The 30th Mountain Masochist 50 mile run was held on November 3. The course featured a new start that added more singletrack and a climb up Mt. Pleasant off the Loop, and 4-8 inches of snow in the last 22 miles. As a result of the snow, the final cut-off time was extended 30 minutes. There were several VHTRC members in the event as well as many runners from the old days of this traditional run. Results
More than 200 women participated in the 20th annual VHTRC Women’s Half Marathon, enjoying the sun but not so much the humidity. Martha Nelson defended her title and came within 19 seconds of her course record set in 2009.
Overall results are now posted. Come back to the results page later for complete results (mother-daughter and age group awards), links to photos, and the official race report. (Photo: Martha Nelson on the trail. Taken by Aaron Schwartzbard.)
The club's annual Independence Day celebration run, the Browntown Loop, saw record numbers for its twelfth year. Perhaps it was because host Gary Knipling had posted details on the ever-growing VHTRC Facebook page? Or was it the chance to escape record heat and power outages for good times in the SNP? Gary counted 46 runners/ hikers who beat the heat and cooled their heels in the Jordan River after the run, including a few local homesteaders, who got a "taste" of the typical VHTRC post-run after Tom Corris and Gary invited them to join in. Click photo for larger version.
Neal Gorman and Ragan Petrie were the first VHTRC male and female finishers at the Promise Land 50K+. Neal was fifth male in 4:52 and Ragan was fourth female in 5:57. Marty Lindemann was the first Grand Masters female and Gary Knipling was the first Super Masters male finisher. Conditions at the start were ripe for PRs with cloudy skies and temps in the 40s, but five hours later cold sleet, torrential rains, and close lightning strikes made for an "epic" day on the trails around Apple Orchard Falls west of Bedford, VA. Results
The rolls of film that were shot at the Awards party on Saturday night, February 18, have finally been processed, the double prints are back from Ritz Camera, and they are ready to be shared. So seems as good a time as any to also share the names of the winners of the 2011 VHTRC trailrunning awards!
Congratulations to all the nominees, and to the following award winners: