Dave Berdan, of Baltimore, crossed the finish line at the Baltimore 10-Miler Saturday morning with a time of 53:17 – clocking in at the second fastest pace in the race’s history.
“It’s not even about winning,” Berdan said. “It’s about pushing your body and seeing what your body is capable of. I think everyone that does has a little OCD or an addiction. Eventually, maybe, when I slow down, I’ll stop.”
The race record was set by Jesse Stroobunts with a time of 52:04:00 in 2013.
This was the third race for Berdan since coming off of a muscular tear in the fall, which kept him from competing.
“It’s been a rough year,” he said, "although, I think I’m finally coming around.”
Berdan, who won the Baltimore Marathon in 2013, said he was surprised by the pace of the Baltimore 10-Miler.
“It felt great. I kind of surprised myself. It was surprising how easy the pace felt,” he said.
Berdan is the cross country and distance track coach at Stevenson University. He said he has hopes of qualify for the Olympic trials in distance running later this year.
For anyone other than Hannah Hanson, running 10 miles in 1:05:00 would be impressive.
“It was not good for me," Hanson said. “I was not in shape.”
Hanson, 35, holds the record for fastest pace at the Baltimore 10-Miler in the women's bracket with a time of 1:02:01 set at the 2012 race.
Still, the Frederick County resident loves the 10-Miler for the simple fact that it brings the community together.
“I love this race, just because of the charity it supports, the support for Baltimore itself, especially after what has happened over the past couple of weeks. It’s just so great to see the locals to come out and support everybody,” Hanson said.
“You’ve got people from all different walks of life: people that are injured, people that are handicapped, people who are slow, people who are fast – everybody supports everybody no matter if you’re the first person or the last person," Hanson continued. "It’s just awesome to see so much community support and involvement.”
Despite not setting a new record, Hanson said she still takes pride in showing others like herself that a busy life doesn't have to impact your dreams.
“I just love coming out here and motivating people and letting them see that, as a person who works full-time and has 6 year old twins, you can still balance things in your life," Hanson said. "You don’t have to give up on your dreams or goals or aspirations just because there are lots of challenges that you case.
“You still have the ability to shoot for the stars and do what you want to do.”