2018 Report

January 1, 2018  •  Quantico, VA

84 starters, 21 finishers


It was 10 degrees at the start. 10 degrees - Fahrenheit. Not optimal running weather for most of us, and even less optimal for the Redeye 50k participants after what was surely a rockin’ New Year’s Eve for so many of the runners. Or maybe for some of the runners? Okay - for the 60 or so runners who signed up but failed to show up for the 22nd running of the Redee 50k. The 84 (+/-) runners who did point their frozen toes towards the start line generally seemed to have been tucked into their warm beds well ahead of the dropping of the ball in Times Square the night before. The good news for that brave group of 84 was that by the afternoon, the temps had skyrocketed up into the low 20s. Positively balmy!

Dave Woll checking in runners Lynn and Wayne Kline
Dave Woll checking in runners Lynn and Wayne Kline.

New Redeye RD Dave Woll maintained the great tradition of this New Year’s Day classic. The Redeye 50k had been passed down to Dave from Team Slug, by way of Gary Knipling. Dave was helped in putting on the 2018 run by: Alex Papadopoulos (parking), Dave Robertson, Ed Walsh and Gary (course marking) and Gary, Michele Harmon, Bill Gentry and John Stacy (course cleanup). Hot food and beverages were also provided by Sarah Smith, Homer Komthirath and Sheila Vibert. Thanks all!

Gary, Bill and Michele
Gary, Bill and Michele.

The runners were faced with what likely was the coldest of the 22 Redeye runs (it is not often 10 degrees in Northern Virginia). But it was at least a sunny day, a dry trail, and most of the course was shielded from the occasional wind that would sweep across the start/finish area in the field near the PWFP’s Pine Grove Visitor’s Center.

Justin Contois was first to the finish, in a speedy time of 4:32. Michele Harmon was the first, and only, woman to finish all three loops (7:45), so she gets to start her year off with a win at the Redeye. Not to mention with the warm and fuzzy feeling of having won the run while also clearing it of the blue ribbons at the same time.

As is traditional at this run, the finishing percentage of roughly 25% was relatively low for such a runnable 50k. But since this is less a run and more a fun, social get-together on local trails, it doesn’t much matter.

Results, such as they may be for an informal “race” of this nature, and a short director’s report have been posted. Any errors are likely the fault of the runner and his/her bad handwriting; hope that they don’t impact your Ultrasignup rating too badly!

See you all on January 1, 2019, for the next Redeye 50k!


The 2018 Red Eye had 84 runners brave the cold conditions; it was reported as one of the coldest New Year’s since 1944. Of the 84 runners, we had 53 males and 31 females start. 21 runners finished all three loops to complete the 50k distance.

Justin Contois was first male with a time of 4:32. Michele Harman was the first and only woman finisher with a time of 7:25.

PlaceNameSexLoop 1Loop 2Loop3
1Justin ContoisM1:353:024:32
2Blair FaulkM1:363:064:50
3Michael RolandM1:353:135:10
4Keith KniplingM1:503:445:28
5Josh CorbinM1:513:405:36
6Matthew McWhirterM1:513:405:44
7Jeff KleinM1:523:445:44
8Daniel LawverM1:533:485:51
9Patrick VaughnM2:004:026:07
10Jeff WeberM2:003:596:12
11Wayne KlineM2:114:196:29
12Lynn KlineM2:114:196:31
13Michael CampbellM2:124:326:53
14Larry HuffmanM2:304:437:05
15Andy PetersonM2:264:457:14
16Michele HarmonF2:155:077:45
17Bill GentryM2:205:077:45
18Gary KniplingM2:264:547:45
19Marty FoxM2:345:187:51
20John StacyM2:315:007:55
21Mark ZimmermannM2:505:197:57
Two Loopers (21+ miles)     
NopePatrick EarlyM1:393:22DNF
NopeErik PriceM2:033:40DNF
NopeJames EustaceM1:533:43DNF
NopeGregory SyndersM1:533:43DNF
NopeTim PuetzM1:363:44DNF
NopeJeffrey KentM1:543:47DNF
NopeConnor MurphyM1:503:49DNF
NopeCarol CohenF2:014:02DNF
NopeKelly MacDonaldF2:004:04DNF
NopeEllen HartF2:004:05DNF
NopeJohn HodgeM2:014:16DNF
NopeMegan QuinnF2:314:40DNF
NopeBrett MartinM2:114:40DNF
NopeJoe ClapperM2:155:08DNF
NopeQuatro HubbardM2:205:14DNF
NopeLaura BennettF3:065:22DNF
NopeHolly FranzF3:065:22DNF
NopeJim HullM2:495:26DNF
NopeSteph DanahyF2:425:30DNF
NopeDebbie DaughtryF2:425:30DNF
NopeLaura FalsoneF2:465:30DNF
NopeBob GaylordM2:545:47DNF
NopeSarah SmithF2:235:51DNF
One Loopers (11+ miles)     
NopeBrian SchmidtM1:39xxxDNF
NopeJames BrennanM1:52xxxDNF
NopeRyan MooreM2:00xxxDNF
NopeRob ColensoM2:00xxxDNF
NopeBlake BurketM2:02xxxDNF
NopeJohn FitzM2:10xxxDNF
NopeNick NeakraseM2:11xxxDNF
NopeTracy DahlF2:12xxxDNF
NopeReinhardt GrayM2:12xxxDNF
NopeJen HotchkissF2:15xxxDNF
NopeLisa VasquezF2:17xxxDNF
NopeDan AghdamM2:20xxxDNF
NopeDave HerringM2:20xxxDNF
NopeTom SimondsM2:20xxxDNF
NopeAl CamposM2:23xxxDNF
NopeBetsy NickleF2:24xxxDNF
NopeGail JonesF2:25xxxDNF
NopeRobin ShepherdF2:25xxxDNF
NopeJon JesterM2:26xxxDNF
NopeDiane BehmF2:27xxxDNF
NopeDenise CollF2:31xxxDNF
NopeDana FullenF2:31xxxDNF
NopeDeb CawthornF2:36xxxDNF
NopeAddie WelchF2:47xxxDNF
NopeGretchen BoltonF2:53xxxDNF
NopeTracey ThibodeauF2:53xxxDNF
NopeLawrence BartlettM2:54xxxDNF
NopeLinda BoltonF2:54xxxDNF
NopeMarwa ElsayedF2:54xxxDNF
NopeMichele WatsonF2:54xxxDNF
NopeAmy AdamsF3:07xxxDNF
NopeLarry ThibodeauM3:07xxxDNF
NopeDanett CrespoF3:08xxxDNF
NopeKari AndersonF3:40xxxDNF
NopeBob AndersonM3:40xxxDNF
NopeJames MooreM3:40xxxDNF
NopeLarry TumblinM3:46xxxDNF
NopeFrancesco SmithM4:37xxxDNF
NopePaul CrickardM4:42xxxDNF

Last updated January 2, 2022