Hashawha runners make their way across the rolling fields during the 2010 race.

Alan Gowen

2015 Report

February 28, 2015  •  Westminster, MD

96 starters, 53 finishers

Memories made at Hashawha Hills

The sixth running of the Hashawha Hills 50km Trail Run is in the books, and for all who were there, I am sure this will prove to be one of the most memorable runs ever.

As I’m fond of saying, “You always remember the vacation when the car broke down” …..getting hit with something far out of the ordinary, whereas stressful at the time, provides for memories that will never fade.

It was 6 degrees on Saturday morning when 96 runners hit the Hashawha Hills, and within minutes, found themselves post holing through 8 to 10 inches of crusty, granular, and just downright miserable snow, making progress extremely slow and difficult. The consensus among most was that these were simply the hardest trail conditions they had ever faced. Memories in the making though. This is the stuff that makes the attitude, the effort, and the will, all coalesce into the realization we may just be a little tougher than we thought. And that’s what makes this all so unforgettable. The brilliant sun shown down from a crystalline sky, the beauty of the landscape unfolding before them, as runners worked their way through snow covered fields, forest, and meadow, on a day none will ever forget.

The snow covered ground took an odd toll, for some reason or other causing a number of runners to go off course after passing right beside what was described as a “pink wall” of 8 marking ribbons. Go figure.

Taking the conditions into account we played fast and loose with the cut off at the 15.5 mile aid station, but the tough conditions had runners paying a high price. Forty two runners either chose to drop, or timed out at or before the halfway point.

On the second loop, the post holing was over, the trail having turned into an odd combination of loose, granular, soft, powdery, junk. Chris McIntosh was first across the finish line, in what considering the conditions was an astonishing time of 5:24:22, and Lori Cooper was the female winner, crossing the line in 6:27:02.

On this cold and beautiful winter day runners showed true grit, as 53 of the 96 starters dug deep and found their way to finish line, many turning in negative splits. All finishers received the coveted handmade Hashawha Hills mug, and everyone who was there took home some memories that will never fade.

Hats off to all our dedicated hardworking volunteers, without whom, of course, we could never do this. Thanks also to all our runners who showed respect to our venue.

The seventh running of The Hashawha Hills 50 Km Trail Run, the race that gets cheaper every year will be held on February 27, 2016 when the entry fee will be an absolutely ridiculous $19.45

Alan Gowen.
Race Director


It was cold and clear with significant snow on the ground. Course records were not in jeopardy.

1Chris McIntosh41MMontclair, VA5:24:22
2Brenden Lingg31MBaltimore, MD5:43:47
3Thomas Haine48MTowson, MD6:03:13
4Todd Ellick31MWilliamsburg, VA6:07:42
5Conrad Fernandes47MSilver Spring, MD6:15:34
6Lori Cooper39FFrederick, MD6:27:02
7Aaron Ellison38MEllicott City, MD6:39:41
8Brian O'Connor49MClarksburg, MD6:49:53
9Lori Johnson51FRed Hill, PA6:57:16
10Shannon Kraus42MGlen Echo, MD7:03:13
11Steve Boyce45MSykesville, MD7:03:52
12Miguel Perez32MSilver Spring, MD7:03:58
13Todd Yingling37MHanover, PA7:08:15
14Brian Carr39MBaltimore, MD7:08:57
15Bryce Campbell34MManassas, VA7:10:09
16Bernard Pesjak45MAnnandale, VA7:11:13
17Marlin Yoder62MHarrisonburg, VA7:15:37
18Matthew Floyd38MWestminster, MD7:20:47
19Robert Kolb47MLorton, VA7:29:47
20Scott Crabb43MBristow, VA7:34:18
21John Wirth35MAlexandria, VA7:36:28
22Bruce Tweedie53MLake Ridge, VA7:37:15
23Mark Cable44MRuckersville, VA7:40:32
24Andrew Carta30MCrofton, MD7:40:55
25Chris Coder33MWestminster, MD7:45:34
26Benjamin Cordell31MParkille, MD7:45:35
27Gray Weaver31MArlington, VA7:47:59
28Paul Encarnacion54MBrunswick, MD7:54:00
29Rick Thompson50MBel Air, MD7:57:36
30Gary Knipling71MMason Neck, VA7:58:29
31Sean Lawler43MWestminster, MD8:01:27
32Meranda Pierce40FMount Joy, PA8:01:30
33Dan Aghdam46MCentreville, VA8:06:15
34Eva Basehart47FAmherst, NY8:12:09
35Paul Sherlock58MArlington, VA8:16:21
36Charles Hogan55MCatonsville , MD8:16:26
37Jayme Dubinsky31FAlexandria, VA8:18:30
38Carrie Drummond41FAlexandria, VA8:22:55
39Paul Crickard61MColumbia, MD8:24:07
40Alan Lagon45MBaltimore, MD8:24:11
41Doug Camann47MClarksboro, NJ8:26:21
42Dean Johnson54MRed Hill, PA8:28:58
43Shelly Cable45FBedford, PA8:34:35
44Jeffrey Klemm64MMcLean, VA8:36:29
45Hope Wilkes25FArlington, VA8:38:00
46Robert Perry52MMiddletown, MD8:40:53
47Todd Folmsbee44MAlexandria, VA8:42:33
48Michele McLeod56FOlney, MD8:43:40
49Laura Drake25FArlington , VA8:54:21
50Carole Williamson53FEldersburg, MD9:03:08
51Jose Quinchuela41MAberdeen Proving Ground, MD9:08:59
52Jamie Greenawalt47FBedford, PA9:18:03
53Bob Coyne68MMount Airy, MD9:18:04

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