Johnny Clemons took home the overall win in impressive fashion, and his time of
3:43:27 2:43:27 missed out on besting Dane Mitchell’s course record by a mere five seconds. He’s on an incredible tear right now — winning the 2011 Upchuck 50k, 2011 Lookout Mountain 50-miler, 2012 Mt Cheaha 50k and 2012 Georgia Jewel 50k — and, at this point, has to be the favorite for every trail race that he enters.
Female winner Meghan Lederer, meanwhile, turned in the second-fastest women’s time in race history, and we look forward to seeing her again next month when she competes in our 3-day Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race.
Perhaps overlooked in Johnny’s hunt for the course record is how well-contested the women’s marathon was this year; in all, 9 female runners finished in under 4 hours, five more than last year. Meghan’s win came against fierce competition like top women’s StumpJump 50k finisher Lindsay Beckner and podium regular Natalie Sims.
In the half marathon, Daniel Mueller returned and claimed his second consecutive win, despite running a few minutes slower than his 2011 pace. Meanwhile, female winner Annie Kelly, from Alpharatta, GA — all of 17 years old — bested her mother, Sue Kelly (who took top Master’s Female). Did we mention that Sue was the top women’s finisher in 2011? They must grow ’em fast in Alpharetta.
Congratulations to all race finishers. We had runners from 21 states on hand, and one from Germany, many of whom were running in Tennessee for the first time.
Visit these links for final race results (we’re presenting these in both “overall” and “age group” formats):
The story everyone is asking about, of course, is that of the runner who collapsed on the half marathon course and required evacuation to a waiting ambulance. While we’d prefer not to list her name here, we’ve heard that she is feeling much better after a night in the hospital.
Special thanks, though, are due to the runners who stayed with her, called 911, offered assistance and went for help! Aline Bernard, the physician who was second female in the marathon at the time, forfeited her likely podium finish in case her CPR training was needed. Carrie Couch Lasseter, who happened to have her cellphone, called 911. Michelle Gardner and Chuck Smith also waited with her while our medical team and paramedics were en route.
The response of other runners in this event, we think, speaks volumes about the trail running community here in the southeast.
Rock/Creek racers put in a strong performance, punctuated by the 1-2 finish for Clemons and Daniel Hamilton in the trail marathon. R/C team members in the marathon also included Lance Steele (11th), John Wiygul (13th), Brian Costilow (14th), Chad Wamack (17th), Kevin Boucher (28th), Natalie Sims (3rd F), and Dreama Campbell (8th F); racers Tom Sell (9th, 2nd Master’s) and Elizabeth Callaway (4th F) competed in the half marathon.
Chattanooga local & fan favorite Sergio Bianchini, who is 71 years old, finished the 1/2 marathon in 1:55:26, good for 61st overall.
Please support our race sponsors:Rock/Creek, Salomon, Capital Toyota & Toyota of Cleveland, Collier Construction, The North Face, Get Out Chattanooga, SmartWool, Patagonia, Hammer Nutrition, Greenlife Grocery, Suunto, Outdoor Research, Chattanooga YMCA, Blue Smoke Coffee, and John O’Brien. Thanks are also due to TVA and SORBA-Chattanooga for letting us use this excellent trail system.
Hooked? Follow this link to view the Salomon Rock/Creek Trail Series race calendar and sign up for the remaining 2012 events.