2019 Arnold 5K Pump and Run

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2019 Arnold 5K Pump and Run

Written by Matt McGowan on 04 March 2019.

The 19th annual Arnold 5K Pump and Run was one of the nearly 80 events held during the 31st annual Arnold Sports Festival, which is billed as "The Largest Fitness Expo in the World".  Arnold Schwarzenegger was on hand again this year to start the race. Governor Schwarzenegger said the "The Pump and Run is a true test of one's fitness as it combines both strength and endurance."

With over 980 athletes registered for the Arnold 5K Pump and Run from thirty-two States, Washington D.C. and Canada, this event is the largest of its' kind in the World. The limit of 980 athletes was reached in just five days. The race started on High Street at the north end of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, ran towards downtown, by the Nationwide Arena, around Goodale Park, through the Short North, North Market area, and the Arena District, and finished behind the Convention Center.

Before the runners started their run they spent the morning weighing in and bench pressing to reduce their running times. The lifting rules were: Men 39 and under bench pressed 100% of their weight, men 40 - 49 did 90% of their weight, men 50 -59 benched 80% of their weight, men 60-69 did 70% and men 70 and over lifted 60%. Women 39 and under benched pressed 70% of their weight, women 40 - 49 benched 60% of their weight, women 50-59 benched 50% of their weight and women 60 and over lifted 40%. For each lift a runner's time was reduced by 30 seconds with a maximum of 30 reps counted.

Fourteen of the top fifteen men benched the maximum of 30 lifts. Waverly's Zach Holbert (32) turned in the fastest time of the day (17:02) for the second year in a row and increased is lifts by two to record 30 lifts and improved from his bronze finish last year to win with an adjusted time of 2:02.  Silver Spring, Maryland's Vaughan O'Brien (43) who won in 2016 and has been the runner up for the past two years again took home the silver with his 30 lifts, run time of 17:17 for a final time of 2:17.  Cincinnati's Robert Messmer (43) moved up a spot from last year to take home the bronze with his 30 lifts, 18:01 run time for a final time of 3:01.  Last year's winner John Paul Zebrowski (26) recorded 29 lifts, a run time of 17:34 to finish fourth in 3:03.  Columbus Nathan Aichele (37) with his 30 lifts, run time of 18:20 finished fifth for the second year in a row with his 3:20.

Dublin's T.J. Enright (34) improved three spots from 2018 to finish sixth with his 30 lifts, run time of 18:50 and a final time of 3:50.  Scott Deport, West Virginia's Blake Stevens (43) maxed out on the lifts, ran 18:53.7 and finished seventh in 3:53.  Leesburg's Brian McNeal (49) recorded 30 lifts, ran 18:53.8 and finished .01 second back for eighth.  Hermitag, Pennsylvania's Douglas Orendi (45) maxed out on the lifts, ran 18:56 and finish ninth in 3:56.  Toledo's Robert Slater (53) moved back two spots from last year with his 30 lifts, 19:01 run and his final time of 4:01.

Ten of the top fourteen women benched their required weight 30 times this year.  Charlevoix, Michigan's Kristy McBride (33) recorded 30 lifts, turned in the second fastest time of the day with her 18:57 to win the gold in 3:57 and placed tenth overall.  New Albany's Lyndsi Parks turned in the  fastest time of the day for the second year in a row with her 18:52 and improved twelve spots by increasing her lifts by twelve to 28 and took home runner up honors in 4:52.  Eight time winner including last year, Lisa Veneziano (54) maxed out on the lifts, ran 19:59 to win the bronze in 4:59.  Canal Winchester's Jessica Heren (44) lifted four more times this year to max out, ran 22:38 to place fourth.  Hilliard's Ashley Tryban (32) dropped one spot this year with her 30 lifts, run time of 22:46 to place fifth in 7:46.

Columbus' Kathryn Kelley (50) recorded 30 lifts, ran 23:01 for sixth in 8:01.  Westerville's April Zobel (45) maxed out on her lifts, ran 23:02 and was seventh in 8:02.  Lewis Center's Brooke Baker (37)  recorded 26 lifts, ran 21:37 finishing eighth in 8:37.  Caldwell's Tara Estadt (41) maxed out on lifts, ran 23:46 to place ninth in 8:46.  Bellville's Jen Pamer (38) had 22 lifts, ran 20:21 and finished tenth in 9:21.

The event had the support of the entire running community. RUNOHIO's Matt McGowan served as co race director along with Tim Pancher. Pancher and his workers oversaw the bench pressing. Andy Harris and Jim Jurcevich of the Columbus Running Company provided computer chip timing for the race. Jeff Sheard and UltraFit – USA provided support and cross-country coaches from Bishop Watterson High School , Whetstone High School and Newark Catholic High School worked the race.

The Arnold Sports Festival is the brainchild of Arnold Schwarzengger and James Lorimer, who have nurtured what began as a world-class bodybuilding competition in Columbus in the 1978 into one of the Worlds most popular and innovative sports festivals. The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest three-day sports festival in the World with over 200,000 in attendance and now features more than 20,000 athletes from 80 nations competing in over 70 sports and events.

Check out all of the results - https://runsignup.com/arnoldpumpandrun

and a number of race photos from FairfieldPhoto.com on www.runohio.com

 

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Arnold 5K

Tina Husted five time Arnold 5K Pump & Run winner was on hand at the starting line to encourage the Arnold 5K runners.

Marysville's Ryan Moncrieff pulled away early in the Arnold 5K and took home the gold in 15:27.   Ada's Logan Wells (15:45) captured the silver while Columbus' Nick Baker (16:13) won the bronze.  Chillicothe's Keegan Rathkamp (16:19) and Powell's Neil Hertenstein (16:21) rounded out the top five.

Lancaster's Sammie Zishka lead from the start to win the women's crown in 17:09.  Pickerington's Gabby Bobadilla (18:52) and South Salem's Christina McFarland (20:08) finished next.  Hilliard's Michelle Clark (20:25) and Columbus' grand master Kathy Hayden (20:44) rounded out the top five.

Bexley's John Teal (17:34) won the master title.

Baltimore's senior Jeff Shields and Mansfield's grand masters Kelly Cropp took home master runner up honors.

Check out all of the results on - https://runsignup.com/arnold5K

All race photos can be found at www.FairfieldPhoto.com" to both the Pump and Run and 5K

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