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Heather vs. Hunter: The Outcome


It started on a Tuesday morning run as a discussion about a friendly competition between Heather Hoechst and Hunter Proctor.  Heather has put up some fantastic results in marathons and ultramarathons, while Hunter has been in great form for shorter races and triathlons.  So who truly is faster?

The wager was set.  The distance: 10 miles.  The forum: May 3rd, Broad Street Run.  And, to up the stakes, the loser would have to pony up money towards Women Against Abuse, the SPS charity for Mayor’s Cup.

But wouldn’t it be more fun if everyone got a piece of the action as well?  Soon, folks were invited to wager on who would win.  If your horse lost, you have to donate to Women Against Abuse for every second the other person was ahead (capped at whatever amount).

The race started with both jockeying for position but staying close.  Then, around the turn at City Hall, Heather upped the pace, daring Hunter to keep up.  And down the stretch, just like American Pharoah at the Kentucky Derby, Heather pulled further ahead and won with a phenomenal 1 hour 5 minutes and 5 seconds.  Hunter also put up a very impressive 1 hour 6 minutes and 19 seconds, but the gap was 74 seconds.

In the end, there are no losers, and the big winner is Women Against Abuse.  For those interested in donating to this worthy cause, here’s the link and select South Philly Striders Support Women Against Abuse.


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SPS Runners Place in Weekend Races

Over the weekend, several South Philly Striders had stellar performances in area races.

On Sunday, at The Love Run, Sarah Morrison was the second overall female in a field of close to 6,300 race finishers.  On a frigid day, with a race time temperature of 28 degrees and wind speeds of 13 miles per hour, Sarah Morrison blistered through the course in 1:21:08, only 16 seconds from first place.

Meanwhile, in Reading, a contingent of SPS runners competed in the Dark and Dirty 10K trail race on Saturday night and the Naked Bavarian 20 Mile, Marathon and 40 Mile trail race on Sunday.  Heather Hoechst finished as the second overall female in the 10K, posting a time under 1 hour.  She then overcome 2000 feet of elevation change as well as a lack of sleep to finish second in the Naked Bavarian 20 Mile in 3:03:40.  Luis Gaitan finished eighth overall and third in his age group at the Dark and Dirty with a time of 51:16.  Unfortunately, he got lost and did not finish the Naked Bavarian.  Meanwhile, Jerry Handley finished an impressive fifth overall and won his age group at the Naked Bavarian with a 2:54:52.

Congratulations to them for their accomplishments as well as to anyone who ran in any races this past weekend!

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