Some race photos are available here (more coming soon):
Photos by Rock/Creek’s Jeff Bartlett
Well, the Rock/Creek Scenic City Trail Marathon is in the books, and if you’ve never seen 550 runners streaming through the woods on what turned out to be a 90-degree day, you missed out! This event just gets bigger and bigger every year, and it’s easy to see why.
Aaron Saft is dominating the Rock/Creek trail series right now, following up his course record at the Rock/Creek River Gorge trail race with a convincing win in the Scenic City Trail Marathon. His winning time of 2:47:44 works out to 6:24 minutes-per-mile! Second-place finisher Josh Wheeler, of the Rock/Creek race team, joined Aaron as the only two runners finishing in less than 3 hours.
The story of the day, however, has to be the Rock/Creek Race Team’s Sarah Woerner. Her time — 3:13:34 — absolutely obliterates the old women’s race record, by about 25 minutes. She finished fifth overall, more than 40 minutes ahead of the second-place female runner! Sarah, we’re in awe.
Nuun active hydration had a tent set up right at the finish line to make sure everyone had a chance to rehydrate on what turned out to be a pretty hot day. SmartWool gave away more socks than I could even count; The North Face, Vasque, and Salomon all gave away shoes as well. Greenlife had a great setup with fresh fruit for everyone, which everyone appreciated!
Here are the preliminary (unofficial) results:
- Aaaron Saft, age 33 (2:47:44)
- Josh Wheeler, age 23 (2:56:24)
- Feb Boswell, age 35 (3:01:17)
Women’s Trail Marathon:
- Sarah Woerner, age 21 (3:13:34, women’s race record)
- Malinda Honkus, age 41 (3:54:40)
- Jennings Garry, age 36 (3:54:59)
Men’s Trail Marathon, Masters age group:
- Lance Steele, age 48 (3:21:32)
- Tim Vinson, age 46 (3:24:54)
- John Mollenhour, age 55 (3:51:19)
Women’s masters top finishers not yet available
- Daniel Mueller, age 24 (1:16:51, race record)
- Theodore Towse, age 39 (1:18:17)
- Jacob Bradley, age 20 (1:21:15)
Women’s 1/2 Marathon:
- Sue Kelly, age 50 (1:38:06)
- Theresa Saupe, age 48 (1:43:07)
- Elizabeth Callaway, age 23 (1:43:27)
Men’s 1/2 Marathon, Master’s age group:
- Ken Youngers, age 54 (1:27:05)
- Johnny Pryor, age 50 (1:37:33)
- Thomas Herring, age 45 (1:41:09)
Women’s 1/2 Marathon, Master’s age group:
- Jan Gautier, age 45 (1:44:13)
- Cecilia Wigal, age 48 (1:47:13)
- JoEllen Carter, age 48 (2:06:01)
Keep an eye on this blog, as we’ll post the full race results as soon as they are available, as well as a full recap of the race on Monday!