Team Liberty sweeps Virginia 10 Miler corporate challenge
Liberty University faculty and staff dominated the corporate challenge of the 41st annual Genworth Virginia 10 Miler, winning first place in all three team categories for both the 10- and 4-mile races. This is the first time in recent history that one team has accomplished this feat, according to race director Jeff Fedorko. The Virginia 10 Miler attracts more than 4,000 runners to downtown Lynchburg each year.
The race was held Sept. 27, and corporate results were recently released.
Each category — men’s, women’s, and mixed — tallies the cumulative time for the top five eligible runners.
In the 10-Miler, Team Liberty took first in the women’s category by the widest margin — a cumulative time of 6 hours, 48 minutes, and 55 seconds, beating second-place Lynchburg City Schools (7:06:48) by nearly 19 minutes. Liberty’s women were led by Rebekah Ricksecker, who finished the race in 1:06:36, followed by Tracy Wu (1:21:25), Leah Reist (1:24:52), Tricia Mieden (1:28:00), and Grace Warren (1:28:00).
Matthew Zealand and Josh Gerstner tied for Liberty’s fastest 10-Miler time of 1:06:23, helping the team secure first in the men’s category with a total time of 5:45:03, ahead of Genworth (5:57:50). They were followed by Cooper Pasque (1:07:52), Josh Zealand (1:11:49), and Brenton Swyers (1:12:36).
Liberty won the 10-Miler mixed category — which calculates the top five times of any gender — with a team time of 5:45:16, ahead of Centra’s 5:59:56.
In the 4-Miler race, Liberty’s men beat second place Areva by 30 seconds (2:40:30-2:41:00). Paul Carmany led the way for the men with a time of 30:27, followed by Kurt Cornfield (31:41), Evan Hall (32:16), Jonathan Krick (32:39), and Lee Beaumont (33:26).
On the women’s side, the margin of victory was higher, with Team Liberty (2:55:32) outrunning second place B&W (3:03:01). Chenoa Freeman was the first female finisher for Liberty with a time of 33:10. She was followed by Laura Cook (33:45), Amanda Velez (34:11), Amber Dollarhite (36:54), and Annette Pettyjohn (37:32).
Team Liberty won the 4-Miler mixed category with a cumulative time of 2:40:13, almost exactly two minutes ahead of B&W (2:42:12).
Liberty offers free registration and a T-shirt for faculty and staff who sign up to participate in one of the race events: a 10- or 4- mile run and a 4-mile walk. More than 280 registered with Team Liberty this year. The university also had over 100 student volunteers at the event.
The Virginia 10 Miler is one of several ways that Liberty promotes healthy living among its students, faculty, and staff. A new wellness initiative, Live Healthy Liberty, launched this fall to strengthen this endeavor.