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By DAVE MCMILLION | | November 14, 2011
As a runner, Gil Crumrine draws much of his motivation from his faith in God. The Hagerstown man has made several mission trips to Africa, and recalls that his fastest times in the JFK 50 Mile came after his first trip to the country in 2005. Not only was Crumrine impressed by the number of talented distance runners in countries like Kenya and Ethiopia, but he came to appreciate the people's simple way of life. Crumrine, 58, said he felt like he was honoring the great runners of Africa when he finished the 2005 JFK 50 Mile in 10:48.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | November 17, 2011
Editor's note: This is the fourth story in a five-part series about some of the people who will compete in the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon Saturday in Washington County. Waylan Showe's approach to running long distances is far from regimented. A few years ago, he was so impressed with people who can run a 50-mile race in one day, he decided to try it himself. He had only run short distances, such as in gym class, but he wasn't intimidated. He signed up for the JFK 50 Mile and started running - whenever he could, however far he felt he could go that day. He didn't set a specific training schedule or goal.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | November 12, 2012
"Bucket list" was a term that came up when Mary Ellis and her daughter-in-law, Vicki Ellis, talked about why they wanted to tackle the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon. “My husband passed away in 2010 and it was a sudden passing,” Mary Ellis said. The death of her husband, Daniel, at age 60, prompted Mary to contemplate a bucket list - things she'd like to accomplish in life. While Mary, 63, and Vicki, 42, don't have actual written bucket lists, they've talked about running together for the grueling JFK 50 Mile.
By DAN DEARTH | | November 18, 2011
Editor's note: This is the final story in a five-part series about some of the people who will compete today in the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon in Washington County. Brian Leach is returning to his roots for a dose of punishment. The 1988 graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School, who lives in Huntington Beach, Calif., was to arrive in Hagerstown a day before attempting to complete his first JFK 50 Mile. "It's something I've wanted to do for a couple of years," Leach said in a telephone interview.
By DON AINES | | November 10, 2012
View streaming video from the finish line at Springfield Middle School from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday online at .   On the nightstand of Buzz Sawyer's room in Somerford Place is a copy of “The Flying Scotsman,” a book about the Olympic runner Eric Liddell, and copies of Track & Field Magazine. “Born to Run” and “The Perfect Mile” are in his bookcase, along with an All-America cross country award from 1954, and the walls are crowded with framed photos and newspaper clippings of a life spent on the run. At 83, William Joseph “Buzz” Sawyer Jr., the founder of the JFK 50 Mile, has slowed a bit and a walker stands by his chair, but he hopes to be at the dinner Friday night before the 50th running of the race and, possibly, there to see the finish Saturday.
Joel Huffer | November 26, 2011
"Good morning. " "Thanks for being out here. " "Have a great day. " If I heard those comments once, I heard them a hundred times - or more - from the 1,000 or so runners in last weekend's JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon. As a race volunteer, I was positioned at the White Rocks overlook atop South Mountain. I had awakened at 4:30 a.m., driven to the top of Lamb's Knoll and hiked about a half-mile into the woods along the Appalachian Trail to reach my assigned post.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | November 17, 2012
Heavily rooted in U.S. history, what has become the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon began as a challenge issued in the early 1900s by President Theodore Roosevelt, who demanded that his ranking military officers be able to lead their men 50 miles in a 20-hour time period. Six decades later, President John F. Kennedy initiated a similar physical fitness movement. In celebration of both men's vision and leadership, the JFK 50 in Washington County started in the spring of 1963 as one of numerous 50-mile races held around the country, but many were never run again following Kennedy's assassination in November 1963.
By ANDREW MASON | | November 19, 2011
David Riddle could only describe his performance at the 49th annual JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon with one word Saturday. “Surreal,” he said. “I would say it's a dream come true, but I can't really say that because I could never even dream it.” Riddle, 30, of Cincinnati, overtook prerace favorite Michael Wardian with about 4 1/2 miles left and prevailed in a course-record time of 5 hours, 40 minutes, 45 seconds. Wardian, 37, of Arlington, Va., finished second in 5:43:24, also eclipsing the previous course-record mark of 5:46:22, set in 1994 by Eric Clifton.
By DON AINES | | March 14, 2012
This year's 50th running of the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon will still include a 13-mile section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, but organizers will look at ways to expand the field of entrants in future years while maintaining a limit of 1,000 runners on that portion of the course. The Cumberland Valley Athletic Club, which organizes the race, and the National Park Service reached an agreement last month to allow continued use of the trail for this year's race on Nov. 17 and in subsequent races, JFK co-Director Mike Spinnler said Monday.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | November 16, 2012
Bob Harsh, who has lived on Falling Waters Road south of Williamsport all his life and owns a business there, says the closure of southbound Spielman Road (Md. 63) for Saturday's JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon will cause him problems. “It takes a gallon of fuel to make the detour,” Harsh, 72, said Friday. “I haven't seen anybody standing on any corner yet handing me a $4 bill for fuel.” Harsh's business, County Medical Transport Inc., is a private ambulance company. He says he has to leave the business multiple times a day and, although the road will be open for him going into Williamsport, on the way back he would have to use Lappans Road (Md. 68)
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