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Bull Run Run 2000
Battle Report

Updated: 1930 hours, April 21
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Gilley and the GangBoth the male and female course records fell as the North invaded the South in the Eighth Battle of the Bull Run Run 50 Miler. Courtney Campbell won the event and took over two minutes off of Scott Jurek's course record. Courtney only claimed the victory at the top of the last hill, where he passed Clark Zealand who had been ahead of him for most of the day. Meanwhile, Christy Cosgrove lowered Debbie Berner's course record by over 11 minutes. The day was marked by an assult by the G.A.C. Ultra Team that brought 25 Yankees to invade the South. G.A.C. won the team competion over the RAT team from Pennsylvannia. There were 247 finishers out of 275 starters.

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Bull Run Run 2000 Information

Division Winners

Men

Overall Winner and South Open Winner- Courtney Campbell - 6:27:50*
North Open Winner - Barry Lewis - 6:53:56
South Master Winner - Scott McKenzie - 7:31:15
North Master Winner - Tim Hewitt - 7:36:14
South Senior Winner - David Horton - 7:57:03*
North Senior Winner - Mike Cambell - 8:13:33
Super Senior Winner - Joe Dabes - 9:24:58*
Clydesdale Winner - Kevin Budd - 8:16: 46*

Women

Overall Winner and North Open Winner - Christy Cosgrove - 7:47:35*
South Open Winner - Courtney Fenstermacher - 8:30:53
North Master Winner - Debora Cole - 9:42:38
South Master Winner - Renee Pickard - 9:03:46
North Senior Winner - Meredith Bonta - 11:15:24
South Senior Winner - Joann Weidman - 11:11:12
Clydesdale Winner - Colleen Dulin - 9:13:09*

* = course record for that age category (not the record for the age category by declaration -- eg, we don't keep different records for north and south in master -- just the overall master's record)

 

