‘Four-peat’—For Hospice

Leonardtown, MD – The 2018 Run and Fun Walk for Hospice of St. Mary’s—held Saturday, April 14, the 23rd consecutive year the dash has been held—will be remembered for its huge field and spectacular weather. But mostly, it will be recalled as the year a young man from Leonardtown completed his high school years with a grand slam. Parker McDowell, 17, who is bound for the University of Notre Dame, won the 10 kilometer (K) segment of the race for the fourth consecutive year.

McDowell’s time was 35 minutes and 38 seconds. Second-place finisher Brandon Demers, 28 of Chesapeake Beach, logged a time of 36 minutes and 15 seconds. Finishing third was Nicholas Wirz, 30 of Leonardtown, who completed the 10K (6.2 miles) in 37 minutes and 46 seconds. The top female finisher in the 10K was Susan Montague, 33 of Leonardtown, whose time was 39 minutes and 33 seconds.

The 5K (3.1 miles) field was led by William Allen, 28 of St. Leonard, who logged a chip time of 16 minutes and 55 seconds. Finishing second was Sean O’Rouke, 18 of Valley Lee, whose time was 17 minutes and 19 seconds. The third-place finisher was A.J. Argobright, 14 of Leonardtown, with a time of 17 minutes and 39 seconds. The 5K’s top female finisher was Parker O’Brien, 14 of Leonardtown, whose time was 20 minutes and 24 seconds.

Race officials reported the Saturday morning event drew its largest crowd in five years. “This event would not be successful without the continued support of the community, our sponsors, volunteers and all of you who come out to participate,” race officials stated in an email to participants late Saturday afternoon.

The event begins and ends at the St. Mary’s County Governmental Center in Leonardtown. Individual runners and walkers, teams, participants pushing strollers and walking dogs all take to the streets of Leonardtown with the aim of raising cash for Hospice of St. Mary’s. In the race’s 23-year history, a total of over $700,000 has been raised to aid individuals and families at a difficult but inevitable time—the end of life. Many of the participants wore bibs inscribed with the name of someone aided by hospice.

The race’s signature side-bar attraction is a sumptuous buffet brunch, served by an army of volunteers. This year’s post-race repast included stuffed ham and pulled pork barbecue sliders, grilled franks, fruit, yogurt, tomato bisque, pasta, bagels, doughnuts and other pastries. As the awards ceremony was getting in full swing, most of the ample supply of food—except for the franks—was gone. “This is a picnic pretending to be a race,” declared one volunteer.

Complete results will be posted soon on the race web site.

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