POWHATAN – Kevin Burcham and Mason McElroy were running close together in the last mile-and-a-half, staying within a few seconds of each other.

“I kept looking back every now and then to take a peek and there he was,” Burcham said of McElroy. “He definitely kept me going – I didn’t know if he was gonna catch me or if he had a kick at the end or not. But it was definitely on to the finish.”

And after they rounded that last corner, still close together, Burcham raised his arms in victory and burst through the finish-line tape ahead of McElroy to win the 2019 Powhatan Village Run by a narrow margin of 1.70 seconds.

“It was fun,” Burcham said. “We were right at about the same pace almost the entire race.”

It was definitely one of the closest finishes – especially when it came to winning a race – for Burcham, who coaches the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team in Richmond, has been running for over 17 years and was competing in his first-ever Powhatan Village Run.

He and runners of all ages and ability enjoyed some of the best weather that the 4-miler has featured in years, as a clear, sunny sky complemented mild morning temperatures.

Burcham also complimented the Village Run’s course, which started near and finished at the Powhatan YMCA and took runners along surrounding streets and onto the trail in Fighting Creek Park.

“Coming out and going through some neighborhoods, it was people out cheering in the neighborhoods with their dogs,” Burcham described. “It was well-marked, it’s well-organized, the law enforcement’s out at all the streets. It was nice.

“This is definitely a well-organized race and I’ll be back,” Burcham said. “I’ll come back next year. I enjoyed this.”

Burcham's winning time was 26:13.16. McElroy was the overall runner-up, as well as the first-place finisher in the male 30-34 division, with a 26:14.86.

Joanna Penfield was the overall top female runner with a winning time of 30:11.80. Harry Conn repeated as the first-place winner of the 80-plus division.

Donna Schultz, who finished second in the female 55-59 division with a 40.49.96, ran the race carrying the American Flag in recognition of the men and women of the United States Armed Services – honoring those alive and remembering those who have passed on – as well as in recognition of Powhatan’s first responders and Sheriff’s Department.  Village Run organizers awarded a plaque – given in memory of Powhatan Deputy Robbie Green who tragically passed away in an automobile accident while serving in the line of duty as Deputy Sheriff in 2006 – to the Powhatan Sheriff’s Department, who, along with the Powhatan Volunteer Rescue Squad, have been helping with the Village Run for the last 30-plus years.

The first Powhatan male in the Powhatan Village Run was Hank Cosby, who was also first in the Male 40-44 division and completed the Village Run as the third highest overall finisher with a 27:34.80.

The first Powhatan female in the Powhatan Village Run was Alyssa Gorman, who was also first in the Female 1-14 division and completed the Village Run as the second highest overall female finisher with a 34:19.97.

See podium results for each age group below: 

Male 1-14

  1. Jackson Williams (29:32.77)
  2. Jackson Wright (31:49.67)
  3. Simon Smith (35:16.38)

Female 1-14

  1. Alyssa Gorman (34:19.97)
  2. Aleah Burnett (39:10.06)
  3. Rebecca Stevens (46:51.32)

Female 15-19

  1. Margy Hazelton (36:33.24)
  2. Erika Jones (51:25.61)
  3. Taylor Wilson (1:13:56.51)

Male 15-19

  1. Andrew Orndorff (35:10.02)
  2. Ryan Trayer (35:39.84)
  3. Berke Wrenn (38:35.62)

Male 20-24

  1. Josh Stewart (41:46.01)
  2. Ryan Nester (41:52.19)

Female 25-29

  1. Lillie Nicholas (44:14.72)
  2. Taylor Jones (46:54.06)
  3. Lauren Dalla Villa (47:32.35)

Male 25-29

  1. Adam Morris (32:39.28)
  2. Tim Britton (42:30.92)

Female 30-34

  1. Amanda Adams (36:08.14)
  2. Chelsea Prue (46:30.25)
  3. Kylie Presenell (46:55.23)

Male 30-34

  1. Mason McElroy (26:14.86)
  2. Thomas Chapman (28:40.57)
  3. Ryan Means (41:17.66)

Female 35-39

  1. Christy Warren (36:06.91)
  2. Sara Gretz (36:27.78)
  3. Elizabeth Hart (44:17.32)

Male 35-39

  1. Arlen Penfield (33:03.04)
  2. Zane Hart (44:15.01)
  3. John Sloan (44:17.20)

Female 40-44

  1. Allison Dunaway (35:44.70)
  2. Andrea Wright (35:47.05)
  3. Sara Smith (37:31.59)

Male 40-44

  1. Hank Cosby (27:34.80)
  2. Zachary Penny (31:04.04)
  3. Matthew Brown (34:53.16)

Female 45-49

  1. Kristy Trayer (34:45.67)
  2. Michelle Clancey (40:18.66)
  3. Michelle Lesperance (41:03.56)

Male 45-49

  1. Matthew Markee (28:58.83)
  2. Wes Futrell (36:51.49)
  3. Ryan Gorman (37:57.69)

Female 50-54

  1. Susan Reeves (34:48.29)
  2. Michelle Voorhees (35:11.69)
  3. Donna Copley (38:53.49)

Male 50-54

  1. Danny Hylton (33:20.26)
  2. Kevin Buser (34:13.82)
  3. Harry Conn (34:53.72)

Female 55-59

  1. Patty Davis (40:31.32)
  2. Donna Schultz (40:49.96)
  3. Ginger Gobble (1:16:20.45)

Male 55-59

  1. Mark Jozwicki (32:06.26)
  2. Malcom Taylor (35:50.52)
  3. Ted Voorhees (37:35.09)

Female 60-64

  1. Lindsay Britton (45:53.47)
  2. Laurie Paquette (46:15.06)
  3. Sue Hofacker (1:00:02.72)

Male 60-64

  1. Will Hofacker (33:24.85)
  2. Stephen Lerner (33:48.81)
  3. Michael Fridley (34:06.18)

Female 65-69

  1. Teresa Quinn (39:07.51)
  2. Susan Bragg (54:19.50)
  3. Janice Wilson (1:13:47.48)

Male 65-69

  1. James Joyce (32:25.22)
  2. Paul Oswell (38:16.47)
  3. Mike Asip (39:15.61)

Female 70-74

  1. Barbara Moyer (43:19.03)

Male 70-74

  1. Kevin O’Connor (41:43.62)
  2. Robert Van Horn (1:29:23.47)

Male 75-79

  1. Richard Gorman (42:54.79)
  2. Scott Tilley (44:57.35)

Male 80-99

  1. Harry Conn (56:11.66)

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