2012 Report

January 1, 2012  •  Quantico, VA

27 finishers


The 1st of 2012 was a good one for those trail runners who made it to the 16th annual Redeye 50K run in Prince William Park on Sunday. None of the original Team Slug members were in attendance this year, but the craziness that they started in 1997 has lingered on. Even the National Park Service considers this an event now, having required a special permit the past two years. Over 100 runners showed up on a pleasant winter day to take in at least one of the 9.82 mile “Redeye loops.”

The weather wasn’t as warm as 2005, the Redeye Beach year, but many runners were in short sleeves by early afternoon during their loops.

Appreciation is extended to helpers Johanna Lockner for marking the course (intentionally sparse) at just turns and trail junctions the day before, and to Bob Phillips for guiding the participants on the unmarked one-and-a-half mile section before getting back on track for the “loops”. Although blue flagging was “our” marking system, sometime between Saturday morning and our Sunday event a white-flour misdirection arrow was spread on the ground at one of our turns (for another event?). No real harm done by the misdirection except some runners missing out on a good climb up Pyrite Mine Road and missing out on about ½ mile of “our loop”. A good Samaritan (reported to be Tracy ?) had scratched it out by the time I saw it after most had gone by the first time.

Just about one-fourth of the starters completed all three loops for the 50K distance. There were many other versions of the one or two loop options, which made for interesting documentation of distances and times. To the runners: only YOU know (or care) what actual distance or time you did.

As usual, there was more food and drink than could be consumed. And, with no preplanning or assignments, all of the food groups (mostly junk) were represented. I heard of some rare delicacies such as chocolate-covered-almond-encrusted bacon, Scottish eggs, and candy-cane oreos, but there was also just good chips and coke. THANK YOU to each of you for bringing more than your share.

Other random comments:

  • Thank you to the Daves – Robertson and Snipes – for hanging out at the S/F area, and moving my and Quatro’s cars that were parked illegally when Ranger Ken came by a-checking. There was also just enough distraction at this time for Snipes to discreetly place one of the Quivey’s post-run beverage containers into an opaque bag. When Colonel Quivey (ret.) finished his second loop, he was initially disgruntled about his stolen stash; but was happily reunited when it was found in the brown bag under the table.

  • Someone (not us) had blown all of the leaves off a half-mile section of trail about mid loop. It wasn’t exactly the red carpet treatment, but it was a nice treat.

  • As promised, the blue ribbons were down during the 3rd loop for many of the runners. A big thank you to the Gaudettes, Linda & Dave, for giving up their 50K PR’s to take down the ribbons on their final loop. They were so neat about it that most of the ribbons were salvaged by Tom Green and Smitty to be recycled for Nelson’s 50K by our Maryland running brethren this Saturday the 7th. Now that is being “green” (with blue) to the ultimate.

  • The last runners were off the course well before sunset and the good General, Bob Gaylord, was part of the “sweep Team” of Toni Aurilio, Kelley Fitzsimmons, and Bob himself. The Team joined Johanna, Snipes and Quatro to distribute unopened aid (for later events), cleaned all the tables, picked up left items, and departed with the Park cleaner (hopefully) than we found it.

  • An attempt is being made to list the results, but mostly for the true hardcore finishers. Most of the other runners used a loop or two as an excuse to get to the Redeye party. Happy 2012 to All in VHTRC Land.


1Josh Alexander4:3950 km
2Katherine Himes5:0250 km
3Ryan Nebel5:3450 km
4Selena Smart5:3550 km
5Patrick McGlade5:3550 km
6Andrew Simpson5:3950 km
7Robert Towne5:4550 km
8Mark Lofquist6:2250 km
9Peihan Orestes6:2550 km
10Siobhan Leonardis6:3150 km
11John Leonardis6:3150 km
12Jason Schwartz6:3450 km
13Linda Gaudette6:3650 km
14Dave Gaudette6:3850 km
15Mark Kahler6:4150 km
16Paul Amman6:4450 km
17Gilbert Gray6:4450 km
18Dave Pinnick6:5550 km
19John Stacy6:5750 km
20Courtnye Nestor7:0450 km
21Paul Crickard7:0450 km
22Jessie Conradie7:0650 km
23Farouk Elkassed7:0650 km
24Vickie Kendall7:0650 km
25Toni Aurilio7:4650 km
26Kelley Fitzsimmons7:4650 km
27Bob Gaylord7:4650 km
Two-loop runnersAlex Kahl 22 miles
 Adam Matheson 21 miles
 Drew Watson 21 miles
 Jeff Best 21 miles
 Joe Schramka 21 miles
 Bob Cooper 21 miles
 Antoinette Landragin 21 miles
 Rod Brana 21 miles
 Phil Rice 21 miles
 Kevin McCall 21 miles
 John Barber 21 miles
 Marty Lindemann 21 miles
 Diane Behm 21 miles
 Pete Pontzer 21 miles
 Tracy Dahl 21 miles
 Keith Knipling 21 miles
 Quatro Hubbard 21 miles
 Kirstin Corris 21 miles
 Tony Studer 21 miles
 Larry Bartlett 21 miles
 Bill Turrentine 21 miles
 Steve Mabeus 21 miles
 Mark Prescott 21 miles
 Steve Gould 21 miles
 Denise Coll 21 miles
 Dave Quivey 21 miles
 JoAnne Studer 21 miles
 Larry Huffman 21 miles
 Bob Phillips 21 miles
 Tom Green 21 miles
 Jen Page 21 miles
 Gaynor Bourgeois 21 miles
 Sara Davidson 21 miles
 Marti Kovener 21 miles
 Megan McClure 21 miles
 Maria Bertacchi 21 miles
 Charlie Miracle 21 miles
 Stephanie Danahy 21 miles
 Carline Williams 21 miles
 Keith Hosman 21 miles
 Ed Walsh 21 miles
 Jill Quivey 21 miles
 Johanna Lockner 21 miles
 Rhonda Stricklett 21 miles
 Holly Franz 21 miles
 Lidia Baca 21 miles
 Ed Demoney 21 miles
One-loop runnersRich Milner 12 miles
 Dave Snipes 12 miles
 Mike Campbell 12 miles
 Jen Jacobs 12 miles
 Deb Shaffer 12 miles
 Sterling Deck 12 miles
 Abe Gilman 12 miles
 Barry Kreisa 12 miles
 Amir Moore 12 miles
 Christopher Robbins 12 miles
 Megan Stegemiller 12 miles
 Max Alvarado 12 miles
 Smitty Smith 12 miles
 Tom Corris 12 miles
 Scott Crabb 12 miles
 Pam Koleck 12 miles
 Linda Wack 12 miles
 Becky Hawkins 12 miles
 Beni Hawkins 12 miles
 Rob Colenso 12 miles
 Debbie Daughtry 12 miles
 Melanie Sutherland 12 miles
 Mike Sutherland 12 miles
 Dan Leonardis 12 miles
 Heather Alden 12 miles
 Rick Diecchio 12 miles
 Cathy Kovacic 12 miles
 Dave Yeakel 12 miles
 Kari Anderson 12 miles
 Bob Anderson 12 miles
 Jeff Nicholson 12 miles
 Regina Nuzzo 12 miles
 Karen Quinn 12 miles
 Bunny Runyan 12 miles
 Luanne Turrentine 12 miles

Last updated December 16, 2019