Group shot before the 2018 MGM.

Quatro Hubbard

2004 Report

December 11, 2004  •  Clifton, VA

92 starters, 56 finishers

Report: Ponga Craka 50 km

Group on the bridge at the marina
Group on the bridge at the marina.

50 km (more or less) single track trail with mud and some rain but not cold. The Ponga Craka was a great success. Many runners, a lot of mud, and a lot of fun. Come back later for a full report and results. For now, here are some pictures. As usual, your chance of being in a picture was greatly enhanced if you stood by a woman. In the old days, that was impossible because the VHTRC had no women. But all of our holiday wishes have come true and the club is now truly co-ed. If you don’t doubt that, check this one out.

The VHTRC has continued to name its Fat Ass event in another foreign language. Ponga Craka is Ukrainian for “Fat Ass.” (We think!) Anyway, given the events in Kiev, the name and orange, were appropriate. 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.

This year’s event was a mix of old and new. Many names from the past including Tom Green as well as many new faces. Even though it had rained for a couple of days, the river was not flooded and the trail below Hemlock was not underwater as it was for the last two years. There were actually manned aid stations including the Marina handled by Michael Miracle. Many runners found a way to rationalize that they could turn around early. At the end, the standard VHTRC social hour occurred. There was plenty of pizza!

Thanks again to Joe Clapper for all the work he does on this event.

Photos

Group shot before the start of the 2004 Ponga Craka 50 km
Group shot before the start of the 2004 Ponga Craka 50 km.
Scenes at the start — birthday girl, Sophie, and boy, Lou, top left, Chris and Derrick not in holiday mood and RD Joe
Scenes at the start — birthday girl, Sophie, and boy, Lou, top left, Chris and Derrick not in holiday mood and RD Joe.
On the run — Note that Tom and Scotty show different reactions at their rejections by the W$ lottery
On the run — Note that Tom and Scotty show different reactions at their rejections by the W$ lottery.
Now are you not sorry you went to Hellgate, Gary?
Now are you not sorry you went to Hellgate, Gary?
Horses can read?
Horses can read?

Results

92 starters, more or less. 56 finishers the whole way. These results were compiled by Joe Clapper and your lousy handwriting. If you want accurate results, learn better penmanship!

FirstLastAgeStateTimeComments
JohnAnderson42VA04:46He didn't look that fast
MikeWedemeyer29VA04:52
DerrickCarr43VA04:59Sloppy
KeithMoore35DC04:591st from District
PrasadGerard46MD05:04
JeffHoldaway VA05:12
ScottMills52VA05:12Full
PaulRapavi47VA05:16
MikeCampbell54VA05:35
FrankProbst61VA05:45Old but fast
MikePriddy29MD05:51Nice Thong
MicheleHarmon38MD05:51Behing Mike because of the thong
MarkPrescott43VA06:00
ToddWhitman36VA06:00
MikeBur63MD06:03
RussEvans45VA06:03
SophieSpeidel42VA06:03No pictures-Please
BarbIsom57MD06:06
JohnGuendelsberger53VA06:15
JoeClapper46VA06:15
BarryCappelli57VA06:18No heart attack
EdSchultze50MD06:21
KendraHorger24VA06:26
ChrisFaigle37VA06:26
KevinO'Connor57VA06:27 
GloriaAllie37VA06:30
MartyLindemann43VA06:30Our Hero
JohnOrganer60VA06:30
EdCacciapaglia50VA06:49
BillTurrentine56VA06:33
MikeGulden47VA06:40
RaynaMatsuno24VA06:49first youngster
BarryKreisa50VA06:50
DaveGaudette47VA06:52
JohnSondermann51VA06:56
JackEdington29VA06:57
DannyMcDonnel46MD06:58Not Hellgate
JoeMon27MD06:58first timer
WillDirks41VA07:04SLS Ultra Stud
ChrisCouldrey30MD07:06Extra credit
BobRing56VA07:07
NelsonStritehoff53MD07:07
BillGentry43VA07:08he used to be fast
CharlieMiricle51VA07:10
MikeFrank36MD07:11
TimGavin36MD07:11
JoeyAnderson49NC07:28
PhilHisser53MD08:15
MargieHughes44DE8:??
JohnHughes42DE8:??
IanMcDougall52VA/Aus08:21
LouJones60VA08:41Tough Nut
EdDemoney70VA08:43
CarolynGernand56VA09:28
LindaWack48MD26MSuing Joe for leaving her off results
GeiofBaker46MD24M
ChristineCollins35VA24M
ScottCrabb33VA24M
AnstrDavidson59VA24M
TomGreen54VA24M
GregPower53VA24M
BobPhillips49VA24M
DaveQuivey42VA24M
JillQuivey39VA24M
CarolineWilliama42VA24M
EamonnMurtagh52VA22M
PhilSilas51VA22M
KimDavidson44VA20MMud Queen
BillVan Antwerp71VA20M
MarkWimmer29DC20M
RickZimmerman36VA20M
JayKorff36VA19M
PatriciaZelkes42MD14M
MargeBurley59MD14M
CharleneDesxins40MD14M
StanDuobinis54MD14M
JeffReed45VA14M
MargieSchlundt51MD14M
CathyBlessing32VA13.5M
MicalHonigfua28MD13.5M
MichellePrice38MD13.5M
MariaBerlaccui40VA13M
TomCorris51VA13M
JimSlatchen38VA13M
SteveBurton31VA11M
MarkFreeman30VA11M
JenRagone34VA11M
LaurieTimberlake29DC11M
KirstinWalcott33DC11M
JimCavanaugh62VA10M
MikeBroderick48MDnot much
KerryOwens29DCeven less

Last updated October 20, 2020