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
The VHTRC was listed among the top 12 trail running clubs in the U.S. by Trail Runner magazine. The other clubs on the list do some cool things, but not one boasts a 70-year-old male runner who clutches mango panties when he finishes MMT. (A photo of this finish was submitted to TR, but for some reason it was rejected). Not surprisingly, requests to join the club Facebook page rose significantly after the article was published. Trail Runner blurb
Last weekend Mike Bur and Keith Knipling traveled to Bell Buckle, TN, to run in Lazarus Lake’s Big Dog Backyard Ultra. The race consists of a 4.1667 mile loop that is repeated every hour on the hour.
25 miles in 6 hours, 50 miles in 12 hours, 100 miles in 24…
This continues until only one person remains, who is the lone finisher. The race started at 7 am on Saturday. For the first 12 hours the route is on a singletrack trail through Laz’s property, somewhat reminiscent of the Bull Run Run/Women’s Half Marathon Do Loop. At night (the second 12 hours) the route switches to an out-and-back paved road. (Laz added this road section to make the run “easier,” since many runners got lost on the trail at night.) After 50 miles of that, the run returns to the trail.
2013 MMT women's champ Robin Watkins finished the USA Ultra Double Ironman triathlon (" Double Anvil Ironman" in Tri-speak) at rainy Lake Anna State Park on Saturday in 28:51. This is a 4 mile swim, 224 mile bike and 52 mile (pavement) run. Aaron Schwartsbard reports that Robin set the women's bike split record. Robin joins the illustrious list of other VHTRC women who have excelled at the ultra ironman distance, including Susan Baehre, Linda Gaudette, and Christine Couldrey, who is attempting a quintuple Anvil finish and for whom Aaron is crewing. Results: http://usaultratri.com
The father-son duo of Jeff and Chris Holdaway finished the Wasatch Front 100 last weekend in 34:46. About ten minutes later, in 34:55, Matt Baker also finished. Wasatch is the final race of the Grand Slam and is considered one of the toughest U.S 100s because of its altitude, elevation gain, and dramatic weather changes. Results
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
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.
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.
The runners at this year's Catherines Fat Ass were "treated' to a typically hot and muggy mid-July day for the latest running of this 50km race on Saturday July 20. Faced with a surprise road closing that made volunteer access to the aid stations a lengthy drive, RD Jeff Reed revised the course on race morning. A fair number of runners followed the revised route, others ran the original course, and most appeared to run some shortened variation on those two themes. Everyone appeared to have a great time. Finishing times may appear on the website in the future: CFA 50 website