You can't understand how Bull Run Run got that way if you don't know Chris Scott. He is responsible for both the goofy and the serious parts of the run. Chris has moved on, but he is still at it on the Left Coast. Several VHTRC members have participated in his former Coyote Fourplay and current Coyote Two Moon. This year's C2M was stopped mid-race by "epic" weather (in Southern California!). There is a pretty good local newspaper article about it from the Ventura County Star.
The rains during the week of March 7 - 10 caused the Bull Run to break out of its banks and cover much of the trail. The trail below the parking lot at the Centreville trailhead was completely covered with water on Friday, March 10. The crossing of Popes Head Creek was way under water. Interestingly, where the trail was not under water, it was not very muddy. But that would be different of 300+ people ran over it twice. Pictures on Flickr
Olivier Leblond and Gaby Gorman set new course records at the Hashawha Hills 50km held on February 26 in Westminster, Maryland. The weather was good, but the course had its challenges. There were icy parts on the first loop that turned to mud on the second. There were 97 starters and 75 finishers. Alan Gowen and his volunteers put on a great event.
It was a fun night to be out on some of the northern Massanutten trails around Signal Knob for the 2011 Moonlight Run. 22 runners (2 dogs and 20 others) showed Friday Feb 18 for what was likely the warmest winter running of this event. A number of the vets seemed to miss having snow to reflect the moon, and to soften the trail. Looked like everyone had a good time nonetheless.
Yet again upstaging the Super Bowl, the VHTRC honored the nominees and winners of VHTRC awards for 2010. We also had a great party and everyone got out in time to see the Super Bowl. (Stephanie and Gary, right, show off their awards.)
55+ runners came to Gap to Gap this year for MMT training and fellowship on the rocks. No doubt Q will be posting a report on this year's run in the Massanuttens...but in the meantime, enjoy these photos from the run and the party by the bonfire. Many thanks to Quatro and the many volunteers who made G2G so much fun!
While the rest of us were freezing our pants off in the Massanuttens this weekend, a few of our fellow club members were braving the roots, humidity, and mud at the HURT 100 on the trails near Honolulu. Alyssa Godesky finished as second female and ninth overall in 30:06. Alex Papadopoulos was 14th in 33:35. Laura and Mike Bur finished the 100K option in 24:34, as well as Dave Yeakel in 25:24. Live webcast results | HURT 100 website | Alyssa's report on her blog
Jack shared the week one win, and then never looked back. He had at least 10 correct picks each week. Gary Lukacs was second and he also won the last week's contest. Gary was one of only three people who picked the Chargers over the Colts. Gary Knipling was third overall. Final season results | Week Twelve Results.
We will set up the College Bowl Contest when the bowl schedule comes out.
2013 will be remembered as the year our club women once again dominated the local ultra scene. In beautiful fall weather yesterday at the Mountain Masochist 50 Mile Trail Run, Kathleen Cusick, Gaby Gorman, Megan Stegemiller, and Annie Stanley scored top-10 finishes to add to their impressive resumes for the year. Kathleen, who was third at Tussy Outandback 50 two weeks ago, finished second; Gaby, who set the CR at Odyssey Trail Marathon in September, was third; OD champ Megan Stegemiller came from 13th with fifteen miles to go to finish 6th; and Annie Stanley cracked the top-10 with a smart and steady run in only her second 50, while also finishing second in the Lynchburg Ultra Series. Sophie Speidel hung on for the 50+ "Grandmasters" age group win (ouch!). On the men's side, Sean Andrish was 7th in a highly competitive field, where all top-10 men went under 8 hours, and Jack Kurisky was the Master's champ.