A big thanks goes out to all of the volunteers for their participation in the Potomac Heritage 50K on November 4th, 2012. In particular, the aid station captains, Amy Platt, Eric McGlinchey, Vicki Kendall, and Jaret Seiberg, and all of the aid station volunteers who helped to make this run possible. Also, thanks to the core WUS folks, Tom Corris, Betsy Nickle, Joe Schramka, and Doug Sullivan for the pre-run marking earlier in the week. Once again, thanks to Todd and Joe for helping with the food at the finish! Also to those of you who brought yummy treats, these were very much appreciated by the runners and partiers.
As for the run, Brian Mayer took the official win in 4:33. Although two people, Mark Manz and Jonathan Baggett, ran faster and may have run even further, they did not check in at all of the aid stations and missed a portion of the course and therefore will have to return and run again to remove the “*” from their finishes. Brigit Mitchell was the first woman who ran the entire course to reach the finish. She gained extra bonus points for the treats she brought to share.
Although many people collected a large number of bonus points, no one took more than Chris Farmer, who had 55. It seems highly likely that it took more than 55 minutes to get these 55 bonus points, but nonetheless, the effort is commendable. Andrew Arbuckle was close behind with 50 bonus points. It’s not clear how these two garnered more points than Adele Fenwick, who spent most of the afternoon with egg on her face to keep accumulating points.
Congratulations to all finishers! I hope everyone had a great time and will come back again. The results are posted below, and for the most part, they are complete nonsense. They are based on multiple factors, mostly what you wrote down at the end, but also, on the aid station reports. If you don’t think you got all of the bonus points you deserved, feel free to tell everyone that you were cheated.