Elite runner Julius Kogo topped the pack of runners to win the 40th annual Virginia 10 Miler on Saturday, Sept. 28. Kogo shaved 14 seconds off his last year’s winning time. Starting in a strong pack of elite runners, Kogo pulled away after the split to finish at 47:34.
Crowds gathered along the course and at the finish line to cheer on the participants of the 10 Miler and 4 Miler runs and the 4 Mile Walk.
The race began on a somber note with a tribute to local runner Frank McPhatter, who passed away in May 2013 at age 71. McPhatter was honored by another local legend, Bill Draper.
Draper, wearing bib No. 1, remains the only person to finish every Virginia 10 Miler. Draper spoke eloquently of his friend before the race and was one of many local runners wearing ‘Frank’s Legacy’ jerseys in McPhatter’s honor.
In keeping with tradition, Draper crossed the finish line last at 3:06:49, accompanied by a group of Girls on the Run runners.
Running legends Kathrine Switzer and Roger Robinson announced the race, calling the names of runners and their times as they crossed the finish line.
Switzer, who attended Lynchburg College, was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1967. Her husband Robinson, who has run in countless races on five continents, serves as an inspiration to masters runners, ages 40 and up, around the world.
Eight United Athletics assisted athlete teams joined the race for the first time in 10 Miler history. United Athletics pairs individuals who need running assistance with other local athletes.
Elite runners ruled the day, winning the men’s and women’s top times. Elijah Muturi came in second at 48:12, followed by Elijah Muturi at 48:21.
Jane Murage topped the women runners at 55:38, followed by Susan Jerotich at 55:52 and Serena Burla at 56:31. You can find results for the Virginia 10 Miler, 4 Miler, 4 Mile Walk and Amazing Mile Youth Run at the website.
Local runner Gregg Cavaliere at 58:19 and Lyubov Denisova at 1:00:23 were the Masters winners. In the Grand Masters, ages 50 and up, top honors were won by Robert Murray at 1:01:41 and Andrea Wright at 1:07:41.
Peyton Mann took the top prize for men in the 17 and under age division with a time of 1:02:04. On the women’s side, Jami Maul took first in the 17 and under division with a time of 1:22:50.
The top two finishers in the 4 Miler kept stride with Kogo all the way to their finish. Sandy Roberts was the top male finisher at 18:49, followed by Emmanuel Bor at 18:51 and Stephen Furst at 19:03.
Joan Tangwar was the top female finisher in the 4 Miler at 21:56, followed by Alison Pettit at 25:03 and Ann Mazur at 25:47.
Masters winners in the 4 Miler were Bill Vickery with a time of 25:51 and Shawn Fortner with a time of 27:33. Winning the Grand Masters in the 4 Milers were Roger Koehler at 26:54 and Beth Frackleton at 33:39.
Congratulations to all of those who participated in the 40th annual Virginia 10 Miler. In keeping with the mantra of Frank McPhatter, you finished what you started.