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New Yorkers Win US 24-Hour Championship

By Dan Brannen, Running USA Wire

The 2009 U.S. 24 Hour Run National Championship was
hosted by the inaugural North Coast 24 Hour Endurance Run at Edgewater
Park in Cleveland, Ohio on October 3-4. Conditions were nearly ideal, with
temperatures in the 50s and 60s on the scenic lakefront course. Philip
, 41, of New York City and Jill Perry, 38, of Manlius, NY
took their first national titles.

McCarthy, one of the top Americans at the all day / all night
event for the past three years and one of the favorites, compiled 151.51 miles
for the win. Perry, a relative newcomer to ultrarunning at any distance, emerged
victorious after a nip-and-tuck duel through the night with local favorite (and
#2 all-time American) Connie Gardner, racking up 136.32 miles for the

Veteran and former national champ John Geesler, 50, of
St. Johnsville, NY, nipped Dan Rose, 32, of Washington, DC by just over
one-tenth of a mile to take second behind McCarthy. On the distaff side,
relatively unknown Anna Piskorska, 37, of Blandon, PA was runner-up with
132.26 miles, ahead of another local runner and 2009 U.S. national team member
Debra Horn of Shaker Heights, OH, who totaled 128.93 miles. All six of
these athletes qualified for the U.S. national team that will compete at the
World 24 Hour in Brive, France in May 2010.

Inaugural North Coast 24 Hour Endurance

Cleveland, OH, October 3-4, 2009

1) Philip McCarthy, 41, New York, NY, 151.51 miles,
2) John Geesler, St. Johnsville, NY, 139.41 miles, $300
3) Dan Rose,
Washington, DC, 139.28 miles, $200
4) Keith Straw, Malvern, PA, 137.87
5) Tim Clement, Solon, OH, 134.21 miles

1) Jill Perry, 38, Manlius, NY, 136.32 miles,
2) Anna Piskorska, Blandon, PA, 132.26 miles, $300
3) Debra Horn,
Shaker Heights, OH, 128.93 miles, $200
4) Kim Martin, 44, Lakeville, MN,
123.19 miles
5) Connie Gardner, 45, Medina, OH, 116.19 miles

Complete race results, photos and more at: www.northcoast24.org

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