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AROUND TOWN/Running, a Wedding Show and a Wine Tasting

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Sep 23,2010
Filed Under News , Community, Entertainment , Local Style,
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Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Steve Nearman and Retta Feyissa at the VIP Reception.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Steve Nearman and Retta Feyissa at the VIP Reception.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Steve Nearman’s vision of a half marathon run across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge has been realized. And by all accounts, it was a huge success.

The event was so successful that there is already a tentative date for next year – October 2, 2011. Nearman said that they already have approval from National Harbor for that date and he has asked the City of Alexandria to add the race as the first weekend of October to their five-year schedule.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Becky Nathan gets an acupuncture treatment from Stephanie Slaughter, acupuncturist with the Acupuncture Center of Northern Virginia.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Becky Nathan gets an acupuncture treatment from
Stephanie Slaughter, acupuncturist with the
Acupuncture Center of Northern Virginia.

“I’m hoping that City Council will make this an annual event,” said Nearman.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer E. Hunt Burke said, “At Burke and Herbert Bank, we were very pleased with the turnout, and we were delighted to be associated with an event of this caliber. Our intent was to get the word out that Burke and Herbert Bank is a healthy choice for everyone in northern Virginia.  By everyone’s reckoning, this half marathon was a huge success.”

Nearman said, “This race took thousands of people to put on. I was looking out the hotel window at 2 a.m. when truckloads of men started putting out barricades and realized just how many people were involved in this event.

“If you prepare your wedding for a year, you script down to the last ‘I Do.’ That’s what we did and nobody should be surprised that it went off so well. Jeff Ruday was the logistics manager, and Mark Avis, former US Olympian and record holder, coordinated the event. “It wouldn’t have gone like this without them.”

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Kristin Herring wins $97 in cold cash from the Burke & Herbert ‘Get Fit Money Machine.’
Photo by Gale Curcio
Kristin Herring wins $97 in cold cash from the
Burke & Herbert ‘Get Fit Money Machine.’

Nearman said that one of the greatest feelings was when Chris Farley came across the finish line and was all lit up, and said, ‘this was awesome.’

Farley’s family owns Pacers, the running store that managed the store.

Nearman was also excited that Retta Feyissa ran the race for the first time as a United States citizen. Originally from Ethiopia, Nearman met Feyissa in 2004 when Feyissa won the Marine Corps Marathon. He just became a United States citizen a week ago.

“I’m so proud of that man. They [Ethiopians] came from nothing and look at where they are,” said Nearman.

In addition to runners from Kenya and Ethiopia, there were a total of 3,211 runners from 33 states and the District of Columbia.

Deresse Deniboba of Ethiopia finished two seconds ahead of Tesfaye Sendeku to win the inaugural Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon presented by Burke & Herbert Bank The 25-year-old New York City-based Deniboba posted a solid time of 1:04:44 to the 26-
year-old Senduku’s 1:04:46.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Steve Nearman with his wife, Melanie, and son, Jonathan.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Steve Nearman with his wife, Melanie,
and son, Jonathan.

Catherine Ndereba of Kenya was the first woman to finish the race – she came in at 1:13:17, ahead of two Ethiopian runners, in 10th place overall.

“It was a nice, nice day,” said Ndereba. When asked if she would run the race next year, she said, “Yes, God willing.”

Ndereba, who trains in the Philadelphia suburb of Royersford, had a 29-second margin on Alemtsehay Misganaw, who would eventually place third. Azizza Aliyu overtook Misganaw over the last 5K through the hilly National Harbor to follow Ndereba to the line some 13 seconds later. Misganaw was just two seconds back.

Deniboba and Ndereba each earned $1,000 for the victory and a $250 time bonus for dropping under 1:05 and 1:16, respectively. A total of five runners – Deniboba, Senduku, Ndereba, Aliyu and Misganaw – earned time bonuses.

In support for American athletes, race organizers awarded $3,800 in American-only cash. Ultra-marathoner Michael Wardian of Arlington was top male in 1:08:52, earning $800. Jared Campbell of Alexandria was second in 1:13:11, good for $500 while Aliyu’s husband Retta Feyissa, who as an Ethiopian captured the 2004 Marine Corps Marathon,was third American in 1:13:36, his first race as a newly-minted U.S. citizen.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Hunt Burke and David Englin hold the Finish sign as first-place runner, Deresse Deniboba of Ethiopia, who finished two seconds ahead of Tesfaye Sendeku.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Hunt Burke and David Englin hold the Finish
sign as first-place runner, Deresse Deniboba
of Ethiopia, who finished two seconds ahead
of Tesfaye Sendeku.

Laura O'Hara of Alexandria, prepping for the Chicago Marathon, was top American female in 1:19:35, followed by Christa Plummer of Glenside, PA (1:20:30) and Kristi Markowicz of Arlington (1:20:42).

Top masters were John Piggott of Williamsburg, Va. (1:15:20) and Markowicz in
(1:20:44).

Checks totally $30,000 were donated to six charity partners from the race.

In the Mount Vernon area, Historic Hollin Hall and R&R Catering sponsored a Gourmet Tasting and Wedding Open House on Wednesday, September 15. Over a hundred people attended the event which featured creatively designed array of appetizers, salads, and food stations by R&R catering.
 
Exhibitors included Alexandria Pastry Shop, Floral Specialties, All Seasons Floral Preservation, Jan Davis Entertainment and Events, Tisara Photography, Prime Transportation, Perfect Honeymoons, Capitol Chocolate Fountains, Frost Lighting, and Union Street Public House. 

A Fall Wine Tasting, sponsored by the Friends of UCM, was held on Sunday at the home of Joe Viar. Guests enjoyed a beautiful afternoon on the Potomac River, while enjoying great food and sampling wines.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Steve Nearman congratulates the winning female runner, Catherine Ndereba.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Steve Nearman congratulates the winning
female runner, Catherine Ndereba.

The Winery previewed five of their most popular French, California, and Spanish wines, including one sparkling, two whites and three reds. 


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Marty Skopp works on a runner after the race.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Marty Skopp works on a runner after
the race.


Photo by Steven Halperson<br /> <br />R&R Catering do a lovely job of decorating Historic Hollin Hall for the Gourmet Tasting and Wedding Open House.
Photo by Steven Halperson
R&R Catering do a lovely job of decorating
Historic Hollin Hall for the Gourmet Tasting
and Wedding Open House.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br />Guests enjoy a fall wine tasting at the home of Joe Viar.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Guests enjoy a fall wine tasting at the
home of Joe Viar.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Guests enjoy a fall wine tasting at the home of Joe Viar.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Guests enjoy a fall wine tasting at the
home of Joe Viar.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Guests enjoy a fall wine tasting at the home of Joe Viar.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio
Guests enjoy a fall wine tasting at the
home of Joe Viar.






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