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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.
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 C.J. LOVELACE | | November 17, 2012
Ultramarathon runner Dink Taylor's time of 7 hours, 40 minutes in the 50th annual JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon on Saturday was 41 minutes slower than his performance in last year's event. Pretty remarkable considering that just three months ago, he was fighting for his life. The 47-year-old from Huntsville, Ala., came down with a severe headache Aug. 29 and it landed him in the hospital for 10 days. While there, doctors told Taylor that he had suffered a stroke and had a 40 percent chance of death or paralysis, and a 70 percent chance of death if he experienced any further brain hemorrhaging.
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 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 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 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.
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 BOB PARASILITI | November 18, 2012
Sometimes, love hurts. Max King can attest to that. He was in pain on Saturday and loving every minute of it. “Wow! That hurt!” he exclaimed as he crossed the finish line of his first JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon, just in front of Williamsport's Springfield Middle School. His agony was ecstasy. What wasn't there to love? King won the race. It wasn't just any race, run on just any course to achieve just any accomplishment. He covered the 50.2-mile course in a record 5 hours, 34 minutes and 58 seconds to win the milestone 50th edition of “America's Ultramarathon,” the largest, oldest and quite possibly most prestigious such event in the country.
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.
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