10/27/2004: One More American Over 140 Miles at World 24-Hour
It has just come to our attention that Peter Bakwin of Boulder, Colorado, husband of
top American woman Stephanie Ehret, also ran just over 140 miles in this past weekend's
24-Hour World Cup. Our initial report of the American finishers did not include Bakwin
because the official results disseminated by the IAU did not include him as a finisher
in the World Cup division of the Brno 24-Hour race. In fact, Bakwin is listed by the host
event as the winner of the open division (i.e., runners who were not members of their national
teams) of the race. In the actual running of the race itself, Bakwin finished just shortly
behind his wife and just ahead of third American scorer Roy Pirrung.
10/24/2004: Ehret Leads Americans at World 24-Hour
Stephanie Ehret, 41, of Boulder, Colorado was the star of the day as the
American Women's Team broke into the medals, finishing 3rd among 10 national
teams in this weekend's 24 Hour Run World Cup, held in Brno, Czech Republic.
Ehret herself, know primarily as a trail running specialist until her stunning
race this weekend on the short road loop course in Eastern Europe, took the
individual bronze medal just ahead of world record holder Edit Berces of
Hungary. Japan's Inagaki Sume took the women's individual worlds title with
147.35 miles, followed by Russian Galina Eremina. Ehret's total of 140.16 miles
bettered her personal best by an incredible 10 miles, and ranks her #3 on the
All-time American list, behind only Sue Ellen Trapp and Ann Trason. Ehret was
backed up by Pam Reed of Tucson, Arizona (132+ miles) and Sandy Powell of
Greenville, Virginia (122+ miles), the trio putting the USA on the medal podium
for the first time in World 24-Hour competition.
Scott Eppelman of Coppell, Texas, at 38 the youngest member of the American
team, led the men with a personal best 144.02 miles, duplicating John Geesler's
top American finishing place of 11th in last year's World 24-Hour. Geesler, 45,
of St. Johnsville, New York followed close behind with 142.6 miles, and 56 year
old Roy Pirrung of Sheboygan, Wisconsin ran 139.0 miles to place the American
men 4th of 16 in the national team standings. Japan took both individual
titles, as Ryoichi Sekiya won the race with 167.19 miles.
LINKS TO RESULTS [PDF Format]:
Men Individual Results
Men Team Results
Women Individual Results
Women Team Results
10/21/2004: American National Team Set for World Cup 24-Hour Run this
Weekend. Click here for the list of individual and team entrants
The second annual 24 Hour Run World Cup will be held this weekend, beginning
Saturday, October 23, in Brno, Czech Republic. This year's American National Team, coordinated
and sponsored by the American Ultrarunning Association (AUA) consists of:
Scott Eppelman, 38, Coppell, TX: former bronze medalist in the national 24-Hour; second scorer for the American team in last year's World 24 Hour; has also been a scoring member of the national 100km team.
John Geesler, 45, St. Johnsville, NY: 3-time National 24-Hour Run champion, top American is last year's World 24 Hour, and current American Record holder for the 48-hour run.
Roy Pirrung, 56, Sheboygan, WI: the Grand Old Man of American elite ultrarunning, serving again as team captain and "player-coach"; former American Record holder at 24 Hours and 48 Hours and two-time national
24 Hour Run champion; won his first national 24-Hour title in 1987 and still going strong. With this appearance in this race, Pirrung will collect yet another record, supplanting Sandy Kiddy (55 years old,
while scoring for the American team at the World 100km, 1991) as the most senior athlete ever to make an open national team.
Alex Swenson, 40, Oak Park, IL: making his national team debut; 5th place in 2003 National 24-Hour Run Championship.
Stephanie Ehret, 41, Boulder, CO: making her national team debut; one of the top American long-range (100 miles & beyond) trail runners; two time winner of the Across-The-Years 24-Hour Track Race.
Sandy Powell, 46, Greenville, VA: two-time silver medalist in the National 24 Hour Championship; second scorer for the American team in last year's World 24 Hour.
Pam Reed, 43, Tucson, AZ: Defending national 24-Hour Run champion and current American Record Holder for 24 Hours on the track; current top American at 48 hours; top American woman in last year's World 24-Hour, finishing 6th.
Additional sponsors for this year's team include Revitaflex and Injinji. Revitaflex is the official Joint & Muscle Care Product of the 2004 American National 24 Hour Run Team.
10/15/2004: American National Team at the 2004 World 24-Hour Championship - October 23rd, Czech Republic