Croom 50K and Zachary 5K results

Posted on October 15, 2007 by

Croom 50K and Zachary 5K results

The Zachary Project 5K (Melbourne FL) results are posted to

The John Holmes (Croom Trail) 50K (Brooksville FL) unofficial results are posted to

I made a dumb mistake and registered for both races without realizing they were on the same day.  So I ran the 50K.  The results are unofficial because I copied them from the scoresheet at the race and left when there was 7:51 on the clock and 23 out of 78 runners had either dropped or were still running.
I heard from the RD that it might take awhile to get official results because he had to leave at 3PM today to fly to London.  So that is why I am posting them.

The 50K is on sandy trails with roots and hills (but no rocks) in the Withlacoochee forest about 50 miles west of Orlando.  It started at 7AM when it was barely light enough to run without a flashlight.  It has a main loop of
7.3 miles with 3 aid stations, repeated 4 times, with and extra 1.5 miles of downhill dirt roads to the start and 0.3 miles of gnarly uphill trail to the finish.  The main loop had several climbs up to about 50 vertical feet at 10-15% grade, plus a 20 foot deep sinkhole called “Bundy’s Pit” with a 50% uphill grade.  There was also a 15 mile fun run at 9 AM that does only 2 loops (so actually about 16 miles).  We had great weather due to the first cold front of the fall, low and dewpoint in the low 60’s F and highs about 85 F and sunny.

The 50K had awards for overall, masters, and first place in 10 year age groups, consisting of a shirt and LED maglite.  The fun run had no awards.
The aid stations had the usual ultra foods like water, Gatorade, M&Ms, potato chips, Coke, etc.  Post race food was hamburgers, beans, chips, and fudge.

Each race had reached its 75 runner limit, but then they allowed race day registration at a reduced rate of $1/mile with no shirt, about half of the preregistration fee.

I didn’t list complete fun run results, but local runners included Jonathan Dea, 29, of Rockledge FL in 2:21:15 (2nd 20-29) and Steve Szabo, 32, of Melbourne FL in 3:26:59 (11th 30-39).  The winning time was 1:58:22.

Local runners in the 50K were:

Joe Ninke, 38, Sebastian FL, 4:25:01, 3rd overall.  He is one of only 2 people to finish the Wickham Park 100.

Me, 6th overall in 4:40:35.  I only managed an age group award because Ray Bell (4:28:28) turned 60.  (In the 1990’s he was second in the Run across America where you have to run an average 45 miles per day for 64 consecutive days and make every cutoff.)  My marathon split today of 3:51 was about a minute per mile slower than on roads.  I dunno.  I started off in the lead pack with 3 other runners on the downhill dirt road at a 6:45/mile pace, but after about 1/2 mile I decided that was too fast for 31 miles and backed off.
By the end of the race a 10 minute pace was hard enough.

Scott Maxwell, 57, Indialantic FL, 5:25:06, 4th in my age group.  He has run a bunch of 100 mile races and is race director of the LOST 118 mile race around Lake Okeechobee.

— Matt Mahoney,

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