More than 200 women finished the 21st annual VHTRC Women’s Half Marathon, enjoying nearly perfect early Fall weather. Finishing in 1:33:33, Martha Nelson defended her title and beat her old course record by more than four minutes. Results.
Submitted by Keith Knipling on September 14, 2013 - 5:46pm
Neal reported on his blog that he set a Fastest Known Time (FKT) on The Wild Oak Trail (TWOT). Neal ran the 26-mile, 7,000+ feet of climb loop counter-clockwise and finished on the road to the trail parking lot in 4:21:19. David Frazier apparently still holds the FKT of a CCW run with a start and finish on the trail at the trailhead in 4:22:xx, which broke Mike Morton's then-FKT of 4:23:xx. The TWOT loop has been changed slightly in the past year, so these FKTs are relative...and impressive! TWOT website
Submitted by Sophie Speidel on September 11, 2013 - 11:56am
With crew and pacing support from his groupies, aka "Team Gaylord," Bob Gaylord finished the Haliburton Forest 100 in Canada last weekend. Haliburton is one of the Old School 100s, celebrating its 20th year in 2013. Results are hard to find on the HF website, but should be here: Results
Submitted by Sophie Speidel on September 11, 2013 - 11:23am
On a bluebird late summer day at Douthat State Park, the Blue Train women represented the club in fine fashion with podium finishes in the Odyssey Trail Marathon and 40 miler. Sophie Speidel and Stephanie Wilson went 2-3 in the 40 miler, and Gaby Gorman set the female course record in the marathon with a time of 4:11. The Odyssey races include a 5- miler, half-marathon, marathon, and 40 option; each 13.2 mile loop has over 2800 feet of climb on spectacular singletrack. Results.
Submitted by Sophie Speidel on September 8, 2013 - 8:51am
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.
Submitted by Quatro Hubbard on September 4, 2013 - 11:12pm
The VHTRC recognizes outstanding performances and improvements by our members each year at the annual club Awards Party, which will be held in Jan/Feb 2014, date TBD. Members are asked to nominate their peers for these awards, and in an attempt to keep the year's performances at the forefront of your mind ( before College Bowl season totally zaps it), here is a partial list of the highlights of the year thus far. If you would like to nominate someone and he/she is not on this list, make sure you send it in when we call for nominations in December! (Note: in order to be eligible for VHTRC Awards, one must have been a member for the entire year covered by the award).
On Saturday, August 10, the club held its annual Volunteers' Party, a celebration for the generous volunteers who help out at club events throughout the year. Over 100 club members, volunteers, and their families enjoyed fellowship at Gary Knipling's home on Mason Neck, treated with gourmet grilling by Bob Fabia and hand selected beers by Joe Clapper. About a dozen runners came early for the 9:00 a.m. run on the trails of Mason Neck, during which several eagles were spotted.
Submitted by Keith Knipling on August 11, 2013 - 10:29pm
Held on an unseasonably mild early August day, the Martha Moats Baker Memorial "50K" (really closer to a 34 miler) had a record-breaking field and a record number of finishers of the complete course on Saturday, August 3. 29 runners finished the 34 mile distance, out of the 46 starters. Event haberdasher David Frazier bested a strong field with his time of 5:18. The first woman to finish was Amy Sproston (in for the race from Oregon) in 6:15. Results | Photos | MMB site (Johanna Lochner models the event shirt, right.)
Submitted by Quatro Hubbard on August 5, 2013 - 10:51pm