Some runners paused for a brief New Year's embrace with their
families. But Dave Carver still had 10 hours to go before he
could rest and celebrate victory Saturday in the inaugural race
to New Year on the Island Park off Riviera
For Carver, 49, of London, Ontario, the real fireworks would
come around daybreak when he finally overtook Keith Straw, who
held the lead since Friday afternoon. Carver went on to complete
116.31 miles, the most he has run in a 24-hour race. He went
nearly 2 1/2 miles farther than Rick Meyers, of Fayetteville,
Pa., (113.94 miles).
Ten of the 46 runners in the 24-hour division ran more than 100
firefighter Scott D'Angelo was the first South
Florida finisher in ninth place with 101.18 miles. FormerLake
mayor Marc Drautz fell short of his 100-mile goal,
finishing 11th with 93.78 miles.
"Not a lot of 24-hour races have that high a percentage hit 100
miles, which is a magical figure," race timer Mike Melton said.
Sue Ellen Trapp, 64, ran 91.31 miles to exceed the American
record for women age 60-64 of 86.17 miles. Bonnie Busch, 52, of
Bettendorf, Iowa, won the women's division, completing 104.62
miles to finish fourth overall.
Mike Stone, 31, of Boynton
, won the 12-hour division, running just over 59
Jon Williams, one of South Florida's most active racers, mostly
in 5Ks, won the six-hour division with 39.488 miles. It was
Williams' 117th race and 47th victory of 2010.
Straw, of Malvern, Pa., took the 24-hour lead when favorite Mike
dropped out. Straw, running his 11th 100-mile race of
the year, built his lead to five miles but hit the wall after
midnight and had to take a lengthy break. Carver got stronger as
the night wore on.
"When Keith started struggling, it was like [Carver] smelled
blood in the water. I think that lit a fire in Dave as he
realized he was closing the gap," Melton said.