Elizabeth Furnace 50km - What a Difference a Year Makes

Unlike the "Adventure Quest" version of Elizabeth Furnace 50k that was held in 2010 (with stream crossings that threatened to drown the competitors) the 2011 EFA 50k had passable streams and sunny, warm weather.  It also had plenty of those Massanutten rocks, as evidenced by the spirited "best blood" competion.  67 runners took part in this year's race.  Results are still being tabulated, but the men's winner was David Frazier in a new course record time, and the women's winner was Michele Harmon.

Photos are available: Quatro Hubbard  Mark Mckennett

Cacciapaglia and Dunham Win March Madness Contest

Edward Cacciapaglia and Darin Dunham led the 26 players in the VHTRC March Madness Basketball Contest. Mark Prescott was third. It was a wild contest this year and, finally, several players beat the Selection Committee. Congratulations to Ed and Darin! Final standings | First week results (Mark Prescott won the first week)

High Water on the Bull Run Trail

The rains during the week of March 7 - 10 caused the Bull Run to break out of its banks and cover much of the trail.  The trail below the parking lot at the Centreville trailhead was completely covered with water on Friday, March 10.  The crossing of Popes Head Creek was way under water. Interestingly, where the trail was not under water, it was not very muddy.  But that would be different of 300+ people ran over it twice.  Pictures on Flickr

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).


Photos: Jim Harris | Zsuzsanna Carlson | Mike Bur
Reports: Kim Love-Ottobre | Dan Rose (on his blog)


Hashawha Hills 50 km

Olivier Leblond and Gaby Gorman set new course records at the Hashawha Hills 50km held on February 26 in Westminster, Maryland.  The weather was good, but the course had its challenges.  There were icy parts on the first loop that turned to mud on the second. There were 97 starters and 75 finishers. Alan Gowen and his volunteers put on a great event. 


Reports:  Danny McDonnell | Neal Gorman | Kirstin Corris
Photos | Results (take Read more link)

VHTRC Membership and Web Site Updates

New VHTRC membership process and Web site updates.

Moonlight Run

The MoonIt was a fun night to be out on some of the northern Massanutten trails around Signal Knob for the 2011 Moonlight Run.  22 runners (2 dogs and 20 others) showed Friday Feb 18 for what was likely the warmest winter running of this event.  A number of the vets seemed to miss having snow to reflect the moon, and to soften the trail.  Looked like everyone had a good time nonetheless. 


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!

Pastalkova and Frazier Finish TWOT 100 - UPDATED with Results

Eva Pastalkova and David Frazier finished The Wild Oak Trail 100 mile (TWOT) in 31:50 on February 12. Eva became the second female to finish the run, bettering Sue Johnston's time of 34:02:57.  Keith Knipling still has the overall TWOT record of 27:11:10.  Results and updated all time lists are now available. Photo by Quatro at right is of finishers Eva and David (left and right) with Dennis (center). Results (including all time lists) Photos: Quatro | Stephanie Wilson

Records fall at Holiday Lake 50K+

Matt Woods set a course record in 3:28 on his way to winning the Holiday Lake 50K+ near Appomattox on Saturday. Aaron Schwartzbard and Brian Greeley battled for ninth and tenth, respectively, and Sabrina Moran was the second overall female in 4:52. Many VHTRC runners finished, including Martha Wright, Sophie Speidel, and Jack Broaddus who scored PRs and age group wins as well as Bill Turrentine, who was second in the mens 60+ age group in 5:54. The "new and improved" Holiday Lake course lived up to its hype: dry, fast, runnable trails and old dirt roads. It was a perfect day for a late winter ultra. Results


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