December 2, 2002
Ultrarunners of the Month - November 2002, Presented by Ultrafit Sports
Alex Tilson, 32, of Burlingame, California, ran 2:51:47 in the first Silicon Valley Speedster 50Km Ultra Classic to set a new American record (pending ratification) for 50 kilometers. His time bettered the U.S. track record of 2:52:47 set by Barney Klecker at Tuscon, Arizona, on 15 Nov. 1981. The course was a USATF certified 1Km loop, repeated 50 times.
Connie Gardner, 38, of Medina, Ohio, who won the U.S. women's 100Km title last month at the Edmund Fitzgerald 100Km in Minnesota, captured the JFK 50 Mile women's title in 7:11:46, finishing 24 minutes up on Bethany Hunter, 23, of Lynchburg. A very good women's field included Laura Nelson, 37, of Waynesboro, Va., a two-time defending champion and four-time winner overall, Sue Johnston, 36, of Waterford, Vermont.
Gardner's time is very impressive, given the cold and head wind that the runners faced on the 26 mile C&O Towpath section of the course.
Congratulations to these two outstanding performers!
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