Below are the results of the 2018 St. Patty’s Day edition of the Elizabeth’s Furnace 50k, held, of course, on March 17th, 2018. This was the 13th annual running of this VHTRC event. The EFA 50k is held on a colorful assortment of challenging trails around the historic Elizabeth’s Furnace along the Passage Creek, in the northern entrance area to the Fort Valley and the Massanutten Mountains.
First to the finish, in a sparkling new course record, was James Fogg. Dave Frazier had the previous best, and the only time under 5 hours (Dave’s 4:59:32 was in 2014). James rolled in nearly 7 minutes under that time! His finishing time was 4:52:55. It is tradition to mark a record in results with an exclamation point, and rarely is it more merited than in this instance. The Family Fogg has had some great runs at Elizabeth Furnace. James’s brother Dan Fogg was second to Adam Watkins in 2017, and Dan and James were third and fourth in 2016. Adam Watkins was second overall, in what is now the third fastest time in the history of this race. His time was 5:02:21. Adam spent a fair amount of time sprawled out on the trail, as evidenced by his strong Best Blood performance. Paul Jacobs finished third in 5:05:32 - now the fourth fastest time in the 13 years of the EFA 50k.
First woman to the finish was Kelly MacDonald. Her time of 6:15:29 was also good for 6th place overall. 2nd woman and 16th overall was EFA veteran runner extraordinaire Michele Harmon.
Quatro Hubbard’s photos, courtesy of of runners and volunteers