On your mark: Beverly man finishes first at Y5 Road Race

Jason Lipot’s knee gave out on him midway through the 11th annual Marietta Times Y5 Road Race Sunday at Muskingum Park, forcing him to walk a significant portion of the race.

The 40-year-old from Beverly still won with 26 seconds to spare, as he built a strong enough lead at the beginning to overcome the injury.

“I’ve been kind of battling a knee issue,” Lipot said.

“I would say probably the last 800, my knee just gave out on me. I walked almost the last 400, but I told myself ‘I didn’t come here just to give up.’ There was a guy kind of close to me, but I started to run again.”

And the rest is history. Lipot finished with a top time of 21:09.12, and while he was unable to accomplish his goal of breaking 20 minutes due to the knee mishap, he was more than happy with the final result.

“It’s exciting for me,” Lipot said.

“Real excited to win one overall. I’ve always told myself I’d like to win one. I’ve ran quite a few of them.”

Lipot was on quite a hot streak coming into the race.

“I’ve been running hard,” he said. “Been training a lot over the summer. I did a race in Key West that had like over 800 runners. I finished 18th overall and first in my age group.”

Despite living locally, Lipot had never run the Y5 before, but enjoyed his first experience with it.

“Beautiful race,” he said. “Along the river. Nice and comfortable. Cool morning. Very nice.”

Lipot was joined in the race by his son Braden, a 12-year-old. Braden, however, did more than just run.

“I’ve got to throw a shoutout to my son,” the elder Lipot said. “He finished third overall in the 10-14 (boys run division), but he dribbled a basketball the whole way.”

Braden is a student at Fort Frye Junior High, and is currently on the cross country team. He participated in Saturday’s Broughton Invite in Marietta, and was exhausted from that, so his dad thought he could sharpen his hoops skills.

“He ran a race Saturday and was sore, tired, cramped up,” Jason said.

“He said ‘I don’t really want to run.’ I was like ‘Well just bring a basketball and take it easy. Practice with your left hand.'”

Emilee Ellison, a 10-year-old from Parkersburg, was the top female finisher.

She finished in 24:19.45, good for 17th overall.

In the walk division, David Torbett, 49, of Marietta, finished first among males with a time of 30:55.57.

For the second year in a row, Donna Graham, 63, of Lowell, took the top prize in the female walk division with a time of 32:19.66.

Runner-ups in the run division were Bill Asbury (21:35.02), 42, of Parkersburg, and Katie Vickers (24:47.35), 28, of Vienna.

Third place finishers were Belpre resident Bill Gardner (21:54.91), 51, and Tara Carlsen (24:55.44), 22, of Vincent, in the male and female divisions, respectively.