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Toast-To-The Captain Road Race...
February 2, 2013--St.Croix, Virgin Islands--A small group
of long distance runners ran in the 27th running of the
Toast-To-The Captain 8.4 mile road race to pay tribute to Captain Teddy
Seymour, the first black man to sail around the world alone and in
recognition of Black History Month.
Billy Bohlke led the race from the start to
finish at the Customs House of the National Park Service in historic
Christiansted. His first two miles were just at 6 minute per mile pace and
his time was 55:42. John Salo was second in 59:38; Steve Horness third in
61:23; Paule Evora fourth in 61:35; Mike Klein was fifth in 62:18; Jay
Gleason was sixth in 69:00; Bob Halk was seventh in 72:29; Roger Hatfield
eighth in 77:08; Julio Sanchez ninth in 85:18 and Teddy Seymour tenth in
Sissell Holloway also led the women in the race
all the way as she finished in 64:04; Julie Sommer was second in 66:27;
Sarah Reardon was third in 83:24; Julie Eckard fourth in 87:44; Anina
Nickel firth in 84:14.
1] Teddy Seymour hosted the awards presentation at the Twin
City Coffee Shop and Gallery following the race. He participated in a
question and answer with the runners and guests relative to his experience
on his 18 month circumnavigation which began and ended in Frederiksted
February 24, 1986 – June 19.1987.
2] Mike Klein won the St.Croix Scenic 50Mile Race a week
ago, his second win in the past two years. He too is a sailor and owner
of Jolly Roger Charters. Roger Hatfield designs and builds custom
yachts/boats for St. Croix’s Gold Coast Yachts.
For information contact: the Virgin Islands Pace Runners
Runners Celebrate Black History Month...
Honors First Black Around the World Sailor...
February 11, 2013--St. Croix, Virgin Islands--The
Toast-To-The Captain 8.4 mile road race has been held during Black History
Month to honor Captain Teddy Seymour since 86’ when he was out to sea on
his voyage around the world. On Saturday a group of runners toed the
start line at the Customs House at the National Park in historic
Christiansted. As the runners reached the mile mark, three had separated
themselves for the others, they included Mike Klelin, Kellen Hood and Brad
Lenhart. In the end triathlete Kellen Hood took first place with a time
of 59 minutes 35 seconds; ultra-marathoner Mike Klein was second in 61.42;
Paul after a year of recovery from injury Paul Evora finished third in
62.46; Brad Lenhart for fourth in 63.30; ultra-marathoner Troy Holloway
was fifth in 65.50; Jay Gleason was sixth in 75.34; Jamie Aiken seventh
76.16; Roger Hatfield eighth in 77.41; Fred Flint ninth 78.15; David
Sommer tenth 85.12; John Stommel eleventh 85.17; David Ziemer twelfth
88.42; Teddy Seymour 100.14
Theresa Harper defended her title for the women and
finished first in 65.49 and sixth overall; ultra-marathoner Amanda
Warehime was second in 72.05; triathlete Laura Hood was third in 80.42;
Julie Eckart was fourth in 85.11 and Mandi Roberts was fifth in 85.37
1] Letter from the
Joshua Slocom Society…
The Joshua Slocum
Society does hereby certify that Ted Seymour, in the best tradition of our
Patron saint, Captian Joshua Slocum, alone and unaided sailed around the
world in his 35-foot sloop, LOVE SONG, from February 24, 1986 to June 19,
And that furthermore,
Captain Seymour became the first black man to achieve this feat.
Capt. Seymour has been
elected to the Society's "Golden Circle" division of the Sailing Club, and
is hereby named Honorary member of the Society.
The 19th Legislature of the Virgin Islands passed Bill No.
19-0230 March 2, 1991
Resolution to honor Ted Seymour for being the first African-American and
Virgin Islands resident to sail around the world alone.
Teddy Seymour was the 31st black officer to be commissioned in
the United States Marine Corp. He is a Vietnam Veteran.
4] Teddy Seymour is a veteran middle distance and long
distance runner. He was an All-American in Cross-Country runner at
Central State University where the team was national champions, he has
competed in the major marathons including: Boston, Pikes Peak. He was a
member of the Quantico Marines Track Club and New York’s Pioneer Track
Club where he trained with the famous Teddy Corbitt, Olympian, marathoner,
ultra-marathoner and founding member of the New York Road Runners and New
York City Marathon.
