Serge Arbona, the handyman-by-day, competitive distance runner by weekend, once again bested a competitive crowd of Lone Ranger ultra marathoners at the Third Annual Stroehmann Back on My Feet 20in24 race event.
After kicking off the race from the back of the pack 10 a.m. Saturday morning, Arbona, 45, traveled 146.7 miles by 10 a.m. Sunday morning, 24 hours later. That total is nearly a half mile longer than the course record he set at last year’s 20in24.
“I pushed myself harder this year,” said Arbona, sitting in the medical tent after the race’s conclusion, nibbling on a slice of pizza and wearing large bandages to help ice down his knees. “I hope to be back and do the same next year.”
Billed as the man to beat, Arbona led the field by as much as a half hour early Sunday morning. Many runners, Maryland’s Arbona included, mentioned battling the temperature, which reached the high 90s F Saturday afternoon and remained in the mid 80s through much of the night.
Second place went to Sabrina Moran, a 24-year-old graduate student from northwest New Jersey who set the female course record by running 125.18. Moran was highlighted a potential challenger to Anna Piskorska, who ran 118.38 last year as the top-placing female.
More detailed race results will be live this week.
Through sponsorships and entry fees, the race raised some $300,000, more than a quarter million dollars of which will be netted by Back on My Feet, helping to support its mission of combating homelessness, says organization founder and race organizer Anne Mahlum.
The event also featured midnight and early morning fun runs and an on-going relay challenge of varying levels. Nearly 60 Back on My Feet members from Philadelphia and Baltimore ran the race, most at different levels of the relay challenge.
Read the official press release for the event here.