MDLD Past Results & Reports

Bold red names denote meeting the sunrise to sunset "Challenge."
Mason = supported run with crew and/or pacer(s)
Dixon = unsupported run, no crew or pacer

Fastest Finishes

Male: James Rayburn 11:10 (2010)
Female: Jackie Palmer 12:01 (2014)
Unsupported "Dixon", male: Jason Lantz 11:11 (2014)
Unsupported "Dixon", female: Kathleen Daumer Cusick, 13:22 (2017)
Oldest "Challenge" Finisher: Henry Peck, 57 (2014)

A little history from MDLD co-founder Hunt Bartine (written in 2016):

"The Lancaster Buzzard trail runners should be thanked for introducing me to the trail and some of the concept of MDLD started then. We had done a run, north to south from Shanks Mare to Lock 12 in about 6 hours with one speedy guy (Evan Sandt) doing it in just over 4 and that had started me thinking about running the whole distance to Havre de Grace. The idea of an event of the whole distance came shortly after when I was on my through run attempt of the whole trail and probably when  was half awake one night since i slept on trail and if not hallucinating at least not thinking clearly. It was only when I started to talk about it some with Paul Melzer that the idea fully came together and it may have been Paul who had the brilliance or was sadistic enough to think of holding it on the Longest Day. Even several weeks before the inaugural run, we were not sure how realistic it really was. However, after an advance run over two days (we camped on trail along Muddy Creek after picking up our stashed bedding at Stark Moon kayak store) with about 18 hours running time we decided it could be done in 15 hours in one day. The pre-run also was done in near perfect weather and may have clouded our view about realistic 15 hour finishes. Two weeks later the first MDLD became a reality. Unfortunately the 1st year was hot and humid and had no finishers of about 8 starters, although Paul and I made it to Otter Creek by 5 pm but opted not to go on with heavy rain and lightning that was occurring."

2017 Finishers

1. Kathleen Daumer Cusick (Alexandria, VA), 13:22 (Dixon)
2. George Sefzik (Washington, DC), 13:25 (Dixon) 
3. Eddie Pantoja (Avondale, PA)13:35 (Dixon)
4. Zach Geiple (York, PA), 14:31 (Mason)
5. Josh Jones (Jarrettsville, MD), 17:23 (Mason)
6. Gary Bowman (Conestoga, PA), 18:39 (Mason?)
6. Keith Hearn (Elizabethtown, PA), 18:39 (Mason?)
8. Tacy Powers (Newark, DE), 20:31 (Mason)

Held June 24, 2017. Four runners achieved the very difficult sunrise-to-sunset challenge out of eight finishers of the full 1000-km-ish distance. Twenty runners started. Though 12 runners dropped early, there were no fatalities.

The runners started their days in stages, with one group starting at midnight, another group at astronomical sunrise (3:36), and finally a group of folks tying for the sunrise-to sunset challenge leaving at 5:38 am. The sunrise group started as the sky opened up and soaked them in a torrential downpour. After the usual adventures of a few runners getting lost in Susquehanna State Park, the pack gradually broke up into clusters of runners and the field spread out. Post-downpour, the morning was rather cool although very humid, but the day warmed as the showers cleared. By later morning and early afternoon, the temperatures reached well into the 80s with humidity keeping the runners from cooling off much -- though the shaded areas in the woods had fairly enjoyable conditions, the open areas made for some hot miles.

As of late morning, first-finisher Kathleen Cusick got out ahead of the pack of sunrise starters, passed early starters, and maintained a bit of distance from the rest of the pack for most of the day. Kathleen ended up as fastest finisher, reaching the steps of Shanks Mare Store at 7:00 pm sharp, beating the sunrise-to-sunset challenge in a time of 13:22. This made Kathleen the first female to be a MDLD "fastest finisher", and also made her the fastest ever female "Dixon" (no pacer or crew). Though Kathleen was out ahead almost the entire day, the second and third finishers, George Sefzik and Eddie Pantoja, seemed to claw back a little bit of time in the final miles, and ended up finishing only 3 and 13 minutes behind, respectively. Zach Geiple rounded out the sunrise-to-sunset Challenge finishers, besting his previous finishing time with some speedy, trekking-pole-driven final miles. Others to complete the full 60-ish mile, 100-ish kilometer distance were Josh Jones, Gary Bowman, Keith Hearn, and Tacy Powers. The dropouts, er, we mean "other starters," enjoyed various numbers of tasty helpings of sweet Mason-Dixon miles, in some cases with off-trail tours of other highlights of Harford and York Counties to add some variety (we can only assume unintentionally?).

