While many eyes were focused on the record numbers attempting Hot TWOT last weekend, another merry band of VHTRC runners were romping through the rain and mud across the mountains in West Virginia at the WVMTR's Trilogy. Eva Pastalkova appears to have finished as first female, and Michele Harmon was third. Joe Clapper and Mark McKennett also finished the 50k, 50 miler, and Half Marathon in the three- day event. Results are here: http://www.wvmtr.org/events/west-virginia-trilogy-table-of-contents/
Jack Kurisky continued his strong year of racing with a successful finish at the very tough Plain 100 out in Washington state. The course is closer to 110 miles in length, with roughly 26,000 feet of elevation gain - and one aid station. Runners are otherwise required to carry what they need, and obtain water from natural sources on the course. Jack finished in a time of 34:46. This year's race results are not yet posted, but here is the website.
With crew and pacing support from his groupies, aka "Team Gaylord," Bob Gaylord finished the Haliburton Forest 100 in Canada last weekend. Haliburton is one of the Old School 100s, celebrating its 20th year in 2013. Results are hard to find on the HF website, but should be here: Results
Held on an unseasonably mild early August day, the Martha Moats Baker Memorial "50K" (really closer to a 34 miler) had a record-breaking field and a record number of finishers of the complete course on Saturday, August 3. 29 runners finished the 34 mile distance, out of the 46 starters. Event haberdasher David Frazier bested a strong field with his time of 5:18. The first woman to finish was Amy Sproston (in for the race from Oregon) in 6:15. Results | Photos | MMB site (Johanna Lochner models the event shirt, right.)
Amy Sproston was the first woman and 10th overall at the Ray Miller 50 mile held (mostly) in Point Magu State Park in Ventura County, California. While Amy no longer lives here, she remains a VHTRC member. This event's course appears to be mostly the same as that used by Chris Scott's old Coyote Four Play and, before that, the Mugu 50/50, which was a two day race, not a 50 mile with a short option. We think we probably had much more fun at Chris's events than we would have had at this one, but that is another story. Results | Event Web site
The ICY 8, an 8 hour run on dirt path loops of 8 or 4.7 miles in the Lake Anna area of central Virginia, has become known in recent years as the "muddy 8" due to the more common trail conditions. This year the temp at the start was in the teens, and the wind and cold persisted throughout the event, so it truly was icy at the ICY 8 for the runners on Groundhogs Day. Top VHTRC finishers were Joanne Fenninger, who won a very close womens' race, and Patrick McGlade, who was second overall.
A slew of other club members came out to run - results are now posted.