The 2011 Yorktown Freedom Run 5K held on Memorial Day morning, Monday, May 30, 2011. The race course was a cross country course of some roads and mostly cross country dirt paths on the Grafton High School athletic fields and adjacent trails. The race
started and finished at Grafton High School. The race event was
organized and directed by the Yorktown Rotary Club. The race itself was conducted and results were generated by the Peninsula Track Club. Conditions at race time were clear, sunny, warm and humid with
temperatures aorund 80.
314 runners entered the 5K (down from the record of 388 in 2010) with 299 runners completing the 5K (down from 368 in 2010). The 5K race course is not certified, but was accurately measured and was followed correctly by the runners.
Ryan Carroll, 27 of Portsmouth, winner of the event in 2010, was bested by Andrew Mearns, 22 of Williamsburg who had a time of 16:01 for the overall win. Ryan placed 2nd with a time of 16:10, 10 seconds off his 2010 time. 3rd Overall was John Piggott, 46 of Williamsburg (17:10).
However, Piggott was awarded 1st Master due to the higher prize money
awarded in that category.
Karen Terry, 22 of Hampton was the 1st woman (19:32). 2nd woman was
Arlyne Spalla-Benson, 42 of Yorktown (20:22) followed by 3rd woman
Katherine Irgens, 21 of Yorktown (20:40) and Connie Glueck, 47 of
Williamsburg in 21:03. Spalla-Benson and Glueck were placed as 1st and
2nd Master’s Women due to prize money considerations.
Of special note was an award given to Jim Johnson, 85 of Hampton who has
been the first runner to register for this race for the last 20 years and
many times was the oldest runner. Jim was unable to run, but volunteered
for the event.