Race History


Timothy Kennard, 48 years old, and father of a 7 year old son, passed away on March 11, 2004. He fought a courageous battle against kidney cancer. Tim is missed by his family and fellow running friends. This run/walk is in his honor, with proceeds going, as Tim requested, to help children and animals. This year the proceeds will help: Coastal Hospice, specifically for programs that help grieving children to cope with the loss of a loved one. Horizons Salisbury, which provides support, education and hope to children from economically disadvantaged families; Coalition of Caring, a fund for our animal friends.


By George Banker

"Trying to kick it in the last miles yesterday. I'm a racer, people sometimes don't understand that I do well when I race more and train less. For me I stay injury free and stay consistently in shape year-round. It also helps with mental burn out. Sometimes when you do too many miles mentally and physically you just get too tired. So, I'm just gonna continue to do me" states Megan DeGregorio of White Marsh, Md.

The 16th Tim Kennard 10 Mile River Run & 5K was held on Sunday, March 24, 2019 with the start and finish on the campus of Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. The events started at 8:30 a.m. Salisbury's location at the head of the Wicomico River was a major factor in it becoming one of Maryland's outstanding cities located on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The race benefited Coastal Hospice, specifically for programs that help grieving children to cope with the loss of a loved one. Horizons Salisbury, which provides support, education and hope to children from economically disadvantaged families; Coalition of Caring, a fund for our animal friends. The major sponsors include Geiger Pump & Equipment and Vernon Powell Shoes.

Sixteen years in the making and the determination remains as a living tribute to a local community runner, Tim Kennard who made his last run on March 11, 2004 shortly after the first event at the age of 48. Kennard was unable to participate in the first event after he lost his battle against renal cell cancer, a disease which attacks the kidneys. Kennard's friends Linda Mills and Harlan Eagle started the Tim Kennard River Run/Walk in his honor. The first four years (2004-2007) the event was a 5-miler and in 2008 the event was changed to a 10-miler and 5K format. Each year the race continues to grow in popularity within the community.

The runners in the 5K were chasing after the event records. The male open record was set in 2009 by Demesse Tefera of Ethiopia with a time of 15:34. There has been one other runner under 16 minutes, Mike Fleg of Clarksville, Md., in the first year of the 5K (15:43 2008). The female record was set in 2008 by Cara Wetlaufer of Bel Air., Md., in a time of 17:40. The record was tied in 2016 by Merrecia James of Bethany, Del.

The master record was set in 2009 by Greg Cauller of York, Pa., in a time of 16:52. The female record was set in 2009 by Kathleen Petrera of Salisbury, Md., in a time of 20:28. The record was tied in 2013 by Maureen Hall of LaVale, Md.

The 5K runners were off to a fast start as they broke free from the 10-mile runners. The races shared through the first mile and then they separated. There was a fast pace and most of the runners fell off the mark as the lead was down to Andrew Cantor of Baltimore, Md., who dominated with a time of 18:12.

The trailing runners were the leading masters as John Piggott of Williamsburg, Va., captured second place and first master with a time of 18:39. The third place overall and second master was Greg Cauller of York, Pa., with a time of 19:14. In addition to holding the record Cauller is an 8-time master winner.

Sherry Stick of Sykesville, Md., made a successful defense of her 2018 overall win (18:48) and took first place in 18:30. Stick was the winner in 2011 (18:40) and 2017 (18:14).

The second-place finisher was Katie Brookes of Baltimore with a time of 20:32. The third-place finisher was Erin Surette of Lutherville Md., with a time of 20:43.

Angie Passeri of Salisbury was fifth place and the second master with a time of 23:54. The third master was Krista Morgan of Cambridge, Md., with a time of 24:33 (sixth place female).

10-Mile Open
The male event record was set in 2008 by Jaron Hawkins of Frostburg, Md., with a time of 52:15. Hawkins repeated a win in 2009 with a time of 52:53. Graham Peck of Lutherville, Md., has been the only four-time consecutive winner in 2012 (53:27), 2013 (53:39), 2014 (52:47), and 2015 (54:55). The female record was set in 2016 by Megan DiGregorio of White Marsh, Md., with a time of 1:01:46.

