Grossman wins USA 50 Mile Road Championships

10-15-2008

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BOALSBURG, Pa. - Eric Grossman (Emory, Va.), ran Saturday's Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile in 5 hours 48 minutes 34 seconds on his way to winning the USA 50 Mile Championship and setting a new course record by nearly five minutes.

Grossman, 40, took the lead after 12 miles and ran solo on his way to the overall and masters titles. Zach Miller (Ann Arbor, Mich.), finished in second running 6:07:13. Rounding out the top three was Jason Bryant (Elkin, N.C.), finishing in 6:15:16.

The women's title was won by a newcomer to the 50 mile distance, Sarah Vanderelli (Latrobe, Pa.), who finished in 7:45:19. Vanderelli, like Grossman, won both the open and masters' titles.

Finishing in second was local favorite Morgan Windram-Geddes (Boalsburg, Pa.) in 8:01:00, while Diana Widdowson (Conestoga, Pa.) posted a time of 8:09:31 for third.

A total of $3,200 was awarded at the championships, plus the course record bonus. Grossman was awarded $500 for the win, $300 for the masters' win, and a $200 course record bonus and Vanderelli won $800 for her open and masters win.

For additional information on the USA 50 Mile Championships visit www.usatf.org.