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2019 Report

February 23, 2019  •  Westminster, MD

113 starters, 98 finishers


On February 23, 2019, the tenth running of the Hashawha Hills 50km Trail Run came off without a hitch.

Winner Aaron Schwartzbard, left, with RD Alan Gowen
Winner Aaron Schwartzbard, left, with RD Alan Gowen.

Incomparable mud, snow, dangerously high stream crossings, and standing water, that just got worse every day leading up to the run and threatened to make the run a horrible experience for the runners, were never a factor. The course magically froze the night before the run, transforming the worst ever course conditions into some of the best in several years. The forecast rain that threatened to make runners’ lives miserable, never materialized. Of course we still had our trademark mud, but runners got some help from the knotted rope to pull themselves up a nearly vertical climb, and mercifully, no one slipped off the icy cliff. Good times.

Right from the gun, Aaron Schwartzbard, Adam Watkins, and Dustin Campion ran off the front, trading places almost within sight of each other for most of the run until Aaron put the hammer down and pulled ahead, building his lead to take the win in 4:23:28. Adam and Dustin crossed the line together in 4:32:12. Aaron’s win represents a great comeback after a long battle with Lyme disease.

Right behind the top three men, previous winner and course record holder Sheila Vibert was fourth overall and first female in 4:48:08. Linda Boring and Shannon Cebron rounded out the top three for the ladies.

Thanks to the all the runners who showed respect for our unique venue and supported all our volunteers.

Sheila Vibert, left, with Alan Gowen
Sheila Vibert, left, with Alan Gowen.

The Hashawha Hills 50km Trail Run has a core group of volunteers who year after year come together, take ownership of our run, and make it the very special and successful event that it is. Without their passion for our run, Hashawha Hills would be just another run instead of the sparkling gem that it is.

What do you get for an entry fee of $19.15? Coffee and muffins during the pre run 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 that rope thing, as well as split second timing, a hot meal at the finish, and our trademark handmade mugs.

This run 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 eleventh anniversary running of the Hashawha Hills 50km Trail Run to be held on February 29, 2020. The entry fee will be a just plain preposterous $19.05.

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


Keith Knipling’s photos on Facebook.


Aaron Schwartzbard and Sheila Vibert won the race. The rain held off, to make it a pretty good weather day — for Hashawha!

