At the Start

Tai Aon Yaon 50k Results

December 14, 2003
50 km (more or less) single track trail with snow, mud, and cold

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Well the so-called "tough" people got clear, dry weather for David Horton's latest craziness, Hellgate, while those doing the Tai Aon Yaon 50k got cold, wet snow that turned to cold, wet mud. Who had it tougher?

Actually, the toughest thing was getting to the start. Twenty minutes before the scheduled starting time there were fewer than 10 runners at Hemlock Overlook. But by the time of the delayed start there were almost 50 people who had braved the snowy roads. As the group took off down the trail, it looked like one of those wonderful winter days, gliding through squeaky snow. But that ended quickly as the tread became mushy, muddy, and very wet. As the temperature rose above freezing (but not much above) the snow underfoot melted while the snow next to it damned in the water to make a thin but very long lake of slush. Dry feet were not an option.

From the Washington Post ExpressAs usual, some ran the entire way, some went shorter. The cold, wet run was rewarded by a hot fire and warm pizza at the finish. Oh, it was so good to have dry, warm feet!

The VHTRC has continued to name its Fat Ass event in another foreign language. Tai Aon Yaon is Thai for "Big Flabby Buttocks." (See story at right.) The term "Fat Ass" started as a franchise for a 50 miler held just after the holidays with no entry fee. "Fat Ass" has become an adjective that only means a low key run without an entry fee. Language changes.

Thanks again to Joe Clapper for all the work he does on this event. Despite his pitifully late results, everything else went pretty well. There were other helpers of whom, Joe said, "I would like to thank all folks that helped, some risking life, limb, and their cars."

Results appear below. They are certified by Enron's auditors. As Joe said, "Folks that can't write clearly get what they got."


Place Name Age State Time Comments
1 Sean Andrish 34 VA 05:33 Ran on top of water
1 Tim Skoczen 24 VA 05:33 Who?
3 John Anderson 41 VA 05:38 darn good
4 Douglas Kelly 38 VA 05:59 Wow
5 Derrick Carr 42 VA 06:13 Training for W$ '09
5 Scott Mills 152 VA 06:13 Aged his toes
5 Tom Nielsen 44 VA 06:13 Just like So Cal
8 Paul Rapavi 46 VA 06:22 Passed RD w/ mile to go
Joe Clapper 45 VA 06:24 Humbled but not broken
10 Billy Lese 35 VA 06:32 not bad
11 Todd Whitman 35 VA 06:43 never got wet
12 Don Gabrielson(2dg) 37 VA 06:50 2dg?
13 Mike Gaffney 50 VA 07:10 not bad for old guy
14 David Gaudett 46 VA 07:27 frost bite
15 Greg Power 52 VA 07:35 looked good
16 John Fletcher 25 MD 07:48 Just a kid
16 Dave Kriegibaum 23 MD 07:48 baby
18 Charlie Miracle 50 VA 08:02 Where's the kid?
19 Ed Cacciapaglia 49 VA 08:16 Slogged
20 Jeff Reed 43 VA 08:26 1,237th run (ask him)
21 Kirk Paulson 40 VA 08:30 At least beat Bob
22 Bob Phillips 48 VA 09:00 Heard Carolyn coming
23 Carolyn Gernand 55 VA 10:14 First Women

Randy Dietz 53 PA 28 miles loopless

Ronald Elz 32 MD 28 miles drank most of tequila

Karen Kruely 31 VA 28 miles Don't eat the yellow snow

Chris Andres 39 VA 24 miles did it

Russ Evans 44 VA 24 miles warming up

Bill Ladieu 54 PA 24 miles Go Orange!

Ira Marcus 32 VA 24 miles Lost clothes

Ian McDougal 51 VA 24 miles Best Accent

Piers Newbery 38 VA 24 miles why to go

Kevin O'Connor 56 VA 24 miles not as fat as Rob

Rob Saraniero 29 VA 24 miles FAT

Anstr Davidson 58 VA 23 miles did not run with Woman

Amy Walker-Casey 42 MD 20.5 miles So she says

O' Hunt Bartine 51 DE/PA 20 miles lives on border?

Maria Bertacchi 39 VA 20 miles "first Woman"?

James Moore 59 MD 20 miles No Mo (for this day)

John Nelson 53 VA 20 miles great

Chis Rivard 30 VA 20 miles You two related?

Sally Rivard 28 VA 20 miles go Sally

Phil Silas 50 VA 20 miles Fun

Loren Thomas 51 NJ 20 Miles Long way to get pizza

Bill Van Antwerp 50 VA 20 miles drove truck

Mike Wedemeyer 28 VA 19 miles where'd he go?

Joyce Fendly 37 VA 12 miles good time

Katy Kravets 29 MA 12 miles Hiker

Keith Whited 51 VA 11 miles not last

Tom Corris 50 VA 6 miles Wimp

Gary Knipling 60 VA 6 miles What's he done lately?

Keith Knipling 28 VA 6 miles On a bike

Kirstin Walcott

Pizza Monster

Eric Ivy 31 VA ? Still out there

Horses Can Read?

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