Though the field was relatively small, eight runners ran within 10 seconds of their pre-run predictions in the 3-mile race, and — FIVE were within TWO SECONDS. Though slightly different results were announced at the conclusion of the event, a review of times yielded some minor changes, including one runner, MARSHALL STEEL, who ran exactly his pre-run prediction. And, his partner in the “Team Category,” Suzie Steel, was one second off her prediction — giving them the TEAM TITLE with a combined prediction ‘miss’ of ONE SECOND. This is the “Massacre’s” all-time team prediction record. The previous record, a net 4-second difference, was set by Larry Ingram and Jenny Devenny in 1988!
Other “close calls” were recorded by the fastest runner in the race, Lennie Staats, whose 17:47 was TWO seconds off; runner-up in the “fast” category, Jay Valentine, was ONE second off, and Dave Younger was also ONE second from his pre-run predilection. Other accurate prognosticators were: Esmeralda Martinez (7 seconds), Angela Johnson (9 seconds), and Rick Warren (6 seconds).
This race, which has been occurring on or about Valentine’s since 1981, has some pretty formidable age-group records. Never-the-less, two were set this year: LIZ NORRIS lowered the women’s 55-59 mark (now 25:00, breaking her own mark of 26:44). ESMERALDA MARTINEZ set a new standard for women 25-29 with a 19:23. The previous record (19:48, Sue Ceglowski) was set in 1994! Sheryl Douglas narrowly missed (9 sec) her age-group record from last year.
Feb. 16 (2013) the annual
Name Actual Time Predicted Time Difference in times:
1 Lennie Staats 17:47 17:45 2