Two area running stalwarts--Philippe Rolly of Arlington and Alisa Harvey of Manassas--added the 20th Georgetown 10K to their long lists of road-racing victories yesterday.
Rolly, a native of France, outdistanced Tom Jeffrey in the final two miles to win by 15 seconds in 31 minutes 5 seconds. Harvey pulled away from the women's field after two miles and cruised alone to the finish line in 36:08, more than a minute ahead of second-place finisher Marjan Huizing, a duathlete (running and biking) visiting from Holland. Donna Moore, 39, was third.
"I was surprised I felt so good the first few miles," said Rolly, who quickly opened an insurmountable lead after catching Jeffrey.
"Once he gapped me, I lost contact, and it was pretty much over," said Jeffrey, a graduate assistant cross-country coach at James Madison. Both Rolly and Jeffrey are preparing for the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 24.
Harvey, 34, an 800- and 1,500-meter track specialist, narrowly missed making the U.S. team that competed at the world championships last summer in Seville, Spain. She races frequently on the roads, but found the Georgetown course challenging.
"This is the hilliest course I've ever seen," she said. "But road-racing is what makes all the training worthwhile. I'm enjoying running again."
Chuck Moeser, 48, of Herndon, narrowly defeated Amit Neeman, 41, of Israel, to win the masters division. Moeser and Neeman finished eighth and 10th in 33:09 and 33:10, respectively. Neeman, an internationally ranked masters runner, completed a 13-mile training run just prior to the start of the race.
Fiona Branton, 40, won the women's masters division and finished fourth overall in 39:04.
More than 3,000 runners participated.