A little more than a year ago, Bruce Coldsmith was thinking his competitive running days were over. But the last few months have been particularly gratifying for Coldsmith, an Alexandria native living in Harrisonburg, Va.
Coldsmith's lastest triumph was against a competitive field of 2,500 runners at the sixth running of the Georgetown 10-Kilometer road race yesterday. Coldsmith made his move from a pack of four athletes with a mile remaining and won the 6.2-mile race by two seconds in 30:09.
The victory was especially pleasing for Coldsmith, who not only is running consistently after being sidelined nearly four years with stress fractures and appendicitis but also avenged a recent loss to David McCormack of Falls Church, who yesterday was fourth in 30:20.
The women's race was not so close, as Patty McGovern of Washington earned a 27-second victory with a time of 35:13. Karin Wagner of Arbutus, Md., and Carey Hill (36:57) of Arlington were next.
The leaders left M Street down Canal Road under a steady drizzle and passed the first mile in 4:51 and the second in 9:39. Coldsmith surged to the lead on Reservoir Road shortly before the three-mile point.
Only John Eberle of Falls Church, Gerry Clapper of Columbia and McCormack, last year's runner-up, followed. Coldsmith knew he had a slow kick so he pushed the pace. "I haven't been doing much speed work, so I knew that if I was going to win, it would have to be with a long, hard drive," said Coldsmith, who this season began coaching the James Madison University men's cross country team.
In the last mile, McCormack, who had beaten Coldsmith three weeks ago in Burke, dropped from the pace as Coldsmith charged to the finish. With 400 meters to go, Clapper pulled away from Eberle for second place in 30:11. Eberle was third one second back.