The Massanuttens from Shenandoah National Park

Massanutten Trail Circuit Run - 71 Miles

A Fat Ass Event
September 6-7, 2003

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There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. --Will Rogers

The Fellowship of the Ring

StartersNine new virgins were initiated into the Fellowship of the Ring. In great weather, nine runners completed the complete circuit of the 71 mile Massanutten Trail on September 7, 2003. There are now 17 members of the Fellowship of the Massanutten Ring -- the six finishers of last years run, the nine newbies, and the two who did it first.

Even though this is a no fee, low key run, the many volunteers catered to just about every whim of the runners. Volunteers included James and Rebecca Moore, Greg Power, Keith Dunn, Bunny Runyan, Gary Knipling, John Dodds, Bob Phillips, and the many support crews for individual runners. Scott Mills sort of helped, too. Sorta.

The run is long and hard, but the views were beautiful. All, again, universally dispised the rocky Signal Knob section. Most needed new feet by the end. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. At least, they said they did!

As usual, the Fellowship met the night before the run at Jalisco's in beautiful, downtown Front Royal. Several runners competed for the best blood award. The front of the pack saw Randy Dietz and Jaret Seiberg catch Ryan Henry so that the three could share the victory. Among new members of the Ring was Ed Demoney who, dispite having managed three ultra events in the Massanutten Mountains, got lost not once, but twice. Others, who should have known better, also earned "bonus miles." Some runners had crews. The were the lucky ones.

Some went to creative lengths to have an excuse to avoid the run. One runner, a JMU employee, claimed he could not do the Ring because he had to watch the VT-JMU game. He would have been happier at the Ring!

Ring directors, Chris Scott and Anstr Davidson, are already planning for next year.


(Aid stations list time-of-day arrival. Start was 7:00 AM)

Name Cp Roos - 25 mi Crisman Rd - 34.3 Moreland - 40.7 Edinburg - 48.7 Woodstock - 56.9 Powells - 62.7 Finish - 71.1 Elapsed
Ryan Henry 12:28 3:08 5:14 7:41 10:10 11:50 2:32 19:32
Randy Dietz 12:52 3:35 5:24 7:41 10:10 11:50 2:32 19:32
Jaret Seiberg 12:52 3:35 5:24 7:41 10:10 11:50 2:32 19:32
Steve Pero 1:16 4:12 6:11 8:53 12:00 2:20 5:17 22:17
Deb Pero 1:16 4:12 6:11 8:53 12:00 2:20 5:17 22:17
Mike Dobies 1:16 4:16 6:14 8:55 12:00 2:15 6:55 23:55
Alex Papadopoulos 1:05 3:58 6:04 9:00 00:30 3:17 7:25 24:25
Bill Turrentine 1:04 4:20 7:00 9:35 1:57 4:40 9:50 26:50
Ed Demoney 2:43 6:15 9:15 1:50 6:33 9:30 13:52 30:52
Carolyn Gernand 3:46 7:28 10:36 3:15 DNF      
Tom Corris 12:52 3:30 5:29 DNF        
Tom Gerhardt DNF              


The Massanutten Trail at Powells Fort Camp

NEW! Deb Pero's "Pictures" of the Ring

Mileages on the MT Trail (these milages are counter-clockwise -- NOT the way we (you) are going)

Massanutten Trail Run, September 2002

Wil Kohlbrenner's Report on the Massanutten Trail (PATC Site)

Massanutten Trail Dedication

Reports by Chris and Anstr on their April 2002 Run

Map G from the PATC

U.S. Naval Observatory
Astronomical Applications Department

Sun and Moon Data for One Day

The following information is provided for Front Royal, Warren County, Virginia (longitude W78.2, latitude N38.9):

        6 September 2003      Eastern Daylight Time          

        Begin civil twilight       6:19 a.m.                 
        Sunrise                    6:46 a.m.                 
        Sun transit                1:11 p.m.                 
        Sunset                     7:36 p.m.                 
        End civil twilight         8:03 p.m.                 

        Moonrise                   4:50 p.m. on preceding day
        Moonset                    2:01 a.m.                 
        Moonrise                   5:42 p.m.                 
        Moon transit              10:23 p.m.                 
        Moonset                    3:08 a.m. on following day


Phase of the Moon on 6 September:   waxing gibbous with 82% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

First quarter Moon on 3 September 2003 at 8:34 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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