What a year of running and racing its been-- and it's only September!

The VHTRC recognizes outstanding performances and improvements by our members each year at the annual club Awards Party, which will be held in Jan/Feb 2014, date TBD. Members are asked to nominate their peers for these awards, and in an attempt to keep the year's performances at the forefront of your mind ( before College Bowl season totally zaps it), here is a partial list of the highlights of the year thus far. If you would like to nominate someone and he/she is not on this list, make sure you send it in when we call for nominations in December! (Note: in order to be eligible for VHTRC Awards, one must have been a member for the entire year covered by the award).

VHTRC Awards and Criteria

Holly Bugin-- female course record at Holiday Lake ( while a few weeks pregnant!)

Martha Nelson-- female course record at Highland Sky

Robin Watkins-- MMT female champ

Megan Stegemiller-- OD 100 female champ

Lapkoff Wins at CrossFit Games

Sharon Lapkoff won the Masters Women 60+ division at the CrossFit Games held July 26-28, in Carson, California.  Though not a trail run, it was an impressive performance.  Results (set the Division to "Masters Women 60+")

Catoctin 50km

Brian Schmidt won the 2013 Catoctin 50 km in Frederick, Maryland.  This run, that you love to hate, was held in unseasonably moderate weather.  Several other VHTRC members participated.  Results [pdf] | Catoctin Web site | Local News Article

Laurel Highlands

A large group of VHTRC members ran Laurel Highlands on June 8.  The relatively good weather helped many finish. Laurel Highlands is a run of the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking trail in western Pennsylvania.  Laurel Highlands has a long history. It is one year younger than Old Dominion, and is really the same age given OD's "sabbatical."  Results | Event Web Page | Report by Kirstin Corris

Jack Kurisky Wins Capon Valley 50km

Jack ran a 4:14:35 to win this popular event in West Virginia on May 11.  Many other VHTRC members, including several who will be in management of MMT next week, also participated.  Results | Event Web site

VHTRC Work Party

On the trailThe club held its annual work party on the trails of the Massanuttens on May 4.  Twenty-five people participated.  We cleared over 20 miles of trail. Additionally, we freshened the blazes on several miles of trail.  The weather was great and most volunteers seemed to have enjoyed the day.  Thanks to all who came out to help!

Blue Train At Barkley

Bur, Eva, and KeithEva Pastalkova, Keith Knipling, and Mike Bur traveled to Frozen Head State Park in eastern Tennessee to attempt the Barkley Marathons. This was Eva's and Keith's first trip on the Barkley course. Eva finished the first 20+ mile loop in a swift 9:10 only to discover that she was missing a mandatory page from a book checkpoint. Despite backtracking on the course in a valiant attempt to find it, it was lost and she was finished. Keith made it to 1.5 loops before calling it a night in fog and rain. Bur finished his first loop only to miss the time cutoff for two loops. Nick Hollon and Travis Wildeboer became the 13th and 14th finishers of the Barkley when they came in under the 60 hour cutoff on Monday night in 57:39 and 58:41 respectively. 

New Club Treasurer

The VHTRC announces the appointment of a new club treasurer. Take the Read more link to read more about it.

Moose(s) by Gary Knipling

Gary reports on another adventure.  This is a story that only Gary could experience and tell.  Like all Gary stories, it involves adventure, exotic animals, a run, and confused sexuality.  You were warned!

Hellgate 100K: Knipling Captures The Beast

Keith Knipling captured his second Beast Series championship by finishing David Horton's Hellgate 100k++ in 12:48, just one minute ahead of women's champ Kristin Eddy (VHTRC members may remember Kristin as the 2003 VHTRC Women's Half Champion). Many other club members finished the race, held this year in perfect trail conditions but in record heat, with high temps in upper 60s. Kerry Owens finished her 8th Hellgate and Aaron Schwartzbard finished his 10th (see more of Kerry and Aaron on George Wortley's entertaining video of Hellgate 2012 on Youtube). Results


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