PLAINVIEW, NY- Eric LiPuma claimed victory over a close lead pack at the
2018 USATF 50K Road Championships in Long Island’s Caumsett State
Park, on Sunday, March 4. The Boulder runner broke the tape in a
finishing time of 3 hours, 3 minutes, and 50 seconds, to win his
first-ever national championship title.
LiPuma ran fairly consistently, remaining in the lead pack which
included New York competitors Chris Raulli and Will Brewster, for the
majority of the race. Within the last 10K, LiPuma passed Brewster, who
slowed down considerably, and the pack continued to separate with LiPuma
taking the win over 12 minutes ahead of Raulli. LiPuma noted his win was
a “confidence booster” as he looks to compete in the USATF 100K Road
Championships this April, held in Wisconsin.
Despite LiPuma traveling from Colorado for the Championship, the race
was actually closer to home. Originally from Midland Park, New Jersery,
LiPuma only recently moved to Boulder over a year ago. However, he
credits the move as one of his best training decisions. Both the
city’s elevation and Boulder’s athletic community has greatly
enhanced his ultrarunning. The New York Championship allowed LiPuma to
have race-day support from his family, and show off the benefits of his
new Boulder training regime on both hometown level and national stage.
On the women’s side, Long Islander Gabrielle Russo won the female
championship on her home course, finishing in 3 hours, 26 minutes, and
22 seconds. The Championship was co-hosted by U.S.A. Track & Field
(USATF) and the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC).
Photo courtesy of Greater Long Island Running Club.