Sunday concluded the North Coast 24-hour Endurance Run at 9 am EST. Baltimore’s very own Serge Arbona, 45 won this year’s event. The final count is still being processed, but Arbona clearly beat out the competition, “They don’t have the final tally right yet, as they have him down for 156 + with over 4 minutes to go and he ran that final 4+ minutes like his butt was on fire and should have reached 157,” said Arbona’s crewman Christain Creutzer. This event was selected as the 2010 USATF 24 hour National Championship.
The event is held at Edgewater Park in Cleveland directly adjacent to Lake Erie. Beginning on Saturday at 9 am, runners traveled around a loop of just under a mile covering as many miles as possible within 24 hours. Overall winners are those who cover the most distance within the 24 hour time limit. Runner’s choose how far and how long they run up to 24 hours.
Serge set out with a goal of making a PR (previous PR was 152.5 laps) and beating his lap total last year (113). Serge will receive $1,500 in prize money for his victory this past Sunday morning. Creutzer said, “Serge was truly remarkable, as he had only one bad stretch between the 9th and 10th hour. Once I got him over that hump he pushed hard right through the final second before the final horn sounded at the 24th hour.”
Creutzer went on to say, “He ran smart and the early leaders fell to him as he charged forward those last 14 hours. His focus and determination were unrelenting as he pursued a 24 race PR, the National Championship and another berth on USA’s 24 Hour World Championship team in Switzerland 2011.”
On the women’s side, Connie Gardnier will take home the first place prize. Gardnier,46 completed 151 laps in 22 hours 54 minutes and 48 seconds.
The final results are not posted, so keep checking back for the final tallies.