Group shot before the 2018 MGM.

Quatro Hubbard

2018 Report

December 8, 2018  •  Clifton, VA

129 starters, 57 finishers


The 27th running of the club’s first event, the MGM 50K, was a fabulous success! 129 runners started out from Hemlock in the December cold, and 129 runners ended up back in the warm and cozy Hemlock lodge, eventually. There were 57 runners who completed the entire 31 miles with Matt Perkins finishing in first place in 4:53 and Suzie Brashler as the first woman to finish, 8th overall, in 6:06 - her first ultra! Congratulations to both of them! It was great seeing many first time ultra runners, many familiar faces, and many new faces on the course, including Tom Green, getting his 20 miles in looking strong (without poles!) and Ed Walsh, who stopped by to say hi only days after his surgery. The VHTRC welcomed several people new to the area who are now members, and look forward to joining us at future events. 

We had many volunteers helping to make this event possible. Thanks to Bob Gaylord, Denise Coll, Deb Cawthorn and Tom McNulty for marking the Do Loop, Marina and start/finish. Thanks to their marking, no one got lost in the Do Loop, right?! Denise Coll, Meg Wiegand, Dan Aghdam, and Tom McNulty made sure that parking was great in the early morning cold. Cherry Grassi, Deb Cawthorn, Toni Aurilio, Dawn Gray and Smitty checked everyone in and greeted runners with their “jolly as f*#@” spirit. Sarah Smith kept the fire going all day and coordinated the pizzas with the delivery guy. Iris Golla, Simon Crisp, Stephen Gould and Mikhail Petrovskikh ran the Marina Aid Station (with Iris doing a most wonderful job at her first AS Captain gig!) and Eric Levy-Myers took care of runners at Fountainhead with hot food and drink (those runners are so lucky to have you). And Eric made extra sure that no runners were hit by cars - a special point of emphasis this year. Quatro was selling VHTRC swag, recording results all day, posting results before we left the lodge (!!!), answering all of my questions and doing a ton of behind the scenes stuff. THANK YOU! ROCK STARS!!! A huge thanks to all the volunteers! 

The after-party in the Lodge started early, with the first runners returning around 10:30, beverages being opened shortly after that, and pizzas arriving at noon. It lasted all day, as old friends and new friends enjoyed sharing time with each other, drinking beer & bourbon, eating pizza and telling tales in true VHTRC style. Thank you to Joe Clapper for starting the tradition that is the MGM 50K! A fabulous time was had by all. Join us next year on the second Saturday in December for the 28th year!

Meanwhile, here are the 2018 results.  The link allows leads to a run day synopsis, and additional links to photographs and to an article posted on DCist by run participant Mikka Macdonald.

Happy holidays and happy trails!

Other reports

Mikka Macdonald’s article in dcist.


Quatro Hubbard’s.


The results of the 27th running of the VHTRC’s longest-running race, the Magnus Gluteus Maximus 50k, are posted below. The race is held in early December at the Hemlock Overlook Regional Park near Clifton in western Fairfax County, Virginia. And being December, the weather did not disappoint! It was cold. 16 degrees around dawn at Hemlock, but once the race got started, the day warmed to an unexpected extent, with sun much of the day helping warm runners and aid station volunteer alike.

For the first time in those 27 years, Joe Clapper was not at the helm - hell, he wasn’t even on the same continent (latest reports were that Joe and his better half, Michele Harmon, were in South Africa, on what is slated to be a two year world tour). Katie Keier stepped up to keep le grand derriere (errr, grand tradition) going.

Congrats to all the runners for coming out to make MGM a great time and a big success again this year. Special congrats go out to Matt Perkins, first finisher in a sparkling time of 4:53. Suzie Brashler was the first woman to finish the race, 8th overall in a time of 6:06. This was Suzie’s first ultra, as well! It is clearly all downhill from here for her … Word in the Hemlock Lodge at the finish was that several other runners were completing their first ultra, which is always great to see!

