Saturday, February 28, 2009
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.com contributor Kevin Sullivan, Justin Fyffe, Mark Godale (4th place in 2008), David James (2nd place 2009 Coastal Challenge), 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.
It should be an exciting event, despite the dismal weather forecast. To learn more about the Caumsett Park 50k (complete with maps, links, a history of the park, etc...), check out last year's race preview (posted on IRunUltras.com on February 27, 2008) and this week's edition of This Week In Running (Week of 2/28 & 3/1) at iRunFar.com.