Press release written by Greater Long Island Running Club and USATF Championship Liaison Richard Bolt. Photo above: Camille Herron at the 2016 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile.
Camille Herron could lead the women’s field to a record-breaking finish.
PLAINVIEW, NY- Fresh off her stellar 2017 racing year, ultrarunning star Camille Herron has set her sights on both the course and national record at the USA Track & Field (USATF) 50-Kilometer Road Championships, to be held at Caumsett Park on Sunday, March 4, 2018.
Herron’s recent record-breaking performances put her in prime shape to best the current course record of 3 hours and 15 minutes, set by Emily Harrison. The USATF national 50K record stands at 3 hours, 13 minutes, and 51 seconds, set by Janis Klecker in 1983, and could also be at risk.
Last year Herron made history by winning the 2017 Comrades Marathon. She was the first American to do so in 20 years, and only the third American to win the event in the race’s history. A misnomer, the Comrades Marathon is well over the marathon distance, at approximately 56 miles or 89 kilometers. Herron battled the South African heat for nearly six hours and 30 minutes to capture the victory.
Five months following her Comrades win, Herron won the Tunnel Hill 100-mile race, her first 100-mile race ever, besting the entire men’s and women’s fields. Her winning time of 12 hours, 42 minutes, and 40 seconds broke the previous women’s 100-mile world record by over an hour. The time remains the fastest known 100-mile finish by a man or woman on trails.
Herron’s phenomenal statistics coupled with the USATF 50K Road Championships’ flat and fast paved 5K-loop course, could continue the runner’s record-setting streak.
On the men’s side, Chris Raulli from Manlius, New York will be in the hunt for a win. Chris earned a spot on the U.S. Trail Team after winning the 2017 Cayuga Trails 50 Mile. Another podium contender is Eric LiPuma who will be flying in from Boulder, Colorado. Eric was runner-up at the 2017 Pikes Peak Ultra 50 Miler and 4 way winner of the epic 2017 Bighorn Trail 100 Mile.
Also toeing the start line are two members of the USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council – Roy Pirrung (Plymouth, WI) and Joe Jurczyk (Brecksville, OH). Roy has been a past member of many ultra running national teams and won several age group national championships. Joe is owner of Western Reserve Racing and race director for the Burning River 100 Mile; a past USATF 100 Mile Trail Championship.
USATF and the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC), race co-hosts, are offering cash prizes for top three male and female open and masters finishers, and bonuses for new course records or national records. In total, the prize purse amounts to $6,000. USATF members will also compete for masters age group championships in 5 year age groups – 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, etc.
About Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC):
The Greater Long Island Running Club is Long Island’s largest and most active running organization, with thousands of members spanning Nassau County, Suffolk County, and beyond, whose mission is to support the local runner – whether they are a newcomer or veteran athlete. GLIRC fosters a supportive Long Island running community through their highly popular monthly magazine, Footnotes, consider “the Bible” of Long Island running, along with training groups, communication forums, club events, and more. GLIRC specializes in high-quality event production, hosting several dozen races, training programs, and multisport events annually. To learn more about GLIRC visit glirc.org.