By Mark Pace, Times Free Press
Lookout Mountain was the hub of the trail running world Saturday.
The Road Runners Club of America 2017 National Ultra Championship started and ended on top of the mountain near Covenant College with the Lookout Mountain 50 Miler, while the Wauhatchie Trail Run at Reflection Riding and Arboretum & Nature Center was the RRCA cross country state championship.
"That's a very big distinction to be selected as the national championship," RRCA state representative Sherilyn Johnson said. " They were selected because they put on good, quality races, and they have a good history."
John Kelly, 33, of Rockville, Md., stumbled across the line exhausted and a little bloody after 7 hours, 27 minutes and 44 seconds to win the 50-mile national championship race.
Kelly passed local runner Bob Adams about halfway through the race and remained in the lead until the finish.
"It's a great course," Kelly said. "It has beautiful views, and it's a tough course. There's a lot of elevation chage. There was a lot of technical, singletrack trail, which I enjoy."
In the women's race, Signal Mountain runner Aden St. Charles won, beating trail racing legend Nikki Kimball by more than 22 minutes.
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