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D&L National Heritage Marathon attracts 525 runners from 15 states

Published November 19. 2011 09:01AM

Last month's inaugural Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Marathon and Half-Marathon attracted 525 runners from 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Chris Bauer, 24, of Sea Cliff, NY, was the overall winner of the 26.2-mile marathon held along the D&L Trail, with a time of 2:53:14.

The top time in the half-marathon was turned in by Sean Robbins, 42, of Shavertown, Luzerne County, who completed the 13.1-mile course in 1:17.05.

Hundreds of spectators gathered at the finish line near Lehigh Gap to cheer on the 475 runners who finished the races. Runners started in Northampton borough and followed the D&L Trail through portions of Northampton, Lehigh, and Carbon counties. They also covered the Slate Heritage Trail in Slatington and the Lehigh New England Trail in East Penn Township, Carbon County. The wide, flat course proved to be a favorite among the racers.

"The course was beautiful, and I had a great time," said Jenna Jebitsch of Allentown, who ran the half-marathon in 2:22.41. "I would definitely consider running the full marathon next year."

Dave Sabol, 36, of Allentown, competed in the half-marathon.

"It was a well-planned and organized event on a beautiful, fast course," Sabol said. "While it was the first year for the race, it was hard to tell as everything from logistics to catering were handled exceptionally well. There was lots of on-course support, great volunteers, and a nice finish festival made this race one that I won't soon forget."

The top female in the marathon was 28-year-old Jessica Kennedy of Morristown, NJ, who finished the 26.2-mile course in 3:16.40. The top female runner in the half-marathon was 38-year-old Mindy Sawtelle-Zottola of Indiana, Indiana County, with a time of 1:25.06.

"The racers and their support for the race helped us bring our dream to reality," said D&L Race Director, Rayne Schnabel. "The racers made it phenomenal. It surpassed any expectations I had for an inaugural race. We're excited to begin next year's plans."

Stephen Armstrong of Macungie was one of the 288 half-marathon runners, finishing the course in 2:32.31. Armstrong said he would "do it again" next year, when the races are tentatively planned for the fourth Sunday in October.

"Overall it was an enjoyable run and not bad for a first-time event," Armstrong noted. "The volunteers were very motivated and encouraging."

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation that is building the D&L Trail and fostering stewardship of historical, cultural and natural resources along the historic canals and railroads that transported anthracite coal from mines to markets in eastern Pennsylvania.

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Listed are the top three male and female overall and age group marathon and half-marathon winners. A complete list of all runners who finished the races, and their times, can be accessed online at

