South Woodstock, Vermont, July 18. A pair of westerners were winners at the 22nd annual Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run. Andy Jones-Wilkins of Ketchum, Idaho was the overall winner, with world 100-km champion Kami Semick of Bend, Oregon placing first female and third overall. It was Jones-Wilkins’ third win at the Vermont 100. Semick finished ten minutes under Beverly Anderson-Abbs women’s record on the new course, which was implemented in 2003.
Runners were plagued with hot and humid weather, with the high temperatures reaching 91F and the average relative humidity a steamy 61%. Only 153 of the 278 starters (55%) reached the finish line of the hilly loop course within the 30-hour time limit.
1. Andy Jones-Wilkins, 42, Ketchum, ID, 16:01:40
2. Neal Gorman, 33, Washington, DC, 16:33:11
3. Mark Lundblad, 41, Swannanoa, NC, 17:07:33
4. Michael Arnstein, 33, New York, NY, 17:12:30
5. Chris Reed, 37, Allentown, PA, 17:19:01
1. Kami Semick, 43, Bend, OR, 16:42:32 (new course record, old record 16:52:33 by Beverly Anderson-Abbs, 2006)
2. Aliza Lapierre, 29, Williston, VT, 17:20:47
3. Serena Wilcox, 31, Cambridge, VT, 18:56:48
4. Amy Lane, 31, Westfield, MA, 19:43:43
5. Lori Wetzel, 37, Danvers, MA, 19:51:34
Photo at left: Andy Jones-Wilkins at the finish line (photo by Tom Sperduto)