On New Year’s Eve, an estimated million people stood in Times Square for many hours, enduring cool temperatures and stiff joints and limbs, to watch the ball drop and usher in 2011.
Some 900 miles south of there, on Hutchinson Island, across the river from Savannah, nearly 200 people went for a more active New Year’s Eve by taking part in the second annual Savannah Golf Course 5K and 10K races. Although temperatures were unseasonably cool, runners quickly warmed up, and any stiffness they experienced was brought about by physical exertion rather than standing in one place for too long.
Sponsored by the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the races were the last in the yearly series and were held on the golf course behind the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort & Spa.
In the 10K race, Rod Reeves, 36, was the top finisher, in 34:49. He had a margin of nearly two minutes, as Roberto Quiroga, 36, took second in 36:45. Jonathan Flinn, 29, rounded out the top three in 37:09.
Tiffany Torres, 30, had a much closer finish on the women’s side. Her time of 40:48 was only three seconds faster than that of Ali Sibley, 37. Christine Rastello, 25, was third in 44:44.
Gerardo Lopez, 41, was the top masters, in 37:38. Kimberly Harshaw, 43, ran a 49:03 to take top honors among the women.
In the 5K race, Daniel Mendoza, 39, ran a 17:53 to place first overall. Mike Linenfelser, 30, ran an 18:10 to finish second, and Matthew Harper, 16, took third in 18:24.
Melanie Williams, 38, was pushed by a couple of talented youngsters and crossed the finish line in a best time of 22:01. Ten-year-old Catherine Hall was second in 22:36, and Sarah Glover, 12, rounded out the top three with a time of 23:13.
Lamar Hall, 42, placed first among the masters with a time of 18:59, and Barbara D’Angelo, 41, ran a 25:50 to claim the fastest time on the women’s side.