Pirates will run to Hell and Back

The last sports event for Pirates Week is set to begin. 

The “To Hell and Back” 10K Run, sponsored by Calico Jack’s, takes place on Nov. 16 from 7 a.m. Sunday’s race begins at Indies Suites in Raleigh Quay, off West Bay Road, and winds into West Bay – via Town Hall Road and Hell Road – with the turnaround point being Devil’s Hangout. Runners loop back to West Bay Road, with the finish line being at Calico Jack’s. 

Founded by local track coach Jerry Harper, and organized by his Phoenix Athletic Club, the meet normally attracts around 150 runners. Awards will be presented across three age groups: Under-19, 19-39 and 40 and Over. There will be random prizes handed out by the Phoenix club, with the post-race breakfast and awards ceremony taking place at Calico Jack’s. 

It will be interesting to see how some of last year’s top runners fare this time around – assuming they compete. While Kevin Guiberson, who was visiting from Seattle, was the 2013 overall winner in a time of 37 minutes and 48 seconds, a number of residents had strong showings. 

Greg Meaker was runner-up in 38:06, with Derek Larner finishing third in 39:40. Tiffany Cole was the youngest female starter and the fastest woman, crossing the line in 12th place overall at 43:18. Next across the line was Laura Knox in 43:24. Justine Plenkiewicz checked in as third female at 46:18.  

Male age group winners included Tahj Lewis, Johan Heath and Chris Sutton. Some of the other notable female competitors were Julia Storrer, Joanna Mansi and Laurie Copeland. Mansi figures to be a major talking point this time around after being the top female finisher at the Pirates Week 5K Run last weekend. Dominic Dyer, a teenage long-distance runner, was the overall winner. 

It should be noted that last year’s performances were on a slightly different course than this year and previous editions. The 2013 race began at Consolidated Water Company off Esterley Tibbetts Highway, traversed into West Bay and finished at the former Surfside Beach Resort on West Bay Road. 

Organizers note there is no race day registration. Participants must register between noon and 5 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Observation Tower at Camana Bay. There is an entry fee of $25 and event shirts will be distributed to the first 150 persons registered.  

For more information, email [email protected] or call Jerry Harper at 928-2537. 

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Expect hundreds of runners to storm West Bay Road this weekend. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES