Updated results for the 28th running of the Magnus Gluteus Maximus 50k, held on a damp and chilly Saturday December 14, 2019. Just over half of the 130 starters found their way through the occasional rain and the very persistent mud on this year’s MGM course to obtain their finish.
First to the finish was Michael Wardian, who blazed to a 4:37 and a comfortable 20 minute cushion over the only other runner to come in under 5 hours, Jared Byrd. On the women’s side of the field, the winner was BJ Shannon, who rolled into the Hemlock Lodge finish 8th overall in 5:42. Emily Warner also broke 6 hours, finishing second in 5:55. First senior among the men was Robert Cawood, with his 6:19 finish, and Kate Moga took this title among the women with her 7:42.
There were several first-time ultra distance finishers in the field. They and the usual slew of new visitors to the trails used for this race (the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail and the infamous Horse Trail and Do Loop) were aided in their navigation of the course by the bright and persistent orange spray chalk markings on the ground and tree trunks that were applied by course marshal Bob Gaylord. The chalk markings held up well in the rainy conditions. Those markings led the runners from the Fountainhead end of the blue-blazed BROT to the horse trail and on to the Do Loop and back. This year, the runners were additionally pampered by an unknown benefactor who had cleared the horse trail and the Do Loop with a leaf blower, providing a veritable highway for the lucky MGM runners. This does not mean that there were some runners who got off course. This would not be the MGM with lost runners! But the number who reported bonus time and miles were fairly small compared to years past.
One other runner of note is included in the Fun Run Finishers grouping, below the 66 50k finishers. It was great to see Ed Walsh back on the trails, where he so belongs, after an 18 month hiatus while he battled cancer and other health issues. Welcome back, Ed!
The 29th running of this event is scheduled for its standard slot on the second weekend of December, so mark your race calendar now to join the VHTRC and MGM race director Katie Keier for this festive run on December 12, 2020!