Geoffrey Baker makes his way across Doll Ridge on the Tuscarora Trail during the 2017 Elizabeth Furnace 50 km.

Diane Behm

2010 Report

March 13, 2010  •  Fort Valley, VA

56 starters, 34 finishers


For those who had the pleasure of being there for the 2010 “running” of the Elizabeths Furnace 50km, it was truly an epic event that will not be forgotten. The winter of 2010 dropped a highly unusual amount of snow in the mid-Atlantic region, and the Massanutten Mountains/Fort Valley area of NW Virginia was no exception. A week before the Elizabeths Furnace run, portion of the course had still been in under as much as a foot or more of snow, but a warm and then rainy week cleared the course of all but trace amounts of snow pack. This big melt, combined with some steady rains, led to rather wet conditions for the runners on run day.

In some places, “wet” didn’t even begin to describe what the runners were encountering. The runners knew they were in for a bigger challenge than they had envisioned within minutes of the start. While making their initial climb up the notoriously dry and rocky Signal Knob trail, a normally innocuous section surprised the runners with a knee deep stream crossing, at a point along the trail where no one had previously been aware that there was a stream. One runner, Mike Bailey, was reported to have graciously planted himself in the middle of the crossing to assist all the runners behind him safely across. This type of concern for the other runners was to be demonstrated numerous times over as the day went on.

A series of five stream crossings about 10 miles or so into the run, at the end of the Mudhole Gap trail section, were so challenging that the first female finisher, Stephanie Wilson, was moved to describe this section (and the run as a whole) as “Primal Quest 2010.” Every runner had his or her own exciting story to tell about surviving the torrents of water in Mudhole Gap. Fortunately, everyone emerged in one piece – of nearly equal good fortune, some runners were carrying cameras. So we have pictures of some of the conditions, and of how the runners banded together to get across the stream sections and on to the rest of the course.

The eventual overall winner was David Frazier of nearby Harrisonburg, Virginia. David broke away from eventual 2nd and 3rd place finishers Greg Zaruba and Brad Hinton during the infamous Sherman Gap loop over the last 9 miles of the Elizabeth Furnace course. David was also the only runner observed to stay on the course at all times – he exited the last 100 foot section of the Shawl Gap section of the trail at mile 30 after moving through chest-to-neck-deep high water, water that had risen from the Passage Creek that on this day was literally roaring through the Fort Valley. Of the 56 runners for this year’s event, 32 finished the full 50km distance. The other 31 finishers aside from David chose to bushwhack around the flooded section of trail near the end.


NameSexAgeStateElizabethsFinishDistanceTime 50Time Other
David FrazierMale24VA11:1112:5050 km5:50
Greg ZarubaMale43MD11:1112:5750 km5:57
Brad HintonMale33VA11:110:0050 km5:58
Michael HuffMale42VA11:381:4750 km6:47
Jack KuriskyMale42VA 2:3050 km7:30
Marlin YoderMale56VA12:112:3450 km7:34
Jim DanielsMale36VA12:122:3550 km7:35
Stephanie WilsonFemale45VA12:112:3550 km7:35
Michele HarmonFemale44MD12:252:4350 km7:43
Joe ClapperMale51MD12:252:4350 km7:43
Ted BielawaMale39VA12:122:4450 km7:44
Zsuzsanna CarlsonFemale37NJ12:252:5050 km7:50
Victor LinMale30VA12:242:5350 km7:53
Bill BreidenstineMale44PA12:292:5450 km7:54
Gary LukacsMale52PA12:242:5650 km7:56
Mike BaileyMale28VA12:252:5850 km7:58
Tom SimondsMale55VA12:323:0750 km8:07
David QuiveyMale47VA12:363:1550 km8:15
Alisa SpringmanFemale35PA12:363:1550 km8:15
Vicki KendallFemale57VA12:543:2550 km8:25
Janice HeltibridleFemale52VA12:413:2950 km8:29
David GaudetteMale52VA12:553:3550 km8:35
Rhonda StricklettFemale35MD1:134:1050 km9:10
Alan GowenMale60MD1:134:1050 km9:10
Jeff BestMale48VA1:554:4150 km9:41
Scott MillarMale41MD1:554:4150 km9:41
Farouk ElkassedMale60VA1:224:4450 km9:44
John GodinetMale53MD1:554:4450 km9:44
Doug SullivanMale48MD1:005:0150 km10:01
Rob DolanMale43VA1:485:1450 km10:14
Bill WandelMale66MD2:075:3050 km10:30
Nelson StritehoffMale58MD2:015:4950 km10:49
Kerry OwensFemale28DCX2:3127 miles6:45 *
Jaret SeibergMale40MDX2:3127 miles6:45 *
Laura BurFemale30MD12:1812:3023 miles 5:30
Marc GriffinMale34VA12:3612:5023 miles 5:50
Bruce TweedieMale48VA1:131:3023 miles 6:30
Andrew AndersonMale29VAX12:2722 miles 5:27
John NelsonMale59VAX1:0622 miles 6:06
Matt BakerMale28VAX1:0822 miles 6:08
David SnipesMale42VAX1:0822 miles 6:08
Adam MathesonMale30VAX1:0822 miles 6:08
Linda GaudetteFemale46VAX1:2822 miles 6:28
Lisa JohnstonFemale45MDX2:1922 miles 7:19
Kathryn ButlerFemale37MDX2:1922 miles 7:19
Challen EdwardsFemale43VAX2:1922 miles 7:19
Caroline WilliamsFemale48VAX4:1822 miles + 9:18
John GuendelsbergerMale58VA10:451:4421 miles 6:44
Carter WieckingFemale40VA10:451:4421 miles 6:44
Jill QuiveyFemale44VA10:201:1820.5 miles 6:18
Gaynor BourgeoisFemale41DC 12 miles Unknown
Marti KovenerFemale45MD 12 miles Unknown
Sunny FitzgeraldFemale54MD 12 miles Unknown
Eva PastalkovaFemale34VA 12:07 Unknown
Thomas GreenMale59MD Unknown
C J BlaggMale43VA 8 miles Unknown

Last updated December 16, 2019