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Enicks in command in marathon
By Ron Bush, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2005

CHICKAMAUGA , Ga. On Veteran's Day weekend, a retired Army lieutenant colonel won the  30th Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon. Hugh Enicks, 46, made his second marathon  a winning one Saturday with a time of 2 hours, 51 minutes, 19 seconds for the 26.2 miles. The Signal Mountain resident and lead teacher for Red Bank High School's Leadership Academy, which includes Junior ROTC, had won his age group and finished fifth overall in 2:54:50 in the same event last year.

Stacy Czerswinski of Key West, Fla., was the women's winner in 3:26:33, overtaking Cohutta's Dee Goodwin in the final quarter mile. Czerswinski, 38, subbed the battlefield race for the postponed Fort Lauderdale marathon for which she had trained.

Though personal records, both winning times were the slowest recorded for the event, which added a steep hill that had to be climbed twice in the rerouting for road construction.

Joe Bowman of Dunwoody, Ga., finished second out of 315 finishers, including one from Tokyo, in 2:55:54. Bowman, who has the lowest time average for anyone who has run marathons in all 50 states, also was second overall in the Spinx Run Fest Marathon  in Greenville, S.C., on Oct. 30.

Chris Wilson gave Signal Mountain a double triumph Saturday by winning the 10-mile race in 1:01:18. As with Enicks, it was his first overall first place. Caleb Morag was second in 1:01:34, and the women's winner was Sandra Murphy of Evans, Ga., in 1:14:32.

Although Enicks has run only two marathons , he's used to 50-milers and other ultra-marathons. He also runs area 5 ks but prefers longer races. "I grew up running. My dad ran at Purdue University, and he was a coach for years," said Enicks, who came to the area to teach four years ago instead of taking a civil engineering job in Washington, D.C. A paratrooper for 10 years of his Army career, he directed bridge projects in Bosnia and other engineering enterprises by the time he retired.

"I thought it was kind of strange when I got to the 10-mile mark and was running by myself," Enicks said. "Usually I'm chasing some younger guys. All of a sudden I was the pace car."

Goodwin was, too, for her gender. But Czerwinski "came from nowhere" to beat the 37-year-old 1988 and 1994-96 event winner who was running a marathon  for the first time time in at least five years.

Goodwin admitted that before the race she would've been thrilled to know she would be the No. 2 female, but her competitive nature wouldn't let her enjoy it afterward.

"That woman's got to be an incredible shape, or she was just holding back," Goodwin said. "I could tell at the switchbacks that I had quite a lead, and she just blew by me at the end."

"I was pacing myself," the Floridian conceded. "I was just trying to break 3:30."

She has run seven marathons , beginning in 2002. Her most recent was last January in Miami.

"I loved this course," she said. "I'm used to very flat terrain, so the rolling hills and beautiful scenery were great."     Enicks also lauded the course but went even further. He said his move to take the Red Bank job "was absolutely the best decision I ever made. This is a gorgeous town and with great people, and it's a great school."

Chattanooga's Pat Hagan was mildly irritated that his  24th Chickamauga marathon  in a row was his slowest, 4:01:52, but he enjoyed having his four grandchildren among the family members greeting him for his 155th complete marathon. Hagan, 55, wasn't even close to another finisher Saturday in that category, though. It was the 420th marathon  for 56-year-old Wisconsin resident Henry Rueden, who ran seven in October.

Rueden is an Army veteran, too. Last year at this time he was serving in Iraq.


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