Megan Ravenscraft completed the toughest challenge of her running career Sunday in the rarified air of Leadville, Colo.
The 25-year-old C. Milton Wright alumna crossed the finish line of the 31st Annual Leadville 100 Miler at mid-morning after a 29-hour-and-47-minute trek over a mountainous route.
Known as The Race Across the Sky, the run began at 4 a.m. Saturday in Leadville, the highest incorporated city in the U.S. Runners from 44 states and 15 countries competed over the out-and-back course with 18,000 feet of ascent, reaching the highest point of 12,500 feet twice near the ghost town of Winfield.
Of the 850 starters, 499 finished within the 30-hour limit. Ravenscraft placed 483rd in this, her first attempt at a 100-miler. She finished about 9 hours behind Colorado resident Ashley Arnold, the women's winner.
The grueling run presented a double challenge for Ravenscraft. The day after she finished it, she began her first teaching job in the town of Carbondale, 100 miles from Leadville.
Win, record, award for Rosasco
After more than 30 years as a runner, Marge Rosasco is still winning races and awards. On Sunday, the 65-year-old Joppa resident won the 800-meter run in the Maryland Senior Olympic Games in record time.
She captured the gold medal in the women's 65-69 age group in 3:20.4, beating the old record by 4.6 seconds on the Johns Hopkins University track in Baltimore.
Earlier this summer, she was named Female Masters Runner of the Year and overall Female Runner of the Year for 2012 by the Baltimore Road Runners Club. In 2012, she won at least 10 races with age-graded performances above 80 percent, including a 5K in 22:51 and a mile in 7:04. Since turning 60, she has won her age group in each of 68 races.
She was not the only member of the Rosasco family receiving honors recently. Stepson Steve Rosasco also won a Senior Olympics gold medal, taking the 800 in the 55-59 age group in 2:31.8. Daughter-in-law Carole Rosasco was named female grand masters (50-59) runner of the year by the BRRC.
Athleta Iron Girl Triathlon
Jennifer Jones of Bel Air finished fourth in the 40-44 age group of the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon in Ellicott City Sunday. Jones, 40, raced through a 0.62-mile swim, 16-mile bike and 3.4-mile run in 1:47:10.
She finished 42nd among 1,560 competitors, close behind Aimee Reeves of Churchville, who was fifth in 35-39 in 1:46:32, and Sara Miller of Bel Air, sixth in 35-39 in 1:46:36.
Robbie Reeves of Street placed 12th in 50-54 in 1:55:26. Four others among the 50 Harford entrants bettered 2 hours: Heather Hoffman, Bel Air, 1:54:12; Mary Dorzey, Street, 1:57:10; Wendy McPherson, Forest Hill, 1:58:14; and Mary Snyder, Havre de Grace, 1:58:38.
River Valley Run
Nick Fransham, a North Harford junior, finished third in the River Valley Run 5K in Manchester Aug. 17, running 17:09 over a trail-and-road course. Dan Lekites, a Fallston High sophomore, placed fifth in the field of 403 in 19:35, and Colin Mosley, 15, of Bel Air, was 12th in 20:43.
Placing second in their age groups in the 5K were George Weber III of Abingdon, 21:45 in 50-59, and Judith Lavoie of Havre de Grace, 24:16 in 40-49.
In a separate 10K race in which 700 competed, Lyndsay Ranneberger of Bel Air placed second in 20-29 in 48:55, and Lydia Johnson of Street was third in 50-59 in 1:00:12.
In races elsewhere
Mike Feinberg of Bel Air finished third in the 45-49 age group in the Parkersburg (W.Va.) News Sentinel Half Marathon Aug. 17. He ran 1:24:44 to place 36th overall among 833 finishers.
Guy Danna of Abingdon was the runner-up in the 55-59 age group in the Top of Delaware Triathlon Sunday in Newark. He swam a quarter mile, biked 11.4 miles and ran 2.6 miles in 1:17:30. Chuck Wienckowski of Bel Air took third in 65-69 in 1:34:15. Also among the 317 finishers were Jim Vadas of Bel Air, 1:59:50, and Julie Chmura, Bel Air, 2:05:05.
Aug. 24 - Camp Hidden Valley 5K Trail Race, 4722 Mellow Road, White Hall, 8 a.m., http://www.rasac.com.
Aug. 24 - Celebree 5K, NCR Trail, Cockeysville, 8 a.m., http://www.eliteracemanagement.com
Aug. 25 – 45th Annual RASAC Airfield Run 4 Miler, Forest Hill Airport, 8 a.m., http://www.rasac.com
Aug. 25 - Charm City 5K Trail Run at Boordy Vineyards, Hydes, 6 p.m., http://www.charmcityrun.com (entries have closed).