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Gilbert Gray Wins Ultra on Cyprus

Gilbert Gray won the Cyprus Ultra 135 on Cyprus.  He was the only finisher.  The event is a 15-lap run in heat and humidity.  It appears that no one had finished it before Gilbert did. Gilbert also finished MMT in May, and Western States in June.  Event Web site | Results (on Twitter)

Lapkoff Wins at CrossFit Games

Sharon Lapkoff won the Masters Women 60+ division at the CrossFit Games held July 26-28, in Carson, California.  Though not a trail run, it was an impressive performance.  Results (set the Division to "Masters Women 60+")

Catoctin 50km

Brian Schmidt won the 2013 Catoctin 50 km in Frederick, Maryland.  This run, that you love to hate, was held in unseasonably moderate weather.  Several other VHTRC members participated.  Results [pdf] | Catoctin Web site | Local News Article

Catherines Furnace

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

Hinton and Fiolek Capture Wins at Cacapon 12 Hour

VHTRC members Brad Hinton and Sheri Fiolek swept the top honors at the inaugural running of the Cacapon 12 Hour trail event in West Virginia on Sunday July 21. Brad was the overall winner, and Sheri was the top woman finisher in this race. More information should eventually be posted here:  Race web site

Blue Train Rolls Through Hardrock

A large group of VHTRC runners traveled to Silverton, Colorado for the Hardrock 100. This year, the course ran counterclockwise, which is considered by many veterans the harder direction. Jack Kurisky led the Blue Train finishers with a 40:02 finish. Bob Combs, Tom Simonds, Steve Pero, Jeff Holdaway, and Deb Pero also finished, and Brad Koenig became the first New Jersey resident to not only finish Hardrock (which he did in 2012), but also the first to complete both directions. Results

Amy Sproston third female at Western States

In temperatures that reached triple digits along the course, Oregonian and VHTRC member Amy Sproston finished atop the Western States women's podium for a third place finish in 19:25. Mike Morton, who started his ultra career 19 years ago with great runs at JFK, MMT, and Bull Run, was third male in 15:45, only five minutes off his WS course record from 1997. The heat took its toll on the field, as the only other Blue Train runners who finished were John Shepherd in 27:25, Linda Gaudette in 28:42, and Tom Green in 29:52. WS live updates

Laurel Highlands

A large group of VHTRC members ran Laurel Highlands on June 8.  The relatively good weather helped many finish. Laurel Highlands is a run of the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking trail in western Pennsylvania.  Laurel Highlands has a long history. It is one year younger than Old Dominion, and is really the same age given OD's "sabbatical."  Results | Event Web Page | Report by Kirstin Corris

Megan Stegemiller first female at OD100

Megan Stegemiller finished the 35th Old Dominion 100 in 23:31, good enough for  first place female and the coveted sub-24 OD buckle. Keith Knipling also broke 24 hours to earn his second buckle in two weeks after finishing MMT. The big story of the day was the famous OD heat and humidity, which returned this year after a few years of pleasant temps, and in which only 45% of the starting field of 48 finished in under 28 hours. OD website


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