The Turtle foursome who ran the JFK 50 miler today all performed exceptionally well with Bob Jackman placing 23rd overall and 8th in division
23 Robert Jackman 29 8/74 M WARWICK RI 21:22 2:23:35 5:45:48 6:55:08 8:19
The all female team of Karen Benway (4th female overall) , Jackie Jackman (7th female overall) and Issy Nielson (20th female overall) won not only the team award but SMASHED the course record by 2:23:19. The old record was 25:11:16 and the Tuesday Night Turtle team raised the bar to 22:47:57.
29 Karen Benway 39 2/86 F WARWICK RI 22:15 2:28:48 6:00:49 7:07:35 8:34
39 Jacquelyn Jackman 33 4/86 F WARWICK RI 22:17 2:37:46 6:10:11 7:19:53 8:48
122 Issy Nielson 29 5/33 F WARWICK RI 23:00 2:48:19 6:55:58 8:20:29 10:01
CONGRATULATIONS to each and everyone one of these Ultra Turtles
The 2011 RI 6 Hour – USATF-NE championship race – would be the 3rd annual race, and again we lucked out with fantastic weather. November can be a crap-shoot but for the RI 6 Hour it has been nothing but pleasant.
Going into this year’s event we had our largest numbers yet with over 80 ultra runners and 25 teams signed up. Unfortunately with injuries, family obligations, and just straight up no-shows there were only 59 ultra runners on the line, but all of the relay teams made the trip!
We were lucky enough to have back 2009 Champion Ben Nephew and 2010 Relay Champions acidotic RACING, and of course the 2009 Relay Champions the Tuesday Night Turtles!
On the men’s side the race played out how I had expected. Ben Nephew wanted to run around 6:45 pace and stayed close to that (6:49s) through just under 4 hours. He had a bit of a slow down over the last 2 hours but still managed to get in 50 miles in 5:56:59. John Brown finished as 2nd male with 43.22 miles and Justin Kousky finished 3rd with 40.52 miles. Our lone Turtle in the race was Jake Schieffelin, who has now completed all three RI 6 Hour races, this year he finished with 36.47 miles.
On the women’s side with the drop-out of the 2009 Champion Daniele Cherniak
the day before the race I did not know who would be battling for the top spot. However it became pretty clear from the start that Michelle Gosselin was on a mission running mid 7 min pace throughout the first half of the race. In the end she finished 2nd overall in a new course record of 45.92 miles. The 2nd place woman, Maddy Hribar, was not far behind equaling the distance of the previous course record which was held by TNT’s own Karen Benway with 43.22 miles. 3rd place female and 5th overall was Tina Dowling with 40.52 miles.
In the relay, pre-race favorites acidotic RACING stated they wanted to break the 60 mile mark and seemed ready to do so with the opening loop run in 5:10 pace by Judson Cake. In the end they came up just short running 59.42 miles but still taking the victory by 2 laps over the Tuesday Night Turtles ‘A’ Team. The Fuel Belt Elite Team finished in 3rd equalling the distance of TNT with 54.02 miles, but taking 12 mins longer to do it. The Turtles had one more team in the race and they bettered their total from 2010 with 48.62 miles and a 6th place finish.
All in all the 2011 addition of the RI 6 Hour was a success. I have had numerous emails from runners stating “I love the event” “It is my favorite ultra” and most of all “You have the best volunteers”. So thank you volunteers, because without you nobody is happy!!
Named again as the 2011 USATF-NE Ultrarunning Championship!
The Rhode Island 6 Hour Ultramarathon and Relay, to be held on Nov 13th, is currently Rhode Island’s only Ultra. This event is a 6 hour timed event, plain and simple the individual and team that complete the most miles within 6 Hours win the event.
The course is a slightly rolling loop in Warwick RI’s City Park. The course is wooded and scenic with parts over looking Narragansett Bay. The race will consist of an individual and team relay event.
Teams may consist of 2 to 6 runners, but only one runner will be allowed on the course at a time. Awards will go to the first three male, female and teams in the event.
If you plan on registering as an individual or a relay team you may want to do it very soon as the event is almost sold out. Contact Bob Jackman or visit the race web site