Newcastle runner wins 50K championship
April 5, 2012
Newcastle resident Joseph Gray, 28, was the overall winner of the Merrell of Huntington Village Caumsett State Park 50 Kilometer Run on March 4 in New York.
The run, for the fifth straight year, was the USA Track and Field National Road 50 Kilometer Championship.
More than 100 athletes from across the country finished the 50K race.
A newcomer to the 50-kilometer ultramarathon distance, Gray clocked a winning time of 2 hours, 56 minutes and 43 seconds, which is 1 minute and 41 seconds shy of runner-up Michael Wardian’s course record that was set in 2008.
Wardian, of Arlington, Va., came in second during this year’s 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 in the event 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.