Wednesday, October 26, 2016

V 6 N. 78 Greatest Ultra On US Soil

This article has just been lifted from Gary Corbitt.  For more information on US history of long distance running and links to Road Runners Club of America site go to   tedcorbitt.com
The link on that site will take you to RRCA and from there you can find and open all the old copies of Long Distance Log.


The Greatest Ever Ultramarathon on United States Soil
October 18, 1970 – 46 Years Ago
U.S. National 50 Mile Championship
Rocklin, California


 Joe Henderson called it “the best race I ever saw.”
The American Record was broken by nearly 23 minutes by Bob Deines
 in 5:15.19.2. His margin of victory over Skip Houk was just 3 seconds.
The world record in 1970 was 5:12:40.
The first six runners were under the American Record.
Natalie Cullimore finished 18th in 7:35:57 and became the first female to establish standards of global excellence that caught the eye of other talented women.

Changing of the Guard:
In Ted Corbitt’s 33 U.S. ultramarathons since 1959, he finished in the top 2 places in all but two races. 
This race represented a changing of the guard in U.S. ultramarathon history.  Corbitt at age 51 finished in sixth place while establishing an age group world record that still stands today.

Ted Corbitt said the following in a letter to John Chodes: “If I had not been aware of the force that the West Coast has become it would have been like walking into a big, big, ambush.  I was aware and on one occasion a few weeks ago I figured that I could break the American 50-mile record and finish as high as 10th place.  I expected to break the American record even if I had a bad day and my run was not good.  As you know I had at least three efforts which were considerably better than the record in longer races.  Now the new record is most respectable – but it can be had.”

There were many notable individuals in this race:
Ken Young who helped invent the sport with his pioneering work in record keeping finished 11th.
Prolific racers Paul Reese and Walt Stack finished 19th and 22nd respectively.
Jim McDonagh past national champion and first American to beat Ted Corbitt in an ultra, dropped out at 35 miles.
Tom Derderian Boston Marathon Author/Historian and Greater Boston Track Club Coach ,dropped out at 35 miles.
Bruce Dern the actor, dropped out at 30 miles.
Joe Henderson running pioneer and author, dropped out at 30 miles.
Pete League running pioneer and a first-generation course measurement certifier, dropped out at 15 miles.


The Finishers
1
Bob
Deines
5:15.19.2
2
Skip
Houk
5:15.22
3
Darryl
Beardall
5:18:55
4
Jose
Cortez
5:30.42
5
John
Pagliano
5:33.03
6
Ted
Corbitt
5:34:01
7
Gary
Dobrenz
6:03.12
8
Randy
Lawson
6:05.45
9
Bryan
Geiser
6:07.40
10
Rost
Bruner
6:09.55
11
Ken
Young
6:20.37
12
James
Bowles
6:25.50
13
R.
Paffenbarger
6:26.15
14
Tobe
Lusionam
6:31.38
15
Peter
Mattei
6:39.29
16
Al
Meehan
7:02.43
17
Pat
Crevet
7:12.43
18
Natalie
Cullimore
7:35.57
19
Paul
Reese
7:38.49
20
Brad
Gieser
7:56.09
21
Phil
Schaffner
8:04.52
22
Walt
Stack
8:08.58
23
Dave
Cortez
8:32.18
24
Mitch
Kinsery
8:51.27
25
Rex
Dietberich
8:53.39
26
Mike
Ipsen
9:41.55

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