De Lap earns USATF national championship in 100 mile run

CLEVELAND - Concordia University Wisconsin Head Cross Country and Track & Field coach Russ De Lap recently competed in the Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run/USATF National Championships, which took place July 27-28 along the banks of the Cuyahoga Riverand through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

De Lap ended up as the national champion for his age group (Men 55-59) as he completed the 100 miles in a time of 24:35:23. His finish was good for 23rd overall out of the 36 competitors who were racing in the USA Track & Field Championships.

The Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run had 152 competitors compete, as De Lap finished 55th. His time of 24:35:23 was good for a pace of 14:36 per mile. Of the 152 finishers, 36 were also racing in the USATF Championships.

The rainy and muddy weather was not favorable to the racers as close to 40 percent dropped out as the race began with 260 competitors, making De Lap's finish even more impressive.

"This was one of the most treacherous courses I have ever run on due to the rain and mud," De Lap said. "It was one of those races where you just had to keep telling yourself to move forward and finish and in the end I was glad I finished as it was a journey I will never forget."

Peter Hogg won the event with a time of 14:25.14. Of the 36 finishers, 27 were male and nine were female with the top female time coming from Connie Gargner (18:30:49).

More information on the Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run can be found here.