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Updated: 2014-10-04T23:52:00.251-07:00

 



2007 Race Report

2007-04-11T09:18:01.288-07:00

Hello Everyone,Thanks to the runners and volunteers, this year's 21st annual Ruth Anderson Ultra was another success! The San Francisco weather was perfect with clear skies and a cool breeze as over seventy runners set out on personal quests -- some seeking glory and fame (or at least a few points in the PAUSATF standings), others chasing personal records, and some just looking to have fun and log some quality training miles amidst good company. Sixty-six finishers survived the pounding of the asphalt and dirt bike path around Lake Merced, setting six new age-group and course records. As a tribute to the diversity of the field at the race, both the youngest and the oldest runners set age-group records. There were also several Dean Karnazes sightings (he was reportedly last seen running North), as well as guest appearances by Hollis Lenderking and Charles Blakeney, who were both promptly inducted into aid-station service by the opportunistic race directors.New Course RecordsMichael Kanning, men's under 20 age-group 100K course record, 11:59:18 Peter Vermeesch, men's 30 - 40 age-group 100K course record, 7:27:53 Thomas Reiss, 50 mile course record, 5:56:17 Konstantin Drabkin, men's under 20 age-group 50 mile course record, 8:12:30 Cassandra Johnson, women's 60 - 69 age-group 50K course record, 6:24:43 Julianne Scheberies, women's 70+ age-group 50K course record, 6:36:23 100K Race SummaryPieter Vermeesch, a native of the Kingdom of Belgium, ran away with the men's 100K race, fueled on to victory by a steady intake of orange juice and chicken-noodle soup. Pieter's time of 7:27:53 broke the previous 30 - 40 age-group course record by several minutes. Mark Tanaka raced in to second place, celebrating his 40th birthday in style by running a lifetime best sub-8:00 hour 100K in 7:57:03, taking over 45 minutes off his time from last year. Kermit Cuff Jr., rounded out the top three with a strong finish of 9:16:51.Perhaps the talk of the day was fifteen-year old Michael Kanning, the youngest competitor to complete the 100k course, who broke the previous under-20 course record by over an hour and a half! Hiroaki Nakamura, who had previously run only marathons, ran his first ultra of any kind; but instead of getting a gradual introduction with 50K or 50 miles Hiroaki ran the full 100K course. Hiroaki went on to win the 20 - 29 age group, as did Joe Swenson in the 50 - 59 age group.In the women's 100K race, Wendy Georges was again women's 100K champion after front-runner Julie Fingar called it a day at 50K. Wendy pushed the pace and shredded her own 100k time from last year by over 40 minutes, running 10:10:58. Leanne McCullough grabbed second place with time of 11:44:21, while Soon Gaal rounded out the top three in 12:50:46, winning her age group.50 Mile Race SummaryThomas Reiss of Germany dominated the men's 50 mile after front-runner Pieter Vermeesch elected to keep going to 100K. Thomas ran a 5:56:17, destroying the existing 50 mile course record of 6:20:43. Jean Pommier (6:52:03) and Dean Karnazes (6:53:31) finished within minutes of each other for second and third place. Be sure to read Jean Pommier's blog (below) for all the details. Up-and-coming youngster Konstantin Drabkin -- who flew across the country from Florida -- won the under 20 age group, setting a new age-group course record. Chris MacAskill won the 50 - 59 age group, and Tom Pelsor won the 60 - 69 age group. Congratulations gentlemen.Lisa Huerta ran impressively, winning the women's race in a time of 9:47:00. She was followed shortly afterward by Christine Miller in second place with 10:01:35. Congratulations to both Lisa and Christine on their fine 50 mile performances!50K Race SummaryGary Cohen won the men's 50K in 3:50:30 followed closely by Alan Geraldi in 3:53:27. Congratulations to both for their sub-4:00 performances! Ron Duncan finished minutes later in third with 4:08:08. Ron was later seen volunteering at aid stations and pacing friends running the 100k -- so clearly he had some energy left and probably could have run faster. Jonathan Gunderson, Gary Wan[...]



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2007-04-06T09:22:27.479-07:00

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Soon Gaal (169) and Anil Rao saw the sun rise and sun set during their 100K race.



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2007-04-06T09:20:41.722-07:00

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First Place Man, Pieter Vermeesch with Second Place Man, Mark Tanaka. Both ran an amazing 100K race and set new PRs.



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2007-04-06T09:18:06.750-07:00

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Rajeev Patel getting aid on his way to a 50K finish.



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2007-04-06T09:16:27.906-07:00

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Pavan Ramarapu went on to capture the Second Place Men 30-39 age group award in the 50K



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2007-04-06T09:14:40.497-07:00

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Impressive 15-year-old Michael Kanning set a new course record in the Under 20 category for the 100K.



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2007-04-06T09:12:19.947-07:00

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Robert Greenhouse refueling on his way to the 50K finish.



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2007-04-06T09:09:52.502-07:00

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Leanne McCulloch surrounded by friends and family after her Second Place Woman finish in the 100K.



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2007-04-06T09:06:39.671-07:00

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Presenting Chihping Fu with his Third Place Men 40-49 award for the 100K.



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2007-04-06T09:04:31.405-07:00

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Patricia Baker refueling during her 50K race.



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2007-04-06T09:02:10.057-07:00

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17-year-old Konstantin Drabkin on his way to setting a new course record for the 50M in the Under 20 category.



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2007-04-06T08:59:40.535-07:00

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Michael Roberts (210) coming into the aid station with Bill Bradley. Roberts went on to place second in his age group in the 50K



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2007-04-06T08:57:07.118-07:00

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Juliane Scheberies set a new course record for her age group in the 50K.



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2007-04-06T08:54:17.655-07:00

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Jennifer Ray looking strong despite coming off some injuries.



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2007-04-06T08:51:15.825-07:00

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Jim MaGill, always had a smile for the volunteers.



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2007-04-06T08:49:10.901-07:00

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First place woman in the 50K, Julie Fingar stopping for some electrolytes.



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2007-04-06T08:43:34.827-07:00

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Mark Tanaka setting a blistering pace for all the lead runners including Jean Pommier.



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2007-04-06T08:40:35.114-07:00

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Stephen Louis with Bill Bradley hot on his heels as they approach the aid station.



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2007-04-06T08:34:45.687-07:00

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Gene Weddle and Leanne McCulloch enjoying the sun in the early part of the day.



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2007-04-06T08:30:39.156-07:00

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Anil Rao and Christine Miller. Each earned an age group award for their finish times in the 100K and 50M, respectively.



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2007-04-06T08:27:02.808-07:00

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Leslie Lindquist went on to place second in her age group for the 50K



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2007-04-06T08:23:58.696-07:00

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2007-04-06T08:21:43.729-07:00

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Lisa Huerta and Jeff Martin filling up.



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2007-04-06T08:18:06.689-07:00

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Grant Carboni on his way to bettering his 2006 time in the 50M.



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2007-04-06T08:14:22.427-07:00

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Dan Marinsik approaching the aid station.