The 23rd Annual Coast Guard Day 5K held
at Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, VA on Saturday morning,
August 6, 2011. The race event was organized by the Coast Guard Training
Center MWR. The race itself was conducted and results were generated by the Peninsula Track Club. Conditions at race time were mostly sunny and very humid with temperatures in the low 80s.
A recored 327 runners entered the 5K (up from 240 in 2010) with a record
308 runners completing the race (up from 221 in 2010). The race started
near the gym on the Coast Guard base, went out the front gate onto the
Yorktown Battlefield, making a loop that went downhill to the Wormley
Creek Dam, then back uphill towards the Moore house before returning to
the Coast Guard Base through the main gate, finishing at the gym. The
course was a USATF certified 5K course (USATF cert. # VA-98020-RT –
recertification number pending) and was followed correctly by the
Awards for both male and female were given to the top 3 runners overall, top 3 runners in each age group, and top three active duty Coast Guard
Two course records were set despite the warm, humid conditions. For the
men, Stephen Chantry, 56 of Williamsburg broke the age group course record for Men 55-59 previously set by Jim Thonton of Seaford, VA in 2009. Chantry’s impressive time of 18:06 shaved over half a minute off Thonton’s mark of 18:40.
For the women, Ann Hirn, 65 of Portsmouth, VA broke the age group course record for Women 65-69. Nancy Patron of Williamsburg set the Women’s 65-69 record in 2002 with a time of 28:35. This year Hirn took over a minute off that mark with a time of 27:21.
The Coast Guard Day 5K was also the 6th Grand Prix race of the Peninsula
Track Club 2011 Grand Prix Race – a series of 12 road racing events
during the year that determine the PTC Grand Prix Champion.