11/12/2003: REED SETS NEW AMERICAN TRACK RECORD IN WINNING 16TH ANNUAL USA 24-HOUR RUN TITLE
San Diego, California (UW) - Pam Reed, 42, of Tucson, Arizona took her first National title Sunday in winning the San Diego 1-Day Race (race home page and results), which hosted the USA 24-Hour Track Run championship this weekend at the University of California-San Diego. In doing so she took down the 12-year old American Track Record of legendary Sue Ellen Trapp, bettering Trapp's mark by almost 3 miles with a final total of 138.96 miles
(Trapp still holds the American Road and absolute Record of 145.28 miles).
Reed finished 4th overall in the race, only the American men's gold, silver, and bronze medalists out-distancing her on the 400 meter track in the all-day, all-night event. Reed's impressive victory and unexpected record capped a brilliant year in which she won the Badwater 135-mile race (Death Valley to Mount Whitney) outright (beating all the men) in 130-degree temperatures in July, then led the American
women's team to a 4th place finish in the World 24-hour with 136+ miles in The Netherlands in October, only 4 weeks before her record-breaking run here. Reed left Canadian guest Monica Scholz some 14 miles in arrears. Janet Runyan of Boulder, Colorado was third woman to finish, taking the U.S. silver medal to match her runnerup award from September's National 100 mile.
On the men's side Joe Gaebler, of Longmont, Colorado, at 26 barely more than half Reed's age, made up for his heartbreaking last-hour loss of the National 100 mile title in September by notching the #3 all-time American 24-hour performance. Gaebler's 162.2 mile victory gave him an 8-mile margin over 3-time National Champ John Geesler of St. Johnsville, New York, who had been the leading American in the World
24-Hour Run only 4 weeks previously. On the all-time U.S. list, Gaebler's run trails only the standing American track and road 24-hour records of Rae Clark and Mark Godale, respectively. Dean Karnazes of San Francisco, CA took the bronze medal.
Finishing 28th of the record 47 who broke 100 miles out of a starting field of over 80 entrants was 77-year old Ray Piva of S. San Francisco, California. Piva surpassed by 4 miles the American road age-group record he sent in the National 24-Hour Championship two years ago, and by 19+ miles the existing national track record for his age-group. His 109.38 mile total fell less than a mile short of Frenchman Max Courtillon's absolute world age-group mark.
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