1Matt PerkinsM40Washington, DC4:5331
2Freddy MondaleM26Onchiota, NY5:1031
3John AndersonM56Vienna , VA5:3731
4Jason JugarM43Centreville, VA5:4831
4Ben GarthwaiteM42Vienna, VA5:4831
6Matt ChristovichM39Reston , VA5:5831
7John OplingerM41King George , VA6:0231
8Suzie BrashlerF24Baltimore, MD6:0631
9Willie LorencM38Centreville, VA6:0831
10Emily WarnerF34Winchester, VA6:1031
11John FitzM44Kensington, MD6:1331
11Will PhillipsM41Washington, DC6:1331
13Gael GregoireM45Washington, DC6:1431
14Garret ChristensenM39Washington, DC6:1531
15Meagan DenmanF34Troy, VA6:1931
15Kai FilionM39Washington, DC6:1931
17Josh HoweM39Chantilly, VA6:2431
18Dmitriy ValekhaM40Cockeysville, MD6:2831
19Jared ByrdM35California, MD6:3031
19Shawn CisselM33Gaithersburg, MD6:3031
21Jack AndersonM36Washington, DC6:3231
22Daisy WeillF30Washington, DC6:4331
23Kevin TobiasM32Aldie, VA6:4431
24Ricky WelbornM47Alexandria, VA6:4531
25Michael HannonM54Germantown, MD6:4631
26Laura BergmannF36Winchester, VA6:5731
27David CaveyM44Alexandria , VA6:5831
28Michael CampbellM68Manassas, VA6:5931
28Daniel LawverM32Arlington, VA6:5931
30Dan AghdamM50Centreville, VA7:1331
31Yash HolbrookM54Alexandria, VA7:1531
33Faye WeaverF45Ellicott City, MD7:2431
33Tonnie WarfieldF39Baltimore, MD7:2431
33Frank VolnyM39Columbia, MD7:2431
36Laura SchroederF26Washington DC, DC7:2931
36Mikka MacdonaldF24Washington, DC7:2931
36Tessa HoltzmanF23Washington, DC7:2931
39Jeffrey HoldawayM60Vienna, VA7:3031
40Chrishon DollardM20Stafford, VA7:3331
41Paul AmmannM57Vienna, VA7:3431
42Rick ThompsonM54Camp Hill, PA7:3631
42Jeffrey SeyfriedM50Hummelstown, PA7:3631
44Ben TidwellM12King George, VA7:3631
45Rob TidwellM48King George, VA7:3831
46Joseph SchnurbuschM58Virginia Beach, VA7:3931
47Andrew BurnetteM48Frederick, MD7:4231
48Katherine RenkenF34Fairfax, VA7:4531
49Stephane LorreM48Washington, DC8:1131
50Jillian EnochF33Springfield, VA8:1531
50David SmithM52Charlottesville , VA8:1531
52Maureen RohrsF63Severna Park, MD8:2531
53Marwa ElsayedF45Arlington , VA8:5031
53Diane BehmF42Manassas, VA8:5031
53Rachel CatonF22Alexandria, VA8:5031
53Jon HintzeM43Henrico, VA8:5031
57Jeffrey KlemmM67Mc Lean, VA8:5631
58Genice RillF44Finksburg, MD9:0431
NopeDan FrankM35Columbia, MD4:4330
NopePaul CrickardM64Columbia, MD7:5428.8
NopeJulie RobinsonF47Marshall , VA6:4627.56
NopeKeith VanGraafeilandM37Ashburn, VA5:1027
NopeSara DavidsonF35California, MD6:3027
NopeArif KhaziM36Baltimore, MD7:1527
NopeChad EplerM45Eldersburg, MD7:1626.2
NopeChris AshtonM43Annapolis, MD7:4526
NopeMeghan CurleyF37Annapolis , MD7:2625.8
NopeDipak BhattacharyyaM55Fairfax, VA7:2625.8
NopeFrancesco SmithM64Scaggsville, MD7:5425.8
NopeLokesh MeenaM31Rockville, MD5:3225.3
NopeChristopher MooreM33Broadlands, VA4:1025
NopeOlivier LeblondM46Arlington, VA4:3725
