Battle Report
Bull Run Run 50 Mile

April 14, 2012

Overall Results

This page has links to the results, photos, and information from the 2012 Bull Run Run 50 Mile. The finishing data here is now final.

Aliza Lapierre
Picture: Aaron Schwartzbard

Read the battle report.

Lost and Found: We have a few items that were left at Hemlock. You can see a picture of them. If you think something is yours, contact the RD.

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See note
Entrants List (for identifying runners)

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Reports (Mostly on blogs)


North-South Competition

North-South Competition
Under 10 Hours
North 75 75
South 38 92.88872
Total 113  

Unlike the real war and modern politics, the competition between the North and South is not very serious. One indication that it's not serious is that many runners from Virginia run for the North.

For the first time in two years, the South has won, thus delaying Reconstruction for at least another year. More importantly, runners for the South will get the low bib numbers in 2013.

It is interesting to compare this year's competition to last year's. There were the same number of South runners under 10 hours this year and last. But in 2011, there were 93 sub-10 hour finishers as opposed to only 75 this year.

20th Battle Report

by Anstr Davidson, RD

Winners Aliza Lapierre and Brian Rusiecki
Photo: Chris Scott

The 2012 Bull Run Run produced the third event record in three years. In two of those three years, Aliza Lapierre of Vermont set the record. Aliza's time, 7:04:59, cut over 17 minutes from her 2010 women's event record. Serena Wilcox, also from Vermont, was second woman, and Kathleen Cusick of Tennessee was third. Aliza led from start to finish. She was so far ahead, that she exited the Do Loop before Serena entered it.

Last year was a mudfest. This year, the trail was bone-dry thanks to a warm spring without rain. This also meant that the bluebells were past their prime. On the other hand, there were dogwoods that we don't usually see.

The weather was good -- a bit warm in the morning but afternoon cloud cover prevented higher temps. It was one of those rare days were the volunteers could be comfortable while the runners were not too stressed.

New England also led the men's race. Brian Rusiecki of Massachusetts was the overall winner. His time of 6:14:05 is the third fastest BRR performance. Neal Gorman from Charlottesville finished in second place (as he did last year), and Jason Lantz of Pennsylvania was third.

20-Time Finishers:
Tom Green, Tim Stanley, and Frank Probst
Photo: Anstr Davidson

BRR is all about tradition -- both the 150 years-ago kind and 19 years-ago kind. Tim Stanley, Frank Probst, and Tom Green finished their 20th BRR. They have done 'em all. Bill Wandel's finish was his 18th, the most for someone who regularly runs for the North. Marcia Peters finished her 14th BRR, the most for a women.

Appropriately, the founder and first race director of BRR, Chris Scott, joined us. For those who don't know how the event got that way, you only needed to see Chris's blow-up monkey and palm tree in the Do Loop and the pork brains he contributed for aid. Lest you make the mistake of thinking that Chris is all goofball, he also donated framed shirts from the first Bull Run Run in 1993 (of which he was the RD). He awarded them to Frank Probst and Bill Wandel, the people with the most finishes for the South and North respectively. (We gave it to Frank over Tom and Tim on the basis of seniority.) The shirts will be perpetual trophies being held by the current runners with the most finishes for each side.

Chris at Work
Photo: Chris Scott

Speaking of North and South, the South won the competition between the two sides. This is the first time in two years that the North has lost. The winner is determined by the number of sub-10 hour runners for each side. The South will get the low numbers next year. This is not serious competition and bears little connection to the war 150 years ago. Of the BRR entrants from Virginia, 77 ran for the North while only 53 ran for the South.

The team competition was again dominated by the Woodley Ultra Society (WUS) with wins in the Male and Female categories. Mason-Dixon Runners was the top Coed team. MCRRC Absolute Zeros was the slowest team. The New 40's was the oldest team.

One runner pointed out that the best part of BRR is not the bluebells, it's the volunteers. There were over 100 people giving their time to make the event fun and safe. Over 15 attendants got everyone parked. Volunteers checked the markings on the trail ahead of the runners on race day. The aid stations went beyond the call of duty with extras like ice cream, popsicles, pizza, and cold towels. Each had more than one radio operator. At the finish, runners got another cold towel and a cold drink. Finally, the finish had music and the Furbutt Cafe.

Bunny, Stan, and Margie at Wolf Run Shoals
Photo: Bobby Gill

The Wolf Run Shoals aid station continued its themed tradition. Appropriately for BRR's theme, the WRS folks did Gone with the Wind. Stan was "Red Butler," Margie was a southern belle, and Bunny was another southern charmer.

We again had three volunteer photographers taking pictures. Others also submitted pictures. Aaron, Bobby, and Bob are semi-pros. Others, using more compact cameras also submitted photos. The result is that there should be more than one picture of everyone. Personal use of the pictures is free. This aspect of BRR is one of the many that sets it apart from other events.

Parking was a big issue this year. We took several measures to address the serious parking problems of a year ago, including reducing the size of the starting field and encouraging car pooling. It seems to have worked. There was room in the parking lot for everyone and many carpooled.

The only problem is that the field used for parking this year was dry as a bone. It could not take as many vehicles under wet conditions. It usually rains in Virginia in the spring. We will have to assess whether we can go back to 350 entrants next year.

About 20 years ago, Chris called me up and said, "Hey, how about this idea -- we can have people declare for the North or the South, give them blue or gray shirts, and have competitions within age groups for each side. We will call it the Bull Run Run, you know like the song Da Doo Ron Ron." I thought he was crazy. He was. But look at it now!

Anstr Davidson
Race Director

At the turn in bluebells: Deb, Jill, Sue, Bill, Marti, and Chris
(The monkey was disqualified for not wearing his bib number visibly.)
Photo: Bobby Gill

Note on Photos

We had three volunteer photographers this year -- Aaron Schwartzbard, Bobby Gill, and Bob Fabia. (Aaron was less active than usual because he was going to do Boston after BRR.) We have also received other contributions. There should be a photo of most runners at least somewhere. The volunteer photographers would be happy to let you use a photo for private, non-commercial purposes. If you want to do anything else with one of their pictures, please ask first.

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