The 10-milers was off to a fast start as the field included the 2018 runner up (53:42) Dustin Meeker of Baltimore. In the mix making a debut was Charlie Ban of Washington. As the miles began to unfold the trailing runners included Drew Landgren of Baltimore along with Ryan Stasiowski of Hanover, Pa.

Meeker provided to be the dominate runner as he captured first place with a time of 52:41. Ban took second place in 56:08 followed by Landgren in 57:25.

The leading master was in sixth place, Khalid Kurtom of Trappe, Md., in a time of 1:00:06. The second place was captured by David Stevenson of Abingdon, Md, in a time of 1:02:45. Brian Rybacki of Salisbury, Md., was third in a time of 1:06:25. "My strategy was to just run roughly 5:20 pace as long as I could. When he recruited me to run it, Dustin Meeker pitched the race to me as a chance to do some racing on a flat course so I figured if there was ever a chance to just run a consistent pace, this was it. I did not anticipate how much the frequent turning in the early miles would affect my right hip and left ankle. After three miles that felt great aerobically at an ideal pace, my legs tightened up and I wasn't able to hold on with Dustin, who went on to run basically what I would have liked myself. But I also kept in mind that I've been running 85 miles every week since January, so I'm probably not rested enough to expect a PR at such a long distance", stated Ban.

Ban adds, "The competition was what we made it- Dustin suggested I come out to the race keep him company during the race that didn't typically have much depth in the front. This was my 10th fastest 10-mile time, about two minutes slower than my best, so it wasn't very good- I had run faster on the RRCA club challenge course and gone through 10 miles of the rock n roll half even faster than that. Mostly, once I couldn't hold on to Dustin's pace, I was on my own for the last seven miles."

"In terms of motivation, I spent a lot of that time looking around- it was a beautiful course, and reminding myself that I came all that way, I might as well keep pushing hard, even though I knew I wasn't going to run that fast. With regards to the competition, I probably would have motivated myself to run faster with some other people in the 54-55-minute range, but I was happy to be out there", stated Ban.

Ban continues, "With regard to injuries, if I get hurt, I sulk, eat a lot of junk food and get heavy. Running relatively high mileage lets me get away with a lot, dietarily, especially as I get older, so the thought of having to take time off or spend it in the pool aqua jogging to stay in shape is enough to keep me doing strengthening exercises to keep my hips from failing on me. Luckily my hips haven't kept me from running since April 2018 and I'm trying hard to keep it that way. I got a little worried during the 10 miles, though, when my hip and leg got so tight that running 5:20s didn't seem as fluid. A week later I don't feel the same sensations so I'm probably okay."

In closing, "Running has changed my life entirely. Without running I'd probably be a golfer or a swimmer and neither would take me the same places running has, both in search of competition and racing experiences and my general interest in finding great places to run. I am healthier and happier and have made wonderful friends through the sport and I can't imagine the alternative."

"This was my first 10-Mile race I competed in, so I took a conservative but on-target pace for the first five miles. Around the halfway mark I was feeling great and decided to push my limits and kept on my target-pace for the remaining five miles. From mile 4-5 onwards I was familiar with the terrain as it's part of my training runs each week, so I felt comfortable pacing myself accordingly to keep myself on track for my goal time of 1:10. I had the desire to beat my goal and I worked hard enough to accomplish it. I finished the race in 1:09:44, 16 seconds under my goal", sated Christopher Cooke of Salisbury in a time of 1:09:47 18th place.

Cooke adds, "I thought the competition was excellent. I'm a part of the Eastern Shore Running Club (ESRC) and I was familiar with who I could pace myself with to begin so I could keep myself on track. There were only four or five runners in my age group (20-24) and I was pleased to place second in my age group."

