The 3rd Annual Yorktown Independence Day 8K Run held on the Tour Roads of the historic Yorktown Battlefield in
Yorktown, VA on Monday morning, July 4, 2011. The race was part of the
Annual Yorktown 4th of July festivities. The race event was organized and directed by Happy Pace Races. The race itself was conducted and results were generated by the Peninsula Track Club. Conditions at race time were very warm and humid with hazy sunshine and some smoke likely from the wildfires in North Carolina drifting though the air.
Temperature at race time was around 80.
The 8K race course starts on the Tour Roads near the Route 17 overpass,
heads in the direction of George Washington’s Headquarters, then follows the Tour Road over the bridge crossing back over Route 17 before turning right onto a section of trails that return the runners to Surrender Field and the finish of the 8K.
Despite the warm, humid and smokey conditions, a new course record for
men was set this year. Overall winer, John Holt, 20 of Williamsburg set
a new course record for the 8K with a time of 26:08 breaking the mark set
by Mark Tompkins in 2009 of 27:07. 2nd and 3rd overall runners, Caleb
Doan, 21 of Virginia Beach and Conor Doan, 20 of Virginia Beach were also
faster than the previous record with times of 26:21 and 26:44
For the women, Arlyne Spalla, 42 of Yorktown successfully defended her
2010 title, winning the 8K again in 2011 with a time of 33:52. Emily
Webb, 21 of Gloucester and Rachel Rabbit, 16 of Yorktown were 2nd and 3rd women with times of 36:08 and 36:15 respectively.
New age group records were set for
Men 20-24 by John Holt, 20 of Williamsburg (26:08) Men 70-74 by Winston Collins, Sr., 70 of Newport News (38:57) Women 65-69 by Ann Hirn, 65 of Portsmouth (43:24)
Women 70-74 by Tami Graf, 74 of Lusby, MD (51:51) Women 75+ by Ann Mancialgi, 75 of Williamsburg (1:00:47)
A record 496 runners entered the 8K (up from 401 in 2010) with 458
runners completing the 8K (up from 369 in 2010) within the one and a half hour time limit.
The Yorktown Independence Day 8K is the fifth race in the 12 race
Peninsula Track Club Grand Prix Series.
The 8K course has been measured accuratly, but is not USATF certified at
this time. The course was followed correctly by the runners.