Virginia man lowers course standard by 11 minutes; Roy wins women’s title
Van Horn sets women’s masters record; relay record also falls
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FLINTSTONE, Md., Oct. 28, 2012 — Brad Hinton, 36, of Stephens City, Va., shattered the Fire on the Mountain 50K (pres. by Sheetz) course record by more than 11 minutes from the previous best.
Hinton outlasted Canadian Adam Hill, 36, of Orellia, Ontario, to win the 3rd annual point-to-point trail race in Green Ridge State Forest in 4 hours, 38 minutes and 7.1 seconds. Hill placed a close second in 4:38:49.2.The 42-second difference is the closest margin of victory for the top two male finishers in the history of the race.
The route is divided into four sections — red trail, green trail, logging roads and purple trail. Hinton said he used the speed of the forest service roads — and especially the three-mile-long downhill section — to catch pull ahead of Hill. The two had entered the halfway point at Aid Station 4 at Log Roll Overlook together.
In the women’s race, Bedford, Pa., resident Michelle Roy carved more than 50 minutes off last year’s performance to win the women’s title in 6:13:05.2. She placed 24th overall — a significant improvement over her 2011 effort in which she placed 29th in 7:05:25.
Joanne Van Horn, 47, of Douglassville, Pa., established a new standard for women over 40 with a time of 6:23:54.3. The previous best was 6:25:20 by Selena Smart).
The duet of Karyn Dulaney, of Westminster, Md., and Jennifer Ford, of Shelton, Wash., earned the top spot among eight relay teams with a time of 5:28:37.2. The time set an event relay record, more than three minutes ahead of the 5:31:58.7 that won last year (Charlie Falter and Danny Welsch).
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