Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Short Race Update : Caumsett Park 50k

Just a quick summary of Sunday's Caumsett Park 50k. Michael Wardian captured his second consecutive Caumsett Park 50k and USA Track and Field National Championship with an impressive 2:56:36 finish, a full 10 minutes ahead of 2nd place finisher Justin Fyffe (3:06:49).  Wardian again set his sights on the 50k road national championship record, but weather conditions worked slightly against him in his attempt.  Ben Nephew (3:21:04) took third place.  Good friend Dave James finished 10th overall with a time of 3:34:45.

The women's side, several elite ultra runners participated.  Kami Semik took top honors and finished 7th overall with a time of 3:29:20.  Jill Perry (3:41:21) finished in 2nd place (12th overall).  Ultra newcomer Amanda Stickel (3:46:30) was impressive in finishing 3rd (13th overall), after holding 2nd position for much of the race.  4th and 5th place honors were taken by Annette Bednosky (3:47:59) and Connie Gardner (3:58:48) respectively.  For complete results, click HERE.

I ran this event as a training run to see how the legs are just 3 weeks out of Rocky Raccoon 100.  The first 17 or so miles were run with my good friend Kristen.  She is training for an upcoming marathon where I will pace her to her first sub-4 hour finish.  We ran very steady 10 - 10:30 minute miles for the first 17 miles, focusing on fueling (and trying out some new products).  Kristen would be putting in 20 miles this day, so at mile 17 we split and I used the next 5 or 6 miles to push the pace.  It would be an easy pace the rest of the way.  My time was 5:17:31, a bit less than 20 minutes slower then my best performance here.

Lots of friendly faces were at the event.  Congrats to everyone on great performances, especially good friends Doug Vaughn (4:35:09; 31st place overall), Susan Warren (4:47:14; 38th place overall); Emmy Stocker (4:54:18), Ira Zaroff (5:30:15), Tom Triumph (5:50:02), and Steven Tursi (6:47:34; PR !)

11 comments:

  1. Hey it's Amanda Stickel thanks for the mention in your blog. I still can't believe I got 3rd. I loved everything about the race except the last tenth a mile and three minutes after the finish. But I met such great people, Jill, Annette, Kami, Nick, and Ray K amazing truly nice and amazing.

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  2. Solid run after the 100. You should be quite happy.

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  3. Good job, Anthony! Glad the legs cooperated. You are just becoming quite the running machine! I am bummed I missed this race this year, I had a great time last year. Wardian is a speed demon and always a wonder to watch out there, lapping you, haha. I did not miss the wind though! Luckily the weather held out for you guys.

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  4. Fantastic job, Tony! Glad to hear that the legs are doing ok and that the knee isn't giving you problems. Keep it up! Peace!
    Mark

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  5. Good to see you again Anthony! Sunday was FUN! You have an amazing, diverse race schedule in progress. Best wishes to you...I am glad to have found your blog and look forward to reading reflections! Well DONE!

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  6. Amazing performances. Glad to see the legs and body are recovering well from Rocky.

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  7. Glad to see all this inclement weather isn't slowing you down. Will you be giving us reviews of the new products?

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  8. Thanks all !

    Amanda - we will meet up at another ultra.

    Anne - for sure.

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  9. Hi Anthony...it was so great to see you on Sunday! I hope Kristin enjoyed the whole experience. I continue to be astounded by your schedule and successes, and look forward to seeing you again in May and August!

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  10. Great job Anthony, Tom and Doug!!! You ran an awesome race considering it was only 3 weeks after the 100. Good to have Wayne as the cheering section.
    It was great to see Kristen, and she got in a good 20 miler (which is good because she didn't break her body down for the upcoming marathon:) like us crazy ultra-runners. I am looking forward to Umstead --

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  11. Sorry we missed an opportunity to meet.

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