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VIDEO: Rockville Runs Through the Rain at Rotary Twilight Runfest

Conditions deemed 'great for running' produce a down-to-the-wire finish.

 

By Nancy Betress, Montgomery County Road Runners Club

The 27th running of the DARCARS Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest 8K on Saturday provided spectators an exciting race right to the finish line with Christopher Mills of Falls Church, VA edging out Eyob Alemu of Washington, DC by 4/100 of a second. 

The race began with 12 to 15 men in a pack until the two-and-a-half mile mark.  At that point, four men broke from the pack. In the last mile, Mills and Alemu stayed close together with Mills taking the lead. He thought he was alone and didn’t see Alemu pulling close on his right but was able to pull out the win. 

The weather was rainy and about 15 degrees cooler than in past years—a fact that pleased runners and the race committee.

Mills said the weather didn’t make a difference for him. He trained for one-and-a-half hours for 10 days for the event.

On the women’s side, Ethopian Aziza Aliyu took first in 26:54. Aziza lives and trains in New York, NY. This was her first time at Twilighter. She was in a pack of runners until the three-mile mark where she pulled away on her own until the finish line.

David Swope of New Windsor was the wheelchair winner in 23:47.

Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio presided over the runfest's opening ceremonies in Rockville Town Center. City Councilman Tom Moore and his wife ran in the event.

Runners were treated to live band music while running on the  campus. Vendors, music and refreshments greeted runners after they crossed the finish line.

Click here for a full list of race results.

Brigitta Mullican July 25, 2012 at 01:12 PM
How much money did the event raise for Rockville?
Theresa Defino July 25, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Not sure the numbers are in for this year, but last year: "The 2011 Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest raised $41,760.97 for the Rockville Recreation Fund and $36,760.97 for 2010 Rockville Rotary Club Foundation grant projects." http://www.clubrunner.ca/CPrg/Home/storyitem.asp?cid=7662&iid=189469
Eileen McGuckian July 27, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Thanks for great coverage of a terrific event ! For the past 25 years, everyone involved has been a winner -- runners, sponsors, our community, the local and international charities who benefit from this fund-raising. Congratulations to all ! Eileen McGuckian, president Rockville Rotary Club Foundation, Inc.

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