On Jan 20, the Scenic 50 saw a record number of competitors take on the course. We had 13 runners in the 50 mile, 15 runners in the 50km, and 5 relay teams. The 50 mile individual acts as the VI National Championship for Ultra Marathons. Perfect conditions throughout the day set up for a fast race.
This year Billy Bolhke was determined to beat the record and his training and preparation was evident to anyone who watched him race. He finished 1st overall in a time of 7:50:53 and set new course record. Coming in 2nd overall was last years overall champion, Jessica Carter. This was her third time in a row winning the event and as the old saying goes "third time was the charm." Jessica also set a new women's record in a time of 8:22:27.
In the 50km, Jack Pilla of VT got out to an early lead but was followed closely behind by Kat Brownsdon. Kat took the lead nearing half way and Jack took a wrong turn which cost him the course record, but he was still about to hang on for the win the men’s division. Kat kept her fast pace and crushed the old record by an hour.
The relay division saw last year winning team for Megan Lambert, Esther Ellis, and Julie Sommer trying to run down their own course record. The Crushers were able to lower their record to a time of 6:49:56.
I'm organizing the 50 Mile Ultramarathon on St. Croix, USVI while parenting, running, working (occasionally) and loving life, among other things!