Croom Trail 50 Mile Fools Run,

March 31, 2001

Brooksville, Florida

The sixth running of the Croom Trail Runners 50 Mile Fools Run, began at the Tucker Hill trailhead of the Croom Hiking Trail in the Withlacoochee Forest. The course began with a five mile loop, followed by three fifteen mile loops. The The Croom Hiking Trail is a single tract trail full of challenges and contains a wide variety of terrain; including grass fields, oak hammocks, long leaf pine forests, as well as old sink holes and other ravines. Many runners, on the Croom Trail for the first time were surprised by the number of hills on the course..

Jeff Meyer took the early lead in the race and was uncontested until about the 46 mile aid station, when Meyer was joined by Bruce Bayless. Bayless had been as much as 10 minutes back. Meyer eventually finished 15 seconds ahead of Bayless, in a time of 6:57:52, making it the closest Fools Run finish yet.

Linda Mason, who owns 6 of the top 12 all time finishing times in the Croom 50K Trail Run, lead the race from wire to wire in her first 50 miler finished in a time of 8:07:03. Mason was followed by Sue Ellen Trapp; who finished in a time of 8:31:54.

Although always warm, the weather was a little more forgiving this year then in the past, allowing some good running times. Art Sarakas, Ron Balow, Richard Valentine, and Brucie Waltemeyer all finished this race with a substantially better time than they posted in last year's race. Upon completion of the course the runners were treated to a chicken barbecue.

The Co-Race Directors, John Holmes and Jim Spencer, once again did an outstanding job organizing their twenty-third and final race in the Withlacoochee Forest. The Croom Trail Runners will continue the races with new race directors, enabling John and Jim to run the races they have worked so hard to maintain. So, come and join us on the Croom Trail, next September for the Croom Trail 50K Run, under its new race director. Maybe you will get to join John and Jim on a loop of the course.

Kathleen Wheeler,
Race Correspondent

 

Place

First Name

Last Name

Finish Loop

1

Jeff

Meyer

6:57:52

2

Bruce

Bayless

6:58:07

3

Jon

Docs

7:37:33

4

Danny

Ripka

7:46:07

5

Art

Sarakas

8:06:04

6

Linda

Mason

8:07:30

7

John

Barrera

8:08:39

8

Mike

Gleman

8:13:48

9

Gyula

Kiss

8:23:12

10

Jeff

Blaker

8:27:04

11

Sue Ellen

Trapp

8:31:54

12

John

Butterick

8:57:20

13

Douglas

Brede

9:01:38

14

Jim

Bodoh

9:06:58

15

Marla

Buechner

9:08:14

16

George

Biondic

9:09:26

17

Pete

Pfannerstill

9:14:37

18

Ron

Balow

9:28:40

19

Jennifer

Nanny

10:03:44

20

Bill

Koppenheffer

10:09:07

21

Greg

Kaputa

10:11:43

22

Buck

Walsh

10:18:07

23

Mike

Barber

10:29:47

24

Lewis

Bennett

10:38:26

25

Steve

West

10:40:01

26

Gary

Long

10:48:17

27

Victora

Long

11:03:28

28

Pam

Dickens

11:03:28

29

Marilyn

Schupbach

11:23:50

30

Richard

Valantine

11:23:55

31

Bill

Dickens

11:33:20

32

Elaine

Anthony

11:53:04

33

Brucie

Waltemyer

11:53:29

34

Danny

Christian

DNF

35

Jim

Malone

DNF

36

Nelson

Stephenson

DNF

37

Timothy

Cusack

DNF

38

Andrew

Colee

DNF

39

Joe

Smith

DNF