Exploring along Dead Run, the last stream crossing before reaching the Beltway.
October 22, 2006 • Washington, DC
Now in its fourth year with its current start and finish and rougher terrain, the PH50k has evolved into a multi-sport event. This year, participants with hidden dart throwing, doughnut eating, ball tossing, bead tossing, and apple bobbing talents were able to improve their finishing position.
The winner, Justine Morrison, blew away the old course record and didn’t need any bonus points to help her. Until Turkey Run, Don Padfield and Fred Dolan hung tight with Justine, hoping to avoid the inevitable “chicking” stigma. Fred Dolan got a bit lost and ultimately didn’t cover the entire course, although he did do plenty of running and ultimately finished with Justine. As for Don, he just hung in there until Justine asserted her dominance. Don was the previous course record holder, and he managed to run considerably faster this year.
The second official event finisher, Amy Sproston, even without her plentiful bonus points for her multi-sport skills, surpassed the women’s course record set by Sophie Speidel last year running a fine time of 5:22. Amy’s bonus points brought her time down to 4:35. Don’t ever make a wager with Amy over a game of darts. With these extra bonus points, she managed to edge out Don Padfield, who was the first official male finisher.
Many finishers had excellent urban adventures. Laura Nelson visited several businesses to ask for directions. Lucia Davidson and Pam Gowen also decided to take a city tour. Quatro Hubbard, not surprisingly, despite having run the course several times, found the course markings quite difficult to follow.
Several first timers also had excellent finishes. Randy Yasenchak of PA came down to run his first ultra and finished with the fine time of 5:53. Congratulations to all of you first time ultra-finishers!
Many thanks go out to the volunteers! Amy and Steve Platt handled aid station one for the fourth year in a row. Michele Harmon and Mike Priddy, fresh off their trip around the world, came back to manage Aid 2. Wendy Fite put together an excellent aid station at Chain Bridge. She was ably assisted by Vicki Kendall, Mike Bur, Kirstin Walcott, and Ted Lapkoff. Jaret Seiberg managed the Turkey Run Aid station for the fourth year in a row. He had the invaluable assistance of Betty Miracle, Bob Phillips, Jim Cavanaugh, Bunny Runyan, and Gary Knipling. Gary organized the bonus point system for Turkey run. Not surprisingly, this system involved beads and included some special bonus points for women. (Apparently, no women felt the need to earn these bonus points.) Ed Demoney and Karen Krieg were a great help with course marking. Tom Corris manned the grill for many hours to make sure everyone was well fed.
Hope you all enjoy the race results. Regardless of your finishing position, you will all be rewarded with a free entry for next years event. Hope to see everyone back again next year!
a: threw three straight bulls eyes
b: the only finisher reported to have indulged in Mulled Wine at the Chain Bridge Aid Station.
c: mega bonus miles—had greatest urban adventure. Resorted to phone book to find finish.
d: got a late start but had a nice finish
e: Four time finisher!!
f: Blew bubbles while bobbing
g: quote of the day “Oh no—I will toss, but I will NOT bob.”
h: a true tie
i: also had a true urban adventure, but Pam got 5 more bonus points
j: Fred ran fast and finished with Justine, but unfortunately got off course and didn’t make it up to the Beltway. However he did keep running around the parking area after getting lost and likely covered the ultra distance.
k: Sophie ran her own course, and we don’t know exactly what it was, but she repeatedly impressed upon everyone that it was 17 miles.
l: No idea what happened to Paul, but obviously he’s pretty good at darts.
m: finished his first ultra