Cooke continues, "This was my first year running the TK 10 miler and I loved it. The community and the city of Salisbury did a great job hosting the event and I could not have asked for a better race. Race day was perfect with a high in the upper 50's with a race start temperature around 40 degrees with no wind. I plan on running the TK again next year."

"Keeping myself motivated week in and week out I do experience some hardships but the joy running brings me is unlike anything else. Mental health is super important and to me running allows me to be free from the distracting thoughts I have throughout the day. I run for time, there is a great feeling about beating a previous PR. For this race, it was my first 10-mile race, so I was hoping to set the bar high to begin with", Cooke states.

The performance which stands out for Cooke, "Completing my first half marathon with only 2-3 days of training a week for two months was a great accomplishment due to the fact that I decided to sign up for a half marathon for the sake of finishing one. But now that I am putting in more intense training and running 4-5 days a week for this training cycle, I am excited about the possibility of completing my next half marathon on April 27th in under my goal time of 1:35."

"Injuries can be a real set back as I have experienced as of late. Although minor injuries in the past year such a hip flexor strain, shin splints and anterior knee pain, they all have taken a toll on my training. The hip flexor strain took 2-3 weeks to fully recover from which was a bummer, but I knew my body needed the rest to avoid a more serious injury. I find it best to listen to your body to avoid injuries, which I did a poor job of in high school (I had two stress fractures in two years). Luckily, I have learned to rest when my body tells me to", states Cooke.

Cooke adds, "My neighbor Jose got my twin brother Alexander and I into running the summer before 9th grade which was nearly 10 years ago. Running cross country and track and field in High School was a great start to have running become a lifestyle, not only physically but mentally. Being able to set a goal and having a date on the calendar for a particular race, it allows me the passion to train day in and day out to make sure I am satisfied with myself that I did the best I could with what I was given each day."

The leading female was Megan DiGregorio of White Marsh, Md. DiGregorio attended Towson University and hold PRs of 4:54.05 for 1500 meters and 17:53.46 for 5000 meters. At the New Jersey Marathon in 2012 which was her debut she was first female in 3:00:44. Last Year DiGregorio was first in 1:03:52.

Giving chase was Maria Miller of Tyaskin, Md. Miller in 2015 placed 8th – 1:16:13, 2016 7th- 1:11:34, 2017 10th 1:13:14, and 2018 3rd 1:11:37.

The field was unable to close down on DiGregorio as she pushed to the finish to take another win in a time of 1:03:46. Miller trailed for second place with a time of 1:07:32. The third place was taken by Grace Humphries of Lutherville, Md., with a time of 1:09:54.

"I was going to go out in the race and after the 5K split see if there were any women around for the 10-mile race. After the split I heard I was first female so I just kind of held the pace and went with it! I usually am not able to tell how far second place is until the turnaround in the town around mile seven. When I saw no one was close I just held the pace the best I could until the finish", stated DiGregorio.

DiGregorio adds, "This was my fifth time running this race and my fifth year winning. I believe in 2017, it was the only year I was in second until mile eight where I saw first place, made a move and closed on her. I passed her at mile nine and was able to pull out a win. Other than that, not much competition on the lady's side for this race."

"We have a bigger group coming down from Baltimore each year. I also notice a lot of the same people come back to support it each year and always like seeing the SU students out on the course volunteering and cheering. I keep up my motivation by always running with friends. I also try and add some new races in the mix each year to keep it interesting and usually still continue to go back to the one I enjoy", states DiGregorio.

DiGregorio had a comfortable lead, "Well after with first couple of miles I figure if someone was going to challenge me it would happen but with just a few guys around to run with I was pretty confident that if I kept pace, I would have the win."

