VHTRC 2007 Award Nominations

General Comment: While organized events are obvious tests of ability and count heavily, any run may be considered. Awards are for achievements for the period January 1 to December 31, 2007.

Runner of the Year

Criteria: Recognizes two runners -- one male and one female member of the VHTRC -- who have demonstrated consistently outstanding performances in trail runs during the past year. Nominees for this award may be considered not only for their speed but also for their versatility and consistency as well as their support and representation of the club while performing at this high level over the year.


Keith Knipling
1st Old Dominion 100 and Old Dominion Memorial 100, 3rd at MMT 100 (all in a three week span), course record at Hot TWOT 100 in 27:11, 4th at Cascade Crest 100, 2nd Uwharrie 40, 3rd Hellgate 100K
Aaron Schwartzbard
1st Hellgate 100K, 1st Boyers Furnace 40, 1st Capon Valley 50K; 9th at Bighorn 100, ran Boston, Marine Corps, Richmond and NY marathons all in under 2:45
Mike Schuster
CR The Ring in 15:41, CR at Youngstown 50k, 4th at Uwharrie 40, 6th at Hellgate 100K, 3rd at HAT 50K
Sean Andrish
1st at Rattlesnake 50K, Uwharrie 40, and CR at Bel Monte 50K


Annette Bednosky
1st at Hellgate 100K, Promise Land 50K, and Rattlesnake 50K, 2nd Masochists, 2nd JFK , 6th at WS100
Francesca Conte
1st at Laurel Highlands 70, 2nd Cascade Crest 100, 3rd at JFK, 3rd at Caumsett Park 50K, 6th Mad City 100K in 9:11
Michele Harmon
1st at GEER 100K, Catoctin 50K, Catherine's 50K, PH 50K, 6th JFK
Lucia Davidson
1st in 60-64 age group at Women's Half (2:31), JFK 50 , BRR 50
Justine Morrison
1st Highland sky, 1st North Face 50m, 1st Big Schloss, 2nd at Uwharrie by 1 second
Marti Kovenor
1st MMT100, 2nd on icy Greenway 50k

Performance of the Year

Criteria: Recognizes one male and one female member of the VHTRC for the most outstanding performance of the year in a trail run. "Outstanding" is considered in terms of course difficulty and weather conditions as well as the age, sex, and ability of the runner. In other words, this is a relative, not an absolute, test.


Keith Knipling
Hot TWOT in 27:11
Mike Schuster
The Ring CR in 15:41
Aaron Schwatrzbard
Hellgate 100K in 11:28
Anstr Davidson
25th JFK
Ed Demoney
Finished Umstead at age 73
Tom Corris
12th at MMT in 26:00, 1st 50-59 age group
John Dewalt
Finished Hardrock 100 at age 71
Scott Mills
Hellgate 100K in 13:13 at age 56
Herman Richards
19:20 Vermont 100 at age 53


Amy Sproston
1st woman at BRR in 7:43 in second fastest time ever
Francesca Conte
1st woman Laurel Highlands 70 in 14:05, second fastest time ever
Lucia Davidson
2:31 at WHM at age 61
Justine Morrison
1st at Highland Sky 40 in 7:31, second fastest time ever

Most Improved

Criteria: Recognizes one male and one female member of the VHTRC whose performances in trail running in the past year have significantly improved.


David Snipes
Hellgate 100K in 16:33, GEER 100K in 15:18, finished Old Dominion 100, Old Dominion Memorial and MMT 100 in three week span, 9:19 at JFK
Mike Dobies
Hardrock 100 in 36:49, winner of Cactus Rose100 in 24:50, finished Barkley fun run (60 miles in 34 hours) and first finisher at Reverse Ring
Frank Probst
JFK 8:03, BRR 8:54 at age 63
Dave Yeakel
Finished the Grand Slam, Masochists, JFK, and Hellgate
Brian Schmidt
3rd at Masochists, 2nd at Capon Valley 50K
Walker Williams
finished Vermont 100m at age 69.5
Steve Core
12:31 at GEER 100K, 6:14 at Crown King Scramble 50K, 21:48 at Mohican, 5:43 Cat’s 50K
John Nelson
6:41 at Catherine’s 50K
Marlin Yoder
6:26 at Big Schloss, 14:36 at Hellgate 100K, 8:26 at BRR


Kari Brown
2nd at MMT100 in 30:38, 8:19 at JFK, 2:04 at WHM, 5:33 Gluteus Maximus 50K
Jill Quivey
7:31 at Tahoe 50K
Challen Edwards
WHM in 1:57, Boyers 40 in 9:25, Catoctin 50K in 7:34
Sharon Lapkoff
31:21 at MMT100 (first female 50+) , 7:41 Big Schloss 50K

Rookie of the Year

Criteria: Recognizes the male OR female member of the VHTRC who, in his or her first year of trail running has demonstrated mental toughness and persistence as well as ability.

Andy Anderson
6:10 Catherine’s 50K, 9:58 at Masochists, 14:57 at GEER 100K, 9:00 at BRR
Stephanie Wilson
Seneca Creek 50K in 6:28; Capon Valley 50K in 5:24; Groundhog 50k in 5:23; Holiday Lake 50K++ in 5:54
Harland Peelle
1st at Mohican 100, GEER 100K in 11:33, 5:58 Catoctin 50K, 7:21 at BRR


Criteria: Given to the VHTRC Ambassador of the Year. You figure out the criteria.

Carolyn Gernand
Ted and Sharon Lapkoff
Quatro Hubbard
Sophie Speidel

Horton Award

Criteria: We reward improvement and skill all the time. This is the opposite. The award recognizes someone who was good but, well, is going in the wrong direction. This award can only go to a runner with a sense of humor. If you take yourself too way too seriously (say, more seriously than how everyone else perceives you), please let us know (pre or post nomination is fine).

Mike Bur
Joe Clapper