Newman Wins Run for the Hill of It

The 2009 Run for the Hill of It went into the record books Thursday night, August 27, with Mark Newman capturing the Piston Trophy.

Newman, coming off an injury that derailed his 2009 Walt Disney World Marathon attempt in January, ran 1:07 over the hilly nine-mile course to win the event. Newman ran within one minute of his predicted race time, coming from the sixth-seeded position to win the race ahead of Daniel McCarthy and local runner Mike Mott. See complete race results and rules

"The British Invasion is complete," joked Newman after the race, in between mouthfuls of pizza and cookies at Angelina's. As the race winner, Newman got to select the next club president and he promptly installed Jason Van Meter into office. Van Meter was regrettably absent from the proceedings, which probably had something to do with getting elected!

Danny Fritz placed fourth, impressively running 10 seconds faster than his predicted finishing time and out-kicking Jeremy Davidson at the finish. Diana Hampel was the first woman to cross the finish line, placing ninth overall. In the veterans (masters? old guys?) category, kudos to trophy namesake Paul "Piston" Hextall for placing seventh with a 1:25:30 effort.

Temperature at the race start was a mild 83 degrees, with 71% humidity.

2009 Run for the Hill of It Photos