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International Broadway at the Beach 5K
Myrtle Beach, SC, April 21, 2001
The race was held under perfect weather conditions, with a starting temp. of 62 degrees, a slight breeze, and low humidity. 178 runners and walkers completed the unique route that circles the Broadway at the Beach entertainment complex, then turns inside the venue for the final scenic mile, that includes 3 wooden bridges over Lake Broadway, before finishing in front of the Hard Rock Cafe and Celebrity Square.
On the Men's side, last years winner Mike Aiken, of Charleston, S.C. was back to defend his title, he battled Strictly Running Racing Teammate Irving Batten, of Summerville, S.C., and would prevail in the end. Blistering the route, and setting a new course record of 15:30, 4:59.6 per mile. Teammate Irving Batten would finish a strong second in 15:43, and third would go to local standout Brooks Petty of Myrtle Beach in 16:50. In the Men's Masters race, David Renneisen of Goose Creek would scorch the route to finish fourth overall, and first Men's Master in 16:53, local standout Joe Bennett of Conway, S.C. would run a strong second in 18:35.
On the Women's side, Ursula Kremer of Cape Town, South Africa was invited to the race, she would blaze the 5 kilometer route in 17:49, 5:43.7 per mile, shattering the old course record of 20:28. Local standout Tara Gurry would run a strong second, only 5 days after a 3:13 Boston Marathon, she would finish also under the old course record in an excellent time of 20:06. Allison Morton of Pawleys Island would take third overall female in 22:23. In the Women's Masters race, Mary McGowan of Wilmington, N.C. would actually finish as third overall female, and first overall Female Masters. She too would blaze the route, finishing under the old course record in a 20:10 finishing time. Female masters runner Pat King of Murrells Inlet would run strong for second with an excellent 22:20 finishing time.