Miller, Schob repeat winners on cold day

VIENNA-It was “Miller Time” here Saturday morning at the Vienna River Road Race as Dave Miller, winner of the last 10 races, crossed the finish line first for the 11th consecutive time.

“This is the best race in the world, out of all of them that I run,”shared a winded Miller after the race. Miller was the only runner to finish the course in under 30 minutes at 28:46. Miller outpaced 24-year-old Kip Wycliffe, who finished second almost a minute-and-a-half behind Miller. Miller finished the course two seconds faster and with a larger margin of victory than in 2012, when he won by only 10 seconds. Rounding out the podium in third place was Sean Tate, who ran the course in 31:35.34.

Chasing down victory for the second straight year in the female divison was 24-year-old Brittany Schob of Vienna. Schob ran the race in 34:26.75. Finishing runner-up was 14-year-old Marissa Smith with a time of 35:41.01. Earning the bronze spot for her efforts was Micalyn Miller, 21, of St. Marys finishing in 35:49.47.

The walkers gun sounded at 8:05 a.m. with Tim Finkel and Donna Graham jumping out to early leads. Finkel, 55, would be the first to cross the finish line for the walkers at 31:31.22. Leading the way for the women was the 63-year-old Graham from Lowell, Ohio, finished with a time of 33:29.66.

Masters winners were 43-year-old Joe Wiltsey of Parkersburg (32.09.60) and Diane McAtee,42, of Parkersburg (40:09.82). For Wiltsey it was his second consecutive Masters win.

Each runner and walker was asked to cross the finish line with a hand over their heart in order to show support for the victims and families of the bombing that took place at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

“It was a chilly morning but also dry for the first time in a few year,” said race director Lou Molinaro. The day began with the playing of the national anthem by two trumpeteers from the Parkersburg High School Big Red Band, junior Jason DeHaven and freshman Hunter Kessell. A gun start followed the national anthem with Miller jumping out to an early lead.

Despite the low temperatures, competitors found their way to the starting line at Jackson High School Stadium, as 174 runners and 81 walkers turned out for the 17th annual event.