This Week In Running (Week of 2/28 & 3/1)
It’s Wednesday, and time for the Tony Portera birthday edition of This Week In Running. Today we will take a look at some of the races that are on tap for the weekend of February 28 and March 1, 2009, including our featured race, the USA Track & Field 50k National Championship event being held at Caumsett Park in Lloyd Harbor, York on March 1. But first, how about a quick shout out to Todd Braje of McKinleyville, California, who on February 9 recorded the fastest 50-mile time in the United States in more than 4 years (5:30:50) en route to winning the Jed Smith Ultra Classic. Congratulations Todd ! Now, let’s take a look at our featured race…..
A field of over 100 ultrarunners are expected to turn out for the USA Track and Field 50k National Championships at Caumsett State Historic Park, its fourth consecutive year hosting this national championship event, on Sunday, March 1. Many top national and local ultrarunners are expected to participate, including iRunFar contributor Kevin Sullivan, Justin Fyffe, Mark Godale (4th place in 2008), David James, Dane Rauschenberg, Phillip McCarthy (10th place in 2008), Roy Pirrung, Anna Fyodorova (the 2007 women’s winner), Annette Bednosky, and Kami Semik. In last year’s event, Michael Wardian of Arlington, Virginia shattered the old course record by more than 9 minutes (2:55:05), leading from the start to the finish. Wardian went out strong with his sights set on the 50k national record of 2:51:48 (held by Alex Tilson) and was on pace to do so after 9 loops of the 12-loop course, only to fall short by a few minutes. (However, Wardian did set the 50k road national championship record.) Rumor has it that Wardian will be making a return trip to Caumsett Park in 2009 !