The 14th annual Arnold 5K Pump and Run was one of the 50 athletic events held during the 26th 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."
With over 950 athletes registered for the Arnold 5K Pump and Run from thirty-one States, Washington D.C. and Canada, this event is the largest of its' kind in the World. 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.
The City of Columbus and the Greater Columbus Convention Center did their best to plow and salt the course but a winter mix made the course a challenge.
Eight of the top ten men benched the maximum 30 reps. New Jersey’s Joe Norton (28) after finishing third in 2012 and second in 2013 outran the field by over a minute to capture the overall crown as he lifted his weight 29 times and ran a 16:16 to win in 2:06
Wisconsin’s Vaughan O’Brien (38) who placed third last year ran 17:48 and lifted his weight 30 times to take home runner up honors in 2:48. Columbus’ Blaize O’Brien (43) ran 19:31 and lifted 90 percent of his weight 30 times to move up five spots from last year to capture the bronze in 4:31. University Heights’ Matt Hodges (26) lifted his weight 30 times and ran 20:00 to finish fourth in 5:00. Pennsylvania’s Doug Orendi (40) lifted 90 percent of his weight 30 times and ran a 20:10 to finish fifth in 5:10.
North Ridgeville’s Jim Patton (57) lifted 80 percent of his weight 30 times and ran 20:31 to finish sixth in 5:31. Michigan’s Doug Pfau (51) lifted 80 percent of his weight 30 times and ran 20:58 to finish seventh in 5:58. Portage’s Paul McKinney (51) lifted 80 percent of his weight 30 times and ran 21:09 to place eighth in 6:09. Michigan’s Tony Ketchmark (51) lifted 80 percent of his weight 30 times and ran 21:20 to finish ninth in 6:20. Westerville’s Nathan Aichele (32) lifted his weight 25 times and ran 18:34 to round out the top ten with his 6:04.
Seven of the top ten women benched their required weight 30 times this year. Upper Arlington’s Tina Husted (41) benched 60 percent of her weight 30 times and ran the fastest time of the day (19:50) to defend her title as she won with a 4:50 and placed fourth among all runners. Six time winner Lisa Veneziano (49) formerly from Dublin now living in Michigan, ran the second fastest women’s time of the day (20:03) and lifted 60 percent of her weight 30 times to take home the silver in 5:03 and finsih sixth among all runners. Worthington’s Debra Pistone (33) lifted 70 percent of her weight 30 times and ran 23:11 to win the bronze in 8:11. Worthington’s Mary McHugh (53) lifted 50 percent of her weight 27 times and ran 23:04 to move up five spots from last year to place fourth in 9:34. Columbus’ Kathryn Kelley (45) lifted 60 percent of her weight 30 times and ran 25:09 to finish fifth in 10:09.
Newark’s Diane Delawder (59) lifted 50 percent of her weight 30 times and ran 26:17 to place sixth in 11:17. Pickerington’s Gretchen Kelly (33) lifted 70 percent of her weight 21 times and ran 22:13 to finish seventh in 11:43. Canada’s AJ Facendi (30) lifted 70 percent of her weight 30 times and ran 26:46 to place eighth in 11:46. Florida’s Theresa Winterhalter (49) lifted 60 percent of her weight 30 times and ran 26:48 to place ninth in 11:48. New York’s Rachel Gregg (33) lifted 70 percent of her weight 18 times and ran 22:47 to round out the top ten with her time of 13:47.
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 cones and finish line support while 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 19,000 athletes competing in 50 sports including 15 Olympic sports.
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