October 4, 2002
Ultrarunners of the Month - September 2002, Presented by Ultrafit Sports
Ray Piva, 76, of San Francisco, CA, set two World Records at the Olander Park National 24 Hour Championships on September 14-15. Piva set the 100 Mile Road best, by passing the mark in 23:01:56. He would go on to finish the 24 hour event with a total distance of 105.02 miles.
Enroute, he also set the new American Record for 12 Hours in the 75-79 age group, with a split of 86,033 meters.
This is the second time Piva has garnered Ultrarunner of the Month honors. In April, at the Ruth Anderson 100Km in California, his split for 50 kilometers was 4:50:34, a new American and World Record for the 75-79 age group. His 50 mile time was 8:34:28 and final 100Km time,10:59:51, both World and American age group marks.
Ann Heaslett, 38, of Madison, Wisconsin, took her second national crown of the year by winning the Olander Park National 24 Hour Championship. In her debut at the distance, Heaslett compiled 128.55 miles, besting two 24 hour specialists, Sandy Powell, silver medalist, and 7-time defending national champion Sue Ellen Trapp.
The win allowed Heaselett to gain All-American Gold Status, as she was second at the National 50K Championships and first at the National 50 Mile Trail Championship.
Congratulations to these two outstanding champions!
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