A performance which stands out for DeGregorio, "I would probably say the JFK 50 Miler was a pretty big deal for me. I had done a handful of 50ks and trail runs, and it was my first and to date only 50 miler. I went into it with a goal of finishing. I had no clue how to run one, but I had a good plan of how I was going to run the race and felt very prepared. I went out in 7th place for women and by 16 Miles was running with 5th place Liz Gleason. I felt comfortable at mile 18 and picked it up. Around mile 23 I passed Emily Harrison which moved me into 3rd place and somehow was able to hold off Liz Gleason who was coming on strong at the end and only finished a couple minutes behind me. I definitely gave it everything I had in that race and was very proud of myself for not giving up when it got tough."

"I don't usually get injured from overuse running, as I'm a low mileage running usually 35-40-mile weeks. I've been injured two times in my career that had me out for multiple months each time. One back in college when I was hit by a car and last year when I fell pretty hard on some rocks while trail running and messed up my back", states DiGregorio and she adds, "I have been running since age 10 so I've been running the majority of my life. It has given me a lot in life: good health, many friends, and confidence to name a few."

"My triathlon coach is Kevin Levy. He is one of the reasons why I get up every morning and the first thing I do is open my pandora box (the app where he sends me the workouts weekly hahahaha). My strategy going into the race was a PR! I have run TK several times and looking at the times not long ago before this last race I realized my time has been pretty much the same the las 2-3 years. So I said to coach "we need to do better this time", stated Miller.

Miller adds, "I had a tough week before the race, I got sick on Wednesday and the worse night was the night before the race which I slept only 3.5 hours, I was a little upset that morning because all of the training I have done was pretty solid and feeling tired at 6 am didn't seem a good thing to me, especially if you want to PR and to place. I am very competitive with myself, always trying to improve my past times. This race brings great runners every year, I was certain Megan was coming back."

"This was not first TK but was my first race in this country and for this reason it has a special meaning to me every year. (Stu Wallace and Macy help me train for this race the 1st time). I never saw Megan which only gives me the desire to get faster. She is amazing!!! I was in second place pretty much from the beginning if I am not mistaken. I confirm that at mile five I think when a volunteer told me", stated Miller

"The race went pretty well, my goal was one minute less, but I always have a plan B, C and D just in case. This time plan B came in place and I am very happy. My second half was faster. I used to run a little back in Costa Rica. Never more than a 10K but on hills and not doing races mainly staying active. It has been four and half years since I took running more seriously. Running is emotional!!! running is medicine at least for me. I could talk about it forever. This was my best 10miler", Miller further stated.

Miller adds, "Maintaining a balance is very challenging. I have to say my family is AMAZING and my coach is the BEST! So they make the magic of training way easier and enjoyable, my husband supports me 1000% he takes care of everything when I train and my daughters are super-efficient when mom is not home, they have experience this kind of living for few years now, they go with me to most of my races, they volunteer all of the time, they cheer for me, the carry my stuff they are the best wingman! Shorts races are not that big of a deal, but 70.3 races are crazy long, and they are there...hearing their voices during transitions makes my heart smile and aches and pains go away. They are the reason to keep going, I know I must cross that finish line one way or the other."

The race that stands out for Miller, "The most painful race I have done is MMTR 50, (50 miles at Mountain Masochist Trail Run) the pain and misery were real that day, at mile 33 things were not working out for me, stomach problems, rain, cold, pain...I went by myself (no family) my coach surprised me at mile 14, that and the fact that I have always promise my kids I would not leave the race without crossing the finish line it was key to keep pushing forward. Also found an angel at the lowest point that day my now friend Amy .... wooow, many times during the last 15 miles of this race I thought I wasn't going to make the cut. The rain kept coming down it was so cold and I had no gloves or rain coat, couldn't feel my fingers, couldn't open my vest pockets....hahahahaha but Amy and I held hand to cross the finish."

The female master record was set in 2009 (1:02:26) by Susan Graham-Gray of Greencastle, Pa. Gray is legally blind and has Stargardt's Disease. She is one of two athletes who have in prior years to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. In 2007 the standard was 2:47:00 and she ran 2:45:32.

The standout athlete is Denise Knickman of Lutherville, who was 3-time overall winner as a master (2010, 2011, 2013). She placed first master in 2012, 2014-2016).