5] The 26th
Annual Toast-To-The Captain 8.4 mile road race is non-profit, it starts
and finishes and is hosted at The
Christiansted National Historic Site of the National Park Service which is
located on the island of St Croix in the Virgin Islands. This park has 5
preserved historic structures and interprets the Danish economy and way of
life in existence there from 1733 to 1917.
6] Runners were awarded Medals and certificates signed by
Captain Seymour (formerly Love Song Charters), Wallace Williams (Founder
V.I.Pace Runners/Toast-To-The Captain Road Race); Marlon Williams,
President Virgin Islands Olympians Association and Ronald Russell,
President of the Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation, the
organization that sanctions road races in the Virgin Islands.
Attorney Richard Austin of Legal Services of the V.I.,
Teddy Seymour’s teammate at Central State University was a guest at the
awards presentation breakfast and presented comments on some of their
experiences during their running days.
awards presentation was hosted at Twin Cities Coffee House and Gallery and
sponsored by Ula Neuburger, mother of Lisa Neuberger Silver Medal winner
in Sail Boarding at the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar Del Plata,
Argentina and flag bearer and Olympian in the 1996 Olympic Games in
Atlanta; the event is organized by the Virgin Islands Pace Runners.
next event on the V.I.Pace Runners calendar is The Flight 64 Four Mile on
March 3 followed by The 11th Queen Mary Highway/UVI 5K Road
Race on March 23.
For information logon to:
http://virginIslandspace.org call: 340-643-2557 email:
25th Annual Toast-To-The Captain Road Race Competitive...
2-12-2011 St. Croix, Virgin Islands--small
group of long distance runners took part in the 25th annual
running of the Toast-To-The Captain 8.4 mile road race on St. Croix in
honor of Captain Teddy Seymour, the first black man to sail around the
world alone. A group of seven runners were basically in contact for up to
at least 10k in the race, the mark where the toughest hill would be
encountered. In the early going Bob Halk eased into the lead followed
closely by Tyler Jowaisas, Milke Klein, Troy Holloway, Theresa Harper,
James Dean with Julie Sommer ever closing the gap to Harper. At five
miles Klein had taken the lead overall as did Somer for the women. Lowry
Hill at the 10k mark saw Jowaisas in the lead overall and Harper for the
women. In the end, Jowaisas took first place with a time of 61:49; Mike
Klein just off his St.Croix Scenic 50 Mile V.I. top finish, was second in
63:38; Troy Holloway, also a St.Croix Scenic 50 Mile finisher, was third
in 63:59; Bob Halk was fourth in 64:32; James Dean, the winner of the
inaugural St. Croix Scenic 50 Mile, was fifth in 64:36; Michael Bertrand
was sixth in 71:56; TJ Vanderhey was seventh in 74:14; Roger Hatfield was
eighth in 77:53; Todd Nurnberger was ninth in 84:19; David Ziemer was
tenth in 87:06.
