Active and retired Marines take top honors in Marine-themed event
QUANTICO, Va. - More than 400 athletes lined up at the Quantico Corporate Center on Saturday, Sept. 7 to participate in the Crossroads 4-Miler, presented by the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). This unique run through U.S. Marine Corps history featured a stunning finish against the backdrop of the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
With one of the closest finishes in MCM Events history, MSgt. Jeffrey Klemmer, USMC retired, placed first overall with an impressive 22 minute, 59 second finishing time. A mere six seconds behind was second place finisher LtCol. Alex Hetherington, USMC retired, of Vienna, Va., who finished in 23:04. Rounding out the men’s top three was activated reservist Marine Major Kenneth Parisi of McKinney, Texas, who finished in 23:35.
Leading the women was Mindy Sullivan of Woodbridge, Va., who covered the memorial-lined course in 23:58. Adding military flair to the leading ladies was second place women’s finisher Capt. Erin Demchko, USMC, from Dumfries, Va. Demchko completed the event in 25:45, while third place finisher Julie Hartenbach of Alexandria, Va., rounded out the top ladies with a 27:43 finish time.
Yuko Whitestone of Springfield, Va., completed the rolling course in 27:48, earning the first place masters female award.
Taking top honors in the male masters category was Jason Van Horn of Bristow, Va., with at time of 23:48. Van Horn is an active member of the Prince William County Police Department and Law Enforcement United (LEU).
“The MCM always has hills on the course, and I love a challenge,” said Van Horn. “The Semper Fidelis Memorial Park and the whole museum complex was great.”
Other notable finishers included several members of LEU, who completed the event wearing a 10-pound regulation ballistics vest in support of Project Active Armor, a program developed to promote increased usage of protective vests by law enforcement officers.
“I ran today wearing my husband’s vest to honor what he and all the members of law enforcement do every day,” said Kim, the wife of a Stafford County Sherriff’s Deputy who survived a shooting Saturday because he was wearing his vest. “Crossing the finish line with so many other officers who have supported us and extended their love and support was a blessing. I appreciate everyone’s willingness to support a cause that is so important.”
Final finisher Jamie Watts, who has cerebral palsy, noted, “The MCM is an organization that truly accepts everyone. By far, these (MCM Events) are my favorite to compete in because they really are the people’s events.”
Find full race results at http://results.active.com/events/crossroads-4-miler/crossroads