Sunday, May 3, 2009
We did it! : American Women take 2nd Place at 24 Hour World Challenge!
1)minutes after the start (Jamie is in front-you can see me a bit back w/visor)
2)portion of the course
3)USA's Scott Eppleman running down "crew station alley"
4)me all caught up in the excitment
5)American woman after International UltraRunning Press Conference with our silver medals. (Deb is missing due to travel plans).L to R: Carily, Jen, Jamie and Annette
The 24-Hour World Challenge ended at 10am today, Italy time.
A full life in 24 hours! I will write a report sometime this week, yet for now wanted to share a few photos and results!
France was 1st, USA 2nd and Italy 3rd! (And yes, we worked our butts off to earn this-Yay!!!)
This is the first time the first time the American women have ever earned a spot on the podium in the team competition. It was all very exciting and emotional! It was a tense race for 2nd place between Italian women and American women for hours…yet more on that and more later.
And I had 4 Amazing teammates: Jamie, Deb, Carilyn and Jen and great guys on the Men’s team AND George was there working all night too. Ok. More later!
More info to follow on the World’s men competition!
Bergamo Italy is beautiful! The race fabulously organized and very well executed. An excellent venue for the 230 runners and countless volunteers and staff!
Team USA Women:
Jamie Donaldson: 136.7 miles (4th overall, individual competition)
Annette Bednosky: 129.6 miles (9th overall, individual competition) (not sure of the rest…this is fresh!)
Deb Horn: 128.miles
Carilyn Johnson: 126.7 miles
Jen Van Allen: 109.5 miles
Team USA Men:
Scott Eppelman: 124.9 miles
Phil McCarthy: 122.6 miles
Bob Sweeney: 119.6
Matthew Chaffin: 113.6 miles
Roy Pirrung: 82 miles
Bill Allen: 21 miles
Full results, photos, etc are at the IAU website.