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Zsuzsanna Carlson
2009 Runner of the Year

Presented by:

Fleet Feet Sports Rochester - Presenting sponsor of the Runner of the Year award since 2006

1st Overall
Green Lakes Endurance Runs 100K

1st Overall
Mendon Trail Runs 50K

Tied 3rd Overall
Finger Lakes Fifties 50 Mile

Zsuzsanna Carlson is the 2009 Western New York Ultra Series Runner of the Year.  She will receive, from Fleet Feet Sports Rochester, a custom-embroidered technical jacket in celebration of her accomplishments.

Carlson, age 36, lives in Edison, NJ.  She is being honored for her outstanding record in series races.  She scored the most points of all series runners with her two wins and third place tie.  She scored finishes in what are arguably the two most difficult races in the series:  the 50 mile at the Finger Lakes Fifties and the the 100K at the Green Lakes Endurance Runs.

Carlson's series results were:


3rd at Finger Lakes Fifties 50 Mile.  Carlson persevered through through the muddiest day in recent memory to finish in 10:40:13, tied for 3rd overall.


1st Overall at Green Lakes Endurance Runs 100K. Carlson's finished 1st overall in 11:23:55, improving from her 12:17:52 in 2008 and coming within 7 minutes of the course record 11:17:17 set by Elizabeth Carrion in 2008. 


1st Overall at Mendon 50K.  Carlson ran a smartly paced race, first taking the lead on the fourth lap and then extending her winning margin to nine minutes on the last lap to finish 1st overall in 5:31:57.

Carlson had several other notable races in addition to her series results:


Boston, Steamtown & New York Marathons


MCRRC Greenway Trail 50K - 5:22:50, 2nd woman


Massanutten Mt. Trails 100 - 32:59:59


The Ring - Massanutten Trails (71 miles) - 23:16:15, tied 1st woman


JFK 50 Mile - 8:32:58

Record-Breaking Performances by Series Runners
The coordinator of the series wishes to note the following record breaking performances by runners who completed two or more series races this year:

John Ehntholt - BPAC Open & Masters Record
Ehntholt, age 43 from Glens Falls, won the BPAC 6 Hour Distance Classic with 47.23 miles, breaking Todd Baum's 2008 record by 1.73 miles.  He was also the repeat winner of the Can Lake 50K, making him the only man to win two series races overall this year.

Elizabeth Hurdman - Can Lake 50 Win & Veterans Record
Hurdman, age 52 from Toronto, ON, was the first woman overall in the Can Lake 50, joining the relatively elite group of women over 50 who have won an ultra.  Her Veterans record of 8:54:48 for 50 miles was almost three hours faster than the prior mark.

John Kruse - Mendon Trail Runs Veterans Record
Kruse, age 55 from Newark, DE, smashed the Veteran's record at the Mendon Trail Runs 50K.  He finished 2nd overall in 4:41:38, almost 16 minutes under the Tom Perry's 2001 record and exactly 23 minutes faster than he ran last year.

Ed Housel - GLER 50K Veterans Record
Housel, age 50 from Rochester, finished 4th overall in the very competitive Green Lakes Endurance Runs 50K.  His outstanding 4:04:44 broke Mike Wright's 2008 Veterans record by just under 12 minutes.

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