The Ashenfelter 8K Classic (A8K) is a United States Track & Field-NJ Championship Road Race which is open to everyone... walkers, joggers, runners and racers. The race is produced by the Glen Ridge Educational Foundation.
|Male||24:11||Jaouad El jazouli||37||Paterson, NJ|
|2nd Male||24:32||Elliot Gindi||23||Eatontown, NJ|
|3rd Male||24:48||Aaron Leskow||29||Conshohocken, PA|
|4th Male||24:57||Pelle Nogueira||22||Glen Ridge, NJ|
|Female||26:35||ROBERTA GRONER||43||LEDGEWOOD, NJ|
|2nd Female||28:45||EMILY ROSARIO||31||NEW YORK, NY|
|3rd Female||28:55||GIANNA TEDESCHI||22||SKILLMAN, NJ|
|4th Female||29:04||AMANDA ELLER||30||WOODBINE, NJ|
|M 40-49||25:19||Fabian Daza||40||Fairview, NJ|
|M 50-59||27:45||JONATHAN FRIEDER||51||RYE BROOK, NY|
|M 60-69||30:41||MICHAEL SALAMONE||61||RINGWOOD, NJ|
|M 70+||33:09||DANIEL FISHBANE||75||WAYNE, NJ|
|F 40-49||26:35||ROBERTA GRONER||43||LEDGEWOOD, NJ|
|F 50-59||31:31||SUZANNE LA BURT||58||GREENWOOD LAKE, NY|
|F 60-69||34:07||WENDY LOCKE||60||BOONTON, NJ|
|F 70+||42:41||JO ANN COFFEE||73||SOMERSET, NJ|
Horace Ashenfelter, the Olympic Gold Medalist that the race is named after, was one of America’s premier distance runners during the 1950s, winning 17 national championships at a variety of distances. But his most remarkable achievement was winning the gold medal in the 1952 Olympic 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Ashenfelter was the first American since James Lightbody in 1904 to win the Olympic steeplechase beating the favorite, Vladimir Kazantsev of the Soviet Union. Horace Ashenfelter also won the 1952 Sullivan Award as the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete.
Ashenfelter served in World War II and then attended Penn State. He won the NCAA 2-mile run in 1949, the IC4A outdoor 2-mile in 1948 and 1949, and the IC4A indoor 2-mile in 1948. He was also AAU national champion in cross-country, 1951, 1955 and 1956; the steeplechase, 1951, 1953, and 1956; the 3-mile run, 1954 and 1955; the 6-mile, 1950; and the indoor 3-mile, 1952 through 1956.