The 14th Annual Fort Eustis 10K held at Fort Eustis, VA was held on Saturday morning, March 3, 2012 sponsored by the Fort Eustis MWR. The race was conducted and results were generated by the Peninsula Track Club. Conditions at race time were good for running, overcast with a breeze and temperatures around 60.The course for the Fort Eustis 10K is USATF certified (VA02048RT) and was run as certified. The race started and finished at Anderson Fieldhouse on Fort Eustis. This is the 3rd race of the 2011 Peninsula Track Club Grand Prix series.
A record 241 runners entered the 10K (up from 231in 2011 – beating the record of 236 runners in 2007) with 193 completing the race (down from 203 in 2011). The reason for the lower number of finishers was probably due to runners who didn’t show due to the stormy weather experienced by
the southern part of the Hampton Roads area. Fort Eustis, however, remained on the northern edge of the weather experiencing a few showers prior to the 10K and one short shower about an hour after the start of
The stormy weather may well have played a part in the increased raceday turnout. About 10% of the race day entries came to the Peninsula from Virginia Beach. Notably, the race winner, Pete Gibson from Murfreesboro,
NC came to the Fort Eustis 10K for a race since the races in the Raleigh area had been cancelled due to severe weather passing through the area Saturday morning.
Masters runners dominated the Overall categories with performances including Pete Gibson, 55 of Murfreesboro, NC who was 1st Male Overall in the 10K with a time of 36:38. First Woman Overall was Connie Glueck, 47 of Williamsburg in a time of 43:08.
Most notable was Tami Graf, 75 of Lusby, MD who set a Virginia State Record in the 10K for Women 75-79 with a time of 1:06:24. The previous VA state record for women in this age group was held by Marjorie Mitchell with a time of 1:08:44 set in 1992.