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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | 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.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 10, 2012
View streaming video from the finish line at Springfield Middle School from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday online at www.herald-mail.com .   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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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.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | 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.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | January 21, 2013
Hagerstown residents Mike Hennesy and Dick Martin weren't in Washington, D.C., Monday for the inauguration of President Obama, but they played a role in an inaugural parade more than 50 years ago. Hennesy and Martin were members of the South Hagerstown High School band that marched in the Jan. 20, 1961, inaugural parade for John F. Kennedy. One of their memories of that day is the weather. “I can't ever remember it being that cold, and it just wouldn't go away,” Martin, 67, said.
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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.
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November 4, 2000
Nelson at home in JFK By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer WILLIAMSPORT - Eight years after her last John F. Kennedy 50-mile appearance, South Hagerstown and Hagerstown Community College graduate Laura Nelson returned in style Saturday. continued The 1991 and 1992 JFK women's champion added the 2000 crown to her resume by clocking the third-fastest women's time in event history - 6 hours, 59 minutes, 13 seconds. "I wanted to break seven hours, and I knew I had to pick it up (in the closing mile)
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 15, 2012
Jesse Garrant's goal in his first ultramarathon isn't just to cross the finish line at the JFK 50 Mile, but to finish the rigorous test of human endurance with a smile. The 39-year-old native of Plattsburgh, N.Y., said he's ready for what he described as “the next challenge” in his life after running several marathons, including the Pittsburgh Marathon and the local Freedom's Run this year. “I like to set goals, I like to set challenges, and this one will be exciting,” said Garrant, who learned of the race after moving to Berkeley County about two years ago. Garrant, a lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard, said one of his colleagues at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg had run the JFK 50 Mile and had a bib number from the race at the office.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | November 13, 2012
Jerry Mason doesn't run the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon to break any records. He does it for the sheer love of running. Mason, 56, is somewhat of a late bloomer to running. He dabbled in jogging but didn't become serious about the sport until 2004, when he ran the Halifax Marathon in Nova Scotia. “The wonderful thing about running is you don't get too old for it. There are some really fast people who are 65 years old. So it's not like football or rugby, where you sort of peak at 35 or 40. You can carry on forever and it's never too late,” Mason said in a British accent that remains intact after living in the United States for four years.
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November 30, 1999
Pete Breckinridge, a 36-year-old resident of Norfolk, Va., won the 44th annual JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon in 6 hours, 4 minutes and 40 seconds. 50-year-old Barry Salisbury of Middletown, Md. was the top finisher in the women's division, and 35-year-old Scott Draper of Williamsport was the top Washington County runner. See Sunday's Herald-Mail for the full stories.
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