Heitzman continues winning ways
Eudora's Paul Heitzman added to his long list of accomplishments as he won the Masters National Championship 5K race in Carlsbad, Calif. on April 1.
Heitzman, who was running the Carlsbad race for the first time, won the 70-74 division of the race with a time of 19:54.
According to Heitzman, the race is billed as the world's fastest 5K because Kenyan runner Sammy Kipketer, 19, broke a world record during the race in 2000 with a time of 13 minutes.
Kipketer made a strong effort to break his own record this year and was ahead of last year's pace, Heitzman said.
The crowd was cheering so loudly when he approached the finish line that he thought he would break the record easily and he slowed down to enjoy the moment. Consequently, Kipketer tied his last year's record.
A new record would have brought him a $10,000 bonus in addition to the $5,000 he received for winning the race.
Heitzman had the opportunity to witness the event.
"It was really exciting to watch a world record being tied," he said. "My race was over and I was able to watch and enjoy the elite race. I think I was as excited about seeing the world record tied as I was about winning my division in the master's race that took place earlier."