Exploring along Dead Run, the last stream crossing before reaching the Beltway.

Keith Knipling

2016 Report

November 7, 2016  •  Washington, DC

57 starters, 29 finishers


Thanks to all who participated in the 2016 version of the Potomac Heritage 50k! Special thanks go out to numerous volunteers including Amy and Steve Platt, who have captained Aid Station 1 every year since the inception of the current version of the event. Also thanks to Paul Crickard, Mario Raymond, and Charlie Miracle, who stepped up to captain the other aid stations, Michele Harmon for bringing back Break Dancing, Kirstin Corris for course marking, and Dave Herring for volunteering to do anything and everything all day long. There were many other volunteers who stepped up and made this event possible.

It was great to see so many veterans and rookies navigating the course. Veterans Rebecca and James Moore found the most creative route to the finish, checking in at alternating aid stations and the finish to complete some randomly calculated number of miles. They made a perfectly timed arrival to capture peak party hours.

People have begun to figure out that the party is raging at the start/finish by around noon even though no official finishers arrived until almost 1PM. The first finishers of the entire 50k distance were Freddy Mondale and local WUS favorite Joey Cohen. Both stopped to earn bonus points and earned exactly the same number to solidify the tie. Jonathan Gowen was the next finisher. Gaynor Bourgeois was the first female finisher. She has finished about 12 times and has now been the first female two out of twelve. Congrats also to Kenneth Swab, who was crowned with the highly coveted title of Break Dancing King!

As the party died down, co-director Doug Sullivan took advantage of tired and impaired runners by challenging them to carry heavy old radiators from the garage down to the basement. Many bonus points were earned for these activities, but none of them were ever recorded because no one can remember who was still involved at that point in the party.

We outsourced the results computations this year. Thus, all of your email corrections to the interesting results that you recorded for yourselves likely never made it into the final computations. Nonetheless, congrats to all who recorded any miles whatsoever and managed to find the finish!

Other reports

Run Report by Ken Swab


The results for the 2016 running of the Potomac Heritage 50 km, held on the first Sunday in November, as per tradition. Also, as per tradition, it was a sunny, dry, gorgeous fall day — and the post-race party was fantastic. Thanks to hosts Kerry Owens and Doug Sullivan for once again putting on this fall classic!

NameSexAgeR.I.T.R.1T.R.2C.B.2Adjusted Time
Joey Cohen33Male5 min5 min  4:59
Freddy Mondale24Male5 min5 min  4:59
Jonathan Gowen32Male5 min   5:18
Jesse Fuller32Male5 min5 min5 min 5:32
Frank Volny37Male    5:53
Nolan Shigley40Male    5:55
Tyler Gonnsen28Male5 min5 min5 min 6:02
Christopher Dempsey39Male 5 min 5 min6:04
Gaynor Bourgeois48Female 5 min5 min2 min6:06
Serhot Ozturk36Male5 min5 min  6:29
Erin Windauer30Female   5 min6:34
Geoff Patterson33Male    6:39
Daniel Nowakowski26Male 5 min 5 min6:44
Al Yoon50Male    6:54
Quatro Hubbard56Male5 min5 min  7:05
Mikka Macdonald22Female 5 min  7:09
Windy Aziz40Female5 min   7:10
Elizabeth Guillen30Female 5 min5 min 7:24
Jill Jacobs50Female 5 min  7:29
Marty Fox65Male    7:30
Jeffrey Klemm65Male    7:30
Paul Sherlock60Male 5 min  8:04
Bob Coyne69Male 5 min  8:55
Kenneth Swab65Male5 min15 min  9:07
Sarah Curtis35Female5 min5 min  9:15
Sirisha Golla41Female5 min   9:20
Mark Zimmermann64Male5 min   9:22
Brady Haycock36Female5 min5 min  9:24
Dong Vo59Male    9:24
Carol Cohen40Female5 min   28 miles
Raisa Slepoy51Female    22 miles
Greg Zaruba50Male    21 miles
Pamela Gowen64Female    20 miles
Michal Niedzwiecki33Male 5 min  20 miles
Joe Clapper58Male5 min   20 miles
Francesco Smith62Male5 min5 min  20 miles
Chris Batten Male    20 Miles
Alan Gowen67Male    20 miles
Trevor Baine34Male    18 miles
Todd Folmsbee46Male5 min   18 miles
Tara Rohland-Crabb Female5 min   18 miles
Scott Crabb45Male5 min   18 miles
Martha Nelson35Female5 min   18 miles
Katie Keier46Female5 min   18 miles
Karen Donohue46Female5 min   18 miles
Jackie Ong55Female    18 miles
Fred Fialco43Male    18 miles
Deborah Shaffer51Female    18 miles
David Quivey54Male5 min   18 miles
Daisy Weill28Female5 min   18 miles
Brett Martin36Male    18 miles
Aaron Schwartzbard39Male    18 miles
James Moore72Male    13 miles
Rebecca Moore71Female    13 miles
Doug Levy35Male    ??
Brienne Thomson31Female5 min   ??
Sheila Vibert34Female    ??

Last updated December 16, 2019