Results

by Valerie Meyer and Ed Demoney
* = Course Record

1 Courtney Campbell 06:27:50* 35 VA
2 Clark Zealand 06:29:01 26 VA
3 Barry Lewis 06:53:56 40 PA
4 Dom Repta 07:28:30 26 CAN
5 Scott McKenzie 07:31:15 45 CA
6 Tim Hewitt 07:36:14 45 PA
7 Moe Pratt 07:37:53 37 MA
8 Evan Sandt 07:39:54 30 PA
9 Dave Mahan 07:41:02 39 MA
10 Vassili Triantos 07:45:20 45 MD
11 Michael Zealand 07:46:12 24 VA
12 Christy Cosgrove 07:47:35* 39F MA
13 David Horton 07:57:03 50 VA
14 Ron Ross 07:57:35 41 OH
15 Robin Kane 08:09:22 37 VA
16 Michael Campbell 08:13:33 50 VA
17 Eric Ivey 08:15:34 28 MD
18 Jim Campiformio 08:15:48 50 CT
19 Kevin Budd 08:16:46 22 VA
20 Wade Repta 08:17:40 30 CAN
21 Frank Probst 08:23:36 56 VA
22 David Feinauer 08:25:44 46 PA
  Michael Yoder 08:25:44 38 PA
24 Tim Stanley 08:28:36 44 VA
25 Greg Zaruba 08:30:35 33 MD
26 Courtney Fenstermacher 08:30:53 29F PA
  Debbie Berner 08:30:53 33F PA
28 Rob Plevell 08:36:31 31 VA
29 Christopher Pierce 08:37:45 39 MA
  David Chechik 08:37:45 36 MA
31 Jeffrey Holdaway 08:44:13 41 VA
32 Jeff Hinte 08:47:20 44 MD
33 Scott Homan 08:47:59 42 MA
34 Keith Moore 08:49:54 30 DC
  Kevin Sayers 08:49:54 41 MD
36 Michael Kennedy 08:50:27 44 NC
37 TR Baudoindajoux 08:52:58 40 VA
38 Kevin Bligan 08:56:52 40 PA
39 Laura Kulsik 08:58:54 39F CA
40 John Dodds 09:00:08 49 VA
41 Anthony Welch 09:01:29 35 MD
42 Mike Vieyra 09:02:27 46 PA
43 Bruce Swatek 09:03:42 33 VA
44 Renee Pickard 09:03:46 41F NC
45 Matthew Mace 09:04:05 39 MD
46 Gary Reilly 09:04:29 44 MD
47 Gyula Kiss 09:07:47 41 VA
48 Colleen Dulin 09:13:09 31F VA
49 Timothy Clapp 09:13:43 42 VA
50 Jim Barry 09:14:07 55 MA
51 Michele Burr 09:16:26 34F MD
52 Jeffrey Stiner 09:16:47 27 PA
53 Philip Young 09:17:26 48 VA
54 Steve Burrows 09:19:48 48 CAN
55 Joe Dabes 09:24:58 60 NY
56 Al Catalano 09:26:48 47 MA
57 Erik Leeds 09:30:33 26 PA
  John Weitzel 09:30:33 48 PA
59 Charles Dona 09:35:16 27 VA
60 Steve Amarillo 09:37:00 37 VA
  Tom Green 09:37:00 49 MD
62 Paul Raymond 09:37:05 45 CAN
63 Bob Gaylord 09:37:22 51 VA
64 Tom Rineer 09:38:20 41 PA
65 Dave Jenkins 09:38:58 33 VA
66 King Jordan 09:40:17 56 DC
67 Ed Sullivan 09:40:37 35 NY
68 Rollie Everson 09:40:40 41 MN
69 Bill Kasson 09:41:21 49 AZ
70 Joseph Waldron 09:41:49 41 VA
71 Dan Walsh 09:42:38 36 MA
  Debora Cole 09:42:38 44F MA
  Tom O'Donnell 09:42:38 33 MA
74 Paul Ammann 09:42:41 39 VA
75 Marc Landry 09:47:25 44 PA
  Mark Leuschner 09:47:25 36 NH
77 Bill Van Antwerp 09:48:20 54 VA
78 Bert Ammann 09:49:11 47 IA
79 Michael Karch 09:49:51 30 VA
80 Paul Rapavi 09:50:14 42 VA
81 Charles Crowell 09:51:00 54 PA
82 Greg Foster 09:51:21 44 PA
83 Anthony Maye 09:51:48 47 NC
