Schwartzbard, Nelson Take Wins at Fire on the Mountain 50km

Aaron Schwartzbard won the Fire on the Mountain 50km "presented by Sheetz" on November 6, in Flintstone, Maryland.  (We looked it up. It's between Hancock and Cumberland in Western Maryland.)  Martha Nelson was first woman and fourth overall.  Randee Brown was third overall.  Several other VHTRC members finished.  Event Web site | Results

Kurisky and Speidel Lead VHTRC Finishers at Masochist 50 Miler

Jack Kurisky was the first VHTRC finisher, and Sophie Speidel was first VHTRC woman at the Mountain Masochist 50 Miler on Saturday November 5.  MMTR is also the final event in the Lynchburg Ultra Series.  After 4 races and nearly 145 miles, Sophie Speidel won the women's LUS by just over 1 minute.  Martha Wright was the LUS women's master's winner, and also the MMTR grand master's winner.

The MMTR 50 is now under the care and feeding of Clark Zealand, but race founder David Horton is still very much a presence at the event.  This likely was the last running on the original course, as permit issues apparently will require changes for the 30th MMTR in 2012.

A Snowy Halloweeny

Reports and photos from this past weekend's Halloweeny 50 km up in the Harpers Ferry area have been rolling in.  As one of the 49 runners who did show to run in the wet and the snow (and amongst the falling tree limbs), I can't say enough about what a great job event directors' Sharon and Ted Lapkoff and their fantastic group of volunteers did.  They really embraced the challenging conditions, and made the event a great deal of fun.

For Ted's synopsis, and links to photos and reports, click Read More.

Magnus Gluteus Maximus RSVP is Open

Our first event, le Grande Dierriere, now known as the Magnus Gluteus Maximus 50km, will be held again at Hemlock Overlook on December 10.  The event is, as always, free. But this year we are trying a new system to have a better idea of who is coming. Full information on the RSVP process, which is open now, is on the MGM page.

David Frazier Overall Winner at the West Virginia Trilogy

Our friends at the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners' club held the West Virginia Trilogy over the past weekend, October 7-9.  Described as a "triptych of runs on the Eastern Continental Divide", runners are able to run a 50 km race, then a 50 miler, and then finish their long weekend up with a trail half marathon.  That is roughly 95 miles of running in the Spruce Knob and Seneca Rocks area over three days.  Sounds like fun, and the overall winner this year was the VHTRC's David Frazier, in just under 14 hours.  First VHTRC woman to finish was Adele Fenwick.  15 runners managed to finish all three events - it would have been 16 if President Alan Gowen had not been too sick to make it to the starting line.  Results

Oil Creek 100 Miler and 100 km Results

Jeremy Pade was 2nd overall and first VHTRC finisher at the Oil Creek 100 miler in Pennsylvania on October 8.  Cam Baker was first VHTRC and 3rd overall in the 100 km race.  Other club members amongst the 57 finishers of the 100 mile race were Jim Harris, Bob Combs, Jeff Fiolek, Brian Musick and Farouk "the Egyptian Magician" Elkassed. 


Holdaway Wins Andiamo

Jeff Holdaway at the John Anderson family aid stationJeff Holdaway won the 16th Andiamo run of the W&OD bike path on October 8.  Ellen Komesarook was second and first woman. New: All time lists, sorted both by name and time, are now on the results page. Photo is of Jeff Holdaway and was taken by John Anderson. Andiamo results

Gorman Wins Grindstone, Owens second female

Kerry and NealNeal Gorman won the Grindstone 100 mile run on October 8, and Kerry Owens was second female. Many other VHTRC runners participated.  Results | Bobby Gill's Pictures

Kurisky, Frazier Brothers Lead the Way at a Not So "Hot TWOT"

Jack Kurisky was the only 100-mile finisher at the "Hot TWOT" on October 1, finishing in a time of 37:50.  As has become the norm for those seeking to actually finish the full 100 miles, Jack started on Friday September 30.  The weather was chillier than experienced at most runnings of The Wild Oak Trail 100 in the Fall, with some snow swirling on the Big Bald section of the trail on Jack's fourth loop.

Carr Leads VHTRC Finishers at the Bear

Derrick Carr was the first VHTRC finisher at the Bear 100 mile held on September 30 - October 1 in Utah.  (We think Derrick was 21st, but the results are not clear.) There were other VHTRC finishers.  Bear Web site


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