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Ohioan Wins 2008 Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon
Event records set in Nationwide Better Health Columbus 1/2 Marathon
(COLUMBUS, OH) ? On a near-perfect marathon weather day, Josh Ordway of Fairborn, OH won the Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon in 2:23:03.
Ordway bested Kenyan Joshua Koros who finished in 2:25:34. In the female marathon race, Dani Prince of Bloomington, IN had a commanding win with a time of 2:48:56. The second place finisher was Molley Watcke of New Bremen, OH in 2:54:44. Marathon prize money awarded was $2500 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $750 for third place.
New event records were posted in both the ½ marathon male and female events. Joseph Ngetich of Kenya won the Nationwide Better Health Columbus 1/2 Marathon in 1:04:10, an event record for the second time in a row. Emmanuel Korir of Grand Rapids, MI came in 17 seconds later at 1:04:27.
On the female side, Ann Alyanak of Bellbrook, OH came in at 1:14:46 to claim the first prize. Sara Vergote of Toledo, OH came in a little more than 2 minutes later at 1:16:48 to place second. Prize money awarded for the 1/2 Marathon was $1,000 for first place; $750 for second place and $500 for third place.
The addition of the handcycling division lowered chair racing times even more for the 2008 Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon. For the third year in a row, Kevin Hosea of Loveland, OH placed first in 1:37:16. This year, Hosea was in the handcycle division and dropped more than 15 minutes from his previous chair racing time. Jeff Fisher of Medina, OH placed first in the wheelchair division in 1:48:54. Prize money awarded in both the handcycle and chair racing divisions was $1,250 for first place; $750 for second place; and $500 for third place.
Icebreakers Sled Hockey
This is a clip from the news. It was during our season ending scrimmage. I was not interviewed but I am shown a few times. I am in the red/black/yellow jersey with the red helmet. #5 on the jersey, 10 on the back of the helmet.
Disabled glide free, compete on ice
By Cliff Radel
THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Monday February 23, 2009 5:21 AM
EVENDALE, Ohio -- And the ice shall set them free.
Free from their wheelchairs, crutches and canes.
Free to play the game of sled ice hockey.
Floating across the ice during practice for sled hockey are Chris Staarmann, right, of Hamilton, Ohio, and Kevin Hosea, of Loveland, Ohio.
"When I'm out there on the ice, it feels like I'm floating on air," said Chris Staarmann. "I feel free."
Using a wheelchair because of spina bifida, Staarmann gazed longingly at the ice covering one of the frigid hockey rinks inside the Sports Plus athletic complex. On his lap sat a duffel bag bulging with hockey gear.
A clerk in Butler County's Clerk of Courts office, Staarmann plays for the fledgling Cincinnati Icebreakers. On this night, the sled hockey team funded by donations consists of nine members, men and women, boys and girls, ages 7 to 42.
The players came to this game because of broken bones, surgery gone wrong, congenital illness and spinal-cord injuries. They spoke freely about what kept them from being able-bodied. But this was no pity party.
"We fall down a lot," said Kevin Hosea. The 24-year-old Loveland resident has spina bifida and works part time for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.
"We knock each other over, too. It's not mean. It's funny watching us try to get back up."
Hosea joined his fellow Icebreakers as they slipped into donated hockey uniforms in the complex's lobby. Sports Plus' dressing room is not handicapped-accessible.
Uniforms in place, the Icebreakers eased into specially designed sleds. Each player sat in a padded bucket seat. Attached to a lightweight metal frame, the hard plastic seat can take a direct hit from a hockey puck and still stay atop a pair of ice-skate blades and a plastic-coated rudder.
With a modified hockey stick in each hand, the Icebreakers paddled across the ice. One end of the sticks has a wooden blade capable of producing high-speed slap shots. The other end bears a steel cleat commonly found on ice picks used by mountain climbers. The players dig the cleat into the ice to propel themselves around the rink.
The Icebreakers are Renee Loftspring's dream team. The assistant professor in the College of Mount St. Joseph's physical-therapy program founded the team after reading about sled hockey in one of her son's sports magazines.
"I can participate in any sport," Loftspring said while helping a player suit up. "Not everyone can."
Andrea Tipon of Colerain Township sat on a bench and adjusted her knee pads before getting onto her sled. The 22-year-old former model has spina bifida.
"I just watch my friends play other sports," she said. "But here, I can go on the ice. I can fall with the sled. But I can get right back up again. It's something I can actually do."
Tipon was flanked by the youngest and oldest members of the team. Seven-year-old Jeremy Earl of North College Hill was being outfitted by his dad, Jay, and his 4-year-old brother, Sam. Barb Church, 42, of White Oak, sat in her wheelchair and adjusted her helmet.
Jeremy Earl has cerebral palsy. Six years ago, Church suffered a spinal cord injury.
"It's a feeling of freedom being so close to the ice," Church said.