1Aaron Schwartzbard41MWashington, DC4:23:281
2Adam Watkins38MWashington, DC4:32:123
3Dustin Campion33MKeedysville , MD4:32:123
4Sheila Vibert37FArlington, VA4:48:082
5John Marciari47MBaltimore, MD4:49:384
6Bryan McFarland37MWest Chester, PA4:53:091
7Ryan Espulgar36MEast Petersburg, PA5:06:271
8Chris Flint36MBurke, VA5:09:402
9Michael Martinek40MFallston, MD5:11:231
10Dave Herring48MLinden, VA5:22:172
11Chris Ridge35MSpringfield, VA5:25:471
12Linda Boring54FFrederick , MD5:26:181
13Rick Henry34MReston, VA5:28:061
14Shannon Cebron27FBaltimore, MD5:28:551
15Laura Yoder50FFleetwood, PA5:40:101
16Sarah Mikalauskas39FNew Market, MD5:41:264
17Matt Craig46MBaltimore, MD5:44:434
18Suzie Brashler24FBaltimore, MD5:46:021
19William Hoff49MHanover, PA5:46:552
20Ronald Henry57MAdelphi, MD5:47:512
21Bryan Slotterbach45MQuakertown, PA5:50:051
22Lori Johnson55FRed Hill, PA5:51:344
23Pat Gilbert55MBaltimore, MD5:51:596
24Ted Murphy42MBaltimore, MD5:51:591
25Adam Heeley42MMt Airy, MD5:54:521
26Angelo Otterbein45MMonkton, MD5:56:073
27Ryan Stuart45MAlexandria, VA5:57:302
28Garret Christensen39MWashington, DC6:02:311
29Sean Schmidt48MReisterstown, MD6:14:161
30Tonnie Warfield39FBaltimore, MD6:15:021
31Erin Altemos44MBaltimore , MD6:15:071
32Christiana Fogg41FKensington , MD6:15:393
33Chris Beers-Arthur50MFrederick, MD6:15:472
34Jimm Ouellette46MBurke , VA6:16:223
35Dwight Mikulis61MEllicott City, MD6:18:022
36Hussein EzzEldin36MColumbia, MD6:18:021
37Billy Clem49MFrederick, MD6:18:272
38Alan Johnson55MOcean View, NJ6:18:422
39Brian Chiles45MWoodbridge, VA6:19:221
40Paul Crickard65MColumbia, MD6:23:216
41Chris Coder37MWestminster, MD6:26:255
42Adam Renninger38MWestminster, MD6:26:323
43Adeline Ntam39FSilver Spring , MD6:29:482
44Katrina Rodriguez38FBaltimore, MD6:31:371
45Nathaniel Corn39MCatonsville, MD6:34:552
46Pamela Geernaert51FFrederick , MD6:35:071
47Allison Abbe43FLeesburg, VA6:39:013
48Rachel Temple41FAlexandria, VA6:39:051
49Robert Kazmierski38MBaltimore, MD6:40:151
50Brett Martin38MArlington , VA6:41:472
51David Wood56MAbingdon, MD6:42:253
52Jonathan Rosenberry30MSilver Spring , MD6:43:151
53Jamie Greenawalt50FBedford , PA6:45:395
54Lindsey Weaver33FFrederick, MD6:46:482
55Shelly Cable49FBedford, PA6:48:257
56Dawn Gray44FClifton, VA6:50:232
57Alyce Graham Stiles36FWilmington, DE6:55:041
58Christian Stanton45MFredericksburg, VA7:06:201
59Jeremy Gray45MClifton, VA7:08:121
60Peihan Orestes37FBethesda, MD7:08:121
61James VanHoozier38MAirville, PA7:08:131
62Andrew Carta34MCrofton, MD7:10:563
63Michael Stefanon50MManassas, VA7:10:562
64Robert Kolb51MLorton, VA7:11:452
65Daniel Cardenas49MNew Market, MD7:16:551
66Dee Gager54FNew Market, MD7:16:551
67John Dubicki39MHanover, PA7:18:341
68Michael Jury43MSpringfield, VA7:18:341
69Charles Hogan59MCatonsville, MD7:19:332
70Jarrett Klein26MHanover, PA7:20:331
71Corey Newell39MAbingdon, MD7:20:461
72Larry Ferguson43MAlexandria , VA7:26:221
73Tavis Karrow39MGloucester City, NJ7:27:201
74Wendy Conley49FThurmont, MD7:31:341
75Kibby Powell49FMiddletowm, MD7:32:211
76Starla Snyder56FEast Freedom, PA7:32:242
77Gary Maier66MWallkill, NY7:32:302
78James Goetschius47MAdamstown, MD7:32:371
79Craig Combs42MFrederick, MD7:32:401
80Dipak Bhattacharyya55MFairfax, VA7:38:431
81Alan Lagon49MBaltimore, MD7:40:509
82Michele Jacoby41FFrederick, MD7:42:051
83Frank Ziemski61MBel Air, MD7:45:251
84Carole Williamson57FEldersburg , MD7:45:499
85Robert Grolemund50MAshburn, VA7:50:351
86Tracey Thibodeau48FStafford, VA7:50:471
87Elaina Stanton48FFredericksburg, VA7:53:511
88Steve Coco48MWestminster , MD8:00:384
89Genice Rill45FFinksburg , MD8:02:242
90Jose Quinchuela45MGunpowder , MD8:18:303
91Meghan Curley37FAnnapolis , MD8:22:271
92Richard McCleary48MLittle Egg Harbor, NJ8:22:372
93Sirisha Golla44FAshburn, VA8:22:502
94Jon Jester59MMechanicsville, VA8:23:132
95Stephanie Fonda51FKensington, MD8:23:131
96Joe Hanle61MGermantown, ME8:39:223
97August Thurn60MHavre De Grace , MD8:44:401
98Scott Lemmon49MMt Holly Springs, PA8:49:191

Last updated December 16, 2019