Preliminary Results for the 2019 Reverse Ring. Final results once everyone associated with this year's race dries out, warms up and has a chance to review the results to see where I messed up . . .
Congrats to Dan Fogg for taking the overall win, in an incredible time of 14:31!! This is not a course record, but it is a record for this race considering the conditions he faced. Well done, sir. Second overall, and first woman to the finish was Kathleen Cusick. She covered the 70.1 miles of the Orange Trail in 19:39. Or better, put, she finished the Reverse Ring in that time, after roughly an hour off-trail on the east ridge on Saturday night. All the runners commented on the challenges that the fog, blowdowns, slick footing and the steady rain that started for most of them around midnight. In Kathleen's case, it led to some misadventures off-trail. Her total distance is not recorded, since she is not on Strava(!??!)
Seven other runners left Camp Roosevelt after 46 miles and all of them made their way to the finish in one piece. Larry Huffman may have set a record for the fastest final finisher. Larry arrived in the Signal Knob parking lot at 7 AM, for the finish of his 25 hour tour around the Fort Valley. We are normally not finished collecting the final runner(s) until much closer to noon on Reverse Ring Sunday.
All of the runners who started should be commended, considering the forecast and what that was likely to mean for an event run along a mountain ridge in late February. This was going to be a true test of everyone's resolve - and their rain gear. It is tough to learn the difference between "water resistant" and "water proof" when you are still dozens of miles and many, many hours from the finish, your warm car, dry clothes, and Mario Raymond's great Signal Knob Cafe cooking!
|Place||Name||Class||Sex||Age||State||Woodstock - 14.2||Edinburg - 22.4||Moreland - 30.4||Crisman - 36.8||Camp Rosey - 46.1||Milford - 57.5||Finish - 70.1|
|20 of the 21 starters escaped Mike Bur's pre-race briefing and began their run up the trail towards Signal Knob at 6:01 AM on Saturday.
Kathleen Cusick got off to an undocumented later start, no doubt staying after class to ask Professor Bur some questions.
*the asterisk in Crisman A.S. times for early runners indicate that "ish" should be added to the number, as times were not precisely recorded for the first three runners.