Saturday, March 24, 2001 -- Susquehanna State Park, MD
Hinte-Anderson Trail 50K (HAT Run) (iPO Event Id#: 2559)
Story by Brad Yurish with photos by Karen Diehl
Despite chilly temperatures, wind and the occasional sprinkles, the 299 runners for this year's 13th annual Hinte-Anderson 50K Trail Run could not have been happier. With people coming from as far away as Vermont and Germany, this is a mainstay event for many of the ultra runners in the region. And for good reason - Phil Anderson and Jeff Hinte really know how to put on a wonderful race.
The course for this event winds throughout the beautiful Susquehanna State Park. The start/finish line was at the Steppingstone Museum and proceeded from there on a 1 mile out and back prologue. Almost immediately the course dove straight into the woods on some sweet singletrack trail.
The course is setup as a 15 mile figure-8 pattern, so runners pass an
aid station approximately every 5 miles, and then this loop is done
twice. Most of the course is on singletrack trail along with a few
field crossings, a little dirt road running, and some great stream
crossings thrown in just for fun.
The aid stations had almost everything imaginable that an ultra-runner could want - tons of Gatorade and Mountain Dew, fruit, cookies, homemade cup cakes, PB&J's, Oreo's, M&M's, potato chips, and a thousand other types of sweet and salty foods. And, of course there was the ever popular Ibuprofen available, just in case someone might be a little sore.
In addition to all the food at the aid stations and killer hotdogs
after the race, entrants received a rather snazzy denim shirt
embroidered with the race name. Finishers also received a HAT 50K
Trail Run hat for their accomplishment.
Barry Lewis of Philly, becomes the first two time winner of the HAT Run. He won in 1999 and now in 2001. It was a three way race for the first 20 miles, then a two way race until the last 6.5 miles when Barry opened a gap and extended the lead to nearly 13 minutes.
Cecily Tynan, also from Philadelphia, won the womens race. It was her first ultra and only her second trail run, the first being the Conostoga 10 miler last year. The first three women ran close for the first half of the race. Cecily was comfortably running the second half and kept a 5-6 minute gap over the next runner. Colleen Dulin passed Fransca Conte in the last 5 miles to move into second place.
"The last five miles were pretty tough (quads were sore), but aerobically I was fine. I just tried to not trip over anything and ran up most of the hills at this point. I was happy just to finish my first ultra in one piece, the victory was icing on the cake." said Tynan. It was her fourth PR and fourth win in four weeks having won the open women's division for a 10k, a 10 miler and 1/2 marathon before HAT.