Red Eye

January 1, 2020
102 Starters; 39 Finishers
50 km
Red Eye Web site

Below are the final results for the 2020 Red Eye 50k. This race on the trails of Prince William Forest Park is the VHTRC's traditional celebration of the start of a new year. If 2020 is anything like the Red Eye, then we are in for a great year!

Sunny skies with a hint of winter chill greeted the runners; Red Eye RD Dave Woll also greeted the runners, and after that pre-race greeting and briefing, just shy of 100 runners (including a few hikers, along with a few bonus Canine Americans), took off promptly at 8:07 for their initial mile plus on some side trails, before crossing the famous suspension bridge across the South Fork of Quantico Creek and starting the first of the three loops that make up the bulk of the 50k course.

Of the 102 runners and hikers who made their way on to the course, 39 finished the first day of the new year with a shiny new 50k finish to their credit. The shiniest belonged to Michael Wardian, as he not only won the first race of 2020, but he did so with a new event and course record! Michael's 4:17 broke the previous record of 4:20:24 set in 2016 by Brandon Mathews. The 2020 Red Eye women were paced by Laura Yoder, down from Pennsylvania to ring in the new year with the VHTRC along with her husband Michael. Michael Yoder is Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 gold buckle recipient, having finished MMT 10 times!

Two other runners of note: Mel Rohall completed her first 50k, so congrats, and thanks for choosing the VHTRC's Red Eye for your initial ultra experience! Poor Karen Knight, a recent arrival to our area from Alabama, had a different experience and a far shorter day than anyone wanted. She was one of a handful of runners who fell victim to a mishap on a slippery bridge in the early morning cold. Her fall, unfortunately, took her out of the race during the initial prologue section of the course. Hopefully Karen recovers quickly, and we look forward to seeing her at many additional trail events in the coming year!

Check the notes below for additional details related to some of the runners and hikers, and check back soon for final results (if edits are needed), links to photos and perhaps an RD's report. Final note: big thanks to the volunteers who helped Dave put on this event: Laura Bennett and Holly Franz, who helped put up yellow flagging to mark the loop course; and Marty Fox who saw to the removal of the ribbons during his third loop. Marty drafted several runners to help him clean up the course. Marty also successfully ensured that all the runners found the correct prologue course to start the race, so special thanks to Marty for his efforts to make that happen, especially considering some of the speedsters in this year's field! Also, heartfelt apologies to Marty for questioning whether he directed the runners down the correct trail in the prologue section! Marty, you were right.

