JFK favorites change, depending on entries
By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer
It's been just over 11 months since Courtney Campbell and Sue Johnston became the king and queen of the John F. Kennedy 50-mile ultramarathon.
The 1999 men's and women's champion return to defend their crowns today in the 38th running of the JFK, and both will face stiff competition.
"You're always the king until someone knocks you off," race director Mike Spinnler said.
Campbell, from Berryville, Va., won one of the closest men's races in JFK history last year in 6 hours, 5 minutes and 4 seconds. His four toughest challengers - Canada's Clark Zealand (second), North Carolina's Mitch Craib (third), Nevada's Ian Torrence (fourth) and Ohio's Mark Godale (fifth) all return for another crack at Campbell and the men's championship.
However, Campbell's reign may be threatened most by newcomer Kevin Stetnes, a Wisconsin runner with four United States National 100-Kilometer championships on his resume.