The mater's field included the defending champion (1:14:35) Melissa Batie of Salisbury. The competition was at another level as Knickman was in the field. There were other master's who wanted to make their marks but there would have to get by Knickman. The Tim Kennard has a way of bringing out the best in the runners as they bring their passion to the start line. The master runners continue to improve at the event.

As the race unfolded Knickman in the closing miles assumed her normal position to push to the finish to claim another win with 1:10:42. Batie captured second place in 1:11:50. The third place was captured by Susan Dunn of Laurel, Delaware with a time of 1:13:23.

"My strategy was not start too fast, because I haven't raced much in the past two years. Run as even a pace as I could. I stopped looking at my mile splits after the third mile because it was slow, so I was surprised at my time at the finish. I wasn't showing as much as I thought. The competition seemed pretty similar to other years I have run. The changes noticed in the race over the years haven't been many except Dylan growing up. I see the same great enthusiasm of Tim's friends who put on the race and great support from the community", Knickman states.

"My motivation? I think it's innate. I like running and being fit. When I crossed the finish line, I was pretty sure I was fourth, but I knew for sure that I was first master when they announced my name at the awards ceremony", states Knickman

The best performance for Knickman, "Qualifying for the 2000 Olympic Marathon trials at the Chicago Marathon in 1998 has been my best performance to date", Knickman adds, "Handling injuries is not well. Go crazy. Rest. Do physical therapy on myself. Cross train with swimming and biking."

Knickman adds, "I will be forever grateful to my high school running coach, Dan Rincon for his coaching, mentoring, inspiration, guidance, and assistance with picking a college. He opened the door for me to the running world which has led to so many great opportunities, experiences, and friendships as well as health and fitness."

"Linda Tice was a great inspiration for me during this year's race. The night before the race, she was sharing her story about recently completing a second round of chemo therapy for a second type of cancer but still determined to complete the 10-mile distance which she did (1:53:26) faster than her goal", Knickman comments.

In closing, "I asked my friend Sally Hawkins to go with me to the race to run the 5k since I couldn't talk her into the 10 miles. As she waited for me at the finish, she cheered on the runners finishing and met several members of Tim Kennards family at the finish line who she introduced me to after I finished. Meeting his family, his friends, and his co-workers, makes me realize how much he was loved by those who knew him."

"I didn't run this year, but my strategy was to show up to speak in jeans and boots so that no one would convince me to run at the last minute. I don't consider myself a competitive runner, but I run for pleasure and to maintain my fitness level for my military obligations. I ran my first Tim Kennard in 2018 and my first marathon (the Salisbury Marathon) in 2018", stated Salisbury Mayor Jacob Day

Mayor Day adds, "The Tim Kennard race it's an opportunity for people to give back through volunteerism, participation in an overwhelmingly unifying and positive event, and cheering others on. There are few things that have as many upsides as this event." Mayor Day recalls the course, "My recollection is that the entire course was flat and the weather was a bit chilly - but the real challenge was that I used it as a 20-mile day in preparation for the Salisbury Marathon and once I crossed the finish line, I ran another 10 miles. Those were miserable miles. I have volunteered for it in the past. The weather the last two years was much better we have seen in the past. My best 10-mile time in the last decade is about 1:25."

There is a balance of activities, "I think life is all about balance. It's one of the reasons I have taken on so many different projects to improve our community. However, there are tradeoffs to increasing volume. The strains on family, with two children under three, are very real but I make sure I get my mornings and nights with my girls. We also have Daddy-Daughter Date every other week. Although I work my Mayor job about 80+ hours/week, I have the flexibility to choose that family time first. As for my job in the Army, after a decade in, I am able to simply flip the switch when I head to training or schools, and to focus on my Army job. I have a fantastic team back home and when I'm away, they keep the trains running on time. I have been a runner since I was a young child. I was a 3200m, 1600m, 800m and 4x800m runner in high school", stated Mayor Day.

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