NopeGeoffrey HemgenM43Eldersburg , MD5:0925
NopeJustin HershM43Gaithersburg, MD5:0925
NopeJean SminkF58Westminster, MD7:1125
NopeCaroline LeeanF56Arlington, VA7:5025
NopeArt PerraudM60Columbia, MD6:0624.5
NopeJaret SeibergM49Bethesda, MD6:0624.5
NopeMikala ShremshockF35Charles Town, WV7:3324.5
NopeJohn PetersonM49Leesburg, VA4:4324
NopeGaynor BourgeoisF50Washington, DC6:5524
NopeLaurel LundstromF38Friendship, MD6:5524
NopeGayatri DattaF63Bethesda, MD6:4222
NopeRobert OchsM36Silver Spring, MD4:0020
NopeTed BielawaM48Hamilton, VA4:3220
NopeJohn GuendelsbergerM67Arlington, VA4:5820
NopeThomas GreenM68Columbia, MD6:4220
NopeRam OrugAntiM48Newington, VA5:1018.81
NopeRobert NicholsonM52Fairfax, VA3:5518.7
NopeEmily RyanF44Washington, DC4:2618.5
NopeSherry Ruffner-SlackF46Spotsylvania , VA5:1018
NopeKelly MizeF56Sykesville, MD5:3217.6
NopeJuanita ConstibleF45Leesburg, VA3:4517.05
NopeJim NagleM61Reston, VA4:2816.7
NopeWill KuperM39Ashburn, VA3:0516
NopePrasad GerardM60Washington , DC3:3516
NopeKari AndersonF57Woodbridge, VA5:0916
NopeRichard SissonM48Tappahannock, VA3:3615.43
NopeHeather MoldofskyF24Fairfax, VA3:2715.3
NopeTom BuellM44Herndon, VA3:0315
NopeDeb CawthornF47Strasburg , VA3:4815
NopeJenni NorrisF47Arlington, VA3:4815
NopeJamie WeikleF38Alexandria , VA3:5714.8
NopeLaura IngoldF42Springfield , VA3.5714.8
NopeLyudmyla PanashchenkoF33Silver Spring, MD3:0514.1
NopeLisa GhidottiF39Richmond, VA3:4814
NopeCherry GrassiF46Sterling, VA3:0312.6
NopeAntonia AurilioF44Stafford, VA3:0312.6
NopeDawn GrayF44Clifton, VA3:0312.6
NopeCarol CohenF42Arlington, VA3:0312.6
NopeSteve BargeM52Arlington, VA3:0312.6
NopeThomas McNultyM41Washington, DC3:0312.6
NopeMeg WiegandF33Washington, DC3:1712.04
NopeKevin GreenM46Gaithersburg, MD2:5012
NopeDenise CollF58Alexandria, VA3:0311.5
NopeSarah SmithF46Potomac, MD2:5211
NopeTom CorrisM65Washington, DC3:0811
NopeSiobhan StarrsF46Burke, VA2:2510.5
NopeWilliam RohrsM65Severna Park, MD3:4010.5
NopeBill TurrentineM70Centreville, VA4:1110.5
NopeJeremy GrayM45Clifton, VA2:5210
NopeElla BerkowitzF60McLean, VA3:4410
NopeRonayne LancasterF46Leesburg, VA2:249
NopeMatthew LancasterM44Leesburg, VA2:249
NopeRob ColensoM44Arlington, VA1:408
NopeMichael StefanonM50Manassas, VA1:347
NopeDebbie DaughtryF61Clifton, VA1:346
NopeGwynn HarloweF57Manassas, VA1.346
NopeMichael JuryM43Springfield VA1:275
NopeCarrie DrummondF44Alexandria, VA1:004

The first “non-finisher” was Dan Frank, and he deserves special mention as he
led the field back to Hemlock, but took the wrong turn back up from Bull Run
to the finish, and thus was technically a DNF. A great run nonetheless!

Distances for those who did not complete the entire 50k course are generally
either self-reported or are Q-guesstimates made during check-in at the finish line.

Last updated December 16, 2019