Pump and Run Contest Pushes Participants to the Limit

The Second Annual Pump and Run Contest, coordinated by Dr. Thomas G. Winter of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Physics Department, was held in conjunction with the Arts at Hayfield Summer Festival on Sunday, August 30, 2009. The event enticed many competitors, both locally and out-of-state.

Each contestant bench-pressed his or her body weight, or a percentage thereof, according to the age category they were in.  This was followed by a five-kilometer run, which was held on a measured back-road course. The total results were then taken into account to determine the overall winners.

The overall top two male and top two female finishers in the combined pump and run contest received either cash awards or memberships to the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Athletics and Recreation Building.  The overall top male and female runners also received awards. Other leading contestants in the various age categories also received awards: ten in the 15-39 age group and five in each of the other age groups. 

The first five male overall winners were Brian Lisowski, 42; Craig Rome, 43; Dennis Tanner, 52; Tom Ducatte, 56; and Arthur Jordan, 46.  The first five female overall winners were Kelly Rupp, 48; Nancy Lee Harmon, 50; Kyla Hennigan, 16; Val Tanner, 50; and Michele Jordan, 45.

Event organizer Dr. Winter stated he was very pleased with the outcome of the contest, noting that there was much more participation in this year's competition over last year's.

For more information, please contact Melissa Gunshannon, Public Information Coordinator at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, at 570-675-9269 or [email protected].

Pump and Run photo collage