84 Andy Keegan 09:52:12 43 PA
  Harry Smith 09:52:12 51 PA
  Sally Higgins 09:52:12 38F PA
87 Stan Jensen 09:52:16 47 CA
88 Geoff Going 09:53:07 55 RI
89 Gary Knipling 09:54:07 56 VA
  Keith Knipling 09:54:07 24 VA
91 Chris Trimmer 09:54:33 27 VA
92 Rick Seipp 09:54:52 37 VA
93 Amy Thompson 09:55:03 23F VA
94 Mike Bright 09:56:36 49 MD
95 Andy Wiley 09:57:07 40 VA
96 Don Villeneuve 09:57:52 60 NY
97 Al Schumm 09:58:26 42 VA
98 Brent Fenstermacher 09:58:54 32 PA
99 Peter Bonaccorsi, Jr. 10:00:29 55 MA
100 Michael Tatarko 10:01:10 41 PA
101 Libby Crockart 10:02:58 33F PA
102 John Blakemore 10:04:04 55 OH
103 Scott Morrison 10:04:21 30 VA
104 Larry Minogue 10:04:24 43 MD
105 Ray Mount 10:06:01 53 MA
106 Paul Correia 10:07:35 46 MA
107 Bethany Charron 10:07:44 22F VA
108 Martin Sullivan 10:11:32 39 MA
109 Charlie Flach 10:12:18 52 PA
110 Randy Snyder 10:14:36 51 VA
111 Cynthia Sanchas 10:18:49 44F PA
112 John Bozung 10:22:01 47 UT
113 James Gilford 10:22:42 42 MA
  Leo Jones 10:22:42 61 MA
  Rich LeBoeuf 10:22:42 47 MA
116 John DeWalt 10:24:05 63 PA
117 Mike Franusich 10:28:09 47 PA
118 Ben Clark 10:28:35 42 KWT
  Keith Brophy 10:28:35 37 MI
120 Tommy Trask 10:28:36 53 VA
  William Raskin 10:28:36 33 VA
122 Wayne Lapham 10:28:42 53 VA
123 Mark Young 10:29:51 38 OH
124 Michael Talbert 10:31:32 41 ME
125 Robert Atlas 10:31:35 45 OH
126 Denise Kelly Yoder 10:35:59 38F PA
127 Patti Harden 10:36:32 47F MD
  Steven Eggert 10:36:32 43 MD
129 Leonard Burridge 10:36:56 33 VA
  Sean Andrish 10:36:56 30 VA
131 Bob Anderson 10:37:05 53 VA
132 Faye Krause 10:38:15 34F VA
  John Sondermann 10:38:15 46 VA
134 Andy Wright 10:38:40 46 NC
135 Daniel Quinn 10:38:55 43 PA
136 Margaret Starnes 10:39:29 45F MD
137 Jeanne Christie 10:40:24 42F MD
138 Tom Zinkle 10:40:26 56 OH
139 Bill Wandel 10:42:02 56 MD
140 Peter Copelas 10:42:15 39 MA
141 Mike Bouscaren 10:43:10 53 MA
142 Robin Vieyra 10:43:54 59 SC
143 John Hampton 10:47:13 42 MD
  Tammy White 10:47:13 37F CO
145 Neil Whiteman 10:48:15 37 VA
146 Steve Gass 10:50:12 24 VA
147 Jason Kaffenberger 10:53:24 36 CT
148 Russell Gill 10:56:30 36 VA
149 Loreen Hewitt 10:56:37 43F PA
150 Roger Martell 10:57:35 51 MA
151 Kathy Cooper 10:58:37 40F TX
  Mike Turon 10:58:37 53 CA
153 Jean Lichtenberger 11:01:56 42F VA
154 Frank McCardell 11:02:22 56 PA
155 Marcia Peters 11:02:37 43F PA
156 Michael Dorovitsine 11:02:56 41 NY
157 Martha Gilford 11:04:37 40F MA
158 Linda Vallee 11:05:03 40F NY
159 Chris Feyedelem 11:08:05 30 VA
160 Tom Crull 11:08:36 57 TX
161 Ann Tone 11:08:57 43F NJ
162 Ronald Paquette 11:09:37 58 ME
163 Michael Weber 11:10:22 45 VA
164 Jeffrey Cleveland 11:10:49 40 MD
165 JoAnn Weidman 11:11:12 51F PA
