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
Submitted by Anstr Davidson on February 13, 2011 - 5:30pm
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
Submitted by Sophie Speidel on February 13, 2011 - 3:24pm
Yet again upstaging the Super Bowl, the VHTRC honored the nominees and winners of VHTRC awards for 2010. We also had a great party and everyone got out in time to see the Super Bowl. (Stephanie and Gary, right, show off their awards.)
Submitted by Anstr Davidson on February 6, 2011 - 12:08pm
Over 100 people celebrated the last Eagle Run on January 23. Gary Knipling again welcomed us to Mason Neck where the weather was cold. Each participant received a fleece cap that commemorated "20 years running with baldy." There were few eagles in Pohick Bay, the usual prime viewing location, but the Barnwharf Trail produced several close eagle sightings including the one at right. There was the usual pizza at Gunston Hall, and the party around the fire at the end. A heartfelt thanks to Gary for 20 years of fun and memories! Photos by: Bobby Gill | Quatro | Anstr
Submitted by Anstr Davidson on January 23, 2011 - 7:42pm
We have updated the membership roster to list only those who have paid dues for 2011. There are now 461 members of the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club -- 300 renewing members and 161 new members. One hundred of the renewing members did so without payment of dues as volunteers. The membership process is off line. We hope to have a new process ready in March.
Submitted by Anstr Davidson on January 21, 2011 - 6:34pm
Informed sources are telling VHTRC.org news that Joe Clapper and Michele Harmon have gotten married. We had heard rumors of the couple's planned nuptials, but frankly we thought it was another Clapper prank. The small ceremony was closed to the media and everyone else. (At least, that better be the case!) We did pay a member of the paparazzi, whose identity we are protecting, for the photo at right. From all of us here at VHTRC.org to the happy couple we say, "Holy s...!"
Submitted by Anstr Davidson on January 21, 2011 - 4:36pm
Martha Wright was the first female finisher at the Swinging Bridge 50K near Cumberland, VA on Jan 15. John Cassilly was fourth overall. Mike Bailey was third in the 35K. The race was held on the Willis River Trail in Bear Creek Lake State Park and Cumberland State Forest. Results on RRRC website (scroll down 2011).
Submitted by Sophie Speidel on January 17, 2011 - 3:47pm