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By ANDREW MASON | | November 18, 2012
A milestone day at the oldest and largest ultramarathon in the country had fitting results, as Max King and Ellie Greenwood set course records at the 50th annual JFK 50 Mile on Saturday. King, 32, of Bend, Ore., conquered the 50.2-mile course - which started in Boonsboro and finished in Williamsport - in 5 hours, 34 minutes and 58 seconds. He averaged 6:42 per mile to top the field of roughly 1,000 runners. Trent Briney, 34, of Boulder, Colo., finished second in 5:37:56, also dipping under the previous course-record time of 5:40:45, set last year by David Riddle, who finished third this year in 5:45:13.
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 MASON | November 17, 2006
Ian Torrence has run about as many miles at the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon as he travels each year to get to the race, it almost seems. Maybe one of these years, he'll reach his destination - the winner's circle in Williamsport. "I'd love to win the race," said Torrence, 34, of Flagstaff, Ariz. "I want to win this race. " Torrence, one of more than 1,000 competitors entered in Saturday's 44th annual JFK 50 Mile, will be running the race for the 13th straight year - still searching for his first victory.
by PEPPER BALLARD | November 19, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Bronchitis didn't keep Julie Presas from running her first JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon on Saturday, but for nearly 11 hours, it forced the seasoned runner to cough and wheeze her way over hills, through trails and across paved roads. Despite her tightening chest and the fact she gave up Ohio State vs. Michigan football tickets to run the race, Presas crossed the finish line smiling. "I'm happy. I'm thrilled, but I never want to do it again," the 39-year-old Columbus, Ohio, woman said.
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.
November 28, 2004
Results of the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon, which was run Nov. 20 in Washington County. Runners are listed in order of finish, followed by age, hometown and time. 6-7 hours 1 Paul South, 31, Superior, Colo., 6:11:49; 2 Ian Torrence, 32, Boulder City, Nev., 6:12:50; 3 Martin Tighe, 46, Providence, R.I., 6:14:47; 4 Mark Lundblad, 35, Asheville, N.C., 6:20:38; 5 Tim Hewitt, 50, Greensburg, Pa., 6:29:30; 6 Serge England-Arbon, 39, Baltimore, 6:36:38; 7 Jim Hage, 46, Kensington, Md., 6:37:32; 8 Sean Andrish, 35, Leesburg, Va., 6:40:28; 9 Andrew Bartle, 28, San Diego, 6:43:28; 10 Michael Wedemyer, 29, Alexandria, Va., 6:47:36; 11 Timothy Clement, 44, Solon, Ohio, 6:52:20; 12 Blake Benke, 28, Camp LeJeune, N.C., 6:54:35; 13 Michael Schuster, 31, Ashburn, Va., 6:56:34; 14 Steven Winters, 33, Lonaconing, Md., 6:59:51.
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 HEATHER KEELS | September 22, 2010
The Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday that the county again will pay for the county's sheriff's department to provide traffic control and emergency assistance for the annual JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon, scheduled this year for Nov. 20. Based on past years, officials expect the event to require about 88 hours of sheriff's department coverage at a cost of about $3,960, race director Mike Spinnler said. The JFK 50 is the largest, oldest and most prestigious ultramarathon in North America, said Tom Riford, president and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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.
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