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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | November 20, 2011
Running in the JFK 50 Mile can be a rough experience, as Laurie Dymond proved Saturday. Dymond, 45, of Chambersburg, Pa., was coming down the Weverton Cliff area in the 49th annual ultramarathon when she fell. Dymond said she can't remember tripping on anything and believes her fall might have been attributed to her momentum coming down the course. The stay-at-home mother of three said she always tries to keep up a certain pace so she will not slow others down, but also wants to make sure she does not go too fast.
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BREAKINGNEWS
November 19, 2011
David Riddle of Cincinnati won the JFK 50 mile ultramarathon on Saturday. The 30-year-old finished in a time of 5 hours, 40 minutes and 44 seconds, breaking the JFK course record that had stood for 17 years.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 19, 2011
Legend has it that following the Greek triumph over the Persians at Marathon in 490 B.C., a man named Pheidippides was sent running the 26 miles to Athens to announce the victory, then he promptly dropped dead. That's only about half the distance participants in the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon ran on Saturday, but in fairness to Pheidippides, the Athenians sent him on a 140-mile round trip to Sparta asking for help a couple of days before that final trot to Athens. In 2010, Tom Gozora crossed the finish line looking as if he had been in a battle, his face bloodied and teeth cracked when he fell on the Appalachian Trail just seven miles into the race.
SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | November 19, 2011
Kathleen Luzier had a blast at the finish line at last year's JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon - helping out as a volunteer. “I loved it,” she said, “just seeing everyone's expressions.” She decided she had to give the race a try for herself. Luzier, 43, of Boonsboro, completed the JFK 50 on Saturday in 8 hours, 57 minutes, 49 seconds in her ultramarathon debut. Of the roughly 1,000 starter, she finished 197th overall, 32nd among females and - much to her surprise - first among all Washington County participants.
SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | 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.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | 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.
SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | November 17, 2011
5 hours, 46 minutes, 22 seconds. Few marks in the sport of ultramarathon running are as hallowed as Eric Clifton's winning time from the 1994 JFK 50 Mile. No one had run the course any faster before, and no one has run it any faster since. The 49th annual JFK 50 Mile - America's oldest ultramarathon - will be held Saturday in Washington County, and Clifton's 5:46:22 remains the time to beat. “It's a storied race and the biggest 50 in the country, and I want the course record,” said Michael Wardian, the favorite in Saturday's loaded men's field.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | 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.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | November 16, 2011
Editor's note: This is the third story in a five-part series about some of the people who will compete in the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon Saturday in Washington County. The event takes participants from Boonsboro to Williamsport along paved roads, the Appalachian Trail and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath. Laurie Dymond has some advice for runners who are tackling their first JFK 50 Mile on Saturday. "Go into it with an open mind and be satisfied with just crossing the finish line - and then take a nice long week off," the 45-year-old from Chambersburg said.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | November 15, 2011
Jim Hennigan has been training since July for his first attempt at the JFK 50 Mile, and the 36-year-old is realistic about his expectations.   “I'm not going to win this race, but I am going to challenge myself,” he said. “For me, it's just knowing that I can push my body that far.” Henningan - who at 6 feet tall and 225 pounds doesn't fit the stereotype of distance runners - came late to marathons, making his first attempt in October 2009 at Freedom's Run in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
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