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Berwick Run for the Diamonds

Nicholas Hilton, 26, of Flagstaff, Ariz., became part of history on Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., Nov. 27, when he won the Berwick Run for the Diamonds in 44:39 over a storied nine-mile course in Berwick, Penn., that essentially hasn’t changed since this race was first held in 1908!

Karaleigh Foster, 22, of Boalsburg, Penn., made history of her own as she won the women's race in 50:33.

In a tight battle for second in the men’s competition, Matt Gillette, 22, of Orefield, Penn., ran 45:31 to edge Paul Thistle, 25, of Washington, Penn., who finished only three seconds later in 45:34.

In the women’s race Marina Orrson, 21, of Shavertown, Penn., was the runner-up in 52:51. Katie O’Regan, 22, of Lititz, Penn., finished third in 54:11.

The race starts and finishes on Market Street in Berwick, which is located in hilly country about 120 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The course features a very long and steep hill starting at two miles and cresting at 3 1/2 miles. Long-time runners and running history buffs will remember that this race used to be called the “Berwick Marathon” until the 1980s, but nine miles is not a marathon, no matter how tough that hill is, so the name was ultimately changed to the “Berwick Run for the Diamonds” because the winners receive diamonds as part of their prize. The course record for the race – 43:21 – was set by Pete Pfitzinger and has stood since 1980.



Run for the Diamonds 9 mile race takes runners through the town of Berwick, a course which has not been changed since it's inaugural running

2014 Race Winners · 2013 Results · 2012 Results · 2011 Results

Division Clock Time Name Age State/Country
Overall Male Winner 44:39 Nicholas Hilton 26 Flagstaff, AZ
2nd Male Finisher 45:31 Matt Gillette 22 Orefield, PA
3rd Male Finisher 45:34 Paul Thistle 25 Washington, PA
4th Male Finisher 46:09 Trevor Vanackeron 25 Bethlehem, PA
5th Male Finisher 46:24 C. Fred Joslyn 31 Syracuse, NY
6th Male Finisher 46:55 Bobby Trophy 26 Chapel HIll, NC
7th Male Finisher 47:00 Nicholas Patton 20 Pittsburgh, PA
8th Male Finisher 47:20 Reece Ayers 23 Tunkhannock, PA
9th Male Finisher 47:52 Daniel Craighead 20 State College, PA
10th Male Finisher 48:02 Rob Ahrens 33 Clarks Summit, PA
Overall Female Winner 50:33 Karaleigh Foster 22 Boalsburg, PA
2nd Female Finisher 52:51 Marina Orrson 21 Shavertown, PA
3rd Female Finisher 54:11 Katie O'Regan 22 Lititz, PA
4th Female Finisher 54:50 Brense Edwards 25 Bryson City, NY
5th Female Finisher 55:21 Paige Stoner 17 Pottsville, PA
6th Female Finisher 56:15 Carly Shea 21 Boston, MA
7th Female Finisher 56:55 Christina Faust 24 Macugnie, PA
8th Female Finisher 57:14 Samantha Snukis 25 Stowe, PA
9th Female Finisher 57:43 Samantha Snead 27 Shickshinny, PA
10th Female Finisher 57:53 Josey Rupert 23 Swannanoa, NC

2014 Age-Group Winning Times · 2013 Results · 2012 Results · 2011 Results

Division Chip Time Name State/Country Age Age-Graded
1st Men 40-49 50:17 Justin Krebs York, PA 41 0.00
2nd Men 40-49 51:36 Dan Pszeniczny State College, PA 46 0.00
3rd Men 40-49 52:24 Ed Kraftchisin Pittsburgh, PA 43 0.00
1st Men 50-59 55:05 Paul Leonard Scranton, PA 51 0.00
2nd Men 50-59 57:43 Dennis Yonkin Lewisburg, PA 50 0.00
3rd Men 50-59 57:55 Greg Cauller York, PA 55 0.00
1st Men 60-69 1:01:38 Richard Boros Canada 61 0.00
2nd Men 60-69 1:02:34 Mark Sherlock Benton, PA 61 0.00
3rd Men 60-69 1:03:24 Bob Welby Northumberland, PA 60 0.00
1st Men 70+ 1:08:37 Chris Jermyn Canada 70 0.00
2nd Men 70+ 1:13:10 Jim Rehrig Nazareth, PA 73 0.00
3rd Men 70+ 1:24:57 Ian Atkinson Canada 75 0.00
1st Women 40-49 1:02:10 Wendy Calarco Berwick, PA 45 0.00
2nd Women 40-49 1:04:53 Jennifer Heck West Wyoming, PA 40 0.00
3rd Women 40-49 1:05:36 Sonia Crane Danville, PA 42 0.00
1st Women 50-59 1:09:51 Katie Fisher McEwensville, PA 55 0.00
2nd Women 50-59 1:10:08 Nancy Morrison Canada 56 0.00
3rd Women 50-59 1:13:41 Barbara Martin Lewisburg, PA 54 0.00
1st Women 60-69 1:17:58 Nancy Werthmuller Scott Township, PA 61 0.00
1st Women 70+ 1:40:17 Joan Miller Danville, PA 71 0.00

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At A Glance
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LocationBerwick, PA
Race Distance9 miles
Race Date 2015November 27, 2015
  Race Date 2014  November 27, 2014
  Race Date 2013  November 28, 2013
  Race Date 2012  November 22, 2012
  Race Date 2011  November 24, 2011
Years Running105
2014 Total Finishers1,388
Age Group Awards5 Year
Entry Fee25.00
Online RegistrationUSATF Certified

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