Sunday, October 19, 2008

It was a record breaking day at Mt. Airy Forest today. The trails were dry, clear and fast. The weather at the start was in the high 30's and by the time the runners crossed the finish it was in the 50's. A little chilly for the volunteers at the oval, but perfect for the runners. Jay Smithberger bested his own course record from on year ago by 12 minutes with a time of 4:19:33, after battling it out most of the day with second place finisher Zach Mitchell from Danville, IN, who went on the finish in 4:26. The female course record, which was set by Kim Martin last year, and thought to be unbeatable by RD Dave Corfman (Who would like to tell everyone willing to listen that he got into Western States next year :) was crushed by 17 minutes by Alice Essinger, who became the first woman to run sub 5 hours on the Stone Steps course with a time of 4:55.

7 comments:

ErieTom said...

Way to go on the volunteer effort! Kudos

Rob "Buckeye" Powell said...

You are back on the blog postings!!!!!!!!

Josh said...

Thanks Tom! Nice Job this weekend at Presque!!! you're going to be cranking out sub 24 at Mohican soon!

Josh said...

Rob,

Yeah, you can't get rid of me that easy.

Mike said...

wow Jay is awesome...

ed said...

Thanks for keeping me straight on the loops! --- I always come into that aid station in a daze.

The volunteer efforts for this race were GREAT! Marking clearly all the trails, clearing blow downs and removing ALL the leaves from the trails helped in the record breaking day.

With a huge crowd of 600 or so at Tecumseh, I might see you there . . . . if so, at the start possibly . . . .Good Luck!

Paige said...

I heart those Stone Steps :) I hated the shorter loop though, way too much down hill! Gotta start prepping the legs for that for next year :)