Greenbelt Nursery School 5K Race
Every year in the spring the Greenbelt Nursery School organizes a Tortoise and Hare 5-kilometer race that is also a fundraiser for the school. Runners start and finish in front of the tennis courts by Greenbelt Youth Center and complete two laps around Greenbelt Lake. They then gather at the Nursery School for post-race awards and snacks. This year there is also a 1K Family Fun Run.
This is a USATF certified flat loop course that begins and ends at the tennis courts by the Youth Center. Runners then run around Greenbelt Lake clockwise twice, and there is a water station at Buddy Attick Park. The advance registration fee for the 5K race is $25, and race day registration is $30. The 1K Family Fun Run costs $5.
Steve Toth is the announcer for today’s race and he reminds runners that they should run around Greenbelt Lake in the clockwise direction. Next to him is Erik Dabelko.
George Hoskey’s son attends Greenbelt Nursery School. Here he is dressed as the mascot of Orleans Firebirds of Cape Cod Baseball League.
Kirsten Dabelko (415) and her two daughters Sofie (416) and Emma (414) get ready at the start line by the Youth Center.
The 5K race starts promptly at 8 a.m.
The timing mats are by the tennis courts.
Runners run around the lake on a well maintained cinder path. A lap around the lake is about 1.3 miles. 5 kilometers is 3.1 miles.
Several members of the Hash House Harriers club wear kilts for today’s race. Founded in 1938 in Kuala Lumpur by British colonial officers, this is “an international group of non-competitive running, social and drinking clubs” with clubs all over the world.
Prisca Mpanda of Greenbelt is the lead female runner. (She will later win the women’s race with a time of 20:44.5.)
Ted Polos of McLean, Virginia crosses the finish line first with a total time of 18:55.1. His pace is 6:06 per mile.
Emma Dabelko (age 10) finishes at 24th place with a time of 27:52.8.
Sydney Kleinberg (left) and April Rue finish with a time of 34:56. More results for the 5K race can be found here.
Members of Hash House Harriers after the race
John Sullivan of Buyer’s Edge tells me that his real estate agency is the oldest and largest exclusive buyer’s agency in the Washington region with offices in Bethesda, Cheverly, and Baltimore. He says that his daughter lives in GHI and he knows Greenbelt well.
Students of Paint Branch Elementary School in College Park gather for the 1K run. They are a group called Girls on the Run which promotes healthy eating, running, and fitness.
George Hoskey, dressed as a firebird, gives instructions for the 1K Family Run. Everybody will run two laps along the outer edges of the baseball field. For those who are even younger, they can run around the bases.
Runners line up for the 9 a.m. start.
Christina Alemayehu of Paint Branch Elementary School finishes first in the 1K Family Run.
Some prefer to go under the tape.
Awards are handed out at the Nursery School playground for top 3 male and female overall and top male and female in several age categories. Here Robyn McCoy of College Park receives a pot of flowers for finishing first in the female 50 to 59 age group.
Steve Toth, Erik Dabelko, and George Hoskey announce raffle winners.
This winner takes home a gift certificate and chocolate bars.
There are bagels, sliced bread, and bananas.