Please send in your race reports and photos!


to Greenbranch Road (57ish)
Andy Anderson
Aaron Ellison
Hugh MacMullen

to Apollo Park (53ish)
Brian Rousseau

to Otter Creek Campground (almost 50)
Gary Appel
Luc Claessens
Mandy Pierce

to Lock 12 (37ish)
Jim Demsko
Kiran Koons
Graham Munda

to somewhere on River Road (34ish?)
Roxanne Strine

to Muddy Creek Bridge (and the special "bonus miles" award)
Dan Hawk

MDLD Section "Fun Runs", various distances
Hunt Bartine (pacer, 23 miles)
Stacy Bradley
Steve Bunville
Stewart "Stumpy" Dotts
Kyle Elken
Monica Farling
Casey Fisher (pacer, 37 miles)
Ann Greenawalt (pacer)
Kathi Markley
Pete McLaughlin
Scott Newcomer (two sections pacing)
Don Riley (pacer, 23 miles)
Amy Zbikowski (pacer?, 50 miles!?)

Special recognition for aid station volunteers and supporters!
David and Brenda Wood (Cold Cabin and Otter Creek)
Dave Strine (Muddy Creek Bridge and Shanks Mare Store)
Stewart "Stumpy" Dotts, Kathi and John Markley, and Stacy Bradley (Lock 12)
Thank you to Mandy and Scott Welch of the fun and relaxing Otter Creek Campground for the use of their picnic pavilion!
Thank you to the excellent outfitter and outdoor advocates at Shanks Mare Store for the use of their from porch as a finish line!
Maps and volunteer maintenance by the Mason-Dixon Trail System -- without the M-DTS, you'd still be lost and covered with stinging-nettle welts. Visit their site and join!

2016 Finishers

1. Don Riley, 17:22 (Mason) 

Held June 17, 2016. There was one finisher out of 8 starters. The finish was after dark. So, though we had a brave, bad-ass finish, nobody beat the Longest Day Challenge this year.

Tacy Powers, 53.4 miles
Bill McCue, 45.3 miles
Mandy Pierce, 45.3 miles
Jeff Engelbrecht, 45.3 miles
Kyle Elken, 45.3 miles
Ron Kappus, 35.4 miles
Christian Taylor, 35.4 miles

MDLD Section Runs, various distances
Hunt Bartine
Laurie Reinhart
Tim Gorzynski
Jamie Kite
Steve Bunville
Brigitte Sheehan
Casey Fisher
Carl Perkins
Jason Sparklin
Pete McLaughlin

2015 Finishers

1. Ron Green, 14:15 (Mason) 
2. Zach Geiple, 14:52 (Mason) 
3. Kevin Russell, 15:40 (Mason) 

Held June 20, 2015. There were three finishers out of six starters. Two managed to finish by sunset, making The Challenge. 

Kathleen Cusick 50 miles @ Otter Creek 
Alex Papadopoulos (@ Lock 12?)
Casey Fisher (@ ?)
Eva Van Stratum "fun run"
Steve Bunville "fun run"

2014 Finishers

1. Jason Lantz 11:11:00 (Dixon) 
2. Jackie Palmer 12:01:00 (Mason) 
3. James Rayburn 12:35:00 (Dixon) 
4. Kathleen Cusick 12:57:00 (Dixon) 
5. Henry Peck 13:35:00 (Mason) 
6. Ryan Vandenberghe 14:35:00 (Mason) 
7. Gary Bowman 17:18:00 (Mason) 

Held June 21, 2014 on a cool day with some morning showers and drier conditions later in the day. Great running conditions. There was an amazing total of seven finishers out of eleven starters. An unprecedented six runners who started at sunrise managed to finish by sunset, making The Challenge. This year's course was longer than previous years' with the addition of some beautiful new miles (1.5 of them) along the banks of Otter Creek, but about 1/2 mile less in Conowingo.

