winner, Ryan Speray, 20 of Gloucester who defended his 2010 win with a time of 36:03 (5:49 pace).
A notable performance was by the second place runner who was also the first woman, Beth Floyd of Hubert, NC who set the course record for women with a time of 37:14 breaking the record previously set in 2008 by Julia Smith of Tappahannock (38:47)
Age group records were set by Molly Frazee, 26 of Richmond who set the Women’s 25-29 record with a time of 49:44 and Nancy Burleson, 62 of Spruce Pine, NC for Women 60-64 with a time of 55:54 beaking the record of 1:01:31 that she prevously set in 2010.