166 Mary Andrews 11:14:28 22F VA
  Wesley Fenton 11:14:28 39 OH
168 Fred Gruhle 11:15:24 45 NY
  Meredith Bonta 11:15:24 54F MD
  Sue Briers 11:15:24 44F MD
171 Thomas Rosato 11:16:32 43 PA
172 Brian McNeill 11:17:27 41 MD
173 Tom Sprouse 11:18:48 58 VA
174 Steve Bowles 11:19:16 53 VA
175 Kari Collignon 11:19:43 38F VA
176 Angela Purcell 11:19:59 24F CT
177 Allen Montgomery 11:22:55 61 SC
178 David Hughes 11:24:18 54 IN
179 Debbie Moss 11:27:17 45F UT
180 Janet Vincent 11:29:11 42F VA
181 Mary Lang 11:29:41 46F MD
182 Ralph Tressler 11:30:28 46 OH
183 Noelle Olson 11:31:23 41F VA
184 Bob Coyne 11:36:09 53 MD
185 David Janosko 11:37:36 42 OH
186 Sergio Osteguin 11:37:59 34 VA
  Stanley Spence 11:37:59 44 VA
188 Dennis Howe 11:38:22 57 NY
  James Moore 11:38:22 55 VA
190 Michael Carroll 11:38:36 53 MD
191 Gary Fell 11:44:04 52 OH
192 Vic Ware 11:44:25 64 WV
193 Milton Webb 11:45:04 43 WV
194 Richard Ware 11:45:22 55 NY
195 Keith Dunn 11:45:27 40 VA
196 Daniel Flatin 11:45:34 38 NJ
197 Barry Hale 11:46:11 37 VA
  Ed Ward 11:46:11 41 VA
  Mark Benn 11:46:11 40 VA
200 Suzi Cope 11:47:32 52F TX
201 David Zevin 11:49:40 51 CT
202 Edward Mulvey 11:52:23 40 MA
203 Jean Gerstein 11:53:19 49F OH
204 Peter Suomela 11:56:49 51 CAN
205 David Halbleib 11:57:19 59 PA
206 Charles Muskin 11:58:00 50 MD
  William Myers 11:58:00 50 MD
208 David Standley 12:02:28 45 OH
209 James Marvin 12:05:13 34 VA
  Peter Wikul 12:05:13 47 VA
211 John Joseph 12:07:16 52 MD
212 Joseph Szekeresh 12:09:23 59 PA
213 Mark Duarte 12:09:46 40 VA
214 Jack McGiffin 12:13:14 61 ENG
215 Lou Jones 12:16:37 55 VA
216 Jed Davis 12:17:51 52 OH
  Walt Coleman 12:17:51 34 OH
218 Celia Leber 12:22:16 35F ME
  Dennis Hamrick 12:22:16 41 WV
  Penny Duncan 12:22:16 49F ME
221 Jim Boyes 12:24:12 58 CAN
  John Sheets, Jr. 12:24:12 55 WV
223 Vincent Applewhite 12:25:03 33 VA
224 David Ford 12:25:17 60 TX
225 Amanda Preble 12:25:31 36F VA
226 John Schropp 12:25:43 30 MD
227 Dale Weitzel 12:25:59 48F PA
228 Ray Sanchas 12:26:32 49 PA
229 Carolyn Gernand 12:26:59 51F VA
  David Heitkamp 12:26:59 49 IN
231 Euplio Marciano 12:34:16 39 NC
  John Prohira 12:34:16 45 NY
233 Jamie Shaffer 12:35:52 50F PA
  Joanne Smith 12:35:52 37F PA
235 Randy Whisnant 12:42:08 49 VA
  Robert McCathern 12:42:08 32 VA
237 John Eurton 12:42:24 40 MI
  Richard Green 12:42:24 58 MA
239 Joseph Malinowski 12:43:57 52 VA
  M. Robert Saraniero 12:43:57 25 VA
241 Miguel Gomez 12:46:15 51 VA
242 Don Lindley 12:48:04 56 IN
243 Cheryl Hynes 12:48:30 33F VA
244 Malinda Parris 12:48:58 25F MD
245 Brad White 12:49:25 32 VA
246 David Zuniga 12:51:57 30 MA
247 Charlie Sabatine 12:54:30 66 NY

