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
In near perfect weather, Neal Gorman and Megan Stegemiller finished as second overall male and female at the Grindstone 100 in Swoope, VA on Saturday. Neal was in a tight race for 40 miles with Karl Meltzer before Karl pulled away for a course record time of 17:13 (Neal's 17:46 was also under the previous CR). Jenny Nichols held off strong running from Megan to win her first ultra in 27:45. Megan was not far back in 28:26 while Zsuzsanna Carlson was third woman in 29:46. Other highlights included Mike Campbell winning the Super Masters (60+) division in 28:24 and Jim Ashworth winning the Grand Masters (50+) in 27:20. Many other VHTRC members were at the race crewing, pacing, and socializing. Grindstone results
Gaby and Neal Gorman welcomed their son Trail Alexander Gorman to the world on Tuesday, September 11 at 2:35 pm in Charlottesville. Neal wrote, "natural birth, 6 lbs 11 ounces, Gaby ran 5 miles around the UVA track in the morning because it made her feel better. Hardcore! Happy and relieved." Congratulations Gaby and Neal!
Jack finished the Wasatch 100 and in the process completed his quest to finish the Slam 100s in one summer--Western States, Vermont, Leadville, and Wasatch. Jeff Holdaway also finished. Wasatch results
A hardy group of VHTRC members made the trek out to Silverton, Colorado for the 19th annual Hardrock 100 Endurance Run. According to our reporters on the scene, the weather was perfect except for an early storm, and there was very little snow on the course, which was run clockwise this year and yielded fast times. Jim Harris and Cam Baker were the first of the Blue Train to finish in 37:00. Kerry Owens finished her first Hardrock in 44:20 and was followed by Brad Koenig in 45:29, as well as hubby Doug Sullivan and Bill Losey in 47:40. Deb Pero was the last official finisher in 47:49, her second Hardrock finish. Results on Hardrock website
Brian McNeill reports from Colorado where he is acclimating for the Hardrock 100 on July 13-14.
"Day three of trail marking for Hardrock. Just after phones/cameras were put away, a squall came in and it snowed, albeit only for a minute or two.
"Past Hardrockers will note the absence of snow in the background. Last year's participants will be happy to hear the American Basin is completely clear of snow. I heard that last year's race involved thigh deep post-holing."