Ray Lutz was the first walker to finish in
In a tight race, Theresa Harper took first
place for women and fourth overall in 64:09; Julie Sommer was second in
64:35; Dulcie Crowther was third in 71:59; Cynthia Crook, the lone female
finisher in the St. Croix, Scenic 50 Mile, was fourth in 76:41; Elizabeth
Nurnberger was fifth in 77:50; Julie Eckard was sixth in 82:32 and Mandi
Roberts was seventh in 84:20
The next race on the
V.I.Pace Runners calendar is the Leave a Footprint 5K Cruise Run/Walk on
Monday February 21 at 9am in Frederiksted. For information/entry form
http://virginislandspace.org call: 340-643-2557
Halk and Harper lead
runners in 24th Annual Toast-To-Captain road race…
2-13-10 St. Croix,
Virgin Islands--The Virgin Islands Pace Runners announced today that
ultra-marathoner Matt Halk and marathoner Theresa Harper took first place
for men and women respectively in the Toast-To-The Captain 8.4 mile road
race on Saturday morning in Christiansted. Halk, most familiar with 100
mile races, led the small field of runners just before sunrise all the way
to take first place in 60 minutes and 24 seconds. Mike Klein finished
second in 61:17; Edward Shipman was third in 61:56; Troy Holloway was
fourth in 62:32 and James Dean (winner of the St. Croix Scenic 50 mile
road race last month) was fifth in 64:10; Will Piel was sixth in 68:34;
Bruce Daugherty was seventh in 72:44; Martin Cirelis was eighth 75:31;
Michael Walton was ninth in 75:59; Fred Flint was tenth in 76:41; Todd
Nurnburger was eleventh in 80:18; David Somer was twelfth in 80:20; Roger
Hatfield was thirteenth in 84:44; Teddy Seymour was thirteenth in 88:43
and Denis Zidek was fourteenth in 90:59
Theresa Harper, "I think
this is the best I have felt in a race for years” led the women through
the same course used by the St. Croix Ironman 70.3 bike leg, with a time
of 62:55; Kara Pomicter was second in 68:55; Dulcie Crowther was third in
73:05; Julie Somer was fourth in 74:35; Lisa Etre was fifth in 94:49
The race honors Teddy Seymour, the first black man to sail around the
world alone. He started in Frederiksted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands on
February 24, 1986 and finished in Frederiksted on June 19, 1987 on his 35
foot sailboat, Lovesong.
Ruth Ann David’s Run is historic in
23rd Annual Toast-To-The Captain Road Race…
2-14-09 St. Croix, Virgin Islands--The V.I.Pace Runners announced today
that Ruth Ann David was the first place finisher in the 23rd
Annual Toast-To-The Captain 8.4 mile Road Race in St.Croix on Saturday.
David led the field of 30 runners to the finish in the race that honors
Teddy Seymour, the first black man to sail around the world alone.
David’s win in 57 minutes and 52 seconds is the first female overall
finish in the history of the event.
David, in her usual manner went to the lead early and worked the rolling
hills on the looped course east of Christiansted. In the early going,
ultra marathon runner Matt Halk and top V.I. masters runner Richard
Jeanpierre were in striking distance to David as she crossed the mile mark
in 6 minutes 20 seconds and the two mile mark in 12:45. At the 5k point
she was under 20 minutes and at the 10k mark she was at 42 minutes. Halk
closed in to with 45 seconds at this point and finished second in 59:54;
Richard Jeanpierre was third in 61:26; Edward Shipman was fourth in 61:40
and Troy Holloway was fifth in 61:56.
Theresa Harper was the second place female finisher in 64:08; Dulcie
Crowther was third in 70:20; Erica Switzer was fourth in 70:20 and Carol
Murphy was fifth in 71:38.
Teddy Seymour finished 16th among the male finisher in 79:39
and hosted the awards breakfast at the Kalima Center/Lolita Juice Bar.
1.Ruth Ann David 57:52; 2. Theresa Harper 64:08; 3. Dulcie Crowther 4.
Eric Switzer 70:20; 5. Carol Murphy 71:38; 5. Sara Gambee 74:41; 6.
Madline Cruz 90:25; 7. Cathy Prince 91.49
1.Matt Halk 57:52; 2. Richard JeanPierre 71;26; 3. Edward Shipman 61:40;
4. Troy Holloway 61:56; 5. Bob Halk 62:52; 6. James Dean 64:26; 7. Mike
Klein 65:03; 8. Chris Pitre 66:36; 9. Scott Fricks 67:43; 10. Brad Chafee
74:41; 11. Fred Flint 73:26; 12. Vaden Jones 75:32; 13. Chris Webster
78:17; 14. David Sommer 78:57; 15. John Stommel 79:17; 16. Teddy Seymour
79:39; 17. Todd Nurenburger 79:57;; 18.
Robachker 79:59; 19. *Michael Walton 80:12; 20. Luke Fredricks 82:19; 21.
