Saturday, November 19, 2005

JFK 50 mile Ultramarathon Profiles: Barbara & Heather Hunt

In part two of a six part series, read about Barbara and Heather Hunt at:

Happy Feet to Head,

Constance Karras :)

Ron Herzog/Tanks a Lot 50k Races 2005 Results & Photos

Find races results and photos for the Ron Herzog/Tanks a Lot 50k at :

This race began in honor of Ron Herzog, who died of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). To learn more about ALS and to make a donation, go to:

Happy Feet to Head,

Constance Karras :)

Stone Cat Ale Races 2005 Results

Results from the 2005 Stone Cat Ale Races run between Topsfield and Ipswich, MA are at Gil's Athletic Club website:

Happy Feet to Head,

Constance Karras :)

JFK 50 Mile Ultramarathon Profiles: Bob Klinger

This is part one of a six part series profiling competitors in the United States of America's oldest ultramarathon, the JFK 50 miler, taking place tomorrow on Saturday, November 19, 2005.

Part One features Bob Klinger, who has five JFK 50 miler finishes to his credit. Read his full story at:

Happy Feet to Head,

Constance Karras :)

Rockledge Rumble Photos

Check out these breathtakingly beautiful photos of the Rockledge Rumble races near Dallas, TX by photographer Celeste Walz:

Winners of the 50K:

Mark Henderson - 4:18:46 - OA

Krissy Sybrowky - 4:43:51 - OAW/CR!/3rd OA

Happy Feet to Head,

Constance Karras :)

David Horton Surpasses 100,000 Lifetime Achievement Miles!

Originally posted to the Dartmouth Ultra List
November 16, 2005

I started running in the sping of 1977. I have logged my miles each year. Plus or minus a few miles, tomorrow I will surpass 100,000 lifetime miles. I use to think of this as a goal that someday that i would like to achieve. As I am about to achieve that goal, it feels like some of the other major goals that I have achieved, not that big of a deal. As has been said, the journey is more important than the destination. I have been very blessed and fortunate to have had many positive running experiences. I hope to run many more miles, maybe surpassing 150,000 miles someday.

Typically, I average about 3200 to 3300 miles per year, some years more. Since 1979, the only time that I have dropped below 3,000 miles, was in 1987, when a crate fell on my leg and I broke 3 bones and was not able to run after mid October, that year I had 2933 miles!

Consistency in training is one of the major reasons that I think that I have been able to complete many long adventure runs.

I hope that all of you get to run many thousands of miles and have your adventures as well.

In Christ
David Horton

Happy Feet to Head,

Constance Karras :)

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Australian 6-day race - Where to find info?

The race starts at midday on the 20th Nov 05. The main web site is . There is a results and commentary column on the left hand menu bar. All the info will be in there, I will also post info to my blog which is at

If the internet technology fails, I will be faxing Kev Tiller the updates and they will be at


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Hike All Day - 50km

If you want to get details and results for last Saturday's "Hike All Day ... 50K", as well as for other ultrawalks here in Colorado, check out

Happy walking,

Monday, November 14, 2005



20th Nov – 26th Nov. 2005

Opening Activities on the 20th Nov 05

· 11.40am Runners assemble at food van & led by highland band to starting line

· 11.45am Welcome & Introduce Mayor Bill Sutcliffe

· 11.47am Introductory words by Mayor Cr. Warren Riches

· 11.52am Call up runners by name. Phil Essam

Count down from 10 – 1 with 10 seconds to go

Cr. Chris Smith

· 12.00 Mayor fires starting pistol to commence race.


A Corroboree to be held as soon as runners commence the race. This is to help celebrate the running of the 20th Cliff Young Australian 6-Day Race and to celebrate the first Indigenous Australian, Alby Clarke from Warrnambool, taking part in the race.

Children's Activities

There's also lots of childrens activities after the corroboree - gum boot throwing & lots of games with gum boots, Jumping castle, face painting, electric train, band - lots of fun.

