The 33rd Old Dominion 100 was an epic year with great weather, a packed field, and fantastic volunteer support. Neal Gorman won in 16:16.47, Linda Gaudette was first woman in 22:03.22. There were 68 runners from 15 states. Neal, Eric Grossman, and Jeremy Pade lost 25 mins due to missing course markings heading into Elizabeth Furnace. Karsten Brown was second, Eric third, Jeremy fourth, followed by David Ploskonka and Keith Knipling. Sean Andrish finished along with many other VHTRCers on this challenging course. . Bobby Gill Photo is Neal at Elizabeth Furnace. OD Web site
The annual VHTRC trail work party will be held on Saturday, April 30. We have, finally, updated the Web page and RSVP for this year. (Sorry about that.) In the last few years, we have teamed with mountain bike groups to clear many miles of trail. Our work not only helps the MMT runners, but it also makes the trails better for all users. Come join us. More information and RSVP
Mike Bur and Bill Losey successfully completed one, 20-mile loop in 12:37 at the Barkley Marathons this weekend. For some reason they chose not to start a second loop. Brett Maune, the speed record holder of the John Muir Trail, finished four loops as of 9:00pm Sunday and had 16 hours to finish loop five in under the 60 hour time limit. Unofficial 2011 results, as well as photos from Keith Dunn and archived results are on Matt Mahoney's Barkley website.
March 26 saw two runs in the southern part of Virginia -- Bel Monte 50 mile and Terrapin Mountain 50 km. There were several VHTRC members at each event. Brad Hinton won the Bel Monte 50 km. If anyone has more information on either of these runs, he or she can add it in a comment. Bel Monte Results | Terrapin Mt Results
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