Stewart and Stephanie Reich have come out with their own slogan of sorts: The couple that runs together wins together.
This husband-wife duo tried out this new phrase on Thursday with a sweep of the annual Way Station of Frederick County’s Turkey Trot 5-kilometer Races.
Stewart Reich, coming off his win in September’s Market Street Mile, won the overall and men’s crown with a course-record time of 15 minutes, 2 seconds.
A little over a minute later, Stephanie Reich, who won the women’s title at the Army 10-miler last month, hit the finish line in 16:42, successfully defending her women’s title. She was eighth overall in the race.
“This was a fun race,” said Stewart Reich, who hardly appeared winded after Thursday’s race. “But it was a lot damper than in years past.”
Stephanie Reich was watching the weather forecast, too, these past few days, wondering if she and her husband would get drenched on the course. Instead, the wet weather, which had moved through the area in the overnight hours Thursday, had cleared out in time for the start of the race.
“I took a more conservative approach, though, when I turned the corners during the race,” said Stephanie Reich, the women’s winner of this years Frederick Half-Marathon. “I was watching out for any wet spots on the course, making sure I didn’t slip.”
The Reichs’ way of winning their races seemed effortless. Both athletes set comfortable paces for themselves, something they learned in their high school days at Thomas Johnson.
Stewart Reich was on a 4:51 mile pace. Stephanie Reich had set a 5:23 pace for the mile.
Stewart Reich stayed with the starting pack of runners for about a mile, then beginning to slowly pull away after that. Soon, he had distanced himself from the rest of the field.
“I just got into a good rhythm out on the course, then just kept up an easy pace the rest of the way,” Stewart Reich said. “There were a few slippery spots, but I didn’t have any problems.”
Nicolas Crouzier was second in the race (15:15). Austin Hayslett, of Mount Airy, finished third (15:41).
Stephanie Reich enjoyed being among the field of men’s runners. It helped her pace herself along the way.
“There was a good group of guys out there today,” she said. “There were a lot of guys right there with me.”
A former teammate of Stephanie Reich’s at TJ, Savanna Plombon, was second in the women’s division (17:52).
“It was great, seeing some of my friends from school here today,” Stephanie Reich said. “That’s what makes this one of my favorite races.”
Up next for the Reichs is the Club National Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, Florida, in two weeks. Both are members of Pacers’ Running Club in Washington.
The Reichs are considering running in the Frederick Half-Marathon next May, but neither have formally committed to the event.
“I will try and fit [it into] in my schedule,” Stephanie Reich said. “I’m pretty much a track runner, but I’ll see what happens.”
Notes: Louis Levine was fourth overall in the race (15:56). Patrick Duboyce was fifth (16:22). ...More than 4,000 runners competed in the Turkey Trot and 1-kilometer Fun Run combined.