May 28, 2005
Ultrarunners of the month for April 2005 

Philip Kochik, 26, of Seattle, WA won the American Rive 50 Mile Run on April 6th in a time of 6:06.22, a close two minute victory margin over runner-up Eric Grossman of Louisville, KY.  The American River 50 Mile run is one of America's largest ultramarathons, with approximately 500 entrants. The race, which is a combination of a flat, fast pathways for the first 30 miles, turns into more difficult trails, with a steep climb in the last couple of miles, making this a unique test of endurance and strength.   

Beverly Anderson-Abbs, 40, of Red Bluff, CA won the women's division at the American River 50 Mile run, with a time of 7:07:43.   Anderson-Abbs had a breakout year in 2004, becoming one of America's premier ultrarunners.  She was named to the 2005 National 100K team to the 100K World Cup that will compete at Lake Saroma, Japan in June, but declined the team selection so that she can focus on the prestigious Western States 100 Miler, held on the same weekend as the World Cup event.  

Congratulations to these two outstanding performers! 

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