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Bull Run Run 50

Fifth Battle
1997

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Ranks Swell at Fifth Running of Bull Run Run 50 -- Scott Mills, RD

The fifth running of the Bull Run Run 50 Mile trail ultra was a race director's dream: gorgeous weather, superb trail conditions and a diverse field of runners from 26 states and Canada. Each combatant converged at the start on Hemlock Overlook to test their mettle on this scenic but difficult course. The results were impressive. With a starting field of 216 runners, 199 successfully reined in the course. Each finished under the 13 hour limit, thereby earning a smartly embroidered finisher sweatshirt with veteran pin depicting their number of previous finishes. The superb conditions led most to believe that Mike Morton's and Bridget Brunnick's course records from last year might fall and indeed Mike's did, although the women's previous mark held by a scant 26 seconds!

As the gun went off at first light, it was obvious to all that Eric Clifton was going all out. No strategy here -- just a desire to run hard and fast as long as he could. His splits at the first couple of aid stations were on record-setting pace, leaving Mike Morton and Rob Youngren (who were about ten minutes behind) wondering whether they would be able to reel him in. Not on this day. Eric continued to blister the trail and led from start to finish, setting a new course record of 6:39 flat. The women's race was also led from start to finish, by Debbie Berner of Pennsylvania, who posted a strong 9:01 even. Debbie ran a smart, consistent pace all day and just missed the course record. She might have broken it had it not been for that long, last climb up from the Bull Run, as late afternoon temperatures were starting to rise. Second place in the women's field went to Pat Botts, who has been extremely impressive this past year in her performances (JFK and Andiamo). She not only blew away the women's senior record, but the master as well. Pat is 57 years young and getting faster with each outing!

The Bull Run Run has always prided itself as an event to share running experiences with good friends, to revel in the camaraderie, and to enjoy the beautiful nature of northern Virginia at this time of year. We again had a diverse field, with husbands, wives, siblings, relative and significant others all running together to share a common experience and unspoken bond. This fifth running also saw nine individuals earn their five-year finisher caps. The field even included six female Coast Guard Academy cadets, all of whom successfully finished their first ever ultra.

All of this could not have happened without outstanding contributions from our numerous volunteers and sponsors. Each aid station was well staffed, and included a smorgasbord of goodies, most anything one would need to help them through 50 miles. The life blood of any ultra is its volunteers and staff. On behalf of the entire Virginia Happy Trails Running Club, I would like to pass on our sincere appreciation to everyone who helped. We could not have this event without you! We are already planning for next year's race, and hope to see all of you back for the Sixth Running of the Bull Run Run 50 Mile on April 18, 1998. Until then -- happy trails.

