Top Finish Gravy For Navy Officer

Over 790 finishers from 19 states gobble up course aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico.

From: Running USA

QUANTICO, Va.– Lieutenant Commander Michael Krisman of the U.S. Navy trotted his way to victory at the Turkey Trot 10K on Saturday, Nov. 17, the final race in the 2012 MCM Event Series organized by the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). LCDR Krisman, 36, a resident of Montclair, Va., completed the course in 35 minutes, 41 seconds to claim the first place finish and a 20 lb. turkey in his MCM event debut.

“I just arrived in the area this summer and had never run any of these (MCM) races before,” says LCDR Krisman. “It was a lot harder than I thought, but it was a good course and well laid-out. Those hills were just tough at mile five.”

The women’s field was led by Vicky Jasparro, 39, of Fredericksburg, Va. Jasparro finished the 6.2-mile course in 39:22, setting a new Turkey Trot 10K record for the women’s division. The previous record of 39:38 was set at the first MCM-organized Turkey Trot 10K held in 2008.

“It was a beautiful day for running,” says Jasparro. “I’m a competitive runner, and parts of this course were challenging. I really enjoyed it.”

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hetherington, USMC (ret.), 45, of Vienna, Va., received the male Masters Award, for runners age 40 and above, finishing in 36:32. LtCol Hetherington has achieved numerous top finishes in previous MCM events and is a member of the MCM Hall of Fame. Springfield, Va. runner Yuko Whitestone, 40, led the women in the Masters category finishing the Turkey Trot in 43:16. Whitestone also achieved finishes at the top of the leader board in the Irish Sprint 10K and Gender Defender 5K, earlier races in the 2012 MCM Event Series.

Overall, Masters and first place age award winners were presented with frozen turkeys, while runners up in age categories took home pumpkin pies from Bob Evans, all in keeping with the festive holiday theme. Additionally, 16 individuals who have achieved “perfect attendance” by participating in all MCM Event Series races, the Historic Half marathon and the MCM in 2012 were recognized at the award ceremony.

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