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AEP Columbus 10K presented by RUNOHIO

on 04 June 2019.

Perfect June weather greeted  another outstanding field toeing the starting line in downtown Columbus for the “Oldest Race in Columbus” – the 42nd annual AEP Columbus 10K presented by RUNOHIO.  The race again started across the river from the original site of the former Central High School which is now the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), however the course was slightly changed with completion of the Scioto Mile and Scioto Bike Trail.

A pair of Kenyan runners took the lead early as former Tiffin athlete James Ngandua pulled away from everyone before the first mile and set a new course record of 28:50 while winning the top prize money.  Toledo’s Elijah Rugut finished a distant second in 30:20.  Westerville’s Dustin Hall (31:14), Columbus’ Noah Corbett (31:28) and Cincinnati’s Maximilian Hoffman (31:34) rounded out the top five prize money finishes.

Oxford’s and former Miami University standout Maria Scavuzzo (34:33) had the lead by the mile mark and held on to win in 34:33.  Columbus’ Christina Murphy (34:51) finished a close second.   Lancaster’s Sammie Zishka (35:38), Hilliard’s Sarah Biehl (35:44) and Granville’s Claire Lamb (36:05) rounded out the top five.

Columbus’ Elwood Ellis (34:00) took home the master gold.  Columbus Roger Honan (35:11) and Dublin’s Ryan Arens (35:34) rounded out the top five masters.

 Westerville’s Meredith’s Meredith (36:14) won the women’s master title.  Springboro’s Julie Mercado (36:37) and Hilliard’s Laura Kaulen (38:35) finished next.

Grove City’s Luis Cruz won the grand master crown in 35:14. Newark’s Jerame Davies (38:26) held off Columbus’ Paul Soodley for runner up grand master honors.

Columbus’ Kathy Hayden (42:27) took home the top grand master. Pennsylvania’s  Kim Lambert (48:22) and Columbus Lisa Bycynski (49:58) rounded out the top three.

Westerville Mark Grose (46:30) and Hilliard’s Roger Wells (48:09) captured the first two senior awards.

Columbus’ Mary Jablonski (47:18) and Hilliard’s Doreen Ebert (47:57) went one two in the women senior division.

RUNOHIO signed another two year agreement to be the presenting sponsor for the Columbus 10K.  AEP Ohio signed on to be the naming sponsor.  “The Columbus 10K has always been a special event for me, said RUNOHIO’s Matt McGowan. 42 years ago I came home from running the 10,000 meters in the Division III Track and Field National Championships and my younger brother, Jeff, asked me if I would run and go with him to this new race which the Citizen Journal newspaper and the local sport reporters were promoting.  The race started at 6pm and the temperature was in the 90’s.  I was able to win the race.  Years later when the race was starting to tail off I got involved and was the race director for 15 years until I asked Jim Jurcevich to take over as race director.  When I saw the race was looking for a title sponsor I decided to step up.  I know the costs involved with races, especially in the downtown area.  I hope to ensure the success of the race for a long time.  The race has always been one of only a few races in the area to offer prize money to the top finishers.   Hopefully, you will be able to run or walk next year’s 43rd annual event and keep the tradition alive.”

Jim Jurcevich served as race director since 2009, with Andy Harris taking over race directorship in 2014 with help from the Columbus Running Company .

 

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