Joe Gray Wins 50K Road Championships

Joe Gray.

Shanna Ailes Istnick was the women’s winner.

LLOYD’S HARBOR, N.Y. — Joe Gray, 29, of Renton, Wash., came close to Michael Wardian’s course record at Caumsett Park on Sunday in the 2013 USA 50K Road Championships, coming up just 15 seconds short.

Gray, a professional runner, sponsored by Scott Sports and Mio Global, among others, finished in 2 hours, 55 minutes, 19 seconds to repeat as national champion.

“The competition was good, but wish they’d have been a little closer, to push me to break the record,” Gray said.

The Oklahoma State graduate says he will return in 2014 to try to record a three-peat title performance. Gray will make his marathon debut at this year’s Boston Marathon in April.

Shanna Ailes Istnick, 34, of Kent, Ohio, led the women’s field from start to finish in 3:33:04, good enough for sixth overall and her second consecutive national 50K title.

This was the 12th running of the Caumsett Park 50K and 8th consecutive time it has hosted the national championships. The race was presented by Merrell of Huntington Village.

Boyd Carrington, 40, of Amityville, NY and Tina-Marie Poulin, 40, of New York, NY were the top Masters finishers in 3:28:44 and 3:56:57, respectively.

USA 50K Road Championships

Caumsett Park, Lloyd’s Harbor, NY, Sunday, March 3, 2013

MEN

1) Joe Gray, 29, Renton, WA, 2:55:19, $200

2) Verrelle Wyatt, 26, Akron, OH, 2:57:09, $150

3) Scott Lesslie, 31, Rutland, MA, 3:08:49, $100

4) Michael Wardian, 38, Arlington, VA, 3:14:11

5) Boyd Carrington, 40, Amityville, NY, 3:28:44

WOMEN

1) Shanna Ailes Istnick, 34, Kent, OH, 3:33:04, $200

2) Christy Nelsen, 37, Omaha, NE, 3:36:02, $150

3) Tracy Meder, 33, Stow, OH, 3:39:51, $100

4) Jacquelyn Jackman, 34, Warwick, RI, 3:48:55

5) Tina-Marie Poulin, 40, New York, NY, 3:56:57

Complete results can be found at: www.pigmantri.com

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