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Potchari Hippu 50 km
Potchari Hippu 50 km

A 50 Km Run on the Bull Run Trail
December 10, 2005

Results | Photos on Flickr

Car in Do Loop
Harry Smith and Marcia Peters at the Nash Rambler in the Do Loop

On December 10, 2005, the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club held its annual fat ass run, this year, the Potchari Hippu 50 km (that's polite Japanese for "fat ass" more or less).

The day started out very cold, but clear and calm. There were a couple of inches of snow on the ground but that snow was, for the most part, easy and pleasant to run on. As the day wore on, the snow softened, but did not get slushy. It was a perfect winter day for running.

Exactly 100 people started the event. Ok, there was nothing exact about the record keeping process, but that's a pretty good number. Also, several people were still warming themselves in the dining hall when the gun went off. As usual, VHTRC insiders led the way down the hill.

The starting field was certainly more than the first few Bull Run Runs. The club has come a long way. But some things stay the same. Joe and Anstr, for example, were wearing some of the same clothes they wore at the very first VHTRC fat ass, le Grande Dierriere, in 1992. The big question was whether they had laundered those clothes in the intervening years. Most didn't want to get close enough to find out.

Sustenance in the Do Loop
In the Do Loop

As usual, the official fat ass promise of "no aid" was broken. There was plenty of sustenance at the Marina and the Do Loop aid stations as well as hot pizza at the end. The Do Loop aid station also had its usual "special treat" put out by a person whom we will identify only by his initials, "Gary Knipling."

Some people ran pretty fast, but since this was not really a race and because this reporter was too far back to even see the winners at the finish festivities, we will not report on that. The back of the pack, however, had a lot of fun and performed admirably. There were even two back-of-the-packers who did the Do Loop twice.

The results this year set a new low for reliability. Why? Because many of you have horrible handwriting. If you think there is a problem with your time, place, or number of miles, take a penmanship class. Don't complain to us.

While this is a "hang loose" deal, it still requires a lot of work. Joe Clapper organized the whole thing including the dining hall and the pizza. Derrick Carr, Gary Knipling, and Bob Phillips set out the aid and marked the Do Loop. Most importantly, Carolyn Gernand helped clean up while others found excuses not to help her as they wound the party down. Thanks for all you folks did.

To all who participated, thanks again for coming and, from the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club, "Happy Trails!"

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Group at Start
Group at Start (except for those still in the dining hall) -- RD Joe Clapper just said "GO!"

100 starters, 54 finishers

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1Mike MasonM35VA4:49
2Derrick CarrM44VA5:12
3John AndersonM43VA5:29
4Frank ProbstM62VA5:32
5Joe ClapperM47VA5:33
6Mike CampbellM55VA5:45
7Mitchel GoodmanM27NY5:46
8Jeff HoldawayM47VA5:47
9Ronald ElyM34MD5:48
10Bob HuberM47MD5:52
11Prasaud GerradM47MD5:54
12Joe MonM28MD6:00
13Mark PrescottM46VA6:00
14Greg LoomisM31VA6:02
15Laura DeWaldF48MD6:02
16Todd GreenM34VA6:04
17Russ EvansM46VA6:14
18Ed CacciaoagliaM51VA6:17
19Alex PapadopoulosM31VA6:20
20Jaret SeibergM36MD6:21
21Diana WiddowsonF39PA6:23
23John OrganekM61VA6:33
24Dave YeakelM41VA6:33
25Gary KniplingM62VA6:37
26Barry KreisaM51VA6:42
27Ganor BourgeoisF37DC6:45
28John NelsinM55VA6:48
29Kevin O'ConnorM58VA6:52
30Danny McDonaldM47MD6:56
31Paul StinsonM41MD6:56
32Barb IsomF58MD6:57
33Greg McCarthyM47VA7:02
34Harry SmithM57PA7:08
35Marsha PetersF49PA7:08
36Charlie MiracleM52VA7:12
37Liz SchmidtF38VA7:15
38Hunt BantnteM53DE7:15
39John SondermannM52VA7:15
40Joe HigginsM47VA7:18
41Jay HousmanM59VA7:18
43Jim CavanaughM63VA7:24
44Andrew MooreM37PA7:30
45Dana McBrideF36PA7:30
46Jack HeelyM41PA7:35
47Anstr DavidsonM60VA7:40
48Davie BraultM54MD7:47
49Carrie SauterF31MD8:00
50Harry E. GoodM55MD8:00
51Farouk ElkasseulM56VA8:50
52Caroline WilliamsF43VA8:50
53Dionisio de LeonM54VA8:55
54Carolyn GernandF29VA9:05
 Michelle PriceF39MD14
 Lorrin HarveyF32MD14
 Bill SublettM48VA19
 Michelle KaneF42VA19
 Bill VicheM46VA0
 Carol HousamanF45VA10
 Julia HigginsF42VA10
 Dave QuiveyM43VA11
 Suzette ButtoamF46VA12
 Melania SaranieroF32VA12
 Darrel SchapperM36VA12
 Heather TrainnumF34VA12
 Jessica ZippinF34DC12
 Sydney ShepherdF42VA12
 Cathy BlessingF33VA13
 Mical HonigfortF29MD14
 Jeff ReedM46VA14
 Shaibre DesfsirF41MD14
 Ed Sr. BennettM51VA14
 Beverly BennettF41VA15
 Kirstin WalcottF34DC15
 Tom CorrisM52VA15+
 Tim McDonoughM49VA15+
 Marty LindemannF29VA15+
 James MooreM61MD16
 Scott CrabbM34VA16
 Launne TurrentineF55VA18
 Valarie MeyerF47VA18
 Lucia DavidsonF60VA18
 Greg PowerM54CA19
 Hillay SchaefflerF37VA19
 Jill QuiveyF40VA19
 Matt MerrillM34VA19
 Chris AndersM41VA20
 John HaywardM42MD20
 Francesco SmithM51MD20
 Robby SaranieroM31VA21
 Pete PontzerM41VA21.5
 Mike BredulM49MD22
 Phil SilasM52VA23
 Bob PhillipsM50VA24
 Rob MarraM38MD24
 Keith MooreM36DC24 m
 David GaudetteM48VA28
 Linda GaudetteF42VA28
 Liz RuskinF40DC 

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