Three Canadians podium at JFK 50

It was a profitable day for a number of Canadian ultrarunners on the 61st operating of the JFK 50-mile race (America’s oldest extremely) in Washington County, Md. Former Canadian 50K report holder Calum Neff, and of Dundas, Ont., completed as runners-up within the males’s and ladies’s races, and Quebec’s Valérie Arsenault was third within the ladies’s race. 

Neff’s time was 5:38–10 minutes behind Seth Ruhling, who ran 5:28:38 (Ruhling additionally received in 2019). Neff was simply forward of third place, Ryan Sullivan, who completed in 5:40. Ruhling’s time was the fifth quickest within the race’s historical past.

Neff described the race on social media as one of many hardest races he’s ever finished. “It was lonely and chilly on the market, undoubtedly didn’t love the gap, however it was a gorgeous fall day and my time ended up being the sixteenth quickest ever at America’s oldest extremely and the quickest by a Canadian on the course by 20 minutes!”

It has been a profitable fall season for Houston-based Neff, who on the Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va., simply weeks in the past—a race he mentioned was a coaching run for the JFK 50.

Twice is sweet

Mildren additionally ran to a second-place end, bettering the quickest time ever recorded by a Canadian on the course. Mildren crossed the road in six hours and 27 minutes, solely 4 minutes behind race winner Jennifer Lichter, who ran the fifth quickest time in race historical past, in 6:23. Arsenault rounded out the rostrum in 6:35.

“Can hardly even consider I did this,” Mildren shared. “Second place in my 50-mile debut at America’s oldest and one of the vital iconic ultras, that pulls a number of the biggest athletes on the planet.”

Lichter had an enormous lead on Mildren at one level within the race. “I used to be in a position to put up a combat and claw it again to ~3mins ultimately regardless of struggling so onerous,” Mildren mentioned. “Wasn’t fairly sufficient however I’m so pleased with my thoughts and physique, I gave it all the things I may. 50 miles isn’t any joke.”

The JFK 50 was first held within the spring of 1963 after President John F. Kennedy pushed for a nationwide enhance in bodily health. Kennedy was assassinated in November of the identical yr, and in response to the , many related races the late president had impressed folded instantly. The JFK 50, although, saved operating, and it continues to be an annual custom, 60 years later.

This yr, over 1,000 runners took to a course that follows the Appalachian Path, the C&O Canal Towpath, and paved roads.

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