As a shipboard officer in the U.S. Navy, Mike McMonagle has obvious constraints in training for the ultra-marathon footraces he enjoys.
The 22-year-old Naval Academy grad from Bel Air is doing quite well, however, in long-distance racing from his home port of San Diego.
On June 29, he completed the Western States 100-mile race. He finished in 29 hours, 24 minutes despite 113-degree heat, severe blisters and briefly becoming lost on the course.
The race, his longest ever, came six weeks after he won the 62-mile Ride the Wind Trail Race in Nevada and eight weeks after he won the Falcon 50 Miler in California.
He also squeezed in a 68-miler in late March, the Coyote Backbone Trail Ultra with 14,700 feet of elevation gain, to add to his 2013 string of finishes on limited training.
He found special incentive for these runs in starting a fund-raising effort for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. He calls it Mike McMonagle's Western States 1000, which can be found at http://www.firstgiving.com. So far, the donations have reached $3,000.
Barbara Ann McGrain of Forest Hill and David Toller of Columbia took top honors in the Moonlight 5K in Bel Air June 29.
Toller led 233 other runners over a course at Tollgate Park in 16:57, beating Alex Loper of Bel Air by 59 seconds.
Alex Scally of Baltimore took third in 18:56; Tony Pelligrino of Bel Air, fourth in 19:47; and Steven Frayne of Baltimore, fifth in 20:44.
McGrain, 37, won the women's race, finishing at twilight in 22:39. She led runner-up Samantha Jones of Baltimore by 37 seconds. Mary Towers of Bel Air, 24:31; Allison Morris, Port Deposit, 24:37; and Michelle McLoughlin, Rising Sun, 24:46, took the next three places.
Bricks Multisport Festival
Chuck Wienckowski of Bel Air won his age-group and four other Harford Countians finished second in theirs in the Bricks Multisport Triathlon and Duathlon June 29 in Smyrna, Del.
Wienckowski completed a quarter-mile swim, 13-mile bike and 3.1-mile run in 1:28:00 for first place among men 65 to 69.
Liddy Marquez of Bel Air was second in women's 50-54 in 1:19:47, and Elaine Bowser of Forest Hill, second in 55-59 in 1:28:49. George Stewart of Bel Air took second in 70-74 in 1:47:22, one place ahead of Jim Vadas, 1:58:21. Justin Markel of Abingdon was the runner-up in 30-34 in 1:16:02 in the duathlon (1.35-mile opening run). Mickey Marshall of Bel Air won the Clydesdale award in the duathlon in 1:39:58.
RASAC Spring Track Meet
Nelly Budrow of Aberdeen set three club records in the women's 40-44 age group in the RASAC Spring Track Meet in Bel Air June 20. She led the women in the 400, 800 and mile with times of 1:12.9, 2:53.4 and 6:12.0.
Huseyin Kara, 55, raced to a national-class age-group time of 7:46 in the men's 55-59 mile race walk. Joe Lacetera, 76, ran 38.1 in the 200 dash to set a club record for 75-79. Taras Vizzi, 54, ran 2:30.6 in the 800, narrowly missing the club's 50-54 record of 2:29.5 held by Charlie Koester.
In other races...
Gene Hoffman of Belcamp won the 300-meter hurdles in the 60-64 age group in the Utah Summer Games at Cedar City, Utah, June 29 in 1:12.9.
"That's a horrible time," said Hoffman, the long-time coach at Archbishop Curley and a former collegiate hurdler. "My goal next year is to run my age (63 seconds)."
Melissa Hexter of Bel Air won the 1500 meters in the first meet of the BRRC Summer Track Series June 26 at Goucher College. She clocked 5:29.8.
Daniel Colopietro of Bel Air finished second in the Coolest Mile, a point-to-point road mile in Downington, Pa., June 27 in a steady rain. Phil Celona of Philadelphia overtook Colopietro at the half-mile mark to win by 18 seconds in 4:21.
Darren Thompson set a course record of 30:04 in winning the RASAC Eden Mill 5 Miler Sunday, 43 seconds ahead of runner-up Jeff Burger. Christine Trzcinski led the women in 36:36, with Niki Burger second in 42:28.
July 7 - BRRC-RASAC Sweet Air Trail Race, Sweet Air, 8:30 a.m., http://www.brrc.com
July 11 - RASAC Summer Age Group Development Track Meet, Bel Air High School, 6 p.m., http://www.rasac.com
July 13 - Pirate 5K, Havre de Grace, 8 a.m., http://www.thelockhousemuseum.org.