Starting Field: 95
Finished under 24 hours: 31 (32.6%)
Finished under 28 hours: 53 (55.8%)
Starting weather 55ºF
High temp 86ºF at 2pm
Overnight Low 57ºF with rain sporaticly
Male Mitch Ables: 18:34
Female Meg Landymore: 19:36
This year was unusual, in the weeks leading up to the race the weather was mild which never gave the runners many opportunities for heat training. The weather throughout the day was comfortable in the shade but hot in the sun. Which sounds pretty nice compared to the previous hot years, but we saw many runners struggle with this quick change.
This year could easily be summed up as a year about traditions and reconnecting. After 23 years, we were able to award a 1,000 mile buckle. 1,000 mile buckle is given to a runner that has run our course under 24 hours 10 times. This year that award went to Olivier Leblond. There are only 6 other previous Old Dominion runners that hold this special buckle. In addition, we had the opportunity to have Blake Benke on the course again, he ran in 2001 and returned 22 years later to get his 2nd OD buckle. Surely, the largest timespan between buckles at Old Dominion any runner has had. Another connection to our past was Andrew Palen running and getting his buckle. He is the second 2nd-generation OD runner. His father, David Palen, received his buckle in 1997. Our first 2nd-generation we saw was Mike Jones.
The runners got the best of the best care during the day this year. Our volunteers continue to always show up for them. This year 96% of our volunteers were veteran volunteers for us. We can never express our gratitude enough towards these amazing humans that make the day a memorable one for the runners.
See more 2023 photos on our Facebook page and Karsten Brown's website