Brigitte Sheehan 50 miles @ Otter Creek 
Roxanne Strine 50 miles @ Otter Creek 
Jack Wharton 38 miles @ Lock 12 
Steve Bunville 29 miles @ Muddy Creek Bridge 

2014 reports: Jackie Palmer

2013 Finishers

1. Michael Welch 13:51:00 (Mason) 
2. Scott Newcomer 13:55:00 (Dixon) 
3. Alexander Papadopoulos 14:11:00 (Dixon) 
4. Janet Smith 14:36:00 (Mason) 
5. Kenneth Keller 15:11:00 (Mason) 
6. Gary Lukacs 17:16:00 (Mason) 
7. Henry Peck 17:16:00 (Dixon) 
8. David Wood 19:29:00 (Dixon) 
9. Steve Bunville 20:01:00 (Mason) 
10. Harry Hewson 20:48:00 (Mason) 
11. Jeff Engelbrecht 23:45:00 (Dixon) 
12. Roxanna Strine 24:35:00 (Mason) 

Held June 22, 2013. There was an amazing total of twelve finishers out of twenty starters. Four runners started at sunrise and beat the sun to the end of the course. Some of the runners had a very early start and soldiered on for finish times of over 20 hours.

Matt Smythe 50 miles @ Otter Creek 
Ryan Vandenberg 45 miles @ Posey Road 
Milo Selin 38 miles @ Lock 12 
Kyle Elken 32 miles @ Slab Road 
John Lucerne 32 miles @ Slab Road 
Bob Brashear 25 miles @ Cold Cabin 
Loren Thomas 25 miles @ Cold Cabin 
Eva Van Stratum 25 miles @ Cold Cabin 
Grace Tran fun run, various trails 

2013 reports: Jeff Engelbrecht

2012 Finishers

1. Meg Harnett 12:56 (Mason)
2. Keith Levasseur 13:06 (Dixon)
3. Bill Tryon 13:51 (Mason)
4. Thomas Haine 14:26 (Mason)
5. Nate Regoski 14:49 (Mason)
6. Will Weidman 15:58 (Dixon)
7. Brigitte Sheehan 20:42 (Mason)

Held June 23, 2012. There were seven finishers out of twenty-one starters. Though the weather was reasonably nice and the temperatures not notably hot, this year's run presented difficulties over previous years. Storms in late 2011 and early 2012 had thrown many downed trees and washouts into the mix. The icing on the cake was an intense storm that passed through the area the night before, giving the runners a large number of new downed trees to deal with. Despite those extra obstacles, seven participants managed to finish the entire 100K, with a record five runners completing the daylight challenge. Meg Harnett of Baltimore completed the fastest ever run by a woman and won this year's challenge in a time of 12:56. Keith Levasseur of Glen Burnie, MD, completed the fastest "Dixon," meaning a run without crew or pacer(s), coming in only ten minutes or so behind Meg. Congratulations to all of the 2012 runners!

Janet Smith (Otter Creek): 50 miles, ~12:25
David Wood (Otter Creek): 50 miles, ~15:35
Jeff Engelbrecht (Otter Creek): 50 miles, ~15:21
Henry Peck (Otter Creek): 50 miles
Jason Rita: 50+ miles trail+road division
Roxanne Strine: ~44 miles (gameland fence)
Gary Lukacs: 38 miles+++ (Lock 12 plus off trail tour), 8 hrs++
Steve Bunville: 38 miles (Lock 12), ~8:20
Harry Hewson: 38 miles (Lock 12), ~8:25
Eva Van Stratum: 38 miles (Lock 12), ~11:31
Dean Johnson: 34 miles, ~10:00
Mimi Hughes: TBA
Kim Demarco: TBA
Loren Thomas: TBA
Kallie Johnson: 10 miles, 4 paws

