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

Alan Gowan

2018 Report

February 24, 2018  •  Westminster, MD

108 starters, 101 finishers

Report

Whereas some races seem to be described as muddy with a tone of resentment, runners at Hashawha Hills seem to embrace the mud that invariably becomes part of the story. And as the ninth running of The Hashawha Hills 50km Trail Run proved once again the story is really about so much more than the mud.

On February 24, 2018, the traditional last Saturday in February date, 108 runners toed the line under threatening skies and mild, at least for February, temperatures. The trail conditions were really quite good for the first couple of hours, but soon after the clouds turned to rain, the mud made its appearance. Fortunately most of the trails offered good footing all day and runner’s spirits were high as they got to experience some changes to the famous “out and back” section, skirting along the edge of cliff tops, and going hand over hand using a knotted rope to pull themselves up a new short but breathtakingly steep trail section.

Adam Watkins and Dustin Campion fought it out at the front of the pack, with Adam finally pulling ahead for the win in 4:19:21. Siobhan Leonardis held the lead over Sarah Mikalauskas on the two loop course until within a mile of the finish Siobhan went off course allowing Sarah, who had been running strong all day long, to move to the front taking the win in 5:15:41. This was Sarah’s second win at Hashawha Hills, having bested the field once before in 2016. Sarah is our only two time winner.

At a time when, due to injury I was unable to shoulder my share of the load, generous friends pitched in, volunteering to do everything there was to be done. From trail marking to sweeping the course, timing to post race food prep, manning The Famous Aid Station, and everything from setting up to cleaning up, the volunteers who made sure everything was taken care went above and beyond, and deserve heartfelt thanks. It’s always it’s good to have friends!

All who finished the race received one of our famous Hashawha Hills mugs along with hot food and tall tales inside the nature center.

What do you get for an entry fee of $19.25? Coffee and cookies during the pre race inside the warm nature center. Aid stations second to none. An easy to follow course of trails, forest roads, open fields, plenty of hills and of course that stream crossing, and now that rope thing, as well as split second timing, a hot meal at the finish, and our trademark handmade mugs.

This race produced a profit for the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club. Therefore, we’re still not sure runners are getting their money’s worth, and so we will stick with our tradition of lowering the entry fee every year.

Please join us for the tenth anniversary running of the Hashawha Hills 50km Trail Run to be held on February 23, 2019. The entry fee will be a just plain preposterous $19.15.

Happy Trails!
Alan Gowen.
Race Director, Hashawha Hills 50km Trail Run

Start of the 2018 Hashawha Hills 50 km
Start of the 2018 Hashawha Hills 50 km.

