One of the good things about turning 30, said John Doub, is being able to view oneself "a little more realistically, as opposed to idealistically." He knows he's a strong hill runner, a self-awareness that was tested yesterday in the Lombardi 10-kilometer road race up and down the streets of Georgetown.
Using the same strategy he employed last year when he pulled away from Frank Shorter at the fourth mile of the 6.2-mile race, Doub, of Waynesboro, Pa., surged ahead of Dave McCormack as they approached the fourth mile yesterday. Doub opened nearly 100 yards on McCormack ascending Resevoir Road near Georgetown University Hospital, winning his fourth Lombardi title in 30 minutes 52 seconds.
McCormack, of Falls Church, finished in 31:25 and Jasen Emmons of Washington broke away from a group of four halfway through the race then moved on McCormack in the latter stages to finish third in 31:29.
Tracey Briggs of Arlington was unhappy with a 6:17 opening mile that left her in about 20th place among the women. But after two miles she was in the lead, and won in 38:08.
Cindy Dalrymple of Arlington was second in 39:31 and Yvonne Joyce of Greenwood Village, Colo., third in 40:10.
Less than a half-mile from the start, Doub mistakenly took a police officer's directional wave to an automobile to be for his benefit. He turned down a side street and, before he could recover, a tightly-packed group of six runners had a 10-yard lead on him. Doub caught them by the mile and was leading a half mile later, but that effort was telling. Grimacing, he fell into step behind McCormack for the next 2 1/2 miles.
"After I caught them I didn't feel too bad, but it took a little out of me, so I tried to remain calm," said Doub, who is returning to competitive running after being sidelined with an ulcer.