INDIANAPOLIS – More than 100 masters athletes competed at the .US National Road Racing Championships in Alexandria, Va., where favorites Kathy Martin (Northport, N.Y.), Doug Goodhue (Milford, Mich.) and newcomer Tom McCormack (Johnson City, Tenn.) set new marks in the 12 km along with Terry McCluskey (Vienna, Ohio) and Roy Englert (Springfield, Va.).
Martin, a regular among female distance competitors, finished in 48:59, breaking the previous record of 50:49 set in 2000. With this win, her time ranks in the 99.46 percentile of her age category.
The 70-year-old Goodhue is seven-time Masters Runner of the Year (2002, 2007-12) and won all 19 races in which he competed in 2013.
”I've been working very hard after being injured and missing almost half of last year,” said Goodhue. “To win the national championship and to win my age group was my goal. I had been thinking about the American record for the last few weeks, so I had that in mind.”
Goodhue’s finish at 49:16 broke the previously standing 50:28 mark set in 1994.
“When I turned 70, I went through and looked at some records to see what I might do well in. The big thing is that I broke the record of Warren Utes, and he is a hero of mine. He has to obviously be in his 90s now, but he set the benchmark that I broke on Sunday morning.”
McCormack is new to the national racing scene but has been competing in local events across the country. He crossed the finish line in 43.01 to beat the 2000 mark of 43.43.
“It’s my best finish in the last 20 years,” said McCormack. “When I was in college, I was a lot faster back then. It was fantastic to run and rub elbows with elite athletes, and I am ecstatic with (my) performance. My main goal was to at least win the 60-plus division. A little while later, I found out that I was the age grade overall champion and that I had the record.”
McCormack is a native of Ireland who received a track & field and cross country scholarship to East Tennessee State University, where he competed from 1973-77.
Also setting records were Terry McCluskey (Vienna, Ohio) with his time of 46:58 and 91-year-old Roy Englert (Springfield, Va.) who finished in 1:34:33. There were no existing records for the 12 km in their respective categories.
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