Marathon - Male

1 2:53:14 Chris Bauer, Sea Cliff, NY, 1st Male Overall

2 3:02:33 Mark Olson, Lancaster, PA, 2nd Male Overall

3 3: 09:12 John Walton, Lancaster, PA, 3rd Male Overall

10 3:29:23 John Murphy, Philadelphia, PA, 1st M 18-29

11 3:29:29 Mark Murphy, Johnson City, NY, 2nd M 18-29

12 3:29:31 Weston Shertzer, Philadelphia, PA, 3rd M 18-29

14 3:31:26 Erik Reers, Milford, NJ, 1st M 30-39

16 3:35:54 Kyle Horvath, Coplay, PA, 2nd M 30-39

18 3:36:58 Eric Thorne, Phoenixville, PA, 3rd M 30-39

4 3:12:04 Alex Osterneck, Wyndmoor, PA, 1st M 40-49

6 3:18:43 Joe Silva, Pennington, NJ, 2nd M 40-49

7 3:27:42 James Honchar, Dillsburg, PA, 3rd M 40-49

23 3:40:54 Mel Lancet, Allentown, PA, 1st M 50-59

27 3:42:4 Joe Brosseau, Hebron, CT, 2nd M 50-59

28 3:42:43 Joe Zern, Manheim, PA, 3rd M 50-59

40 3:56:36 Lyndown Kellogg, Emmaus, 1st M 60+

41 3:57:15 Neil Policelli, Bangor, PA, 2nd M 60+

89 4:44:01 Francesco Criniti, 3rd, M 60+


5 3:16:40 Jessica Kennedy, Morristown, NJ, 1st Female Overall

9 3:29:06 Ali Tannous, Bethlehem, PA, 2nd Female Overall

26 3:42:18 Mary Bacher, Emmaus, PA, 3rd Female Overall

37 3:51:37 Corrinne Schall Campbell, Bath, PA, 1st F 18-29

46 4:00:53 Tiffany Schwartz, McHenry, IL, 2nd F 18-29

77 4:30:17 Emma Founds, Wexford, PA, 3rd F 18-29

47 4:01:33 Helene Strutko, Harveys Lake, PA, 1st F 30-39

62 4:15:27 Heather Dilissio, Chalfont, PA, 2nd F 30-39

63 4:15:34 Sherri Kukucha, Tunkhannock, PA, 3rd F 30-39

36 3:51:17 Christine Molloy, Chambersburg, PA, 1st F 40-49

48 4:02:27 Diana O'Brien, Schnecksville, PA, 2nd F 40-49

71 4:21:36 Deborah Golbreski, Bally, PA, 3rd F 40-49

58 4:13:32 Debra Keener, Audubon, PA, 1st F 50-59

79 4:33:28 Deanna Perry, Abingdon, MD, 2nd F 50-59

105 4:57:09 Char Heiney, Bechtelsville, PA, 3rd F 50-59.

Half-Marathon Results - Male

1 1: 7:05 Sean Robbins, Slavertown, PA, 1st Male Overall

2 1:20:32 Adam Karwaski, Trucksville, PA, 2nd Male Overall

3 1:24:13 Alexander Kowalcyk, Slatington, PA, 3rd Male Overall.

5 1:28:20 Matthrew Olmes, Bala Cynwyd, PA, 1st M 18-29

7 1:31:08 Jeremiah Tingle, Kingston, PA, 2nd M 18-29

23 1:38:07 Andrew Moss, Bethlehem, PA 3rd M 18-29

6 1:29:43 Christopher Haines, Fountain Hill, PA, 1st M 30-39

8 1:31:29 Eric Christman, Berwyn, PA, 2nd M 30-39

10 1:31:53 Kenneth Radishofski, Chalfont, PA, 3rd M 30-39

9 1:31:32 Rich DeSocio, Palmerton, PA, 1st M 40-49

12 1:32:41 Chris Franklin, Annandale, NJ, 2nd M 40-49

15 1:34:03 Lee Marconi, Manalapan, NJ, 3rd M 40-49

13 1:33:28 Frank Brown, Sciota, PA, 1st M 50-59

26 1:38:43 Ed Eppler, Bethlehem, PA, 2nd M 50-59

37 1:40:35 Steven Brookman, Lebanon, NJ, 3rd M 50-59

19 1:36:47 Gerry G. Lee, Philadelphia, PA, 1st M 60+

36 1:40:26 Michael Kent, Nescopeck, PA, 2nd M 60+

72 1:48:31 Jim Tust, East Stroudsburg, PA, 3rd M 60+


4 1:25:06 Mindy Sawtelle-Zottola, Indiana, PA, 1st Female Overall

14 1:34:00 Dana Clymer, Nazareth, PA, 2nd Female Overall

17 1:36:22 Nina DeLong, Allentown, PA, 3rd Female Overall.

22 1:37:44 Emily Olmes, Bala Cynwyd, PA, 1st F 18-29

30 1:39:24 Mary Woolf, Enid, OK, 2nd F 18-29

31 1:39:32 Sarah Knechel, Bethlehem, PA, 3rd F 18-29

39 1:40:45 Staci Meyers, Bangor, PA, 1st F 30-39

47 1:42:42 Lisa James, Bethlehem, PA, 2nd F 30-39

48 1:43:06 Jennifer Shober, Andreas, PA, 3rd F 30-39

25 1:38:24 Kelly Costello, Fogelsville, PA, 1st F 40-49

38 1:40:36 Jennifer Steele, Laury's Station, PA, 2nd F 40-49

43 1:42:03 Susan Natiello, Macungie, PA, 3rd F 40-49

93 1:51:53 Julie Villiano, Bangor, PA, 1st F 50-59

105 1 53:22 Ardith Kuhns, Schnecksville, PA, 2nd F 50-59

118 1:56:14 Sharon Kozden, Gladwyne, PA, 3rd F 50-59

251 2:17:34 Chris Shebest, Doylestown, PA, 1st F 60+

263 2:22:04 Marie O'Donnell, Lansford, PA, 2nd F 60+

307 2:44:31 Carolyn McCorquodale, Wilmington, DE, 3rd F 60+

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