|Coast Guard Station Yorktown
The 24th Annual Coast Guard Day 5K held at Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, VA on Saturday morning, August 4, 2012. 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 sunny and very humid with temperatures in the low 80s.A record 363 runners entered the 5K (up from the previous record of 327 in 2011) with a record 332 runners completing the race (up from the record of 308 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 in Yorktown 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. # VA10027RT) and was followed correctly by the runners.
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 personnel.
In the 24th running of the event, three course records were set despite the warm, humid conditions.
For the men, Overall winner John Piggott, 47 of Williamsburg set a newage group course record for Men 45-49 with a time of 17:02 breaking the
previous record set by Jim Bates in 2004 of 17:08.
For the women, Overall winner Mercedes Castillo-D’Amico, 54 of Newport News, VA set a new the age group course record for Women 50-54 for the
4th time in the last 5 years. Mercedes winning time of 20:35 eclipsed the mark she set in 2010 of 21:01 at age 52. Merecedes also set the record for this age group in 2008 and 2009.
Ann Manciagli, 76 of Williamsburg set the Women’s 75-79 record with a time of 37:32.
The Coast Guard Day 5K was also the 7th 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 2012 PTC Grand Prix Champion.