2015 Report

January 1, 2015  •  Quantico, VA

131 starters, 44 finishers

The 19th running of the Redeye 50K run took place on Thursday January 1, 2015 from Pine Grove in Prince William Forest Park. It was another great winter day for running with sunshine, light breezes, and temps in the 40’s. Well over 100 runners (131) started just a few minutes (4:00) after the 8:00 AM planned start. Among the assembled crowd were three of the Team Slug members who originated the Redeye Run in 1997: Dan Grayson, Rebecca & James Moore.

Evan Fisher who completed the 3-loop course in 4:29 set a new “event” record. Kathleen Cusick defended her women’s title from last year with a solid run in 5:27. There were 44 runners (14 women/30 men) who met the pre-race challenge to “keep running”, and made 2015 have the highest number and highest % of finishers of any Redeye. A total of 131 runners ran at least one loop, and 34% finished the 50K + distance.

Timing at the 2015 Redeye
Precision timing at the 2015 Redeye.

Bruce Tweedie started helping out the day before by marking the course with our standard blue ribbon. He also led the runners on the preliminary unmarked loop, and then took down ribbons on his 3rd loop to make the trails just as clean as when we started (maybe cleaner?). Bruce is in perfect position to soon take over the RD of this “crazy” VHTRC event. Allison Holko, who is nursing a leg injury, came early to help park runners and then kept the aid station clutter free as entrants came and went after each loop. Sarah Smith did one loop and then opened up her kitchen, complete with oven & stove, to offer soup, pancakes, and adult warm drinks to the welcoming endorphined crowd. Thanks to Sarah, Allison and Bruce for helping the runners get even more for their money.

Speaking of payback, I always use the Redeye to get rid of leftover Halloween candy, but it is apparent that many runners put some effort into their contribution to the single aid station. John Sondermann brought his tray of sub sandwiches again, and both Bob Anderson & Bret Kinsella brought bacon. All of these contributions were gone by the second time runners came through the S/F area. There was never a lack for nourishment, but the homemade items seemed to be gone before the standard chips and cookies.

Dave Herring brought a new pair of Montrail Masochist shoes and put them “up for grabs” on the table. Megan McCluer went home as Cinderella wearing a smile (and her new shoes). Megan should have gotten home easily since it was well before midnight when she left.

There were several well-behaved tandems of dogs and runners (at least the dogs were), and perhaps appropriately there were three veterinarians in the crowd on Thursday. Two of them “stepped up” to complete all 3 loops. Way to represent, Kristen and Mary Ellen – two out of three aint bad!

Two sets of brothers started the run, and to prove sibling rivalry is good: all four runners finished. Kudos to the Kline and Mathews “boys”. Stephanie Wilson kept her finish rate going and is now 5 for 5 at Redeye’s. And, Quatro finished for the second year in a row. I’m worried he may feel a streak coming on.

Ranger John, who was the only one on duty for the 15,000+ acre Park, stopped by a couple of times. He was tolerant of our controlled antics, proper use of cups and brown bags, and just-slight overflow parking.

Also of note among finishers was the first ultra run for Betsy Campos. The longest run for Betsy before Thursday was about 10 miles. Husband Al stayed with her the entire time. I hope they are still happily under the same roof.

This year, I did not leave two runners stranded out on the course like last year. But the same two runners were in competition for the DFL Award. The winner of the 2015 DFL was Stanley Podlasik who finished 2 minutes behind Gretchen Bolton. Gretchen is a 69-year-old “hottie” who can still smoke the trails. I slipped her a pack of matches for her 3rd loop just to make sure didn’t lose her spark, but she didn’t need to strike a one. When Gretch & Stan checked in, we knew we were done for the Day. Per usual, the “Three Musketeers” from up I-95 in Maryland (Alan, Paul, and “Smitty”) were there to help clean up the residual of the Day’s activities. Someone called them the “Three Stooges”, but I disagree.

Run management has been confident of the distances represented in the advertising and marketing of the Event, but it is always good to get reinforcement. John Nelson has documented the distances of the various dropping points with his “always present” GPS receiver. These are: 1 loop - 11.8 mi, 2 loops - 21.6 mi, Finish - 31.4 mi.


