2016 Lt. JC Stone 50K Race Report
Lou D'Angelo, Race Director
The Results are listed below this race report.
A huge thanks and shout out to all of the runners in the 2016 Lt. JC Stone 50K Ultramarathon. A super shout out to all of the amazing volunteers that showed up to help the runners. For the past nine years the comments from our runners has been the same. When it comes to volunteers, we have volunteers that make this race fun, well organized and incredibly well supported. That is what brings runners back year after year to do this race!
Race day started out like no other. Because every race day is a little bit different. This day had all the elements of a good race. Once again a large percentage of runners were first time Ultra-marathoners. There is nothing more fun than seeing a runner go further than they've ever run before. We were hosting a field that was 50% female and 50% male. Weather was even cooperating, with a dry day and temperatures that started off cool and would head just north of 40°. Tracey, John and Tony our aid station captains had the aid stations stocked and ready to go. “DJ Double K” was all amped up to provide the tunes and some inspiration. All systems were go and the race started precisely at 0800 hours.
The 2015 male champion returned to defend his title. Not only did Sam Skeels defend but he set a new course record, smashing the former record by five minutes. The record now stands at 3:12:10 if you would like a shot at it! We have a new female record as well. Interestingly, Nicole Gareri, who now owns the female course record is a friend and co-runner of the former champion, Connie Gardner. Nicole came in from Ohio to race and she finished 2nd overall while bettering the course record by one full minute. Nicole pressed hard, ran well all day and had a smile on her face the entire way. The female course record now stands at 3:49:15.
This race is about more than who wins. Our winners know that, and it is always fun when they stick around and cheer on other runners who are working to get across the finish line. Some pursuing a personal best, others just getting it done, and some becoming an Ultrarunner for the very first time! This is one of those races where people enjoy being at the finish line to watch others accomplish their goal of finishing. The DJ, pizza, brats, stuffed French toast and beverages help to make the finish line area a lot of fun!
A number of runners had outstanding performances. Mark Shipley, a veteran of this event was back again to run today. He was having a very good day and knew that he needed to push it to hold his position and secure a spot on the podium. He did so. Audrey Burgoon has run the last 8 Lt. JC Stone 50Ks. It's always a delight to have her at our event. Most of the runners and volunteers will know Audrey as the woman who makes breakfast for everybody, runners, volunteers and spectators. She also won the Female Grand Master title this year! Thank you Audrey. Anne and Bob McLean seem to make our race better with their presence. Bob volunteers at the registration desk, the front gate, the aid station and anywhere else that he is needed. But most importantly, he is there at the finish line when Anne runs across the finish line. Many of you will remember seeing her as a woman carrying the flag on the course during the event. A very inspirational sight indeed. Jason Smith is run this race five times. This year he shows me a tattoo on his calf of the race logo. There's nothing that puts a smile on the face of a race director more than somebody putting the logo of the event in ink on their calf.
Each of our runners has their own story. Take a look at the Facebook page for the Lt. JC Stone 50K and read some of the stories and comments. They're awesome. That is one of the reasons the Rotary Club of Hampton Township enjoys putting on this event each year. This is one of our primary fundraisers. We use the money from the event to do good work in our community. One of the things we do each year is to put those funds to work helping our veterans and members of our armed forces. It's the very least we can do.
Our event photographer, Frank Piedimonte, snapped off over 630 photographs. If you ran this race, you can find your photo. Just take a look at Frank's Flickr account. The link is posted on our Facebook page. He posts those pictures so that our runners can download and share the photos with whomever they choose. We are pleased to be able to offer these photos to you and hope that you will download them and take
Thank you all very much for an amazing 2016 50K race. We look forward to hosting this event next year.