1997 Results

PlaceLastFirstAgeSexStateTime
1CliftonEric38MMD06:39:00
2YoungrenRobert22MVA06:53:18
3MortonMichael25MMD06:53:48
4StraubChristopher26MPA07:14:32
5VanGelderMaarten37MVA07:15:06
6PetersonAndy40MVA07:20:55
7CasellaMichael39MNY07:23:03
8LewisBarry37MPA07:25:54
9CarrDerrick35MVA07:28:25
10ThompsonAndrew21MVA07:40:47
11KaneRobin34MVA07:41:12
12StanleyTim41MVA07:46:32
13HinteJeff41MMD07:47:09
14FioritoMike30MNC07:47:49
15MartinRob29MMA07:49:21
16HortonDavid46MVA07:54:18
17ReillyGary41MMD07:58:17
18HawkTJ39MOH08:06:00
19CramerJim34MPA08:08:08
20BullockJoel36MVA08:09:08
21ProbstFrank54MVA08:11:00
22EiszlerKen39MPA08:15:05
23FreemanRichard38MPA08:15:05
24ClapperJoe38MVA08:16:41
25SchneiderRick41MMD08:20:48
26MichalakLes46MCAN08:25:03
27CoulsonEric27MVA08:27:52
28YoderMichael35MPA08:30:36
29WalkerBryan37MOH08:33:16
30GreenThomas46MMD08:33:23
31HallHarvey31MVA08:33:54
32MassaTed40MPA08:37:27
33GrusheckyShawn26MPA08:38:13
34SelkeThomas29MNH08:45:54
35FieldBob46MMD08:46:35
36SholdsWayne36MMA08:48:33
37BurrowsSteve45MCAN08:50:56
38BenjaminSteven42MVA08:52:01
39DelanceyMichael35MVA08:52:03
40FedlerKyle31MVA08:54:08
41FugateDennis45MMD08:54:51
42GrayMichael36MVA08:57:39
43ScottChris48MCA08:58:36
44RobertsonMike45MVA08:59:39
45DabesJoe57MNY09:00:24
46BernerDebbie31FPA09:01:00
47OringBarry44MVA09:01:49
48ShawRon44MMD09:04:29
49PaffordBennett37MVA09:09:16
50RaymondPaul42MCAN09:11:38
51BrownKarsten22MVA09:14:28
52MillsMark42MNH09:17:09
53ScottGeoff48MCT09:21:03
54JordanKing53MDC09:23:25
55OpsahlRichard65MNY09:29:22
56SchummAl39MVA09:30:46
57WoodMurray44MCAN09:30:46
58DePlanckeRoger47MCAN09:31:03
59TalbertMichael38MME09:31:25
60LeuschnerMark33MNH09:31:36
61GullabaAlberto39MVA09:31:52
62BoutilierSteve37MMD09:32:24
63BottsPatricia57FVA09:32:46
64FrommEric51MMD09:36:15
65KilpatrickJames44MPA09:37:24
66McLaughlinPat35MNC09:37:59
67BeckwithPaul42MNY09:38:23
68RaffertyScott41MDC09:38:38
69ArbonaSerge32MMD09:40:42
70HartmanGary31MVA09:41:52
71LucasLuke49MNC09:43:56
72SmithHarry48MPA09:44:53
73DavisFred49MOH09:46:34
74McMahonMarty46MMA09:47:04
75McKinneyRon50MWV09:48:12
76KoppenhefferBill43MPA09:49:15
77HughesDavid51MIN09:49:22
78AlbertNorm40MCA09:49:26
79HammondKaren34FMA09:49:46
80WeitzelJohn45MPA09:50:23
81DonahueJoe50MPA09:51:02
82HoweDennis54MNY09:52:02
83StumpDek53MNY09:56:11
84SpraggJoseph51MCT09:57:28
85PaetzkeGary39MVA09:58:07
86BrightJim47MME09:58:56
87KrajeBrian26MGA09:58:56
88SchmidtRock43MVA10:08:53
89WunschAndy29MPA10:10:58
90WunschShelly33FPA10:10:58
91KaneMichele34FVA10:11:31
92HamptonJohn39MMD10:11:35
93JonesMickey40MWV10:12:56
94HalbleibDavid56MPA10:14:57
95BergmanBob38MPA10:18:40
96BaudoindajouxTR37MVA10:19:15
97CoonPaul36MWV10:19:25
98WalshMike41MVA10:19:25
99MenziettiAntoinette35FME10:20:28
100RobinsonPeyton37MKS10:20:42
101WileyAndrew37MVA10:20:43
