Highlands Sky 40 Miler

Aaron Schwartzbard was the overall winner of the Highlands Sky 40 Miler on Saturday June 18th, in a time of 6:07. Eva Pastalkova was the women's winner in just over 7 hours, breaking the course record by 5 minutes. Ragan Petrie was second in a time that matched the previous course record. Eva's time set the record despite her being lost in the Dolly Sods section for roughly 20 minutes (as were most of the front-runners other than local boy Aaron) due to a section having been cleared of ribbons by hikers. The usual large contingent from the VHTRC made the trip out to the Canaan Valley area of West Virginia to run Highlands Sky this year, with a number of age group winners from the club. Event Web site
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San Diego 100

There were several VHTRC runners at the San Diego 100 mile on the weekend of June 11-12.  VHTRC member Scott Mills is the RD of the event and has made it one of the best 100 milers on the left coast.  Results are available on the event Web site.

Laurel Highlands

Dan Rose led the VHTRC contingent at the Laurel Highlands Trail run on June 11-12 in PA. Dan was third overall. The event covers the 70 mile Laurel Highland Trail, but there were bonus miles to account for the lack of a bridge across the PA Turnpike. Laurel Highlands has a long history and, with Old Dominion, is one of the traditional early summer runs on the right coast. There is also a 50km and two relays. Results | LHT Web site

Gorman, Gaudette Win Old Dominion 100 Mile

Neal Gorman at Elizabeth FurnaceThe 33rd Old Dominion 100 was an epic year with great weather, a packed field, and fantastic volunteer support. Neal Gorman won in 16:16.47, Linda Gaudette was first woman in 22:03.22. There were 68 runners from 15 states. Neal, Eric Grossman, and Jeremy Pade lost 25 mins due to missing course markings heading into Elizabeth Furnace. Karsten Brown was second, Eric third, Jeremy fourth, followed by David Ploskonka and Keith Knipling. Sean Andrish finished along with many other VHTRCers on this challenging course. . Bobby Gill Photo is Neal at Elizabeth Furnace.  OD Web site

Woods, Petrie Take Wins at North Face 50 mile

Matt Woods ran a 5:59 to lead the field at the North Face 50 mile on June 4.  Regan Petrie was 11th overall and the first female in 7:33. There were several other VHTRC members in the field. Matt, of course, won Bull Run Run this year, setting the event record. North Face results

Nelson Chicks the Field at Holy Cowan's Gap 50km

Martha leads Keith KniplingMartha Nelson was the overall winner at the Holy Cowan's Gap 50km run put on by Alisa Springman and Sue Malone in Pennsylvannia on May 29.  Take the Read more link for Alisa's report and results. (Photo: Will Dupuis. Keith Knipling follows Martha.)


Eva Sets Record, Meltzer Posts Third Win at MMT

Eva Pastalkova broke the female record at the 2011 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 held May 14-15 in Fort Valley, Virginia.  For the third time, Karl Meltzer (photo right) won the race.  There were 132 finishers out of 195 starters.  Despite the rain and mud, the new setting, with all activities in a very big tent, seemed to provide a great atmosphere.  Photos, reports, and results are available. Thanks to Bobby Gill for the photo at right. 2011 MMT Results

Schmidt, Harmon Represent at Capon Valley 50K

Back on the right coast, Brian Schmidt and Michele Harmon were the winners of the Capon Valley 50K in Yellow Spring, WV. Always a club favorite, this event once again had many VHTRC finishers, including Joe Clapper (who was chicked by his wife), MMT RD Kevin Sayers, and Jonathan Gowen, son of VHTRC Prez Alan Gowen, who was running in his second ultra. Capon Valley results

24 Hour Adventure Trail Run

Linda Gaudette, putting in a final training run before taking on the Old Dominion 100 next month, was the women's winner at the 24 Hour ATR in Prince William Forest Park on May 7-8.  Michael Campbell was the top VHTRC men's finisher, coming in 3rd while covering 100 miles on the 6.25 mile single-track trail loop.  Results

Sproston and Petrie Represent at Miwok

For the second year in a row, Amy Sproston was fourth overall female at the Miwok 100K, held in Marin Headlands, CA. Her time was 10:02:41, the exact same time as last year. Ragan Petrie was sixth overall female in 10:24. Derrick Carr appears to have finished as first VHTRC male, edging out Scott Mills by five minutes in 10:29. Miwok results | Miwok website | NEW Cool video of Miwok leaders and course on Youtube...there are not many rocks out in CA!


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