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Arlington Athletes Among Top Finishers At Va. Race

by ARLnow.com — June 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm 1,864 4 Comments

Two Arlington athletes were among the top finishers at a grueling 50-mile endurance race over the weekend.

The GORE-TEX 50 Mile race, part of the North Face Endurance Challenge series, took runners on a long, rugged trail course spanning Algonkian Regional Park, Great Falls Park and the Potomac Heritage Trail.

Ragan Petrie of Arlington was the top female finisher, with a time of 7:33:59. She was 11th overall in the field of nearly 250. Arlington resident and distance running phenom Michael Wardian (pictured) placed third overall with a time of 6:03:14. Matt Woods of Falls Church placed first with a time of 5:59:07.

Petrie and Woods will receive a $1,000 prize and head to San Francisco in December to compete in the Endurance Challenge championship. (This weekend’s race was one of four regional races leading to the championship.)

Photo via Twitter

  • Arlwhenever

    Thank you for reporting this. We saw all manner of runners at Algonkian more or less continuously over the weekend and now we know what was going on. Congratulations to the winners!

  • CrystalMikey

    Congrats to all those winners. I was there for the 10K event and had a great time on the trail!

  • Holy crap!

    Its scary to think this guy finished 3 hours faster than me and I felt like death, hahaha. Great job guys!!!!!

  • Michael H.

    Wow, someone beat Michael Wardian in an ultramarathon? Not easy to do.

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