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

Diane Behm

2015 Report

March 14, 2015  •  Fort Valley, VA

75 starters, 61 finishers

Report

Below are the results of the 10th running of the EFA 50k. The 2015 race saw repeat winners from 2014, as both the mens’ and womens’ champs, Dave Frazier and Angela Russell, again topped those fields. Angela actually bested her time of 2014, despite more challenging course conditions brought on by rain the previous night and heavy snow melt over the previous week, and despite battling a stomach flu leading up to race day. Dave’s time was a few minutes slower than his astonishing course record from 2014. Best Blood was once again won entirely too easily and dominantly this year. John Nelson took a literal faceplant about halfway into the race. See his report for more details.

John Nelson’s Elizabeth’s Furnace 50km Report

The aftermath of John Nelson's face-plant
The aftermath of John Nelson’s face-plant.

This has been a tough winter for training. After cutting short three big runs (21 miles at Boyers Furnace, 16.5 miles at TWOT and 15 miles at Hashawha) EFA was going to be my breakthrough run.

I was looking forward to topping Sherman and finishing strong. I was still feeling fresh along Dolls Ridge with the nasty rocks at mile 14. When the Tuscarora Trail started down, I paused to water the trees, knowing I could catch up to my companions as the trail headed down. Then I was flying down, catching up quickly when I discovered I could hear the creek rushing off to my right. I shouted something about ‘we’re getting close’ and glanced up to see if I could see the fire road to the right. The next thing I knew I was doing a push-up and wondering how bad the damage was.

As I struggled upright, the guys with me came back to ask if I was OK. Someone said my glasses broke and as he put the lenses back in I said don’t worry about them I have new ones on order. I wasn’t gushing blood and didn’t feel dizzy so I figured it was mostly cosmetic damage.

Then I saw Tom Corris and Dave Woll below. They had left their aid station and run up for a jaunt. It turns out we arrived at the intersection with the Signal Knob fire road at the same time as they did. I had a choice to make, hike the climb over the Tuscarora Trail and down to my car or take the flat fire road with Tom and Dave to their cars. I chose the flat because I couldn’t see myself and didn’t really know the extent of the damages, and this would let me stay with people.

My GPS says I ran 14.8 miles and hiked 5.2 miles out. The 5.2 seemed to take all day. I didn’t feel too bad except for being hungry since the crash happened at lunchtime and I couldn’t really eat with a busted mouth. Quatro gave me a YooHoo which was a blessing.

The folks in the Emergency room in Front Royal were not very encouraging, saying things like “Wow, have you looked at yourself yet?” They did offer that the Doctor on call, Dr. Behsudi had trained as a plastic surgeon and did amazing work. He spent 2 hours putting in about 30 stitches. A CAT scan showed no inter-cranial bleeding, but that I had broken my nose.

If there is anything good to take from this experience it’s the advice I would offer. If you run trails, you will fall sooner or later. Some falls are worth writing home about (ask Sean Andrish to show you his hand, or Elena Bragg her knee). You can minimize the impact (pun intended) if you do these things; a) Wear gloves, cheap garden gloves work and if you clip the fingers open you can get used to wearing them even in Summer. b) Try to run with others. If you are going out alone pick a trail that is likely to have traffic. c) Carry a small towel. It works to staunch bleeding and may work as a sling.

My thanks go out to Tom and Dave for giving up their plans and hiking out with me. Thanks to Quatro for his YooHoo which may have kept me from passing out in the waiting room.

Now, I have to wait for the swelling to go down before I can start getting in shape for another go. I think the Chocolate Bunny will have to wait till next year.