"A BLUE - GRAY CLASSIC"
2000 BULL RUN RUN 50 MILER

Steven A. Simon

Dawn broke ominously for the eighth annual Battle of Bull Run with gray, thick cloud cover denying the blue sky any chance of making even a cameo appearance. The cool temperatures (55 degrees at the 6:15 start) helped the competitors, but made things uncomfortable for the crews, aid station workers and other volunteers. Compounding the problem, a light rain fell intermittently throughout the thirteen-hour race period. The slippery trail took down many of the 275 starters, who stoically wore the "brown badge of courage" on their arms and legs for the rest of the day. The challenging conditions, however, failed to dampen the enthusiasm of anyone involved in the event, and may have helped a record 247 determined competitors cross the finish line.

The end of the men's division produced stunned gasps from the folks at the finish line, and surprised even the two runners involved. Clark Zealand led almost from the start, cruising comfortably and building up a lead as large as twelve minutes late in the race. Courtney Campbell, who had won the November 1999 JFK 50 by catching Zealand in the final miles, did his best to stay close, complaining of tiredness throughout the middle section of the race. To observers, the real battle among the men's elite seemed to be whether or not he would be able to hold off 1994 Winner Barry Lewis, who was running third all day.

In the final stages of the event, however, Campbell seemed to gain momentum and Zealand eased off slightly. Still, neither thought it would matter. Campbell said after the race he had conceded first place, but was hoping to better the course record of 6:30:05 set last year by Scott Jurek. Zealand, confident it would take a course record to beat him, thought he'd put enough space between himself and both his adversary and the JFK nightmare.

History repeated itself, however, as, in the push up the final hill to the finish line (put there by the sadistic organizers), Campbell surged into the lead and won going away, lowering the course record by two minutes, to 6:27:50. Zealand gained some small consolation by also breaking the old course record with a sterling 6:29:05 time.

The women's race lacked the drama, but not the astonishing athleticism and drive, of the men's division. Without the benefit of close competition to push her, Christy Cosgrove led virtually wire-to-wire, breaking Debbie Berner's existing course record with a phenomenal time of 7:47:35. She took 12th place overall and finished a remarkable 43 minutes ahead of her closest competitors, Courtney Fenstermacher and Debbie Berner.

Among the other winners was David Horton, who broke the day's third record, this the Senior time, with a 7:57:03, good for 13th place overall. Joe Dabes set a super senior record that may be tough to ever equal, as the 60 year old posted a phenomenal 9:24:58. The north, in the form of the Gilley's Athletic Club (GAC), which rallied the troops from Massachusetts and descended on the event en masse, took home the team trophy. Winning team members were Moe Pratt, Dave Mahan, Christy Cosgrove, Christopher Pierce, and David Chechik who finished in a combined time of 40 hours and 22 minutes, minutes, well ahead of RATSí second place time of 43:24. VHTRC Scouts finished third this year, only three minutes behind the RATS. The men's and women's Clydesdale winners, Kevin Budd and Coleen Dulin respectively, also set records.

While the leaders struggled with each other and the record-holding ghosts of the past, the real battles were being waged throughout the park. Each of these individuals fought against the elements, the deceptively difficult course, and their own self-doubts. Almost half of the runners who toed the chalk start line in the dim morning light were new to the Bull Run Run, and a significant number of those were attempting their first fifty-miler. That so many negotiated the mud, the stream crossings, and the cumulative pain of the undulating hills is a testament to their determination and fortitude. By design, however, competitors who finished in the final hour received special tribute. Runners and volunteers assembled near the finish line for the awards ceremony showed their respect for these late finishers by rising and cheering as each one approached the line. These folks who, on a cost-per-hour rate, got their money's worth for the entry fee, seemed to revel in the acknowledgment.

Which is not to say that everyone didn't get his or her money's worth. BRR has gained the well-deserved reputation as a first-class event, with well-marked and challenging trails, quality aid stations, and great "loot." This year, each entrant received an embroidered shirt and a large race logo screened Brooks athletic bag. Finishers needed the bag to hold a beautiful fleece vest, which was adorned with a Civil War-like pin complete with one star for every battle they'd completed.

Competitors were effusive in their praise of the course, the staff, the volunteers, and even the other competitors. One runner told how he'd requested a sandwich at an aid station, but didn't want to wait for it to be made. He took off, only to be run down a few minutes later by an aid station worker who delivered the sandwich. Courtney Campbell said how much he appreciated the cheers from the pack on the double out-and-back course. Those mid-packers returned the complement, expressing gratitude that leaders were cheering them on as they passed.

Although this was the wettest Bull Run Run, it was, by all accounts, among the most successful. If all of the runners who pledged to return next year follow through, the 300-runner limit will be reached quickly. The race's growing reputation will ensure a full field for years to come. On behalf of the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club, thanks again to all our stalwart volunteers and congrats to all those who came to engage in another battle of Bull Run.

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