From our original press release:
Frank Deleo ran a great hundred against winner Cahit Yeter in the Sri Chinmoy 70/100 Mile Races. An ultra prodigy at the tender age of 31, Deleo shaved 20 minutes off his previous best in an effort to stay within a two-mile striking distance of Yeter. His time was 15:12:40 against Yeter's 14:42:48. Both seemed more pleased with Deleo's performance than with the place finishes. Third was John Kenul - turning in a super race for his 152nd ultra - evidently a world record for the most ultras run, though in his typical non-assuming way John says, "I won't claim a record till 200."
Jeff Spera led from the start of the Sri Chinmoy 70-Mile "Fun Run" - affectionately dubbed as the shorter of the back-to-back races. Spera clocked 11:37:48 with Al Prawda, running frontward this time, as runnerup in 11:59:59. Reportedly buddies (Jeff handled Al during his 500+ La Rochelle 6-Day), the two battled from the beginning, though Al did the nudging from behind. Jeff ended up with a PR and his first ultra win.
First woman Mallika Henry topped a great, even paced race in 13:21:04. Favored woman Diane Hawkins once again faced her old foe, stomach problems, and pulled up after 50 miles. It was a valiant effort, however, as she, as well as many of the New York locals had just come off the Pioneer 3-day 100-Mile Stage Race. And Ultrarunning contributor Atala Toy, known to readers from her many years of pencil pushing, finished her first "professional" ultra in 16:23:19. Her official comment was, "These things are a whole lot more fun to run in than to write up."
No female finishers in the 100 - Pragati Pascale, a relative newcomer fast becoming an old pro, came closest to it with 96 miles at the 24-hour cutoff. "I miscalculated," she said, "thinking I had to do 4 mph the last three hours to reach the mark."
Thirty-four hale and hearty runners turned out for the races under threatening skies but the forecasted thunderstorms turned into a gentle mist - just enough to soften the way around the one-mile paved course.