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Clement powders competition to win first Krumpe's Donut 5K

August 12, 2011|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Tony Clement crosses the finish line to win the first Krumpe's Donut Alley Rally 5K on Friday evening in Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — If Krumpe’s didn’t set a record for having the most skinny people eating donuts at the same place at the same time Friday evening, at least the expectations for the Krumpe’s Donut Alley Rally 5K were still far exceeded.

More than 300 runners and walkers completed the 3.1-mile course — a huge number of participants for a first-year event. The race started and ended at the popular donut shop in Hagerstown’s South End, and the feast began at the finish line.

“The feeling when they came through that intersection (at the start) was just unbelievable,” said Krumpe’s Donuts co-owner Fred Krumpe. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine anything like this. ... Just to see Tony Clement show up at our event meant an awful lot.”

Having Clement show up also meant the race would be a fast one.

Clement, 24, of Williamsport, pulled away from Erik Hinrichsen after the first mile and cruised to the victory in 15 minutes, 14.4 seconds. Hinrichsen, 22, of Frederick, Md., was the runner-up in 15:51.0, and Mark Eissens, 30, of Williamsport, was third in 16:05.6.

It was Clement’s fifth straight 5K victory this summer, and his best time.

“It was a really, really nice course. I didn’t expect to run that fast,” said Clement, a former Hagerstown Community College and University of Oklahoma standout. “Krumpe’s is such a great landmark for this area. It was a fun event, but also really competitive.”

The women’s race was dominated by girls, as none of the top five females was older than 17.

Lauren Johnson, who will be a senior at Smithsburg this year, led the way in 19:52.0. MacKenzie Riford, of Hagerstown, who recently graduated from Mercersburg Academy, was the runner-up in 20:30.2. Emily Ward, who will be a sophomore at North Hagerstown, took third in 20:51.3.

“I’m very happy,” said Johnson, who is training for her final cross country season with the Leopards. “I’ve been doing a lot more weight lifting and a lot more hills. ... Seeing a lot of high school girls tonight got me excited. It was a like a preseason meet.”

Evan Hardy, who will begin his senior year at Williamsport as a four-time Maryland state track champ, was the top high school boy, finishing fourth overall in 16:18.5.

“I’ve been doing a lot of training without a lot of races,” he said. “This was just a test run. It was fun and a great thing to do.”

Running the donut race seemingly was a nice break from the donut work for him.

Hardy, the nephew of Fred Krumpe, has spent the past two summers working at the shop, making donuts. Unlike most of the participants Friday, he was not indulging in all the free samples after finishing.

“I’m not completely sick of them,” he said. “But they don’t taste as good to me as they used to.”

Rob Hovermale, 47, of Smithsburg, was the top Masters (40-and-older) runner, placing eighth overall in 16:48.4. The top Masters female was Jodi Spickler, 59, of Hagerstown, in 22:55.4.

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