Results

PLNAMEAGESEXHOME1st LOOPFINISHFINISHES
1Adam Watkins37MWashington , DC2:05:294:19:212
2Dustin Campion32MKeedysville , MD2:02:244:26:462
3Timothy Greszler39MBethesda, MD2:09:494:27:312
4Brad Hinton41MBerryville , VA2:11:174:35:541
5Matt McDonald48MHagerstown, MD2:16:384:56:234
6Russell Dresher35MHudson, MA2:26:024:58:043
7John Marciari46MBaltimore, MD2:15:585:02:103
8Jason Comins44MWinchester , VA2:29:015:03:571
9Barret Stanton19MFredericksburg, VA2:19:235:05:271
10Sarah Mikalauskas38FNew Market, MD2:34:335:15:413
11Thomas Haine51MTowson, MD2:25:235:20:106
12Jim Treece48MFrederick, MD2:29:045:20:391
13Shawn Krause38MLutherville, MD2:29:305:21:481
14Dave Herring47MLinden, VA2:25:005:26:181
15Siobhan Leonardis35FMiddletown , MD2:29:535:31:172
16Alla Kiyashko38FRockville , MD2:35:195:33:481
17Ron Eshleman49MCatonsville, MD2:36:275:37:585
18Alan Johnson54MOcean View, NJ2:38:045:43:211
19Barry Hauptman54MBethesda , MD2:40:175:43:212
20Doug Camann50MClarksboro, NJ2:35:155:44:106
21Samantha Strong23FArlington, VA2:53:365:44:221
22Daryl Hultquist48MPotomac, MD2:31:005:45:531
23Ronald Henry56MAdelphi, MD2:40:285:47:041
24James Miller53MChesterfield, VA2:40:105:47:561
25Jason Counsman31MBaltimore, MD2:33:125:48:101
26Sarah Capostagno27FColumbia, MD2:46:315:48:272
27Randy Becker45MWoodstock, MD2:52:315:48:461
28Casey Fisher34MAbingdon, MD2:46:265:49:172
29Patrick Stem29MWestminster, MD2:46:215:49:201
30Eric Kieley48MEllicott City, MD2:33:355:50:351
31Daniel Barron54MRuther Glen, VA2:53:095:51:051
32Heather Dougherty31FWashington, DC2:49:405:51:121
33Ryan Stuart44MAlexandria, VA2:49:365:51:221
34Blaize Johnson25MVienna, VA2:56:015:55:271
35Junior Montoya23MAnnandale, VA2:56:035:55:271
36Pat Gilbert54MBaltimore, MD2:49:095:58:295
37Christiana Fogg40FKensington, MD2:49:485:58:382
38Benjamin Sarsgard38MBaltimore, MD2:47:075:58:461
39Paul Crickard64MColumbia, MD2:47:306:01:375
40Alex St. Clair42MAlexandria, VA2:49:426:01:393
41Larry Huffman57MGreat Falls, VA2:47:276:06:303
42Lokesh Kumar Meena30MRockville, MD2:52:426:07:181
43Jimm Ouellette45MBurke, VA2:52:386:07:402
44Adam Renninger37MWestminster , MD2:44:566:10:012
45Chris Coder36MWestminster, MD2:44:566:10:014
46Matt Craig45MBaltimore, MD2:56:576:14:213
47Angelo Otterbein44MMonkton, MD2:50:306:14:302
48Mary Jane Baniak45FKeyser , WV3:00:486:14:481
49Allison Abbe42FLeesburg, VA2:53:526:18:392
50Sean Ferguson33MBaltimore , MD2:53:556:21:493
52Jamie Greenawalt49FBedford , PA2:53:506:25:564
51Dawn Gray43FBurke, VA2:53:566:25:561
53Dan Aghdam49MCentreville, VA3:06:556:25:572
54Carey Ahr41MFrederick, MD2:58:426:27:032
57Daniel Mickey50MToms River, NJ3:01:266:27:381
56Billy Clem48MFrederick, MD3:03:166:27:381
55Adeline Ntam38FSilver Spring, MD3:10:336:27:381
58Jonathan Flores30MDelaware, OH2:56:496:31:011
59Nathan Bridges32MAlexandria, VA2:56:486:31:491
60Murugan Nadanam45MClarksburg, MD3:01:246:31:591
61Ashley Carr32FBaltimore, MD3:20:266:43:132
62Lindsey Weaver32FFrederick, MD3:06:316:50:111
63Alberto Vazquez48MLutherville-Timonium, MD3:00:336:54:153
64Stacy Kreger40FBaltimore, MD3:03:296:54:531
65Loel Romeo53FSykesville, MD3:10:276:55:351
66Ernesto Casarez61MLa Plata, MD3:05:476:58:371
67Laura Bowman24FLancaster, PA3:24:167:07:042
68Meranda Pierce43FMount Joy, PA3:24:057:07:064
69Rachel Ridgway47FIjamsville, MD3:22:117:09:052
70Paul Sherlock61MArlington, VA3:20:487:10:115
71Nathaniel Corn38MCatonsville, MD3:03:277:10:161
72Ryan Goverts41MElkton, MD2:57:147:10:351
73Jeff Fiolek51MHarpers Ferry, WV3:24:577:16:101
74Gary Knipling74MMason Neck, VA3:27:397:19:247
75Michelle Macurak44FHalethorpe, MD3:25:437:21:231
76Glen Stone48MAlexandria, VA3:21:097:25:172
77Jon Jester58MMechanicsville, VA3:25:137:25:571
78Don Riley54MPhoenix, MD3:04:067:28:562
79Alan Lagon48MBaltimore, MD3:40:417:37:478
80Shelly Cable48FRuckersville , VA3:29:507:37:506
81Starla Snyder55FEast Freedom, PA3:29:597:37:501
82Rita Thiel54FBurr Ridge, IL3:31:007:39:371
83Mark Peyton44MCharles Town, WV3:34:237:45:041
84Carole Williamson56FEldersburg , MD3:39:317:45:078
85Richard Britton63MOlney, MD3:34:267:45:092
86Kate Abbott52FFairfax, VA3:44:477:47:001
87Richard Mccleary47MEgg Harbor, NJ3:43:227:54:462
88Rudy Regner61MFrederick, MD3:31:057:54:481
89Steve Coco47MWestminster , MD3:30:487:56:123
90Erin Loomis32FAberdeen, MD3:44:347:57:491
91Meredith Shaw31FArlington, VA3:51:257:57:521
92Bart Rein52MForest HIll, MD3:30:087:59:403
93Kelli Rostkowski37FNottingham, MD3:30:057:59:491
94Jeffrey Klemm67MMcLean, VA3:44:258:00:192
95Femi Sonuga61MPikesville, MD3:51:268:05:281
96Genice Rill44FFinksburg, MD3:44:148:08:321
97Brian Carr42MBaltimore, MD3:32:548:12:054
99Sirisha Golla43FAshburn, VA3:54:258:29:251
98Mark Zimmermann65MKensington, MD3:54:298:29:251
100Francesco Smith63MScaggsville, MD4:04:569:03:063
101Alan Zwart47MWashington, DC4:10:339:04:014
 Shannon Cebron26FBaltimore, MD2:47:13DNF 
 Christopher Ferrufino32MSilver Spring, MD3:21:08DNF 
 Cassandra Lizza37FLancaster, PA3:24:46DNF 
 Nicole Davis47FFrederick, MD3:38:14DNF 
 Joe Hanle60MGermantown, MD3:52:31DNF 
 Bob McCubbin58MHampstead, MD3:59:32DNF 
 James Moore73MBowie, MD4:23:03DNF 

Last updated June 16, 2020