Newcastle runner wins national 50K championship

March 9, 2012

By Staff

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NEW — 4:25 p.m. March 9, 2012

Newcastle resident Joseph Gray, 28, was the overall winner of the Merrell of Huntington Village Caumsett 50 Kilometer Run on March 4.  The run, for the fifth straight year, was the USA Track and Field National Road 50 Kilometer Championship.

A newcomer to the 50 kilometer ultramarathon distance,  Gray clocked a winning time of 2 hours, 56 minutes and 43 seconds, which is one minute and 41 seconds shy of Michael Wardian’s course record that was set in 2008.

Wardian came in second during the event with a time of 3:02:55.

Wardian was the runner up at the 2011 IAU 100 Kilometer World Championships and was named USATF’s Ted Corbitt Award winner for Ultra Runner of the Year, while Gray was last year’s USATF Mountain Runner of the Year.

Wardian was the defending champion for the past four years in a row.

Gray and Wardian have announced their intention to continue their rivalry at the 2013 edition of the run.

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