2011 Finishers

1. James Rayburn 11:37
2. Jim Mastrianni 15:00
3. Janet Smith 18:47
4. Mike Gormley 18:47
5. John Dunham 19:20
6. Glenn Gravatt 19:54

Held June 18, 2011. There were six finishers out of twenty-five starters. Though this trail is not easy at any time, 2011 seems to have been an especially tough year.

2010 Finishers

1. James Rayburn 11:10 (new fastest time)
2. Ron Green 14:38
3. Jen Erickson 15:04
4. Thomas Haine 15:05
5. Bill Tryon 15:10
6. Laurie Reinhart 15:29
7. Larry Schlaline 15:56

Held June 19, 2010. Seven finishers out of nineteen starters. James Rayburn and Ron Green finished before the 8:37 sunset. Rayburn set a new course record.

2010 ReportsSteve Bunville | Jen Erickson | Ron Green | Tom Haine (pdf)

2009 Finishers

1. Brett Pfleiger, 12:22 (new fastest time)
2. Bill Tryon, 14:25
3. Ron Green, 14:42
4. Jaret Seiberg, 15:22
5. Christian Taylor, 17:48
6. Hamilton Tyler, 17:48
7. Seth McElroy, 17:49
8. Rick Moyer, 17:49
9. Pete McLaughlin, 18:39 (new record slow time)

Held June 20, 2009.

Hunt reports:

MDLD seems to attract a select type of trail runner looking for a different but significant challenge and has grown slowly. This year saw an increase to 16 registered full 100k distance runners and 5+ relay participants.

This forth running saw similar conditions early on, to the brutal 1st year in 2006 when horrific thunderstorms, hail and driving wind forced two of the starters to end the day at 50 miles with the 6 others having dropped earlier. The last 12+ miles include a significant amount of treacherous rock on an escarpment overlooking the river and since the course is not marked other then with the M&D trail blazes, going on with prospects of darkness is always questionable.

However this year the early storms moderated and 10 persistent runners completed the full distance in a wide variation of times. Three finished before sunset between 12 and 15 hours, one before civil twilight( 15 1/2 hrs), 5 in under 17 hours and one over that.

The run winner, Brett Pfleiger a high school XC coach from York, Pa completed in an amazing 12 Hours 22 min bettering his successful 2008 MDLD event by over 2 hours, despiteÊthe less than optimal conditions which caused the demanding rocks on steep upÊand down hills to be even less forgiving. Its estimated that the course which winds along the Susquahanna river on the official Mason & Dixon trail, has over 15,000 ft of climbing.Ê Runners make their way using only the trails blazes , maps and a very few reflective ribbons during the final 10 miles. 

2009 reports: Brett Pflieger (pdf) Jaret Seiberg

2009 photos: Paul Melzer

2008 Finishers

1. Brett Pfleiger 14:18 (new fastest time)
1. John Sporer 14:18 (new fastest time)
3. Jen Erickson 17:20

Held June 21, 2008. There were eight starters and three finishers.

2008 reports: Jen Erickson (pdf)Howard White | Nate Regouski

2008 photos: Hunt's 2008 photos | Dover Boys photos

2007 Finishers

1. Jaret Seiberg 15:00ish
1. Kerry Owens 15:00ish
3. Jenn Van Allen 17:00ish
3. Margie Hughes 17:00ish

Held June 23, 2007. Six starters. Four finishers, two of whom finished approximately right at sunset

2007 reportJaret Seiberg

2006 scouting reports/photosHunt's report | Photos

Thank you to Pawl Melzer for the providing the collection of 2010 and older tales posted above. 
Please send us an email if we happen to have missed listing your finish here.

Peter McLaughlin,
May 23, 2012, 7:23 PM
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May 31, 2012, 7:58 PM
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