Congratulations to Rob Colenso, Alan Gowen, Katie Keier, Keith Knipling, and Alisa Springman on their election to the VHTRC board. Each has a two-year term staring on January 1, 2014. Thanks to all who ran for the board. 235 members of the club voted in the election.
Submitted by Anstr Davidson on November 4, 2013 - 9:34am
2013 will be remembered as the year our club women once again dominated the local ultra scene. In beautiful fall weather yesterday at the Mountain Masochist 50 Mile Trail Run, Kathleen Cusick, Gaby Gorman, Megan Stegemiller, and Annie Stanley scored top-10 finishes to add to their impressive resumes for the year. Kathleen, who was third at Tussy Outandback 50 two weeks ago, finished second; Gaby, who set the CR at Odyssey Trail Marathon in September, was third; OD champ Megan Stegemiller came from 13th with fifteen miles to go to finish 6th; and Annie Stanley cracked the top-10 with a smart and steady run in only her second 50, while also finishing second in the Lynchburg Ultra Series. Sophie Speidel hung on for the 50+ "Grandmasters" age group win (ouch!). On the men's side, Sean Andrish was 7th in a highly competitive field, where all top-10 men went under 8 hours, and Jack Kurisky was the Master's champ.
Submitted by Sophie Speidel on November 3, 2013 - 7:06am
A small but determined field toed the line this past Saturday for what has become an annual mid-atlantic trail journey through 4 states. Three were actually able to make it through all 4 states: Matt Smythe, Fred Fialco and Jeff Gura; the rest enjoyed a Hortonesque 50k on a bluebird fall day.
A huge thanks to the volunteers Tom Simonds, Jeff Radan, Caren Jew and Dan Mowers for helping make it all happen.
Submitted by Michael Bur on October 29, 2013 - 12:10am
Last weekend Mike Bur and Keith Knipling traveled to Bell Buckle, TN, to run in Lazarus Lake’s Big Dog Backyard Ultra. The race consists of a 4.1667 mile loop that is repeated every hour on the hour.
25 miles in 6 hours, 50 miles in 12 hours, 100 miles in 24…
This continues until only one person remains, who is the lone finisher. The race started at 7 am on Saturday. For the first 12 hours the route is on a singletrack trail through Laz’s property, somewhat reminiscent of the Bull Run Run/Women’s Half Marathon Do Loop. At night (the second 12 hours) the route switches to an out-and-back paved road. (Laz added this road section to make the run “easier,” since many runners got lost on the trail at night.) After 50 miles of that, the run returns to the trail.
Submitted by Keith Knipling on October 21, 2013 - 9:43pm
While many eyes were focused on the record numbers attempting Hot TWOT last weekend, another merry band of VHTRC runners were romping through the rain and mud across the mountains in West Virginia at the WVMTR's Trilogy. Eva Pastalkova appears to have finished as first female, and Michele Harmon was third. Joe Clapper and Mark McKennett also finished the 50k, 50 miler, and Half Marathon in the three- day event. Results are here: http://www.wvmtr.org/events/west-virginia-trilogy-table-of-contents/
Submitted by Sophie Speidel on October 14, 2013 - 10:32pm
The Hot TWOT 100 had an unprecedently large field, with 17 starters on Friday October 11. Here is a picture of the Friday starters who intended to do four loops. Not surprisingly, not all made it! Click the Read more to see a bigger version of the photo. Four runners finished all four loops - Nick Combs, Katie Keier, Dave Quivey and Mike Bur. 17 additional runners came out to run on Saturday, with Dave Frazier leading a strong field of single-loopers with a course record time of 4:14. More details to come soon! Website | Photos
Submitted by Quatro Hubbard on October 13, 2013 - 12:31pm
2013 MMT women's champ Robin Watkins finished the USA Ultra Double Ironman triathlon (" Double Anvil Ironman" in Tri-speak) at rainy Lake Anna State Park on Saturday in 28:51. This is a 4 mile swim, 224 mile bike and 52 mile (pavement) run. Aaron Schwartsbard reports that Robin set the women's bike split record. Robin joins the illustrious list of other VHTRC women who have excelled at the ultra ironman distance, including Susan Baehre, Linda Gaudette, and Christine Couldrey, who is attempting a quintuple Anvil finish and for whom Aaron is crewing. Results: http://usaultratri.com
Submitted by Sophie Speidel on October 12, 2013 - 2:50pm
Jack Kurisky continued his strong year of racing with a successful finish at the very tough Plain 100 out in Washington state. The course is closer to 110 miles in length, with roughly 26,000 feet of elevation gain - and one aid station. Runners are otherwise required to carry what they need, and obtain water from natural sources on the course. Jack finished in a time of 34:46. This year's race results are not yet posted, but here is the website.
Submitted by Quatro Hubbard on September 23, 2013 - 1:31am
The terms of office of the members of the current VHTRC board expire on December 31. Three of the five members are not running for reelection. We need qualified people to step forward to lead the club.
Submitted by Anstr Davidson on September 20, 2013 - 2:36pm