1997 Furnace Creek 508 Race Results

The Furnace Creek 508 is a non-stop 508 mile bicycle race from Valencia to Twenty Nine Palms via Mojave, Ridgecrest, Panamint Valley, Towne Pass, Death Valley, Baker, Kelso, and Amboy. The race course includes 35,000 feet of total elevation gain and temperatures in the 50's at night and 90's during the day.

The event also serves as a qualifying event for the Race Across AMerica (RAAM) cycling event. This is how it works:
Step 1--Within each Division, find the time of the first rider who is not already RAAM Qualified.
Step 2--For a Single Bike Division, compute 25% of the time from Step 1. For a Tandem Bike Division, compute 30% of the time from Step 1.
Step 3--Add the time from Step 2 to the time from Step 1.
Step 4--If a rider finishes before the time in Step 3, the rider is RAAM Qualified.

The 22nd Furnace Creek 508 was held October 4-6, 1997 with results below. Course records are recapped by Division in a table at the bottom of this page.

The purpose of the Furnace Creek 508, according to Race Director Chris Kostman, is "To challenge yourself in the world's toughest single stage open bicycle race. To experience an unparalleled spiritual odyssey."

The Race is named after Furnace Creek in Death Valley which is about at the midpoint of the Race route, and is right down the road from Badwater, the center of the known universe!!

Special thanks to race sponsors Ranch House Inn of Valencia, Best Western Gardens Motel of Twenty Nine Palms, Hugh Murphy Productions, Cycle Design, Kucharik Bicycle Clothing, Custom Special Tees, and adventureCORPS.

For additional information, contact:
Chris Kostman, President and Race Director
11718 Barrington Ct., Ste 342
Los Angeles, CA 90049-2930
Tel/Fax 310-312-1841
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Check out the AdventureCORPS web site

Women's Solo Division -- 4 Riders

  Name Age City Time Comments
1 Seana Hoopoe Hogan 38 San Jose, CA 30:03:30 Four time finisher
2 Bernadette Hawaiian Owl Franks-Ongoy 38 HI 41:43:56 RAAM Qualifier
  Sheherezade Albatross Adams 24 Oakland, CA DNF Gave it her all / Time limit
  Marie Hornet Handrahan 45 Mesa, AZ DNF Lost her sting / Ability to eat


Men's Solo Division -- 25 Riders

  Name Age City Time Comments
1 Justin Panda Peschka 22 Chandler, AZ 28:42:02 Cat One USCFer
2 Andrew Blowfish Bohannon 32 Sunnyvale, CA 32:40:30  
3 Harold Toad Trease 42 Jemez Springs, NM 32:46:46  
4 Dwight Shark Bishop 42 Butte, MT 33:20:46  
5 Peter Penguin Pop 48 Malibu, CA 34:14:21  
6 Charlie Lizard Liskey 41 Somis, CA 36:11:00 RAAM Qualifier
7 Paul Elephant Evans 45 Asheville, NC 36:49:05 RAAM Qualifier
8 Thomas Mountain Pigmy-Possum Maslen 35 Menlo Park, CA 36:56:22 RAAM Qualifier
9 Lubomir Heron Hristov 38 Tustin, CA 38:28:24 RAAM Qualifier
10 Drew Otter Olewnick 37 Brooklyn, NY 44:26:00 RAAM Qualifier
11 Tim Kinkajou Kinkeade 32 Moscow, ID 44:49:47  
12 Zoran Meerkat Musicki 43 Upton, NY 45:00:45 RAAM Qualifier
13 Terry Tree Slug Zmrhal 26 Redmond, WA 45:13:48 RAAM Qualifier
  Rick Amoeba Anderson 44 Woodside, CA DNF Stomach
  Dana Brittle Star Bradshaw 34 Tahoe City, CA DNF Flu
  Dan Horse Dibb 40 Long Beach, CA DNF Lost a shoe
  Clayton Grasshopper Gardinier 45 Sandy, UT DNF Stomach
  Gary Kudu Kliewer 43 Ft. Morgan, CO DNF Tired
  Charlie Mandril Miller 36 San Francisco, CA DNF Back
  Aaron Raccoon Rumple 35 St. Louis, MO DNF Stomach
  Scott Sawfish Scheff 23 Sherman Oaks, CA DNF Knee problems
  Charles Springbuck Schroyer 45 Morgan Hill, CA DNF Knee problems
  Brian Stork Sidwell 29 Santa Cruz, CA DNF Could not deliver
  Perry Swan Smith 47 Costa Mesa, CA DNF Beamed up
  Scott Snake Smith 35 St. George, UT DNF  


Mens' 50+ Solo Division -- 6 Riders

  Name Age City Time Comments
1 Reed Flamingo Finfrock 51 Springville, CA 34:52:34 Four time finisher
2 Del Spider Scharffenberg 52 Portland, OR 42:15:26 97 Death Valley Cup Finisher
3 Gale Dodo Dominy 58 Phoenix, AZ 47:18:50  
  Charles Gecko Giles 57 Tucson, AZ DNF Dehydration
  Ron Sparrow Shepston 50 Silverado, CA DNF Dehydration
  Burt Wildebeest Ward 57 La Habra, CA DNF Stomach


Men's Tandem Division -- 2 Tandems

  Name Age City Time Comments
1 Caribou:Mike Moseley

Bob Smith


Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield, CA

36:45:25 RAAM Qualifiers
  Hyenasaurus: Rick Heiss

Tom Davies


Bakersfield, CA

Paradise, CA



Men's Team Division -- 4 Teams

  Name City Time Comments
1 Team Klondike:
Ken Wiener
Gary Oisha
Victor Gonzalez
Brian Glueck
Pasadena, CA 24:59:30 1st men's and 2nd overall
2 Team Barracuda:
Jim Blauer
Jeff Davis
Doug Kipperman
Mick McLeod
Coronado, CA 26:36:42 2nd men's
3 Team Whippet:
Jerry Wildermuth
Ron Byrum
Santiago Ramos
Kevin Kester
Whittier, CA 28:42:57 3rd men's
  Team Bison:
Mike Wracher
Greg Giltner
Kerry Ryan
Mike Marotta
Bakersfield, CA DNF Accident


Mixed Team Division -- 3 Teams

  Name City Time Comments
1 Team Hammerhead:
Joe Petersen
Ron Jones
Pam Traynor
Kris Woolse
Bakersfield, CA 24:13:38 1st mixed and overall
New mixed team record
2 Team Quail:
Roehl Caragao
Frank Lobre
Vickie Rigby
Susan Schima
Bakersfield, CA 25:53:24 2nd mixed
3 Team Camel:
Maureen Bowman
Terry Hutt
Bob Lugo
Virginia Lugo
Redlands, CA 33:41:32 3rd mixed


Furnace Creek 508 Course Records including 1997 Results

Division Name Year Time
Men's Open Rainer Klaus 1996 28:09:34
Women's Open Seana Hogan 1995 28:46:34
Men's 50+ Tom Winstrom 1991 31:07:22
Men's 60+ Charles Hanson 1990 46:31:00
Men's Tandem Heiss/Moseley 1995 31:14:05
Mixed Tandem Staiger/Patten 1996 32:28:12
Men's Team Action Sports 1995 21:47:12
Men's Team 50+ Bicycling Magazine 1995 23:07:58
Women's Team TS Technical Bat 1995 27:31:10
Women's Tandem Team Team Tarantula 1996 28:00:05
Women's Team 50+ Team Twin Team Pony 1995 35:59:48
Mixed Team Team Hammerhead 1997 24:13:38

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