2000 Ancient Oaks 100 Mile Run

Titusville FL, Dec. 9, 2000
Race director, Stu Gleman
Results submitted by Matt Mahoney

1. Mike Dobies, MI             22:46:30!
2. Monica Scholz, CAN          23:30:55!
3. Matt Mahoney, FL            26:16:52
4. Hans-Dieter Weisshaar, GER  27:53:45
5. Conrad Pomykala, IL         28:47:55
6. Ray Krolewicz, SC           30:24:24
7. Stu Gleman, FL              31:05:42
   TSgt David Wick USAF        DNF (71 miles)
   Sue Thompson, MI            DNF (68 miles)
   Maj. Johnny Raney USMC      DNF (60 miles)
   Taylor Hamilton, AL         DNF (46 miles)

The Ancient Oaks 100 Mile run was held in the Enchanted Forest, a park in Titusville. The course was a 2.75 mile trail loop, repeated 37 times, with a 32 hour time limit. The trails were mostly flat to 1% grades at 10 to 27 ft. elevation, with a dense canopy of oaks and palm trees. The weather was 55 to 80 F, about 80% humidity and no rain. There were exactly 888 logs to hurdle, and 4.5 miles of 2 x 10 inch, 8 foot planks arranged in a staggered pattern (like this ---___---___---___) over the normally muddy sections, although the trail was dry. The trail had a lot of roots (but no rocks) at the lower elevations, and was sandy and grassy higher up.

The runners included Hans-Dieter Weisshaar, 60, of Germany, who was running his 20'th 100 mile race this year, breaking the old record of 14 set here last year by Jose Wilkie. Monica Scholz of Canada was running her 16'th 100 miler, a new women's record. Ray Krolewicz, Mike Dobies, race director Stu Gleman and I had run this race last year. The two military men, Johnny Raney and David Wick, were experienced at the 100 mile distance, Raney running 20 hours at Rocky Raccoon. The others were experienced at 50K to 50 miles but were attempting new territory.

Krolewicz went out hard, as he is known to do. This would normally be foolish, but it's hard to argue with over 150 ultramarathon wins in 20 years, more than anyone else. He once ran a 2:38 marathon split in a 100K, and has a 100 mile PR of 13:57. Today he led for 25 miles until he was passed by Raney. By 46 miles, he had dropped to third as he was passed by Mike Dobies.

Taylor Hamilton of Birmingham was the first casualty. Arriving 33 minutes late, she ran with the lead pack a lap behind for as long as she could. Problem was, her longest race was 50K and she forgot about the last 70 miles. She took a long break at 38 miles, walked 3 more laps, then had to be taken to the hospital for 3 liters of IV fluids.

At 55 miles, Monica Scholz passed Mike Dobies for second place, 15 minutes behind Raney, and 30 minutes ahead of Krolewicz, now walking quite a bit. On the next lap, at sunset, Scholz and Dobies, running together, passed Raney for the lead in a devastating blow. Raney dropped at 60 miles with nothing left.

I wanted to get in as many miles as I could before dark, figuring on mostly walking through the night. But as Monica lapped me for the second time, I stayed with her, figuring that two flashlights were better than one. She pushed the pace hard, she in second place (a few minutes behind Dobies) and me in fifth. Krolewicz and Wick were in third and fourth place. At 66 miles they were 30 minutes ahead of me. On the next lap, I saw from the time sheets that we signed each lap that I had cut their lead to 8 and 4 minutes. I smelled blood. Running with Monica, we hammered the next lap, looking for their flashlights. Ray's ability to destroy his competition is legendary. In a 24 hour track run, he might run 130 miles. If you tried to run with him, he would pick up the pace to 6 minute miles. If you stayed with him, he would run faster. But now at age 45 (my age), he could no longer run 150 mile weeks. Life gets in the way. What would happen if it came down to a sprint in the last half mile?

The result was anticlimatic. We never saw Krolewicz or Wick. After the last lap, they went into their cars and slept. Krolewicz handed me three laps. Wick dropped out. I held third place to the end, never a threat to Dobies or Monica. Everyone else finished except Sue Thompson, who quit at 1:49 AM after 68 miles. Hans and Monica both extended their records, looking fresh. Conrad Pomykala of Chicago, who only started running 3 years ago, finished his first 100 miler. I was reduced to walking the last few laps, and an achilles tendon and a hamstring started to flare up in the last 5 miles. Krolewicz looked worse, but did not quit. Stu Gleman, running his own race, was the last finisher at 1:05 PM, over 31 hours, 7'th out of 11 starters.

Splits Times

  Mile  Dob-  Sch-  Maho- Weis- Pomy- Krol- Gle-  Wick  Thom- Raney Hami-
        ies   olz   ney   shaar kala  ewicz man         pson        lton
  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----
  0.00   600   600   600   600   600   600   600   600   600   600   633
  2.75   631   622   631   633   633   627   633   627   631   627   703
  5.50   703   655   703   710   708   653   710   700   703   652   730
  8.25   731   722   733   748   739   717   739   726   731   717   759
 11.00   759   751   810   822   814   740   811   756   821   741   830
 13.75   831   822   847   858   846   804   847   824   857   806   901
 16.50   859   852   922   934   920   831   922   853   932   834   932
 19.25   931   923   959  1010   955   859   954   923  1017   904  1005
 22.00  1003   953  1034  1048  1032   930  1037   954  1112   933  1042
 24.75  1034  1026  1112  1127  1109  1002  1114  1029  1207  1003  1122
 27.50  1108  1059  1157  1206  1149  1040  1153  1059  1241  1029  1205
 30.25  1142  1132  1225  1245  1226  1126  1247  1132  1322  1058  1245
 33.00  1217  1207  1305  1329  1315  1206  1327  1212  1402  1129  1328
 35.75  1252  1241  1342  1408  1353  1241  1407  1251  1441  1205  1426
 38.50  1334  1316  1422  1452  1436  1317  1445  1333  1520  1245  1513
 41.25  1410  1352  1501  1534  1519  1352  1526  1413  1558  1323  1724
 44.00  1442  1432  1543  1617  1601  1430  1618  1457  1638  1402  1830
 46.75  1514  1512  1622  1701  1644  1521  1709  1534  1720  1440  1923
 49.50  1546  1550  1656  1744  1731  1600  1755  1616  1800  1522
 52.25  1618  1622  1729  1801  1827  1634  1859  1656  1859  1602
 55.00  1651  1656  1809  1917  1920  1720  2005  1730  2005  1643
 57.75  1730  1730  1853  2006  2013  1804  2104  1805  2114  1732
 60.50  1807  1809  1936  2058  2105  1852  2215  1849  2215  1813
 63.25  1851  1854  2022  2200  2203  1945  2319  1934  2320
 66.00  1932  1937  2109  2258  2305  2039   034  2041   034
 68.75  2007  2022  2148  2347   015  2140   251  2144   149
 71.50  2045  2109  2228   037   128   030   338  2300
 74.25  2125  2148  2312   127   246   122   430
 77.00  2207  2228  2357   220   351   216   526
 79.75  2252  2312   044   316   453   312   627
 82.50  2336  2357   129   405   603   416   721
 85.25   022   044   222   453   645   621   802
 88.00   105   129   309   550   723   722   857
 90.75   147   222   406   646   803   819   941
 93.50   233   308   517   736   843   911  1029
 96.25   323   355   620   827   923  1014  1121
 99.00   405   422   721   922  1008  1127  1210
101.75   446   530   816   953  1047  1224  1305

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