Alex Paddison, 17, Frederick County High School Student, Takes First Place In Maryland Half Marathon
For immediate release: May 15, 2014
6th annual race, inaugural Maryland 5K support cancer research at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
May 15, 2014. Alex Paddison, a 17-year-old high school student from Adamstown in Frederick County, finished first in the 6th annual Maryland Half Marathon on May 10 in Maple Lawn, running the race in 1:22:14. A junior at Tuscarora High School, Paddison is the youngest runner to capture first place in the six-year history of the race that benefits the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.
Ashish Rathee, 38, of Ellicott City, placed second with a time of 1:26:08, and Tom Stock, 31, of Baltimore, was third with a time of 1:26:43. Monica Federoff, 25, of Bethesda, was the first female runner across the finish line with a time of 1:34:27, followed by Christina Markakis, 29, of Monkton, (1:35.55), and Robyn Humphrey, 50, of Ellicott City, (1:37:00).
Steve Schmitt, 25, of New Providence, Pa., took first place in Maryland 5K (17:32). The top female finisher was Rachel Thomas, 11, of Perry Hall, (21:41). This was the first year for the Maryland 5K.
This year’s Maryland Half Marathon County Cup will be presented for the first time to Frederick County. The cup is presented each year to the county executive of the home county of the first Maryland resident to cross the finish line. Runners from Baltimore County won the County Cup – the race’s top prize – for Baltimore County four of the six years. The County Cup was presented to Harford County in 2010.
A total of 1,800 people participated in this year’s event. Fundraising continues through May 31, 2014. Race officials anticipate that net proceeds will reach $300,000, bringing the amount of money raised since 2009 for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center to $1.8 million.
“We’re extremely grateful to all the runners and volunteers who have made the Maryland Half Marathon and 5K so successful,” says Kevin J. Cullen, M.D., director of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center and the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professor of Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “The funds that have been raised have been crucial to helping us to continue our research into new ways to fight cancer. We can’t thank everyone enough for their generous support.”
This year’s top fundraiser to date is Aaron Rapoport, M.D., a hematologist/oncologist at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center and the Gary Jobson Professor in Medical Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who has raised more than $22,000.
Co-founders Michael Greenebaum and Jon Sevel, Baltimore-area businessmen, started the Maryland Half Marathon in 2009 to benefit the cancer center, which is named for Greenebaum’s parents, Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum. His mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor.
The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated center in Baltimore affiliated with the University of Maryland Medical Center and University of Maryland School of Medicine, offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating all types of cancer and has an active cancer research program. It is ranked in the top 50 cancer programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. For more information about the cancer center, go to www.umgcc.org.