Columbus March 3 - The 13th annual Arnold 5K Pump and Run was one of the 46 athletic events held during the 25th annual Arnold Fitness Weekend, 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." 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 5000 meters Bob Schul was on hand to help start the race with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Read more about Bob Schul at www.runohio.com, http://runohio.com/index.php/news/503-mark-your-calendar-for-the-25th-annual-arnold-sports-festival and http://runohio.com/index.php/news/511-olympian-bob-schul-to-start-arnold-5k
With 850 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 850 athletes was reached in just under twenty hours. 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 and over 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.
Fifteen of the top sixteen men benched the maximum 30 reps. Waverly’s Zach Holbert (26) lifted his body weight 30 times and ran the fastest time (16:15) of the day to defend his title and win in 1:15. New Jersey’s Joseph Norton (28) lifted his weight 30 times and ran 16:18 to move up a spot from 2012 to capture the silver in 1:18. Wisconsin’s Vaughan O’Brien (37) lifted his weight 30 times and ran 16:46 to move up a spot from last year and take home the bronze in 1:46. Westerville’s Nathan Aichele (31) lifted his weight 30 times and ran 17:16 to move up three spots from last year to place fourth in 2:16. Chesapeake’s Eddie Neal (29) lifted his weight 30 times and ran 17:36 to place fifth in 2:36.
Cincinnati’s Robert Messmer (37) lifted his weight 29 times and ran 17:15 to move down one spot from 2012 as he placed sixth in 2:35. Galloway’s Joey Enright (31) lifted his weight 30 times and ran 18:25 to place seventh in 3:25. Columbus’ Blaize O’Brien (42) lifted ninety percent of his weight thirty times and ran 18:30 to repeat as the eighth place finisher. Lyndhurst’s Sean Joseph (28) lifted his weight 30 times and ran 18:32 to finish ninth. Michigan’s Tony Ketchmark (50) lifted 80 percent of this weight 30 times and ran 18:40 to place tenth in 3:32
Ten of the top fifteen women bench their required weight 30 times this year. Columbus’ Tina Husted (40) benched 60 percent of her weight 30 times and ran the fastest time of the day (18:30) to win the women’s gold in 3:30 to place eighth overall. Six time winner Lisa Veneziano (48) formerly from Dublin now living in Michigan, ran the second fastest women’s time of the day (19:05) and lifted 60 percent of her weight 30 times to take home the silver in 4:05. Cincinnati’s Meghan Ward (30) lifted 29 times 70 percent of her weight and ran 19:55 to take home the bronze in 5:25. Columbus’ Cookie O’Neal (60) lifted 40 percent of her weight 30 times and ran 21:00 to move up three spots from last year to place fourth in 6:00. Athens’ Janalee Stock (58) lifted 50 percent of her weight 30 times and ran 21:16 to place fifth in 6:16.
Hillsboro’s Tara Beery (40) lifted 60 percent of the her weight 30 times and ran 22:06 to move up two spots from last year to finish sixth in 7:06. Columbus’ Kathryn Kelley (44) lifted 60 percent of her weight 30 times and ran 22:16 to place seventh in 7:16. New York’s Rachel Gregg (32) lifted 70 percent of her weight 26 times and 20:35 to place eight in 7:35. Worthington’s Mary McHugh (52) lifted 50 percent of her weight 28 times and ran 22:20 to finish ninth in 8:20. Columbus’ Molly Disabato (48) lifted 60 percent of her weight 30 times and ran 23:31 to round out the top ten with her 8:31.
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 along with the help of the U.S Marines and U.S. Army oversaw the bench pressing. Andy Harris of the Columbus Running Company provided computer chip timing for the race. Jeff Sheard and UltraFit – USA provided finish line support and cross-country coaches from Bishop Watterson High School and Whetstone 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. About 180,000 sports fans saw more than 18,500 athletes competing in 47 sports including 13 Olympic sports.
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