Here's what I wrote on our local email list this morning...
We had an absolutely wonderful day on the trail yesterday. I heard and saw many Spring animals and birds...heard a Ruffed Grouse, a Barred Owl and had a small Black & White Warbler do a dance in front of me to lure me away from her nest, which is obviously somewhere "on" the Wapack trail coming back down off of Pack....stupid bird. Of all places to put her nest, it's guaranteed to be destroyed by someone's dog.
As I knew it would be, it was a long, hard day. That is a tough trail to run End 2 End, never mind a double End 2 End and an addition 8 mile out and back that included going back up Watatic twice. Ugh.
I had what I would consider a good day...stayed as much away from the race as I could and did my own thing. I moved well all day long (for me, I'm getting older and slower by the day) and had a 5:10 out split, then about a 5:50 return split and a little over 2 hours for the 8 mile final section. My plan was 5:30, 6 hours and 2 hours to come in at 13:30....I came in at 13:15, so I can't complain about my day.
Weather was pleasant all day long, even though when the sun came out it got a little warm, which caused me to get a little nauseous on the climbs, but I always have that problem in the heat and expected it. It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.
Here is what Bogie has for final 50 mile times and positions. I know there is at least one error there with Tom Worthington. I did see him out on the trail, so my guess is his finish time is one hour later than what is shown...Bob Mathes, who I never saw so he finished before I came in for the 42, is shown with 10:45, which makes more sense to me because I came in a little after 11 hours (42). I'm sure Bogie will get this all straightened out this week.
I was surprised at how many stopped at 42. Tim Roy was absolutely flying out there and i was sure he was going to catch the whole field, but he stopped at 42 according to the splits.
A huge congrats to Bret Sarnquist, who ran 9:57 and Donna Utakis who ran 11:39! Bret also just ran a 2:52 at Boston, so he's a really good all around runner.
There was also a 21 mile end 2 end going on, but who cares about that race
It looks like David Herr won in 3:13 and Carol O Hear in 4:29! Incredible!
Wapack 50 results:
1 Bret Sarnquist 9:57
2 Brian Rusiecki 10:20
3 Tom Page 10:30
4 Bob Mathes 10:45
5 Tom Worthington 11:06 ( I added an hour to his time because Bogie shows his time as 10:06 and I saw him coming in after I left well after 11 hours)
6 Paul Kearney 11:31
7 Donna Utakis 11:39
8 Jeff List 12:10
9 Ben Davis 12:30
10 Steve Pero 13:15
11 Jeff LaBossiere 13:33
12 Frank Gousman 14:28http://wapacktrailrace.com/
Have fun out there on this beautiful Mother's day...Deb and I are planning a Mount Monadnock hike!