Larry Ryan Wins Football Bowl Contest

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

Closed Bridge Splits Laurel Highlands Trail

The bridge that the Laurel Highlands Trail used to cross the Pennsylvania Turnpike has been closed.  This action will cause changes to the Laurel Highlands run and will impact other recreational users of the hiking trail.  It is unclear how cash-strapped Pennsylvania authorities will find the money to fix this rusty hulk. Let's hope they do.  Petition to Save the Bridge | LHT Run | Press Release | Park Trail Page | Larger version of photo above

New Members Only ID/Password

We updated the membership roster and changed the id and password for the Members Only section of the Web site on March 1. You can have the new password e-mailed to you. (If you made an account on this new Web page, its password has not changed.)

MLK Weekend training runs are now full

Massanuttten Training Academy director Tom CorrisWell, who knew running on the rocky trails of the Massanuttens could get this popular.  The Saturday January 16 Massanutten Training Academy run #1 from Elizabeth Furnace to Camp Roosevelt, hosted by Tom & Kirstin Corris, has filled in one afternoon, and entry is closed.  The Sunday, January 17 "Catherines 8" run, is also now closed to new entrants.   

Current entrants
 to the Cat 8 run.

The Saturday run was capped due to logistical concerns at around 40 runners, with entry priority going to those in the MMT 100 field.  The Sunday run has been capped at 75 by Forest Service regulations.


VHTRC Board of Directors

Thank you all for voting for the VHTRC Board of Directors. 

The new members of the Board are Paul Blackman, Anstr Davidson, Ed Demoney, Alan Gowen, and Quatro Hubbard.  


Hellgate 100K

Sean Andrish won the seventh running of the Hellgate 100K in 12:16. Keith Knipling was third. Keith, Kerry Owens and Sophie Speidel were recognized for finishing their fifth Hellgate, and Vicki Kendall was first SuperMaster female. Temperatures were the teens, with clear skies and some snow and ice on the ridges. Good thing the race isn't happening today! Results are on David's Hellgate website Sophie's report on her blog

Lost, but Happy, at the Magnus Gluteus Maximus 50km

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.

Photos by: Quatro Hubbard | Claire Chiamulera | Doug Sullivan | Bobby Gill | Conrad Fernandes | Flash from the Past (2001 version of event)

Neal Gorman at The North Face 50 Miler

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

Guendelsberger Takes Season Win in VHTRC Football Contest

John Guendelsberger edged out Gary Knipling for his second win of the VHTRC football contest.  John also won the 2007 contest.  Jack Evans was third. In the four contests we have held, Gary has been first, fourth, second, and second this year.  For the last week, Bill Losey and Bob Combs each missed only two games. Their scores of 18 were the highest of the season. Thanks to all who participated. Be sure to watch for the college bowl contest.   Week Twelve Results | Final Season standings

Vicki's Death March 2009

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.


Pictures have been posted - Doug Sullivan | Anstr Davidson



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