Horning, McKenna bide time in 50K victories

December 20, 2021


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* 2021 results: 50K25K
* TrailNotes — Greenawalt, Gideon and more (bonus 2021 coverage)
* Previous years’ results:
* Top FOTM 50K performances (going into 2021)

By Kevin Spradlin

LITTLE ORLEANS, Md., Nov. 7, 2021 — Though it was a full week past Halloween, one could not help but wonder if ghosts and goblins were at play — or, at the very least, some developing superstitions.

Regardless, it was bad luck to be in the lead in the first half of the 11th running of the Fire on the Mountain 50K trail race, a 32.8-mile out-and-back venture in Green Ridge State Forest in eastern Allegany County.

Greg Horning and Johanna McKenna

Winners of both the men’s and women’s 50K races on Sunday trailed at aid station 3 and 5 — mile points 12.7 and 20.1, respectively. The station, situated near the midway point of the moderately difficult Deep Run/Big Run Trail, was marked by a simple fold-up table with 12 gallons of water and an industrial-size trash bag. The Mertens Avenue forest service road crossing is in the middle of 48,000 acres, and proved not to be a turning point, but a bellweather of opportunity.

Greg Horning, 27, of Columbia, outlasted the field to cross the finish line, located in the grassy field of a group campsite on Oldtown Orleans Road, in 5 hours, 17 minutes and 30 seconds. More than half an hour passed before runner-up Jonathan Ladson, 30, of Woodbridge, Va., stopped the clock in 5:47:57. Levi Foust, 40, of Somerset, Pa., took third in 5:56:52. Hugh O’Connor, 22, of Severna Park, finished fourth in 5:58:17 while Rande Brown, 51, of Bedford, Pa., was the last runner to finish under six hours (5:59:49).

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