New Potomac Heritage 50K Report

by Kerry Owens

Starters | Collage One | Collage Two | Potomac Heritage 50km Page

On the Trail Congratulations to all who finished and/or participated in the inaugural running of the new Potomac Heritage 50K course on November 2! November 2 was a very warm day and foliage was at its peak on the trails. Fifty-five runners started. All finished a significant portion of the course and 31 finished the entire course.

I was particularly pleased with the number of female entrants. Out of the initial field of 68 entrants, 30 were women. We thought this might be due to the presence of one of People Magazine’s “50 most eligible bachelors”, but it turned out that most of the women were unaware of this celebrity presence.

At the Cabin John Bridge The first 50K runner to arrive at the finish was Mike Wedemeyer, who finished in 5:15. He was followed by Scott Mills in 5:35. VHTRC president Joe Clapper was keeping pace with the leaders but thought he would get to the beer faster if he hitched a ride to the finish at mile 26. The first women 50K finishers were Linda Wack and Gaynor Bourgeois in 6:29. Meggie Havemann arrived about 1 minute later in 6:30.

Due to the addition of the single track trail portions not included in the previous version of the run, the course may have been a bit slower than the original Potomac Heritage 50K. A small pack of runners arrived in less than 6 hours and 30 minutes and a few more in less than 7 hours. The bulk of the runners finished somewhere between 7 and 9 hours. The very warm temperatures this year may also have slowed people down a bit. Many people also reported doing bonus miles.

We had some difficulties keeping the course markings up and apologize to those who might have encountered a scarcity of course markings late in the run. Olwen Huxley spotted a little girl walking with a handful of green ribbons in Battery Kemble park. We replaced these ribbons, but later learned that ribbons had also later disappeared in Dumbarton Oaks Park.

Cigar Bar Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers. Jaret Seiberg, Seth Mosier, and I worked on the run for several months. Amy Bloom, Steve Platt, Michele Bur, Mike Priddy, Linda Poteate, Mary Deppa, Peyton Robinson, Carolyn Sutherland, Don Kresal, Tom Corris, Jeff Hearell, and John Hayward all helped out a lot! Big thanks to Mike Bur for performing the race day “whipping boy” role! (I guess that pays back the pacing debt he owes me from Leadville.)

Results (fat-ass style) with important notations are included below. We kept track of times for a little while, but reporting of times was entirely optional, so only some of the times are included.


Audited and updated on Tuesday, November 4

(5-6 hours)
Michael Wedemeyer	5:15!
Scott Mills		5:35	stashed car borrowed by VHTRC president
						for beer shortcut

Mike Broderick		6:15 	bonus miles
Billy Lese					got married in Vegas last weekend?
Gaynor Bourgeois	6:29   	tied as first woman
Linda Wack			6:29 	tied as first woman
Meggie Havemann		6:30 	second by a hair
Tim Foley			6:30	and still had energy to clean up the house

Ed Cacciapaglia		6:45
Carl Camp			8:01
Ray Charbonneau		7:00 	Visiting from MA
Rita Cronley		8:03
Anstr Davidson			Hey—did he leave without drinking a beer?
Joe Decker			world’s fittest man earned beer/cigar bonus miles
John Dodds 			Will there be a report?
Hugh Gordon			8:06
Anne Andrews		
Susan Baehre				Disappointed that the course had some downhills
Beverly Bennett		7:20	Ready for JFK
Vicki Kendall		7:20	Club’s most improved rumored to have led pack astray
Jay Korff			6:32	may have picked up some bonus miles
Sharon Lapkoff		7:22
Paul Morgan			8:34	picked up the pace to catch a flight
Steve Oesterle			More beer/cigar bonus miles!
Bob Phillips			intentionally missed a turn!
Jeff Reed		8:02
Steve Rothandler	7:12
John Schwabe		7:25	found his way back after Tuesday night practice
Charlie Miracle		7:30	briefly seen roaming on Nebraska Ave
Micaela Shaugnessy			ran with Mark’s #
Jim Sullivan		8:03	two ultras in a weekend
Joni Fontana Kerr

Jason Murray		31	(28 course miles +3 non-course miles)
Michael Kamin		26	(the Fredericksburg crowd
Renee Holmes		26	left early for the long drive down 95)
Mike Holmes			26	
Joe Clapper			27 	and shortcut back to the beer
Quatro Hubbard			ran the course he would’ve set
Jen Jacobs				the twin runner
Emily Jacobs			the other twin runner
Chris Shanley			came back looking very fresh

19 miles
Olwen Huxley			missed aid station 1—caught course vandal
Karen Krieg			10 minutes late but did some catching up
Melissa McCartney		Way to go sloppy!
Colleen Snyder			seen roaming the streets of Arlington
Maria Bertacchi			roaming with Charlie on Nebraska Ave
James Moore			19 and back to the refreshments	
Rebecca Moore			happy and rested at the finish
Leah Olszewki			overheated at chain bridge
Kirstin Walcott			and volunteered too!
Joe White			last minute entry
Edgar Bennett			waiting for Beverly
Laurie Timberlake		Kirstin’s moral support
Parvannah Daneshmand		last minute surprise entry
Kevin Parker			another surprise entry
Audrey Sumaray 		left off first list, considering legal action

Starters | Collage One | Collage Two | Potomac Heritage 50km Page

On the Potomac Heritage Trail upstream from Turkey Run

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