Rey Lutz 87:21; 22. *Paul Radix 83:09
Toast-To-The Captain Road Race...A Black History Month activity
Runners line for start of 2008 Toast-To-The Captain 8.4 mile road
Teddy Seymour welcomes runners at awards/breakfest 2008
The some of the finishers at awards presentation hosted by Capt. Teddy
Marlon Williams takes
2-9-08 St. Croix, Virgin Islands--In 1926 Carter G. Woodson is credited
with starting the celebration Black History Week which eventually became
Black History Month. On February 24, 1986 Teddy Seymour started initiated
something that would be recognized during that month. On June 19, 1987
Teddy Seymour, a Captain in U.S. Marine Corps., a Vietnam Veteran, a
college cross-country All-American, a member of Pioneer Track Club, sailed
his 35 foot sloop, Love Song in to the Frederiksted pier and officially
finisher his solo circumnavigation of the world. “It was a mementos
occasion for the few friends who greeted Ted that day, a day when he
became officially, the first black man to sail around the world alone. “I
alerted all the media in the Territory that day of Ted’s return. The media
was absent as all of them were somewhere between the Alexander Hamilton
Airport and Christiansted covering the arrival of Vice-President of the
United States, George Bush” according to Wallace Williams, fellow runner
and friend of Seymour and founder of the Virgin Islands Pace Runners.
a tribute to Captain Seymour and his voyage, the V.I.Pace Runners
organized the Toast-To-The Captain road race which has continued over the
years from 1986 on the same 8.4 mile East of Christiansted looped course.
hand Saturday were over 30 runners including Captain Seymour, who had
excellent conditions (by V.I. standards) for the race followed by a
breakfast/awards function at the Kalima Center hosted by Captain Seymour,
a teacher at the Joseph Gomez Elementary School.
Marlon Williams, four-time Olympian and Vice-President of the Virgin
Islands Olympic Committee, was the overall first place finisher for the
race with a time of 54 minutes and 56 seconds; De Wayne Smith a trainer at
the Beeston Hill Health and Fitness Complex, St.Croix, was second in
57:37; Chris Cockrell and visiting student from Arkansas at UVI, was third
in 59:15; Richard Jeanpierre of HOVENSA, was fourth in 62:46 and Will Piel
of Country Day School was fifth in 62:55
Theresa Harper, a teacher at Country Day School and V.I.medal winner in
Central America and Caribbean Cross-Country Championships, was the first
woman in the race and sixth overall, she ran it in 63:06; Carol Murphy was
second in 70:12; Sara Gambee was third in 75:84; Amanda Warehime was
fourth in 77.59 and Elizabeth Nurnberger was fifth in 80.50
The Finishers Male:
1.Marlon Williams 54:56; 2. De Wayne Smith 57:37; 3. Chris Cockrell 59:15;
4. Richrd Jeanpierre 62:46; 5. Will Piel 62:55; 6. Trey Holloway 63:22; 7.
Matt Halk 65:55; 8.Bob Halk 64:47; 9. Scott Frick 66:55; 10. Chris Pitre
72:20; 11. Brad Chafee 72:57; 12. Mark Kennedy 73:04; 13. Charles Martin
74:13; 14. Errol Chichester 75:53; 15. Teddy Seymour 77.22; 16. John
Harper 77.24; 18. Fred Flint 77: 56; 19. Todd Nurnberger 81:15; 20. Julio
Sanchez 81:19; 21. Luke Fredericks 81:37; 22. Rey Lutz 85:59; 22. Paul
Radix 87:55; 23. Chad Robacker 91:00
The Finishers Female:
1.Theresa Harper 63:06; 2. Carol Murphy 70:12; 3. Sandra Gambee 75:54; 4.
Amanda Warehime 77.59; 5. Elizabeth Nurnberger 80:50; 6. Ellen Donovan
82:32; 7. Angela Alonso 84:00; 8. Mandi Roberts 86:50; 9. Julie Eckard
86:51; 10. Elizabeth Armstrong 87:55
The next race on the schedule is The annual Queen Mary Highway/UVI 5K on
Friday March 14 at 6am from Sunshine Mall to UVI followed by the annual
Flight #64 Four Mile Road Race on Sunday March 16 at 7am at the airport.
