Joe Gray of Club Northwest won the US National 50K championship in his inagural attempt at this distance. He was on pace to break the US record through 45K but struggled over the final 5K. His time was 2:56:43, which was a 6 minute win over defending champion Michael Wardian, who had recently completed a marathon. The conditions were not ideal for record setting as it was cool at the start with blustery winds throughout the race.
Gray, who is better known as a mountain runner, has won 4t National championships in the past 3 years. He is an 8-time National Team member, 3 time USATF Mountain Runner of the Year and has won the NACAC Mountain Championship each of the past three years.
The women’s race was won by Shannon Ailes Istnick, of Kent, OH, in 3:36:50. Masters legend Kathyrn Martin, of nearby Northport, was 4th overall and set an American record of 3:58:37 for the 60-64 age group.