The 2010 version of the Potomac Heritage 50K was accompanied by sunny and uncharacteristically dry conditions. Again the runners experienced the beautiful fall colors of early November. Thanks to the volunteers who came out to assist and encourage the runners and enable this event to occur once again, especially to the Platt family, the Seiberg family, Emily Grossman, and Vicki Kendall, for serving as aid station captains!
Prior to the start, we had a brief moment of reflection for our friend Mike Broderick whom we lost only two days prior to a very aggressive cancer. Mike has been a good friend to many of us and will not be forgotten. As has become the custom, bonus points were awarded for the performance of various tasks at the aid stations. These points have been incorporated in the results. Bonus points were calculated based on the reports of the aid stations and not based on what the runners themselves reported, which invariably differed from what the aid stations reported.
Bonus points were awarded for various physical challenges created in memory of Mike as well as eating doughnuts and carrying an egg for four miles without breaking it. Some runners also created their own challenges. For example, Mike Bur ate the raw egg he carried for four miles when promised extra points. Carolyn Gernand carried her unbroken egg for eleven miles, all of the way to the finish. Mike Bur also ate Carolyn’s raw egg, all in an attempt to accumulate bonus points. The only egg carriers who failed to receive any points were Gary Knipling and Quatro Hubbard. Although they carried their eggs for four miles, they hurled the eggs at David Snipes and thus were unable to return unbroken eggs. Scooby Bur, first and only canine finisher, received bonus points for eating the two broken eggs.
While all of these antics were taking place, Brian Mayer was finishing the run in a record time of 4:20 and Michael Stadinsky was quietly building up an arsenal of bonus points to receive an adjusted finish time of 3:42. Thus Brian achieved the fastest running time ever and Michael received the fastest adjusted time ever. The first woman was Kristin Eddy, followed closely by Ragan Petrie. Both Kristin and Ragan, despite their speedy times, took a little break to earn bonus points, with Kristin displaying impressive jump-roping technique.
As you can see, the results are complete nonsense, so there’s really not much point in asking me to correct them. However, if I accidentally left your name off, please let me know so I can add it. I hope everyone had a great day and I looking forward to seeing you all again next year.
Photos and other reports
Shawn Ferry’s blog and photos. Bobby Gill’s photos