Results The 21st
Annual Toast-To-The Captain 8.4 Mile Road Race…
2-17-07 St.Croix, Virgin Islands--Captain Teddy Seymour was honored on
Saturday with the 21st running of the Toast-To-The Captain 8.4
mile road race which started and finished at the National Park in
Christiansted.. Although less competitive than last year, the scenic and
challenging course offered the group of dedicated long distance runners a
chance to post times and test their level of conditioning. Bill Bohlke
and Erica Sweitzer top honors as Bohlke took the lead from the start to
finish with time of 49 minutes 38 seconds Sweitzer was the first female
finisher in 61:01. Four-time Olympian Marlon Williams was the second
place finisher in 57:28; Chuck Hamell was third in 58:40; Richard
Jeanpierre was fourth in 60:36; Mike Klein was fifth in 61:01. Theresa
Harper was the second female in 63:24; Heather White was third in 67:40;
Dulcie Crowther was fourth in 73:12; Elizabeth Nuringurger was fifth in
The 8.4 mile race celebrates Captain Teddy Seymour, the first Black man to
sail around the world alone. The V.I. sailor and elementary school
teacher in the Virgin Islands public school system, set sail on February
24, 1986 from the pier in Frederiksted, St.Croix where he returned on June
The Flight #64 Four Mile on March 11. For information contact: The Virgin
Islands Pace Runners 340-643-2557; logon to: http://virginislandspace.org
The Finishers Male:
1.Billy Bohlke 49:38; 2. Marlon Williams 57:28; 3. Chuck Hamell 58:40; 4.
Richard Jeanpierre 60:36; 5. Mike Klein 61:12; 6. Paul Evora 63:57; 7. Bob
Halk 66:35; 8. Scott Fricks 68:57; 9. Charles Martin 72:03; 10. Roger
Hatfield 74:48; 11. Teddy Seymour 76:05; 12. Dan Levy 79:58; 13. Rey Lutz
82:32; 14. Julio Sanchez 83:38; 15. Todd Nurinberger 87:52
The Finishers Female:
1.Erica Sweitzer 61:31; 2. Theresa Harper 63:24; 3. Heather White 67:40;
4. Dulcie Crowther 83:12; 5. Elizabeth Nuringerger 88:02; 6. Amy Harris
88:11; 7. Leah Cooke DNF.
Honors go to Robles and Dusich...
2-06 St.Croix, Virgin Islnds--Juan Robles, a junior at the St. Croix
Central High School won his first Toast-To-The Captain Road Race and
became the first high school runner in memory to do so. Robles the top
scholastic runner in the territory in cross-country, road running and
middle distance on the track where he is a medal winner at CARIFTA,
continues to mature with hopes of moving up to the college level. He was
unchallenged Saturday on a difficult course with rolling hills, his time
was 51 minutes 49 seconds. Letitia Dusich, back in St. Croix after a year
in New York, returned to her winning ways with a very strong first place
finish in 58 minutes 59 seconds and third place overall to become only the
second woman in memory to run the course under and hour. Richard Jean
Pierre was the second place finisher in the race with a time of 58:59; Bob
Halk was the third male finisher in 67:40; Mark Kennedy was fourth in
70:22; John Harper was fifth in 71:16; Teddy Seymour was sixth in 73:33;
Scott Fricks was seventh in 74:32; Errol Chichester was eigth in 88:53.
Dusich challenged Jean Pierre the entire race for second overall as only
10 seconds separated them at the finish. Theresa Harper had a strong
second place finish in 63:41; Betsy Gladfelter, who has competed for the
Virgin Islands national team regionally and internationally including the
World Cross-Country Championships back in the 80’s paid tribute to Captain
Teddy Seymour Saturday with a tie for third with Denise Blanchette in
The race, organized and conducted by V.I.Pace runners, honors Captain
Teddy Seyour, the first Black man to sail around the world alone. On
February 14, 1986 he set sail from Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin
Islands on his solo voyage. On June 19, 1987 he completed his trip and
landed at his starting point in Frederiksted where he was greeted by a
small group of close friends and fellow runners. The runners enjoy an
informal breakfast/award ceremony, compliments of the Captain Seymour, on
the waterfront following the race.
and Dusich repeat wins
in Black History Month Road Race
2-5-05 St.Croix, Virgin Islands--Some things in life
can only be done once. Teddy Seymour, a 4 minute miler, national
cross-country champion, Quantico Marines track star, Captain U.S.Marines,
Vietnam Veteran, Captain of the sailboat Love Song in which he became the
first black man to sail around the world alone, knows what it takes.
