Byrne Finishes Second in Second Oldest American Road Race

Berwick, PA

To make sure he didn’t put on any unwanted pounds late on Thanksgiving Day, Matty put his shoes on for a nice hard effort at the Berwick Run for the Diamonds. It is a truly unique race in many ways, as it boasts an extremely challenging course, it is the second oldest road race in the U.S., and the top seven finishers get diamond rings!

Matt worked hard, racing with Fred Joslyn (who recently ran 2:29 at the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon) and Princeton alumnus Tristan Colangelo. Matty took a 100-meter lead over Joslyn near the 3-mile mark, breaking away on the steep uphill portion of the race. But Joslyn made his move over the next mile, catching Matty at the four mile mark. From there, Joslyn held on for the win. And while second place is not what Matty was looking for, the race showed he has recovered well from Steamtown and is ready to race hard in 2007!