102DeWaltJohn60MPA10:21:06
103DeHofLawrence47MMD10:22:03
104GruhleFred42MNY10:23:08
105HarperMitch40MIN10:24:23
106FranusichMike44MPA10:24:48
107RussoSteven36MVA10:28:17
108ClarkBen39MMD10:28:18
109HoganRichard52MMA10:29:20
110KirchnerColleen23FFL10:33:33
111WaldripRandall42MFL10:33:33
112TatarkoMichael37MPA10:34:40
113LeathDana19FCT10:34:44
114MooreJames52MVA10:35:20
115CrabbAndrew28MVA10:35:50
116BlankenshipBruce43MWV10:36:40
117BarryJim52MMA10:39:03
118GilfordJames39MMA10:39:03
119WebbMilton40MWV10:43:53
120WandelBill53MMD10:43:55
121EddyEric24MPA10:48:00
122LandryMarc41MPA10:48:00
123WrightAndy43MNC10:49:00
124BrandtLiz34FVA10:50:25
125PiperBill51MPA10:50:26
126StewartJohn51MCA10:51:13
127SprouseTom55MVA10:53:00
128SnyderRandy48MMD10:53:10
129FletcherBrad47MMI10:53:35
130RaymondPatrick46MMD10:56:38
131HamasMarc28MOH11:00:31
132DulongBarry26MMA11:00:38
133DulongMichael28MVA11:00:38
134FieselerCathy38FVA11:02:47
135EckloffTodd29MVA11:03:36
136WestonIrene41FOH11:04:11
137LaDieuBill47MPA11:04:14
138FentyPhillip56MDC11:04:39
139HarveyJoseph59MPA11:04:59
140WeitzelDale45FPA11:05:39
141JackovitzStephen34MMD11:08:30
142ReyesDJ40MVA11:11:05
143JohnsonAnnie41FCO11:12:23
144MacPhersonHugh57MCO11:12:25
145RoseDavid41MNJ11:13:45
146WisneskiNathalie33FVA11:15:02
147HiteGeorge25MVA11:15:47
148SlyVincent50MPA11:16:09
149KellyDenise34FPA11:16:36
150MorrowLynn50FPA11:16:36
151PetersMarcia40FPA11:16:36
152JanoskoDavid39MOH11:19:48
153KendallBill52MPA11:19:48
154VetterSara32FVA11:26:46
155YeciesMartin52MKY11:29:44
156SublettBill39MVA11:29:58
157HayesTerri54FVA11:31:00
158StrzeleckiMike33MMD11:32:40
159RyanLarry44MPA11:34:36
160TothMartin54MPA11:34:40
161FreyPeter48MMD11:34:42
162AndersonPhil52MMD11:37:56
163WareVic61MWV11:37:56
164MontgomeryAllen58MSC11:49:40
165SzekereshMartin58MVA11:52:24
166AppleRob35MOH11:55:05
167FentonWesley36MOH11:55:05
168SchildtBill33MMD12:00:36
169AlexanderGary50MMA12:02:45
170CasadyDawn21FCT12:06:03
171ConradStephanie22FCT12:06:03
172GambleJulie19FCT12:06:03
173MascioliRocco47MVA12:06:22
174MorgovichJoe37MPA12:06:22
175LevriElvio63MMD12:08:44
176BrittainMerrianne35FVA12:09:50
177GlassNancy28FMD12:15:11
178GlassSarah25FMD12:15:11
179DavisPaul52MCT12:17:28
180MorganPaul56MFL12:19:42
181KruegerTammy29FNY12:20:05
182SchulerLaurie Ann35FNJ12:20:05
183ConoverLisa38FWI12:22:48
184DeMossLen49MKY12:22:52
185WittArthur44MVA12:22:59
186ZielinskiJohn45MVA12:23:09
187HendricksMarla42FTX12:27:13
188ThompsonDarrell35MTX12:27:14
189SheetsJohn52MWV12:31:09
190BoswellJean52FMA12:34:33
191StiverRick38MPA12:34:35
192LongNelson35MTN12:41:49
193MorrisDan47MPA12:41:55
194O'KeefeDawna41FPA12:44:58
195SzekereshJoseph56MPA12:48:17
196BarkerDavid58MCT12:53:43
197KabaritiNour19FCT12:55:10
198NortonRachel19FCT12:55:10
199ClarkDouglas53MMD12:56:50