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Bohlke Flies in and Takes Flight 64 Four-Mile Road Race

March 18, 2007 — A runner hopped off a plane and raced to victory Sunday morning.
The route for the annual Flight 64 Four-Mile Road Race is parallel to the airport runway in St. Croix. One of the first planes to land early Sunday morning — just minutes before the start — was the Citation jet flown by Billy Bohlke, according to a news release from the V.I. Pace Runners.
After completing a charter from Pennsylvania that limited his rest over the past 24 hours, Bohlke hustled to the start, just off the ramp of Bohlke Airways. The field of all-male runners included Juan Robles, the top V.I. high school distance runner.
Both runners went through Mile One at a 5:18-per-mile pace, and turned around at Melvin Evans Highway, the two-mile mark, in 10:41. Bohlke edged slightly ahead of Robles in 14:46. Bohlke won the race in 21:39; Robles finished second in 21:57; Scott Fricks was third in 29:29; New York Marathon veteran Will Franks was the first senior runner in 30:48; Todd Harris finished fifth in 31:18; David Robins was the second senior runner in 32:31 and Julio Sanchez was the third senior runner in 33:32.
The next race on the V.I. Pace Runners' calendar is the annual National Library Week Run to Your Library on April 20. For more information, contact the V.I. Pace Runners at 340-643-2557 or check the group's website.

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March 18, 2007 -- A runner hopped off a plane and raced to victory Sunday morning.
The route for the annual Flight 64 Four-Mile Road Race is parallel to the airport runway in St. Croix. One of the first planes to land early Sunday morning -- just minutes before the start -- was the Citation jet flown by Billy Bohlke, according to a news release from the V.I. Pace Runners.
After completing a charter from Pennsylvania that limited his rest over the past 24 hours, Bohlke hustled to the start, just off the ramp of Bohlke Airways. The field of all-male runners included Juan Robles, the top V.I. high school distance runner.
Both runners went through Mile One at a 5:18-per-mile pace, and turned around at Melvin Evans Highway, the two-mile mark, in 10:41. Bohlke edged slightly ahead of Robles in 14:46. Bohlke won the race in 21:39; Robles finished second in 21:57; Scott Fricks was third in 29:29; New York Marathon veteran Will Franks was the first senior runner in 30:48; Todd Harris finished fifth in 31:18; David Robins was the second senior runner in 32:31 and Julio Sanchez was the third senior runner in 33:32.
The next race on the V.I. Pace Runners' calendar is the annual National Library Week Run to Your Library on April 20. For more information, contact the V.I. Pace Runners at 340-643-2557 or check the group's website.