BARC of Boston /
Chancellor Challenge 100 km
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About the Race
The BARC of Boston is a 100K Road Race to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund to help fight for a cure in the war against cancer in children. The race consists of 10, 10-kilometer loops, along the bike path on the Esplanade.
Pre-race Press Releases
WHO TO WATCH ??
Here is a list of the top contenders:
Jim Garcia, USA
Edit Berces, HUNGARY
thanks to Andy Milroy for providing the biographical sketches
8 October 2000 7AM EST: Good morning to the US, and good afternoon to Europe! We are here in Boston for the second annual running of the BARC of Boston / Chancellor Challenge 100 km road race to benefit the Jimmy Fund to fight cancer in children!
The morning is chilly (around 40F / 4C) and overcast with occasional sprinkles of very cold rain. The forecast is for the weather to improve somewhat by this afternoon, but it's going to be a very cool day -- quite possibly too cold for the runners to post very fast times.
The starting line features some of the best 100 km talent throughout the world. Returning to defend his title at this race is American Jim Garcia, who just narrowly beat out Jan VandenDriessche from Belgium here last year in one of the closest and most spectacular 100 km finishes in ultramarathon history!
We will keep you posted throughout the day as the race progresses, tell you a little bit about the elite field, and post the official results shortly after the race.
We should, at this moment, add a note that Ellen McCurtin (US) registered for the race yesterday and should be added to the list of the women's elite field. She has been on the USA National 100 km Team three times, and was a scorer on the USA National team that took the bronze medal in Belgium in 1993.
The women's race has 5 women all together at this point, with Shatyayeva leadiing, followed by Berces, Neualt, Drach, and McCurtin.
It is definitely turning out to be a cold day. Temperature at the START was in the low-mid 40's (farenheit); the high for the day is only going to be in the mid-50's. The wind has really picked up and the runners are running into a stiff wind for half of the course. Conditions could well be conducive to fast times if the wind dies down.
The sun is now warming the air a bit and the breeze has calmed a bit to make running a bit more pleasant.
~25km Men's Update:
Meiklejohn and Mattheus continue to lead, going through 30km at 1:55:15. Miklejohn is clearly pressing the pace, but Mattheus continues to hang on. The gap between the two South African and the three Russian followers is growing, with Ganiev, Tiupin, and Kharitonov now running separately. Kharitonov came through 30km about 2 minutes behind the race leader.
Garcia, Molnar, and Wardian continue to run as a pack, but Dunham is closing in on them, passing the 30km mark in just under 2 hours.
Additional placings (not all through 30km
On April 17th, 1999, Frenchman Henri Girault completed his 400th 100km race at Belves in France in a time of 12:40. This remarkable achievement is the equivalent of running 40,000 competitive km, or 25,000 miles - more than the equivalent of running around the world at the equator, a mere 24,902 miles.
Girault is well known to ultrarunners across the globe because in his quest for 100km races he has travelled around the world. His latest expeditions include 100km races in French Guiana in northern South America, Minisek Podbrny in the Czech Republic, Greenwich in England, Buenos Aires in Argentina, Nanisivik in northern Canada, Odessa in the Ukraine, Ain Zhalta in the Lebanon and Lake Hovsul in Mongolia. He has competed in 30 countries on six continents.
To give some idea of just how hectic Girault's schedule can be, he ran his 402nd 100Km race when he competed in the World Challenge at Chavagnes in France on Saturday, May 15, 1999. Incredibly, he had run his 401st in Orleans, France, the previous Thursday, meaning that he completed two 100Km races in three days! His second was understandably a little slower than usual - 14:12:20.
Garcia and Molnat continue in 6th and 7th, with Molnar pushing the pace. They seem to be dueling for position and are trying to maintain a slim lead over Dunham, who is surging and has surpassed Wardian for 8th place.
Remaining positions of the top men:
On the women's side of the race, Berces is clearly taking control and is pushing Shatyayeva to stay with her. Shatyayeva appears to be struggling a bit after 30km. The American women are making the race for 3rd place very interesting. Devine is coming on strong and has caught the pack of Drach, McCurtin, and Neault. They are allrunning together now, with Devine clearly controlling the pace.
Women at 30km:
Men after 40 km
Miklejohn appears to be running his typical 100km race. All of his world 100km performances feature him in the lead pack early in the race, then typically struggling through the last 10-20km. He has obviously not chosen the conservative route this morning, so the real question is whether or not he'll be able to hold the lead during the later stages of the race. Will he hold on?
Tiupin is pushing the pace of the Russian trio, and is in command of second place. He appears to be keeping Meiklejohn in sight, possibly aware of the South African's history of falling off the pace later in the race. Is Tiupin waiting to pounce on the lead if Meiklejohn starts to falter?
In the American women's pack, Drach and McCurtin have accepted the challenge from Devine and have now pulled back in front of her at ~35km. At 35 km, the women's race is still being led by Berces and Shatyayeva, with the Americans several minutes back. This certainly appears to be a 2-woman race.
Drach and McCurtin lead Devine by about 15 seconds, and Neault follows about 30 additional seconds back.
Men after ~ 45 km
Women at 40km:
Men at 50km:
His greatest achievement was to win the Comrades in 1995, one of only two South Africans to win the race since it became open in 1993.
Fourth place has been taken over by American runner Dave Dunham, who has just run the last 10km loop 30 seconds faster than anyone else in the field.
Men at 60km:
The women's race continues to be a struggle of the old guard versus the new guard. Berces and Shatyayeva continue to run together at 50km with neither of them showing any signs of weakening. Shatyayeva, once a prolific 100km specialist, has not run a 100km race in over four years. Berces, however, has blistered the international 100km scene recently, having completed 11 100km events over the last 3 years with an average time of under 8 hours each!
Women at 50km:
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