PlaceNameAgeSexHomeLoop 1Loop 2Loop 3
1Michael Wardian !35MVA1:362:564:17
2Dan Fogg35MDC1:363:014:34
3Antonio Cillo33MVA1:433:154:55
4Aaron Hastings48MMD1:463:255:02
5Benjamin Schoffstall30MVA1:463:285:03
6Christopher Flint36MVA1:543:265:09
7Keith VanGraafeiland38MVA1:463:295:15
8Shawn Cissel34MMD1:463:295:22
8Greg Jackson41MVA1:463:295:22
8Jared Byrd36MMD1:493:295:22
11Jesse Fuller35MVA1:513:385:38
12Mark Domanski (V)39MVAXXX3:445:52
12Scott Lee49MVA2:054:015:52
14Paul Valenzuela54MVA2:014:015:54
15John Oplinger43MVA1:463:425:55
16Todd Ellick36MVA2:134:136:19
17Michael Maddock51MVA2:004:036:21
18Greg Loomis (V)45MVAXXX4:046:22
19John Calabrese39MVA2:044:116:28
20Edward Leno52MVA2:204:206:32
21Laura Yoder51FPA2:114:136:36
22Russell Holland Jr49MVA2:134:166:37
23Chris Chalkley (D)50MVA2:274:326:41
23Brian Chiles (D) 46MVA2:184:406:41
25Marty Fox (D)69MVA2:144:246:44
26Steve Barge53MVA2:104:186:55
26Sarah Capostagno (D)28FMD2:174:266:55
26Lauren Gabler35FVA2:214:326:55
26Sarah Curtis38FVA2:144:336:55
30Michele Jacoby42FMD2:234:407:00
30Holly Armstrong43FVA2:254:417:00
32Larry Huffman59MVA2:264:467:08
33Rob Kolb52MVA2:214:417:17
34Jill Robinson44FMD2:184:467:20
34Kurt Stein38MMD2:184:467:20
34Mel Rohall *40FVA2:264:537:20
34Chris Walsh33MDC2:294:467:20
38Wayne Kline65MVA2:415:007:33
39Jeffrey Klemm68MVA2:425:248:08
Two Red Eye Loopers
NopeShawn Baker33MVA1:463:30XXX
NopeRobert Pawlak56MVA2:053:59XXX
NopeTom Simonds65MVA2:054:15XXX
NopePaul Crickard66MMD2:134:15XXX
NopeBob Cooper54MVA2:104:20XXX
NopeNathaniel Mauger30MDC2:274:28XXX
NopeEllen Hart (A)21FVA2:114:32XXX
NopePatrick Vaughan42MVA2:114:32XXX
NopeRobert Grolemund51MVA2:234:36XXX
NopeLarry Tumblin51MVA2:194:37XXX
NopeChris Reinhardt45MVA2:274:38XXX
NopeSteve Grassi51MVA2:184:45XXX
NopeCherry Grassi47FVA2:184:46XXX
NopeJen Norris49FVA2:284:56XXX
NopeMatthew Erb41MVA2:225:05XXX
NopeCarol Cohen43FVA2:385:05XXX
NopeMinghong Ward (LS)52FVA2:475:07XXX
NopeDanett Crespo33FVA3:075:10XXX
NopeChris Gellene57MVA2:325:18XXX
NopeJames Thull62MVA2:405:20XXX
NopeAndy OBrien49MVA2:335:23XXX
NopeLawrence Bartlett65MMD2:325:28XXX
NopeLinda Wack64FMD2:335:28XXX
NopeQuatro Hubbard59MVA2:385:33XXX
NopeSherry Ruffner-Slack47FVA3:045:36XXX
NopeEichelle Hamaker (B)48FVA2:346:01XXX
NopeFarouk Elkassed (EB)70MVA3:176:16XXX
One Red Eye Loopers
NopePeter Folan36MVA2:07XXXXXX
NopeMichael Yoder57MPA2:11XXXXXX
NopeJoseph Abell62MPA2:18XXXXXX
NopeDan Aghdam51MVA2:20XXXXXX
NopeNicholas Rivera35MKS2:21XXXXXX
NopeElaina Stanton49FVA2:23XXXXXX
NopeTracey Thibodeau49FVA2:24XXXXXX
NopeMarvin Benjamin48MVA2:26XXXXXX
NopeRachel Leahy34FVA2:26XXXXXX
NopeJeffrey Kent43MVA2:28XXXXXX
NopeJoe Hain57FVA2:30XXXXXX
NopeGaynor Bourgeois51FDC2:33XXXXXX
NopeBob Gaylord71MVA2:33XXXXXX
NopeLaurel Lundstrom39FDC2:34XXXXXX
NopeSara Davidson36FMD2:37XXXXXX
NopeTracy Dahl40FVA2:37XXXXXX
NopeKatie Keier49FVA2:37XXXXXX
NopeBeth Foster41FTN2:37XXXXXX
NopeSean Lawler47MVA2:37XXXXXX
NopeMegan Wiegand34FDC2:37XXXXXX
NopeLarry Thibodeau51MVA2:42XXXXXX
NopeAlice Loughran53FDC2:42XXXXXX
NopeMichael Campbell69MVA2:53XXXXXX
NopeFrancesco Smith65MMD2:55XXXXXX
NopeLaura Bennett49FVA3:04XXXXXX
NopeHolly Franz48FVA3:04XXXXXX
NopeJeff Rice50MVA3:11XXXXXX
NopeMichele Tucker52FVA3:29XXXXXX
NopeSandra VanValkenburg51FVA3:29XXXXXX
NopeEd Walsh70MVA3:30XXXXXX
NopeBrian Darnell (B)41MVA4:43XXXXXX
Hikers/Injured Reserve
NopeKaren Knight (IR)46FALXXXXXXXXX
NopeCathy Roberts (H)62FVAHikeXXXXXX
NopeTom Corris (H)66MDCHikeXXXXXX
NopeGary Knipling (H)75MVAHikeXXXXXX
Race started at 8:07, so runner loop times calculated based on that time.
Due to the use of an unmarked prologue section to start the first loop,
Loop 1 is 2 miles longer than Loops 2 and 3.

Symbols and Definitions:
! = New Course Record!
* = first time finisher at 50k distance!
(A) = Age unknown, but based on all evidence (physical and otherwise), can't be more than 21 years old.
(B) = added bonus miles
(D) = 3-loopers who also served as defacto trail sweeps of sort; these runners cleared the ribbons.
(EB) = Early Bird (started at 7:35)
(H) = Hiker
(IR) + "Injured Reserve" (knocked out of race after falling heavily on early, slippery bridge crossing)
(LS) - Late Start (started roughly 9 AM)
(V) = Course variation. These runners missed the turn back to the start/finish after their first loop,
and just continued on to their second loop. They made up for the lost mile by doing an extra suspension
bridge section descent and ascent after loop 2.
Results submitted by Dave Woll
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