- TNT Women’s Team Record Breaking Performance At The JFK 50
- Rhode Island 6-Hour Ultra
- Jackie Jackman Coming Out Of Her Shell
- The NRA vs TNT Showdown At Quonset: The 5K In The Dark
- TNT Beer Of The Month
- Stats And Results
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!
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!!
See you in 2012!