AMAZING RACES IN AMAZING PLACES!
Race recap in photos
Saturday morning, November 6th, runners from around Louisiana and the southern United States arrived at Fontainebleau State Park for the running of the Q50 Ultra-Mandeville. Cesar Torres, welcomed runners with his signature handshake, pat on the back, and crazy-bubbling-to-the-point-of-boiling-enthusiasm.
Temperatures were chilly for the the start of the 50K, 25K, and the 10K-fun run. Only an ultra race director would call this later distance a “fun run,” but then again looking at the runner’s faces perhaps he was on to something.
As morning turned to afternoon, the chilly temps to warm, the lead runners for the 10K would finally break the finish line plane.
Maura Eagan would lead the women’s field in the 10K with a time of 47m 33s – gapping second and third place’s Hannah Haas Weinstein / Jennifer Eagan who would record 55m 40s and 55m 16s respectively.
Q50 ULTRAS AND RACES: 25KM Top Male & Females.
1.- Ray Miranda- 2hrs 00m 15s 1.- Kristin Depp- 2hrs 18m 38s
2.- Luis Ochoa- 2hrs 00m 50s 2.- Betzi Norton- 2hrs 30m 37s
3.- Dalton Fetters- 2hrs 01m 00s 3.- Monica Embers- 2hrs 32m 28s
If the “Ultra” distances weren’t challenging enough, a leg scraped and slightly bloodied Aaron Croy – LRC’er and volunteer path guiding cyclist – returned with reports of monstrous rivets and killer butterflies on course. Despite these dangers the lead 50K runners would finish with smiles on their faces and celebratory bottles of champagne on their clothes and outer extremeties.
Jimmy Marrano seems un-phased to having just run 30 miles as he snatched the champagne and celebrated. Jimmy ran the course in 4hrs 14m 48s. Second place Sam Landry ran 4hrs 38m 11 sec while third place’s Derek Dowell finished in 5hrs 00m 07s.
In the women’s field Jessica Morrow Russo dominated the 50K as she finished in 4hrs 48m 11s nearly an hour ahead of Leslie Evans’ 5hrs 36m 47s and assumed friends Leslie Murphy and Tyla Hudspeth – who finished in a dead tie at 6 hrs 32m 00s.
For full results of the Q50-Mandeville check their website here
For photos from this event check out Louisiana Running Company’s facebook albums:
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As in all Q50 Ultras events, you’ll be running and helping those in need!