Some people like to repeat themselves. In the
Virgin Islands Pace 19th Annual Toast-To-The Captain 8.4 mile
road race, a Virgin Islands Pace Runners Black History event to honor of
Captain Seymour, a few good runners repeated their performances on one of
St.Croix’s coolest mornings of the year.
George Jules took first place for the second year in
a row in 49:32, almost two minutes faster than last year and in a
competitive field of runners that included two-time Olympic marathoner,
Calvin Dallas (second in 51:25 a minute faster than last year) and
four-time Olympian Marlon Williams who are top masters runners. Early on
a lead pack including Jules, Dallas, prep runner Juan Robles and Marlon
Williams cross the mile mark at near 5:40 second pace. At Southgate and
the first aid station, Jules had open a small lead over Dallas who had
separated himself from Robles (third in 52:01, a whopping 10 minutes
faster than his 2003 time) only by a narrow margin. This is the order
of finish for the top three medals with Williams taking fourth in 53:03
and prep star Hansel Estepan finishing fifth in 56:17 for his first try at
Tish Dusich and Theresa
Harper have “been there done that” also. They finished one-two Saturday
with times of 61:07 and 62:43 respectively as they matched their first and
second place finishes of a year ago. Tesha Distad ran the race for the
first time and took third place in 70:31; Earthla Augustin was fourth in
71:00; Louise Stapleton was fifth in 73:36 and Patricia Brown sixth in
The Finishers Male:
1.George Jules 49:32; 2. Calvin Dallas 51:25; 3.
Juan Robles 52:01; 4. Marlon Williams 53:03; 5. Hansel Estepan 56:17; 6.
Paul Erickson 60:40; 7. Mike Klein 62:21; 8. Gunnar Sanden 66:04; 9. Bruce
Daugherty 69:18; 10. Angel Morales 70:08; 11. Errol Chichester 71:44; 12.
John Harper 71:46; 13. Mark Kennedy 72:45; 14. Larry Williams 76:36; 15.
Rey Lutz 76:59; 16. Mike Hall 85:56
The Finishers Female:
1.Tish Dusich 61:07; 2. Theresa Harper 62:43; 3.
Tesha Distad 70:31; 4. Earthala Augustin 71:00; 5. Louise Stapleton 73:36;
6. Patricia Brown 80:22
The next race on the V.I.Pace Runners calendar is
The annual Flight 64 Four Mile Road Race on Sunday March 13 at 6am. For
information and entry form call: 340-643-2557 or logon to:
and Dusich Victors in 18th Toast-To-The Captain Road Race...
Virgin Islands 2/7/04 --Under clear skies and a bright moon runners
gathered on Saturday morning in the historic town of Christiansted and Old
Custom’s House at the National Park Service, for the start of the 18th
Annual Toast-To-The-Captain Road Race.
early going it would be George Jules, a multiple winner of the event;
Calvin Dallas, former V.I. Olympian in the marathon and World
Cross-Country team member and currently the Bronze Medal winner in the
World Championships in the Marathon and Leopold Fredericks a two-time V.I.
Cross-Country National Team member. Each of these runners, knowing
victory in this race, were on a sub-six minute per mile pace as they
approached the mile mark. From two miles on Jules and Dallas were
stride-for-stride until about 50 meters from the finish where Jules with
his younger legs, sprinted to the finish in 51 minutes 38 seconds to
outlast Dallas for second place in 51:43. Fredericks improved on his
fourth place finish from a year ago to take third in 55:07; Bob Halk was
fourth in 61:34 (a huge improvement on his 99’ time of 67:58); Gabe Webber
was fifth in 65:59.
the dominant female runner in St. Croix presently, had a great race as she
finished first for females and fourth overall in 57 minutes and 34
seconds. Theresa Harper had her usual steady race, second in 62:38;
Earthla Arthur had a personal record and was third in 69:41; Susan
Armstrong nipped Sue Brown at the tape for fourth in 71:32 (a huge
improvement on her 99’ time of 76:49); Brown, the V.I. top female cyclist,
was fifth in 71:33.
honors Teddy Seymour:
who on February 24, 1986 Teddy
Seymour, elementary school teacher in the Virgin Islands public school
system and former All-American Cross Country runner at Central State
University in Ohio, "took to the seven seas" in his 35-foot sail boat
"Love Song". His goal? To sail around the world, alone. He completed his
voyage on June 19, 1987 at the Frederiksted, St. Croix pier, the port from
which he started. With this accomplishment he became the first black man
to circumnavigate the world solo.
