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 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
The 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!
Eva 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.
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!
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
First, congratulations to Bunny Runyan, Jack Evans, and Stephan Dobson for sharing the win for the 2012 season of the VHTRC football contest!
We are again having the college bowl contest. You pick all the bowls and then sit back and watch the results for the holidays. You can participate whether you played in the regular season or not. To make your picks, go to the Bowl Contest page.
The Saturday before Thanksgiving brings two area 50 mile runs. The Stone Mill 50 had many VHTRC participants, and is led by member Doug Sullivan. The JFK 50 is a bit older, but had fewer VHTRC participants. Results: Stone Mill | JFK