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
Click on "Read more" for photo of VHTRC runners.

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.)

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

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!

WHM - Mel Steps Down

After three years directing and co-directing the Women's Half Marathon, Melania Saraniero decided that now is the time she must step down from her Race Director position.

Reverse Ring 2011

In perfect running weather and on dry trails, Dan Rose broke Keith Knipling's 2009 Reverse Ring record by one minute in 14:57. Zsuzsanna Carlson was the first woman to finish in 24:30. Of 17 starters, ten finished, five of them being first-time Reverse Ring finishers (a.k.a. new Masters of The Ring).


Uwharrie Mountain Run

What's it like to be young, fast, and live in the trail running equivalent of a sorority house? Glimpse at the younger generation as it makes a road trip to Uwharrie. Team WUS has submitted its report that includes pictures, a glossary, and two blogs. Take the Read More link to see what you are missing!

News from the Forest Service

A few points for those going to the Massanuttens to run:

  • Crisman Hollow Road and the Road to Powells Fort are closed February 4 to April 2. More closure info
  • There is a chainsaw class on March 5-6 in Edinburg.  (You need to take a class like this to use a chainsaw for trail maintenance.)

If you are interested in the chainsaw class, contact the Forest Service office in Edinburg.

Gary Lukacs Wins College Bowl Contest

Gary Lukacs led just about form the start of the VHTRC college bowl contest. Those below him went up and down, but at the end, Quatro Hubbard was second and Darin Dunham third. The regular season winner, Jack Evans, got off to a slow start but mounted late surge that didn't quite get him into the top three. One contestant thought the point of the contest was to pick the losers.  Bowl contest final results

Amy Sproston Wins JFK

Amy ran the fifth fastest time by a woman (6:57:16) in the 48 year history of the JFK 50 mile on her way to becoming the women's winner by 21 seconds.  Pam Smith, the second place female, was in the 46 mile aid station with Amy, and the two had to duke it out for four miles!  Mike Campbell won the 60 year age group in 8:11:30. (For the first 10 years of JFK no 60 year old finished. This year, 55 did.) There were several other VHTRC members who participated in beautiful weather. JFK Web site


Photo by: Brenda Davidson


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