David Snipes Completes The Last Great Race

Dave SnipesBy finishing the Wasatch Front 100 miler in Utah on September 10th, David Snipes became the 36th confirmed finisher of The Last Great Race.  The Last Great Race consists of the Grand Slam 100 milers (Western States, Vermont, Leadville, and Wasatch), and Old Dominion and Angeles Crest.  Sniper is the only runner to complete the LGR this year, the first to finish it since 2007, the first Virginian and the first VHTRC member to complete it since Mike Bur in 2003.  For extra grins and giggles, Sniper also completed MMT and the CAT 100 this year, and rumor has it he will be running Grindstone, and then one or two more before he shuts it down for this year.  Congratulations, David! -  Last Great Race site

Murase and Snipes Complete Grand Slam

Yosuke Murase and Dave Snipes finished the Wasatch Front 100 mile to complete the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning -- Western States, Vermont, Leadville, and Wasatch in the same year. Each runner also finished MMT.  Wasatch results | Grand Slam finisher photo | Grand Slam results

VHTRC and Virginia at the World Championship 100k

Matt Woods and Annette Bednosky were sixth man and woman, and Amy Sproston was 11th woman at the World 100km Championships in Winschoten, The Netherlands. We understand that the U.S. men's team was first and the women's team second.  Michael Wardian of Arlington, Virginia was second overall. Results

Nelson Takes Her Second Win at the Womens Half Marathon

Eliza O'Connell, Ragan Petrie, RD Kate Abbott, and Martha NelsonMartha Nelson, Ragan Petrie, and Eliza O'Connell led the field at the 2011 VHTRC Women's Half Marathon. 194 women finished out of 206 starters. Martha's winning time of 1:39:35 was just off her course record. The first three women finished within 40 seconds of each other. The rain stayed away to give the runners nice, but a bit humid weather.  (The top three are pictured, right in the reverse order they finished with RD Kate Abbott.) Results | Aaron's Photos

Andiamo Entry Is Open

Andiamo patchEntry for the Andiamo 45 mile run of the W&OD Bike path is now open.  Andiamo is the one non-trail event that the VHTRC sponsors. It will be held on October 8. Participants run from Virginia's horse country to Arlington.  It is a fun, low key event.  More information and entry

Browns Lead 12 Finishers at the Ring

Only 12 runners out of 32 starters finished the Ring. It was very warm and very, very humid. Rande Brown won; Kari Brown was third and first woman.  (Photo by Quatro at right is, from left, Kari and Rande with Mike Bur.) Cam Baker was second.  Quatro and Bur organized a great group of volunteers who pampered the runners around the course. The Ring is a 71 mile run on the entire Massanutten Trail. To see the starters, take the Read more link.  Results and Splits | Ring Web page | Q's Photos | Bur Photos | David Ploskonka report | Cam Baker Report | Photos by Hiroyuki & Yukiko Nishide

Cascade Crest 100

Aaron Schwartzbard led the Blue Train at the Cascade Crest 100 mile in Washington.  A large group of VHTRC members, organized by Gary Knipling, ran the race. The picture of Aaron was taken by Glenn Tachiyama. See all of Glenn's Cascade photos.    Cascade Crest 100 Web site

Neal Gorman Takes 3rd at Leadville

Neal Gorman was the first VHTRC finisher, and third overall, at the 2011 Leadville 100.  Other VHTRC finishers noted in the posted results [pdf] are Phil Turk, who came in under 22 hours, and David Snipes, who successfully notched another 100 in his Last Great Race/Grand Slam summer.

 

Leadville 100 website

Martha Moats Baker Memorial "50k"

The results and pictures are posted for the Martha Moats Baker 50 km (actually over 35 miles) race held on Saturday August 13.  Dennis Herr put on another great show this past Saturday out on his home turf - the Wild Oak trail area southwest of Harrisonburg on the West Virginia border. Drew Krueger was the winner, and there were six official finishers amongst the 24 runners who eventually started. The story of the day was once again Eva Pastalkova. First woman and last official finisher, Eva's race wasn't as epic as last year's bear dog roundup, but was pretty dramatic none the less (and long - very long . . .)

 

2011 MMB Results

 

MMB race page

 

The fifth running of the MMB "50k" will be on Saturday August 11, 2012.

Volunteer Recognition Party

Joe and Michele were wonderful hosts for the annual VHTRC volunteer recognition party on August 6.  Volunteers and members enjoyed fellowship, good food, and high quality adult beverages.  There was even shelter for the rain!  Thanks to all volunteers and to Joe and Michele for being great hosts.

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