It was a cold day on the trails for the 3rd Annual Waterfall 50km, held on Sunday January 14, 2018. This was the second day of the VHTRC’s traditional Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend mountain training double. Temps on this MLK Sunday stayed in the teens (around 14 at the start, 10 at Waterfall #1). The good news for the runners was that it was sunny, and there was not much wind. The course was dry and in good condition, making for a great winter’s day on the trails.
The overall winners of this year’s WTF50k were Lance Dockery and Kelly MacDonald. Both were also the King and the Queen of Waterfall, as they were first male and female to the “finish” of the Waterfall 5k - the initial stretch of the run that tops out at the crossing of the Massanutten Trail over the Crisman Hollow Road. Lance’s 5k time was a new record for the King; Dave Frazier was hot on his heels at this point in the run (just three seconds back). Lance then went on to set a new record for the WTF 50k; his 5:04 took a solid half hour off of Danny Mowers’ record from 2017.
Kelly MacDonald successfully and seemingly effortlessly defended her Queen of Waterfall and her WTF 50k crowns from 2017, and in the process she broke her records in both cases. She took 23 minutes off of her winning time from 2017, becoming the first WTF woman to come in under 7 hours.