Six people completed what Quatro calls the the "Fish Hook 46 miler" - Signal Knob Parking lot to Camp Roosevelt. As he notes, this may be a preview of Camp Roosevelt's new status as a popular drop point at MMT. Results
Larry Ryan held on to a two game lead to win the 2009-10 VHTRC College Bowl Contest. Kevin Bligan was second, and four people were tied for third. The contestants generally had difficulty predicting the many upsets that occurred. Some of us had more difficulty with that than others. Final contest results
Many happy, but confused runners enjoyed the annual VHTRC Magnus Gluteus Maximus 50km on December 12. The day dawned cold, but clear, reducing attendance but providing for great running. Thanks to Joe and Michele for their work on the event and to Gary Knipling and Bob Phillips for the second aid station.
Neal finished 26th in a time of 8:04 at the North Face 50 Mile championships on December 5 in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The top male, Uli Steidl, ran 6:33 and the top female, Caitlin Smith, finished in 7:38. This race, criticized in past years for poor course marking and lots of hype, offers $15,000.00 to the top three men and women finishers. Review of this years race on Andy Jones-Wilkins blog | Race Results
We had 27 participants in this year's version of Vicki's Death March. This was a very nice turnout for the first Friday edition of the run. In years past, the VDM has generally been on a Thanksgiving weekend Saturday or Sunday. Looks like there are enough club members more interested in the mountain trails than in participating in the "Black Friday" sales at the malls to continue the Friday date in the years to come.
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.
There were a number of big stories at this year's running of The Ring in the Massanutten Mountains, held as per tradition on Labor Day weekend. The course has never been tougher, with the runners encountering not just the usual rocks, but also heat, humidity, spider webs, flying and biting insects, and overgrowth in abundance from this wet summer. It was a fair challenge for the 43 starters, a challenge that only 47% were able to complete this year.
Congratulations to Danny Mowers, who for the second year in a row ran away from the rest of a strong field with an overall win at The Ring. This year Danny finished in a time of 16:03, which was very impressive under the conditions.