The results as deciphered and guessed are as follows:

Evan Fisher4:29(new Event record)
Brandon Mathews4:37(brother DNA)
AJ Cillo4:38(finished in spite of a nasty fall on beginning of loop 3)
Seth Jayson4:47(finished 2nd last year)
Chris Bennett5:08 
Kathleen Cusick5:27(finished in FL fashion in nothing but haltertop)
Jack Kurisky5:29(talking Barkley)
Keith Knipling5:29(talking Barkley)
Todd Ellick5:31 
Seth Mathews5:34(brother DNA)
Bernard Pesjak5:42 
Aaron Ellison5:46 
James Whiteside5:52(another one of those studly young guys)
Lorraine Moore6:06(Mom of 4)
Lynn Kline6:17(brother DNA)
Dave Herring6:17(shoes to give away)
Stephanie Wilson6:21(5 for 5)
Wayne Kline6:23(brother DNA)
Prasad Gerard6:24(too cold to be shirtless)
Adele Fenwick6:31(took time off from fighting fires)
Bret Kinsella6:48(probably didn’t get any of own bacon)
Stephanie Chivis6:55(needs to get a blemish on knees or clothing)
John Sondermann6:55(probably didn’t get any of own sub sandwiches)
Ed Walsh6:59(no longer a “back of packer” – don’t leave me Ed)
Tracy Dahl7:01(gearing up for BH)
Mary Ellen Hutchins7:14(DVM)
Kristen Pence7:14(DVM)
Stacy Jer7:18 
Rob Kolb7:25(“Necker” from Mason Neck)
Paul Crickard7:26(Musketeer)
Larry Bartlett7:30(Bighorn bound)
Carolyn Wilson7:39 
Jill Jacobs7:39(Devereux)
Mark Zimmerman7:44 
Bill Gentry7:44 
Q-Man Hubbard7:44(on a roll with 2 consecutive finishes)
Gen. Rob’t Gaylord7:44 
Betsy Campos7:52(1st ultra distance)
Al Campos7:52 
Bruce Tweedie8:01(from start to finish; ribbons in hand)
Tabitha Hedrick8:04(MMT hopeful)
Larry Huffman8:10 
Gretchen Bolton8:36(“hot” sexagenarian)
Stanley Podlasek8:38(DFL)
TWO LAPS (21.6 miles)  
Brian Schmidt2:52(helped Evan get record run by being “rabbit” for 2)
Alex Hetherington3:03 
Brian Glass3:54 
Jeff Kent3:56 
David Grossweiler3:56 
Scott Lee4:02(tried to get credit for running Redeye ’14)
Charles Rousseaux4:06 
Rob Colenso4:07 
John Nelson4:13(GPS consultant)
Nicklaus Combs4:14 
Jesse Parker4:21 
John Stacy4:24(running and monitoring trails at same time)
David Radcliffe4:28 
Alice Loughran4:29 
Conrado Soria4:36(probably botched your name?)
Stefan Shirley4:36 
Kerry O’Brien4:36 
Ben Schrag4:36 
Sara Fanous4:38(part of the Loudon underground)
Darren Eaton4:39 
Dan Agdham4:54(arrived late but made up time)
Rob Tidwell5:01(MMT rookie – chuckle, chuckle)
Carrie Drummond5:04(entire family crewing for Mom)
Jaret Seiberg5:04(Bighorn bound)
Linda Wack5:05 
Farouk Elkassed5:10 
“Smitty” Smith5:10(Musketeer)
Don Libes5:16 
Jared Byrd5:17 
Sara Davidson5:17(sneaky fast 100 Miler)
Alan Lagon5:19(Musketeer)
Chris Pabian5:35(MMT hopeful)
Neisa Condemaita5:47(Bighorn bound)
Andrew Arbuckle5:47(Bighorn bound)
WHTom McNulty5:53 
Heather Ryder6:08( ~ 26.2mi )
Jon Busey6:24 
Holly Franz6:41(lucky dogs – Nicky & Nickie)
Kate Montgomery6:41(lucky dogs – Nickie & Nicky)
Stephanie Danahy7:34( ~24 mi )
Janice Burford7:34( ~ 24 mi )
Those doing ONE LOOP ( ~ 12 miles ) ; Listed alphabetically  
Kari / Bob Anderson  
Molly Bennett  
Erin Brown  
Mike Campbell  
Whitney Carruth  
Denise Coll  
Kitstin / Tom Corris  
Anstr Davidson  
Vivian Delgado  
Ted Diss  
Laura Drake  
Peter Duerst  
John Fitz  
Joseph Flint  
Michael Gildea  
Nitin / Smita Gokhale  
Keith Hosman  
Leah Kasowitz  
Katie Keier  
Natalie Kolb  
Shannon Krause  
Alvin Lee  
Susan Lynch  
Steve Mabeus  
Adam Matheson  
Megan McCluer  
Rebecca / James Moore  
Jeremy Nelson  
Adel Ntam  
Paul Oman  
Melissa Phillips  
Pete Pontzer  
Jeremy Rausa  
Jeff Reed  
Dave Robertson  
Rob Saraniero  
Jamile Shirley  
Sarah Smith  
Kathy / Larry Tumblin  
Caroline Williams  
John Wirth  

Last updated December 16, 2019