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Potomac Heritage Trail 50km

October 27, 2007

Results
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Report

by Kerry Owens, Race Director

After three solid days of driving rain, the skies began to lighten a little for the start of the PH50k. The day began with a light rain, but within a few hours became a beautiful seasonal day. Despite the record rains, the trail conditions were decent and the course markings hung onto the trees. However, the creeks swelled and rushed to a level that made crossing prohibitive. Quick action from aid station volunteers and Ed Demoney resulted in clever re-routing that enabled forty eight runners to complete the entire distance. Twenty four others completed lesser distances.

As has become tradition at the PH50K, bonus points were awarded for completion of various tasks. These tasks included apple bobbing, consumption of “black magic”, and ring tossing. Since quite a few women were spotted wearing mardi-gras beads, it is apparent that some other bonus points were disguised as ring-tossing points.

Mike Bur scored a record number of bonus points—28. However, in order to obtain 28 minutes off his time, Mike Bur spent 90 minutes in the aid stations obtaining these points. Mark Crisman was more efficient, managing to accumulate 25 bonus points and still finish the course in 5:54. His bonus points gave him the net time of 5:29.

CJ Blagg is this year’s victor, with a fine time of 4:48, which is the men’s course record. Congratulations CJ! (The overall course record is Justine Morrison’s 4:33 achieved with no bonus points). The women’s winner this year was Michele Harmon, with a time of 5:03. The early leader, Mike Schuster, proved to be a rabbit, who never had any intention of completing the full distance. After building up a lead, he stopped to bob for apples to allow others to catch up and continue the chase.

With the weather taking a turn for the worse in the days before the run, we expected a poor turnout. However, of the 88 people who were signed up, 73 showed up in some capacity. We give them credit for the ½ mile trek from their cars to the party. Various excuses, such as injury, pregnancy, laziness, and fear of rain were mentioned. You know who you are! Caroline and Walker Williams were particularly late to the start and used this as an excuse. Walker was in such a hurry to get to the PH50k, that he “accidentally” left Caroline at a rest stop in South Carolina on the way to the run. Since she left her cell phone in the car, there was quite a delay before she was able to convince Walker to come back and get her.

Big huge thanks to these folks who really made the day great for everyone and also make it possible for me to contemplate doing this again!

Grill masters/food preparers: Todd Burns, Joe Calhoun, Mary Campbell

Course markers: Karen Krieg, Diana Widdowson (10 extra bonus points for course marking with me in the dark and pouring rain!) Amy Sproston, Tim Foley

Aid Station captains: Amy Platt, Mike Priddy, Wendy Fite, and Jaret Seiberg—(All pros who keep on coming back and make this easy for me)

Cleanup: Michele Harmon

Course re-direction: Ed Demoney

Aid station workers: Tim Foley, Rich Priddy, Alexis Wistermayer, Wendy Marszalek, Marissa Melton, Ted Lapkoff, Ron Fite, Joyce Fendley, Mike Andreski, Ed Cappucino, Betty Miracle, Gary Knipling, Bob Phillips, Rayna Matsuno

Beer Procurement: Joe Clapper—everyone who was in attendance surely noticed that I forgot to give Joe a “budget” for buying beer.

Shirt crew: Linda Wack, Carolyn Gernand, Keith Knipling, Quatro Hubbard

Results

Note: First number is the time returned by the precise VHTRC timing clock. The second number eflects the bonus minutes that were deducted from the time. For distances shorter than 50km, the third number is the distance.

50km

  1. C.J. Blagg 4:48 4
  2. Fred Dolan 4:57 10
  3. Michele Harmon 5:03 10
  4. Joe Clapper 5:03 10
  5. Chris Deal 5:16 11
  6. Chris Miller 5:17 0
  7. Mark Crisman 5:29 25
  8. Alex Papadopoulos 5:32 11
  9. John Anderson 5:33 10
  10. Diana Widdowson 5:45 20
  11. David Olsen 5:50 16
  12. Justin Faul 5:53 10
  13. Mike Broderick 5:56 10
  14. Al Yoon 5:56 0
  15. Henry Dunbar 5:59 15
  16. Randy Yasenchak 6:00 10
  17. Chris Brown 6:01 5
  18. Mario Raymond 6:01 10
  19. Jon Norris 6:05 0
  20. Eric Olson 6:07 5
  21. Gaynor Bourgeois 6:09 10
  22. Marti Kovener 6:18 10
  23. Brian McNeill 6:34 12
  24. Doyle Gantt 6:35 10
  25. Margie Hughes 6:35 11
  26. Laurie Reinhart 6:36 10
  27. Mitchell Goodman 6:45 0
  28. James Hinton 6:49 0
  29. Paul Amann 6:50 0
  30. Karen Donohue 7:02 10
  31. Ryan Carter 7:04 11
  32. Mike Holland 7:09 1
  33. Rhonda Keilholz 7:12 0
  34. Lark Dunham 7:13 0
  35. Chris Batten 7:21 20
  36. Charlie Miracle 7:31 10
  37. Stephen Szibler 7:38 10
  38. Pam Gowen 7:41 0
  39. Victor Lin 7:41 0
  40. Michelle Faucher 7:44 10
  41. Quatro Hubbard 7:52 10
  42. Glenn Gravatt 7:55 0
  43. Joe Murgo 7:55 0
  44. Anstr Davidson 8:01 2
  45. Jim Simpson 8:26 0
  46. Mark Zimmerman 8:26 0
  47. David Snipes ???
  48. Kim Jenkins ???

Shorter Distances

  1. Adam Matheson 5:05 10 28 miles
  2. Justine Morrison 5:14 1 28 miles
  3. Sharon Lapkoff 6:35 10 28 miles
  4. Carole Smith 6:35 10 28 miles
  5. Mike Bur 28 22 miles
  6. Mike Schuster 3:04 0 21 miles rabbit
  7. Jim Cavanaugh 4:28 0 19 19 mile winner
  8. Marty Lindeman 19 +unknown bonus
  9. Rick 19 + unknown bonus
  10. Jeff Reed 10 17 miles
  11. Vince Vaughan 17 miles
  12. Dan Mackeben ??? 12.5
  13. Ed Demoney 3:25 0 11.5 miles
  14. Mary Campbell 8.5
  15. Drew Watson 5.0
  16. Jill Quivey ½ mile(from their cars)
  17. Dave Quivey
  18. Debbie Shaffer
  19. Grace Hong
  20. Sydney Shepherd
  21. Michael Milaszewski
  22. Mel Saraniero
  23. Keith Knipling
  24. Caroline Williams
  25. Walker Williams

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