James Finucane, a former Herald-Mail All-Area Cross Country and Track & Field Athlete of the Year, hasn’t slowed his pace in college.
Click here to check out the recent story on the 2008 Mercersburg Academy graduate.
“There is no glory unless you put yourself on the line.”
That’s what my fortune cookie told me at the Hibachi Japan Steak House in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, on Thursday night.
Finally, 31 hours before the start of the Burning River 100-mile trail race, I had my answer.
“You’re going to try to run 100 miles? Why?”
I guess I thought it could be glorious.
The Cumberland Valley Athletic Club’s two team vans are pulling out of Hagerstown at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.
The event: Monday’s 114th running of the Boston Marathon, the Super Bowl of road racing.
Goal: Put Hagerstown on the map with a top-10 team finish in the men’s open division. (The top three on each team count for scoring.)
Last year, Mark Cucuzzella (2:37), Bret Mower (2:44) and I (2:47) scored an 11th-place team finish for CVAC.
While Mower is out with a foot injury, Cucuzzella and I are returning with even more teammates. They include Jaime Dick, Greg Sellers, Billy Walls, Tim Fisler and Tim Schuler.
Other Washington County competitors include Brandon Brown, Mike Connor, Linda Cronise, Timothy Harrast, Kay Harrison and Hector Martinez.
Overall, there will be roughly 25,000 runners.
And I predict that the men’s race will be won by an American (Californian Ryan Hall) for the first time since 1983.
The elite women start at 9:32 Monday morning, the first half of the main field, including the elite men, start at 10, and everyone else starts at 10:30.
All runners can be tracked during the race with live splits on the race Web site.
Team results can be found here.
There are two new upcoming events in the area for runners (and walkers). And both seem like they should be instant successes.
This Race is for the Birds (actually four different trail races, ranging in distances from 1 to 7.7 miles) will be held April 24 in Shepherdstown. Click here for more info.
The Nick Adenhart 5K will be held on June 12 at Marty Snook Park in Hagerstown. Click here for the flyer.
There’s an excellent must-read story in today’s Connecticut Post about David James, whom some of you might remember as the early leader at the JFK 50 Mile this past November.
He’s overcome obesity and the death of his fiancee on his way to becoming one of the top ultrarunners in the country.
Read the story here.
You can’t outrun the police — at least not Hagerstown officer Doug Oates.
I might give my vote to Oates for Hagerstown’s 2009 Athlete of the Year. He at least was the year’s best road racer. In 2009, Oates turned 31, became a father of two and won nearly every running event he entered.
Oates won the Mountain Maryland Marathon in Cumberland in April, the Run Through History 10K at Antietam National Battlefield in June, a 5K at Marty Snook Park in October, the HCC Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day, the Turkey Burnoff 10-Miler in Gaithersburg two days later and then the Goodloe Byron Memorial 15K in Emmitsburg last month. (Click on the races for the results.) And I might even be forgetting a race or two.
Crime doesn’t pay. You won’t get away.
Before 2010 begins, I need to take care of some unfinished business in 2009 — such as finally writing my race report (if anyone is still interested) for the 47th annual JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon, which was held on the trails and back roads of Washington County on Nov. 21.
That day seems like ages ago.
The pain has gone, as has much of the glory.
I guess that’s why I keep coming back for more. (continue reading…)
Whether you remember Elton Horst as the 1971 JFK 50 Mile champion or even just recognize him as the super-fit older gentleman at the Hagerstown YMCA, you should read this.
I completed the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon for the fifth time last Saturday (Nov. 21). While I fell short of a third straight Top 10 finish, I have no complaints. I completed the 50.2-mile course in a personal-best time of 6 hours, 34 minutes, 36 seconds (an average of 7:54 per mile) and placed 13th overall out of 1,027 finishers. My previous best was 6:39:09 from my ninth-place finish in 2007.
I will write more about my run later.
While you’re waiting, check out these race-report blog posts by men’s champ Greg Crowther (here), women’s champ and new course record holder Devon Crosby-Helms (here) and the all-star Rogue Valley Runners (here).
New York Marathon Winner Tests Positive For Performance-Enhancing Horse
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