2017 Report

May 28, 2017  •  McConnellsburg, PA

52 starters, 37 finishers


Congratulations to all Holy Cowans Gap runners! We had another great year in the mountains of Pennsylvania. 52 runners started the run and 37 finished the entire course. John Marciari was the men’s overall winner in 5:39 and Shelia Vibert won the women’s run in 6:16 (only 5 minutes off the course record!).

Gary Knipling was the first runner over the age of 70 in the 7 year history of this run to finish, and with his trademark broad smile on display the whole time! Peter Kempe is the only runner to start all 7 HGCs. Despite not wanting to revisit the terror of the second loop, Peter still made sure he got a full 50k by running around the south loop some more.

Thanks to all the runners for coming out to play on some of our favorite trails. The aid supplied by all the runners was fantastic — I don’t think any runner left hungry!

I hope you will consider joining us again for the 8th Holy Cowans Gap 50k next year on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.


1John MarciariM45MD5:391st Male
2Christopher FlintM34VA6:022nd Male
3Matthew SmithM38VA6:123rd Male
4Sheila VibertF36VA6:161st Female
5Erin KelmanM40MD6:21 
6Enrique RubioM34DC6:31 
7Kelly MacDonaldF28MD6:422nd Female
8Ryan BrownM31MD6:43 
9Aaron EllisonM41MD6:50+ Bonus Miles
10Jesse FullerM33VA6:54 
11Javier MontenegroM31MD7:04 
12Ryan VandenbergM35PA7:46 
13Ted BielawaM47VA7:54 
13Meir LewinM30MD7:54 
15Allison AbbeF41VA7:593rd Female
16Art PerraudM59MD8:08 
16Frank VolnyM38MD8:08 
18Tom SimondsM62VA8:16 
19Carol CohenF40VA8:21 
19Sara FanousF37VA8:21+ Bonus Miles
19Nick YeatesM36MD8:21 
22Scott CrabbM45VA8:22 
22Gary KniplingM72VA8:22 
24Marvin LeventerM53MD8:31 
25Keith MorrisM35PA8:44 
26Gabriela StephensF37PA8:50 
27Dave Yeakel JrM52VA8:51 
28Guy TowlerM47MD9:07 
29Marty FoxM66VA9:08 
30Alberto VazquezM47MD9:09 
31Jeffrey KlemmM66VA9:31 
32Donald HalkeM58PA9:37 
33Susan GardnerF53VA9:43 
34Brady HaycockF36DC9:50 
34Serhot OzturkM36MD9:50 
36Jacqueline OngF56VA10:00 
37Jeff BoehmerM37VA10:32 
DNFBrian SchmidtM49VA2:30Half
DNFCatherine HowardF40DC3:21Half
DNFDiana WiddowsonF51PA3:21Half
DNFJohn GarneskiM40VA3:33Half
DNFLoel RomeoF52MD3:34Half
DNFGreg ZarubaM50MD3:37Half +
DNFDoug MassengaleM41MD4:01Half (extra Richmond)
DNFCarole WilliamsonF55MD4:05Half
DNFJeff ReederM64VA4:17Half
DNFTodd FolmsbeeM46VA4:25Half +
DNFChris PabianM41PA6:30Half ++
DNFAlicia HareF37PA8:21Half +++
DNFAlan ZwartM46DC10:08Half ++++
DNFPeter KempeM60VAxxx31 miles, alternate route
DNFJeff ShetlerM45PAxxx2nd Half

Last updated December 16, 2019