THE THIRD-PLACE finisher in yesterday's Blue Cross Broad Street Run is a familiar name to Philadelphia runners.

Macharia Yuot is a West Catholic High graduate who won six NCAA Division III titles running for Widener University. Widener coach Vince Touey said Yuot is scheduled to graduate in December.

Running Broad Street for the first time, Yuot finished in 47 minutes, 59 seconds.

Yuot received the Most Courageous Athlete award at the 2006 Philadelphia Sports Writers Association dinner.

Born in Sudan, in east Africa, Yuot was trapped in a civil war between Muslims and Christians. He and more than 20,000 boys fled across the border into Ethiopia. Known as the "Lost Boys of Sudan," about half didn't survive the wastelands of the sub-Sahara.

Referring to Patrick and Benson Cheruiyot, the top two finishers, Yuot said, "I was with them until 2 miles. They didn't know who I was; they were looking around. Then I decided to run my race."

Top cop injured

This isn't the way Mike Chitwood Jr. intended to spend yesterday.

This isn't the way Mike Chitwood Jr. intended to spend yesterday.

Chitwood, a former Philadelphia police officer who now is the police chief in Daytona Beach, Fla., was in town to run his 20th consecutive Broad Street Run. Running with Chitwood, 43, were 10 other Daytona officers.

Between miles three and four, Chitwood felt a pop in his right knee, accompanied by "excruciating pain. It felt like somebody hit me there with a baseball bat." He was treated at Delaware County Hospital for a torn meniscus muscle and released.

"Everyone had a great day, except for me," Chitwood said. "They are all out celebrating and I'm sitting here [at his hotel] chewing pain pills."

Lt. Rick Myers was the top DBPD finisher in 1:06.20 minutes.

A familiar name

Vince Lombardi, a resident of Packer Park in South Philly, finished in 1:15.51 (17th in the 60-64 age group).

Vince Lombardi, a resident of Packer Park in South Philly, finished in 1:15.51 (17th in the 60-64 age group).

Lombardi . . . Packer Park . . . a natural combination.

"I get a lot of [media] interest when the Eagles play Green Bay," Lombardi, 62, said before the race. "I'm an Eagles fan; around here, I'd better be."

The late Vince Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers to NFL dynasty status.

Lombardi has run Broad Street since 1991. His best time is 1:11.

Lombardi owns a prime meats shop at 18th Street and Packer Avenue.

Masterful runners

Fred Klevan, 45, of Merion Station, was the top masters finisher (25th overall) in 52:24. Bob Schwelm, 48, of Philadelphia, was next in 52:47.

Fred Klevan, 45, of Merion Station, was the top masters finisher (25th overall) in 52:24. Bob Schwelm, 48, of Philadelphia, was next in 52:47.

The top masters woman was Doreen McCoubrie, 45, of Malvern, in 58:52 (ninth overall among women).

Trophy mom

Jane Cordero, now 38, made her Broad Street debut when she was 16.

Jane Cordero, now 38, made her Broad Street debut when she was 16.

"My dad and brother were runners and we all ran the race that year," the Warminster resident said. "There were only about 4,000-5,000 runners and you could run for miles alone.

"We left right after the race. A few weeks later I received a trophy in the mail for third place in my age division. I was shocked and so happy."

"I have run the race every year since [except for the years she had children and injuries]. Our children always participate in the kids runs."

Cordero finished in 1:22.28 yesterday.

Broad Street beat

Flyers coach John Stevens completed the race in 1:21.47 . . . Race director Jim Marino attributed the almost 2,500 increase in runners from last year to the continuing rise of female runners. "Also, the weather forecast got people into the running mode," he said.

Flyers coach John Stevens completed the race in 1:21.47 . . . Race director Jim Marino attributed the almost 2,500 increase in runners from last year to the continuing rise of female runners. "Also, the weather forecast got people into the running mode," he said.

The race benefits the American Cancer Society . . . The James "Froggy" Carr Club, at 2nd and Reed streets, supplies a significant number of the labor force for the race. Club members march in the comic division of the Mummers Parade. *

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