Two weeks after he crossed the finish line with Steve Spence in the Hometown 15-K Run, John Doub tied for first with Gerry Clapper in yesterday's Hecht's 10-Miler at 16th and Kennedy.
Doub and Clapper, holding hands, finished in 50 minutes 32 seconds.
"I couldn't shake Gerry," said Doub, 29, of Waynesboro, Pa. "I surged ahead a couple of times to make sure he was for real, and he was."
Doub, who won this race four years ago, "wanted to win but really couldn't use the first-place prize" of two World Airways tickets to any destination.
"Four years ago, my wife and I went to Paris and it was fantastic," said Doub. "But now we've got a new baby and it's really not the right time for us to travel. So, I looked at Gerry and I said, 'I'd like to win but you can have the tickets.' "
Doub received the second prize of $250. Kevin McGarry of Annandale, who won the past two years, finished third in 51:14, earning $100.
Patricia McGovern of Washington, D.C. is making a habit of winning trips from the Hecht's sponsors. She won her third straight Hecht's, finishing in 59:16. Marianne Dickerson of Arlington finished second in 61:36 and earned $250. Mary Ellen Williams was third in 63:06 and received $100.
McGovern, 25, ran the course in 58:03 last year. She said a combination of the heat and a "lack of competition" hurt her time yesterday.
"This year I wasn't really challenged," said McGovern. "Also, the heat really slows you down considerably. It just drains on your energy."
Although the event was run in temperatures in the high 80s, there were no reports of heat prostration. One runner, Joseph Butler of Washington, was taken to Washington Hospital Center suffering from a food allergy attack. He was listed in satisfactory condition.
More than 1,200 runners competed in the event. Although no records were broken (Adrian Leek of Wales set the course record of 49:26 in 1984), Clapper, of Columbia, Md., said he thought it was a well-run race nonetheless.
"It was a pretty good pace out there," said Clapper, 24, who was running about a five-minute mile.
Clapper got caught in the early loop, a mile into the run, and had trouble breaking through. One mile later, however, he and Doub were securely alone and making it a two-man run.
"The uphills were really giving me problems," said Clapper, who won the Constellation 10-K in Baltimore in 29:88 last week. "I wasn't sure I could beat him but the pace wasn't over my head.
"Coming into the final couple of miles, John turned to me and said that he didn't really want the trip but he wanted to win so how about a tie. I said that was fine with me."