The Finishers Male:
1.George Jules 51:38; 2. Calvin Dallas 51:43;
3. Leopold Fredericks 55:07; 4. Bob Halk 61:34; 5. Gabe Webber 65:59; 6.
Mark Kennedy 68:43; 7. Dale Scope 77:48; 8. Rey Lutz 78:02; 9. Doug Brady
78:17; 10. Stuart Ketchum 83:58; 11. Bob Guilford 90:56; 12. Doug Inman
The Finishers Female:
1.Tish Dusich 57:34; 2. Theresa Harper 62:38;
3. Earthla Arthur 69:41; 4. Susan Armstrong 71:32; 5. Sue Brown 71:33; 6.
Leslie Hamdorf 73:07; 7. Louise Stapleton 84:35; 8. Karen Heckman 90:36;
9. Kathy Bennet 92:55; 10. Debra Aronstein 93:45
next race on the V.I. Pace Runners calendar is The Fair Race For Children
on Saturday February 14 at the ribbon cutting of the annual Agricultural
Fair. This is a race for children 13 and under over a 1000 meter course
in the fair grounds. Registration starts at 11:00 am. Participants
should report to the west gate for entrance. For more information and
entry form logon to:
http://virginislandspace.org. or call
The Best V.I. Long
Distance Runners Pay Tribute
to Captain Teddy Seymour in Closest Finish Ever…
Distance 8.4 miles Start Time 6am
Virgin Islands—2-8-03--The 17th Annual Toast-To-The Captain
Road Race over a scenic loop east of Christiansted was the most
competitive in years. In a sport where many improve as they age, the
field of runners in this year’s race and the top finishers were some of
the best runners in V.I. history. The stage for this challenging run was
set many years ago when the likes of Jose Rodriquez, Marlon Williams and
Calvin Dallas took turns at first place. Later George Jules appeared and
dominated the event for a few years. He is back into training and has
plans to reach previous form. All were back on Saturday to test their
fitness level and make a fitting Black History Month tribute to a hero
Teddy Seymour, the first Black man to sail around the world alone.
Dallas and Rodriquez went to work from the start. They would be like one,
stride- for-stride past the Buccaneer to Southgate through Tipperrary and
Mt. Washington. At the turn at Sally’s Fancy back to town a little past
the 5 mile point, it appeared that Jules, who honed his skills on this
very route and with Dallas at his side, put about 30 meters on Rodriquez.
At the 10k point at the top of Lowry Hill things were the same. Down the
hill and into Tide Village, Rodriquez regained contact as the three again
became one going into the last mile. Rodriquez eased to the finish first
in 50 minutes 10 seconds only 4 seconds ahead of Jules who in 50:14 edged
Dallas by a mere second in 50:15. Marlon Williams, in retirement and
until the past few weeks ran only three times per week, finished fourth in
54:33. Leopold Fredericks was finished fifth in 56:05; Alexander 6th
in 63:05; 7th Juan Robles of John H. Woodson Jr. High School
in 63:55; 8th Miguel Mirandar in 65:18; 9th Michael
Hurst in 71:46; 10th Teddy Seymour in 75:54; 11th
Ray Lutz in 80:55; 12th Warren Stansbury 87:51.
Witty and Theresa Harper are tuning up for the Central America and
Caribbean Cross-Country Championships and the Boston Marathon finished,
they finished one-two for women in the race Saturday. Witty’s time was
60:44 for 6th overall; Harper ran 62:18 for 7th
overall. Jo Shim took third place in 75:08; and Francis Gaskin walked
the race and finished in 2 hours and 19 minutes.
runners in the race are headed for St. John for The 8 Tough Miles Road
Race later this month. Marlon Williams won the race a couple of years ago
and likes the challenge it brings, so he’s going back. Dallas, Jules,
Fredericks are committed. Harper, Shim and Witty are possibilities. The
St. John race has joined the annual The Women Race as the race with the
largest field of participants in the Territory with between 300 to 500