For more information:

Phone: Phil Essam on 0407830263

Sunday, November 13, 2005


The San Diego One-Day Race, site of this year's American 24-Hour Run National
Chamionship on November 12-13, 2005, will make history this year by
additionally hosting the first-ever ultramarathon international dual meet on American soil. The all-day/all-night event, the longest national championship race in American distance running, will be highlighted by a history-making,
head-to-head match betweeen American & Japanese national teams.
The 2004 World 24-Hour Run Men's and Women's Champions and all-time Asian
24-hour recordholders, Ryoichi Sekiya and Sumie Inagaki, will lead their Japanese
teammates on this landmark trip to the USA's west coast, where they will
circle the certified one-mile road loop at San Diego's oceanside Hospitality Point
nonstop for 24 consecutive hours, along with 80 Americans vying
simultaneously for their own national title.

The American Men's and Women's team members are:
Rudy Afanador, 47, Melville, NY
Peter Bakwin, 43, Boulder, CO
Joe Gaebler, 28, Reserve, NM
John Geesler, 46, St. Johnsville, NY
Steve Peterson, 43, Lafayette, CO
Roy Pirrung, 57, Sheboygan, WI
Stephanie Ehret, 42, Boulder, CO
Rebecca Johnson, 36, Boulder, CO
Brenda Klein, 37, Reserve, NM
Pam Reed, 44, Tucson, AZ
Janet Runyan, 46, Boulder, CO
Sue Ellen Trapp, 59, Ft. Myers, FL
The Japanese Men's and Women's teams include:
Ryoichi Sekiya, 38, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, JAPAN
Ryoichi Sato, 43, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, JAPAN
Tomohiko Yaegashi, 59, Kasugai, Aichi, JAPAN
Sumie Inagaki, 39, Kasugai, Aichi, JAPAN
Masae Kamura, 47, Suginami, Tokyo, JAPAN
Junko Leerink, 46, Greenwich, CT

Sekiya and Inagaki are the overwhelming individual favorites in the race.
Sekiya (personal best 167.3 miles) ranks 12th among men on the all-time world
24-hour list, Inagaki (personal best 147.5 miles) 5th among women. Sekiya has
finished 2nd, 1st, and 4th in the three World 24-Hour run championships held to
date, Inagaki has finished 1st and 3rd in the two which she has run. The
Japanese have proven to be a formidable team presence at the World 24-Hour as
well. In the three years of the world title event's existence, both their men's
and women's national teams have never failed to medal (top 3 finishes), and
their men's team won gold at the 2005 event in July.

But the American men are fielding their strongest team ever in international
competition. The established team leader (with a personal best of over 157
miles) is three-time national champ John Geesler. Geesler has also been the top
American finisher in the World 24-hour event every year it has been held.
But virtually any of the American men could be top American on any given day.
Five of the six men's team members have at least one national 24-hour title to
their credit. Relative youngster Joe Gaebler has the strongest credential,
having run over 162 miles to take the 2003 national title exactly two years ago.
Gaebler went into a temporary early retirement right after that, but
recently made a strong comeback by taking a close second (to Peterson) in the
national 100 mile championship in September.

The likely leaders of the American women's squad are Stephanie Ehret, Rebecca
Johnson, and Pam Reed. Reed and Johnson are former national 24-hour
champions, and Reed and Ehret have each been the top American woman at the World
24-hour, Ehret having notched the highest ever individual place by an American, 3rd
in the 2004 world title event. In that race she became only the third
American women ever to run over 140 miles. But Johnson has been on an upswing for
the past full year, and recently won the national 100-mile title in an event
The field's sentimental favorite is recently retired dentist Sue Ellen Trapp
of Fort Myers, Florida, who will be competing on the American women's team
just six months shy of her 60th birthday. She outdoes Roy Pirrung by two years
as the most senior athlete ever named to an open national team. Trapp has been
racing ultramarathons at the world-class level since 1978. During her
nonpareil athletic career she has set four absolute women's world records in a
17-year span at events ranging from 50 miles to 48 hours. She still holds the
absolute American women's 24-hour record of 145.2 miles. Trapp had been inactive
for the past three years due to a series of injuries, but is now healthy and
on her way back to top form.

Trapp is joined as a national team member by fellow 59-year old Japanese
Tomohiko Yaegashi, the pair serving as testament to delayed effect of aging on
athletic performance in long-range ultra competition. In fact, counting all of
the national team members from both countries, and removing the anomalous
youngster Gaebler from the equation (the exception which proves the rule?), the
average age of these world-class athletes is over 45 years old.

Further information on the event, including live progress reports during the
race and results immediately afterwards, can be found on the websites of the
American Ultrarunning Association and the host event: