In near perfect conditions, Keith Knipling finished sixth overall at the Hellgate 100K in 12:22. He also won the Beast Series, and finished ahead of Karl Meltzer, who was ninth. Zsuzsanna Carlson was third female, just ahead of Kerry Owens who was fifth. Mario Raymond, photo right, was one of many VHTRC members who finished. 126 runners started and 111 finished the race, which began at 12:01 am on Saturday. Results|Hellgate website|Photos (click on each photo for captions)
The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club celebrated the 19th anniversary of its first event at the Magnus Gluteus Maximus 50 km held on the Bull Run Trail in December 11, 2011. A large crowd enjoyed good weather. This year, the Do Loop was marked meaning that some people didn't get lost and some did.
Joe Clapper organized it. Gary Knipling and Bob Phillips marked the Do Loop and set up the aid station. At the end, runners enjoyed pizza and refreshments. Congratulations to all finishers!
In what has become a long tradition, a VHTRC group celebrated the Fourth by doing the Browntown Loop. This loop is about 20 miles and features a stop at the store in Browntown about two thirds of the way through. Thanks to a call from Gary, the store was open just for us even though it is usually closed on Sunday morning. It was warm but not too bad considering it was the Fourth. The forest is very dry! The party at the end wasn't. Photos on Flickr (click photo above for larger version)
The snow has claimed another victim. The Hashawha Hills 50km has been cancelled due to heavy snow that makes the trail inaccessible and parking (for 120 people, anyway) impossible.
Entrants in this year's event will receive a credit toward the 2011 entry fee. Hopefully, the snow will have melted by then.
At right is Pam Gowen on the trail in show shoes. For more information, go to the Hashawha Hills 50km page. Entrants should have received an e-mail. For more pictures of the snow, go to the Flickr site.
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A small but determined field toed the line this past Saturday for what has become an annual mid-atlantic trail journey through 4 states. Three were actually able to make it through all 4 states: Matt Smythe, Fred Fialco and Jeff Gura; the rest enjoyed a Hortonesque 50k on a bluebird fall day.
A huge thanks to the volunteers Tom Simonds, Jeff Radan, Caren Jew and Dan Mowers for helping make it all happen.