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Meet the 2016 Blue Cross Broad Street Run's Top Female Runner

At the Finish Line: Crystal Burnick, Blue Cross BSR's Fastest Woman

Crystal Burnick, 27, of Skippack, Montgomery County, finished first among the women who competed in the 2016 Blue Cross Broad Street Run, and 92nd in the race overall. She and her fiance talked with NBC10's Lauren Mayk beyond the finish line. (Published Sunday, May 1, 2016)

No amount of rain, dark clouds or headwind could damper Crystal Burnick's spirit in the moments after she crossed the finish line at the 2016 Blue Cross Broad Street Run, placing first among women in the race and 92nd overall.

Burnick, 27, who is from Skippack, Montgomery County, ran the 10-mile race in 57:05, with a pace of 5:42 per mile, according to race standing statistics.

NBC10 was there as she and her fiance, Bob Bacon -- who also ran the race -- shared a special moment together beyond the finish line.

"She always impresses me more and more, and this is just icing on the cake," said Bacon, 28, as he stood next to Burnick. "She works so hard, she gets out there every day just grinding, and this is the reward for it, and I couldn't be happier. So that's why I had to finish as fast as I could, to give her a kiss."

Crystal Burnick, 27, the fastest woman to complete the 2016 Blue Cross Broad Street Run, shares a proud moment with her fiance, Bob Bacon, after both finished the race on Sunday.
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Bacon finished the race about two and a half minutes behind his fiancee, in 59:45, pacing at 5:58 a mile.

Burnick, a veteran runner who now has five Blue Cross Broad Street Runs under her belt, said she tried a new strategy during Sunday's Blue Cross Broad Street Run, and it paid off.

"I just followed what my coach told me to do, go out a little more conservative than I had ever done before, and I had a lot more left at the end, so I felt strong enough and just kept it going," Burnick said. "And made some friends along the way who helped me out and helped me pace."

Burnick said that's what she loves most about running Broad Street: The crowds cheer on the runners, and the runners cheer on each other.

"Even on a rainy day like this, there were still people everywhere. Broad street, everyone supports each other, and I love it," Burnick said. "This is my fifth year running it, and I plan to keep running it."