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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 HEATHER KEELS | | September 16, 2011
The Washington County Board Commissioners this week approved two sports-related funding requests, granting $4,000 for police overtime at the JFK 50 Mile Ultramarathon and $5,000 to reimburse Conococheague Little League for regional tournament expenses. The five commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the JFK funding, but were divided 3-2 on the Little League contribution, with commissioners Ruth Anne Callaham and William B. McKinley opposed. Conococheague Little League President Walter Williams requested the funding to help cover expenses the league incurred when its all-star team competed in the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament in Bristol, Conn., in August after winning the state championship.
December 13, 2010
JFK 50 Mile director thanks all who made race a success To the editor: The 48th annual JFK 50 Mile held Nov. 20 in Washington County was a massive success. Participants from around the country - and from as far away as South Africa and Finland - visited Washington County for this historic and internationally recognized event. As the director of the JFK 50 Mile, I am only one of many who work hard to make this event possible. To thank everyone on the "team" individually by name in this limited space would not be possible, but I would like to mention some of the groups and organizations that helped make this event happen.
By ANDREW MASON | | December 8, 2010
Becky Walter tries to get the most out of her Boonsboro runners, and they try to get the most out of their coach. On Nov. 20, a week after both her boys and girls teams competed at the Maryland state cross country meet, Walter ran the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon for the fourth time, recording a personal-best time of 9 hours, 48 minutes, 28 seconds. This year she was pushed along by several of the Warriors, who took turns running parts of the race with her. "I knew I couldn't slow down or whine because I'd never hear the end of it from them," she said.
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 ANDREW MASON | May 10, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- St. Maria Goretti will have a boys and girls varsity cross country program for the first time this fall. "Cross country is a unique sport, and it takes a unique kid to excel at it," said David Blenckstone, the school's athletic director. "We have had a number of kids who've already said they're excited. " The first head coach of the Gaels also seems to be uniquely qualified. Goretti announced Monday that distance-running guru Mike Spinnler, 51, of Hagerstown, has been named to that position.
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