Results

PlaceNameSexAgeStateMudhole/10 milesE. Furnace / 22 milesFinish
1David FrazierMale29VA1:213:335:20:28
2Matthew BuginMale33VA1:343:455:23:58
3Kyle LawrenceMale30VA1:343:455:38
4Jack KuriskyMale47VA1:34xxx5:40
5Joey CohenMale31DC1:484:035:51
6Chris McIntoshMale41VA1:343:475:58
7Evan FisherMale34VA1:454:036:00
8Ginn WhiteMale39MD2:054:256:12
9Trevor BaineMale33DC1:454:156:22
10Gavin WatsonMale54MD2:054:286:33
11Joe SchramkaMale46DCxxx4:416:46
12Angela RussellFemale38MD2:024:416:52:20
13Larry Watson IIMale48MD2:044:406:59
14Kevin RussellMale44MD2:024:417:07
15Jesse FullerMale31VA2:074:477:12
16Dan RogersMale39MD2:134:477:12
17Matthew SmithMale35VAxxx4:477:15
18Kevin GreenMale42MD2:144:527:15
19Dave HerringMale44VA2:064:477:17
20Ron GreenMale47MD2:114:527:17
21Glen GibsonMale35VAxxx4:547:24
22Brian CarrMale39MD2:07xxx7:28
23Birgit MitchellFemale43MD2:145:087:30
24Danny MowersMale37PA2:205:087:30
25Michael HannonMale50MD2:205:087:34
26Jaret SeibergMale45MD2:155:097:38
27Rick ThompsonMale50MD2:115:027:39
28Art PerraudMale57MD2:145:067:43
29Michele HarmonFemale49MD2:185:107:48
30Paul CrickardMale61MD2:185:227:51
31Alisa SpringmanFemale40VA2:225:327:54
32Jim DanielsMale41VA2:225:327:54
33Tim GavinMale47MD2:205:247:55
34Jeff PenceMale56VA2:185:108:07
35Dan AghdamMale46VA2:315:328:07
36Irawan BalcetMale38VA2:295:378:08
37Fred FialcoMale41MD2:295:388:08
38Betsy NickleFemale31DC2:265:048:11
39Sara FanousFemale35VA2:275:378:23
40Tom SimondsMale60VA2:275:378:23
41Rob TidwellMale44VA2:165:088:26
42Bruce TweedieMale53VA2:335:458:29
43Stephen CooperMale60MD2:305:448:33
44Jill QuiveyFemale13VA2:315:488:33
45David QuiveyMale15VA2:315:488:33
46Jesse ParkerMale35VA2:185:088:34
47Nathan VasherMale29VA2:425:588:52
48Charlie HoganMale55MD2:205:468:59
49Lisa JohnstonFemale50MD2:416:129:03
50Kristen PenceFemale33VA2:385:589:04
51Eric ThomsonMale46VA2:425:589:04
52Michael JuryMale39VA2:346:079:09
53Larry FergusonMale39VA2:356:079:09
54John GodinetMale58MD2:416:129:16
55Frank ProbstMale71VA2:396:129:17
56Robert PerryMale52MD2:406:129:23
57Scott MillarMale46MD2:416:129:23
58Alan GowenMale65MD2:416:259:23
59Alan LagonMale45MD3:026:219:26
60Ed WalshMale66VA2:446:3910:24
61Judith WeberFemale55MD3:177:1511:12
DNFTyler KeyworthMale29MD1:343:52xxx
DNF - 23Brian SchmidtMale46VA1:343:52xxx
DNF - 23John GarneskiMale38VAxxx5:56xxx
DNF - 23Katie RaezerFemale46PA2:255:58xxx
DNF - 23Michael GildeaMale50VA2:386:02xxx
DNF - 23Gary MaierMale62NY2:416:12xxx
DNF - 23Mary Ellen HutchinsFemale60VA2:516:42xxx
DNF - 23Megan WiegandFemale29DC3:067:22xxx
DNF - 23Katie KeierFemale44VA3:067:22xxx
DNF - 23Bob GaylordMale66VA3:067:22xxx
DNF - 22Sean AndrishMale45VA1:343:52xxx
DNF - 22Brian SobolewskiMale40VA2:49xxxxxx
DNF - 22Francesco SmithMale29MD2:56xxxxxx
DNF - 22Erin BrownFemale31VA2:57xxxxxx

Notes:

  • 23 mile runners were recorded as having run to the second aid station at the Furnace, then running directly to the finish without doing the Sherman Gap loop.
  • 22 mile runners were recorded as having gone directly to the finish, skipping the Furnace aid station.
  • Irawan Balcet and Fred Fialco get “extra credit” for diverting in error to the finish line early, then returning to the course to complete the Sherman Gap loop.
  • Tyler Keyworth started the Sherman Gap loop, but returned when he experienced back issues.

I think that covers all our asterisks for 2015!

Last updated November 11, 2020