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Strickler's Knob Club
Ed Demoney (Led the Way)
Bufu-Bufu Batty Results: Great weather and a dry course marked the Bufu-Bufu Batty 50 km. Andy Peterson led a field of 43 over the course on the Bull Run Trail. Runners recieved a light breakfast and pizza at the end, and they will be talking about the aid stations for a long time. The Do Loop was well marked, by Scott Mills. Much thanks to Karsten Brown and Michelle Kane for great support. RESULTS
JFK 50: Ian Torrence led a large contingent of VHTRC members at the 36th JFK 50. Ian was seventh overall. Scott Mills, was 22nd and, at the 26 mile point earned a "triple Scotty." I am not sure what a triple Scotty is. I am only glad I wasn't there to see it. Other notable performances included Dick Good getting his 20th JFK finish, King Jordan, his 10th, and Carolyn Gernand, her second. Brenda took some good photos. I touched up the one of me finishing to make it brighter so it would look as if I finished earlier in the day. Kevin Sayers and Tom Green completed the "JFK 100" by starting from the finish on Friday night, running to the start, and then doing the race. Both finished, along with 765 others. Other VHTRC finishers were Bill Wandel, Phil Young, Frank Probst (whose 8:10 was only good for 4th over 50 year old), James Moore, Lou Jones, Prasad Gerard, Muffy Lanham, Karsten Brown, and Gerrie Wales. (I know I left several people out. Sorry.) Photos | Results | Story in Hagerstown Herald-Mail
Potomac Heritage Trail Run:Larry DeHof reports: The run started around 8 A.M. with 13 runners. The weather was perfect, 40 degrees, cloudy and no rain. After a short briefing, the runners were all off to the Jefferson Memorial. Janice, Mathew and Bob staffed the aid stations at Rooselvelt Island, Ft. Marcy and Fletcher’s Landing. No runners attempted the extra loop on Rooselvelt Island and a couple missed the scenic views from Potomac Overlook Park. This worked well to keep everyone together this year. The runner’s thined out after Ft. Marcy and most went to see what the underside of the Beltway looked like. Jeanne greeted the finishers at the yacht club with hot wild rice soup and a video of the Peru trip. Overall, everyone had a great time. This is a list of runners by name since no times were kept: (See Photos.)Roger Allison
Janet Vincent (1st ultra)
Joe Clapper Wimps out on his Birthday: Breaking a long tradition and mouthing some miserable excuse about running 150 miles in the four days before, Joe Clapper abandoned his B'Day Bike Ride on Skyline Drive. A forlorn Karsten Brown didn't get the word and waited fruitlessly for Joe to show. As Karsten looked at his watch, Joe was in Vienna in bed. This, of course, raises more questions about the moral authority of our president. I am sure he will appolgize.
Club Bags Strickler's Knob! If ever anything was "there" waiting to be climbed, it was Strickler's Knob. Most of us had looked left many years ago as we topped the end of the Duncan Hollow trail at OD and wondered what was at the end of that ridge. More recently we saw the knob from the south as we followed the Massanutten Mountain Trail north from Route 211 on the MMT course. (From the south, it looks just like a Teton.) Several of us wanted to follow the bushwhacking trail on the map so, on September 19, the tough crowd you see named to the left met at the Visitors Center. On the way to the ridge, we saw a bear (my first sighting in the Massanuttens--eat your heart out Gary!). As we started through the brush, it became clear this would be no piece of cake. Fortunately, there were not too many stickers, but there were some--as all of our legs can attest. Finally, after what must have been nearly an hour, we found the end--a rock outcropping with a fantastic view. At least it is probably a fantastic view sometimes, on this day it was overcast and hazy and we couldn't see squat. We decided that we did NOT want to go back the way we came, so we went straight down the mountain to the west and, after many rocks and more bramble, met the orange-blazed Massanutten Trail about a mile north of the Waterfall Mountain trail head. One highlight was the first female winner of a Scotty as Michelle whined and complained enough to join the illustrious ranks of the VHTRC Bad Attitude Award recipients. She was convinced that we were lost and all going to die! It was a great adventure and to those who couldn't make it and are not members of the elite Stricker's Knob Club, we have just one word--wussies!
Derrick Carr, Scott Mills, and Michele Kane, Lead VHTRC Contingent at Mt. Masochists 50 Mile Run Derrick and Scotty ran together all day to tie for 11th place in a tough Mountain Masochists Trail Run field on Saturday. Michele Kane improved her time of last year and was the fourth woman. (There is a good picture of Michele and Robin and one of Scotty and Derrick among the pictures on Horton's web site.) It was a beautiful day for the 221 runners who started the race. There where many other VHTRC finishers. Full results are available on David's web page.Chris and Joe B'Day Run: Well, they did it! Our President-for-Life Chris Scott and President-for-Now Joe Clapper ran 150 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Montebello (the finish of Horton's race) north to Front Royal. Roger Allison ran with them all four days and John DeWalt was along for the last three days. Colleen Dulin ran some and crewed for two days while Liz Hipple, a friend of Joes, crewed two and a half days. What with a late start the first day and the short days, they pushed the evening envelop a couple of times. They had fantastic weather, however. They finished none the worse for wear, but the Joe B'Day Bike Ride was cancelled. (I never really heard a good excuse. Let's just say that they wussed out!) The boys were particularly impressed by the Priest, a 4000 foot mountain that is east of Montebello. It's a long, steep, rocky trek to the top. Technically, they did not go all the way on the AT. At Thompson Gap (about Skyline MP 11), they hooked up with the Dickey Ridge trail and went straight into Front Royal. There are three pictures from the run on the photo page.
Clapper Wins Andiamo Joe Clapper won the eighth Andiamo 45.5 Mile run on October 3. Jeanne Christie was the first woman and second over all. Thirteen of the 15 starters finished the event. More information and pictures coming soon. Results.
Twenty-four Hour Championships: Frank Probst did 111.629 miles at the USAT&F 24 Hour Run National Championship on September 20th. That was good for 15th place. Also finishing was new club member Ben Clark who did 101 miles for 34th place. Names from the past like Ray Krolewicz and Art Moore also did well. The results are available on the RRCA site.
Team Slug Run: It was a beautiful day with a small but determined turn out. Hopefully, Dan will send in a report soon. Douglas Durham and I saw a bear--on the way out crossing Route 211.
From Chris Scott on the West Coast! (Editor's Note: Chris messed this up as usual. Robin (picture left) got fourth place, passing Tom Possert in the last 13 mile segment. Tom is the former course record holder and passing him was no little feat. Congrats to Robin!) (Picture credit: Jeanne Christie. More pictures!)
"Just returned from whirlwind trip East.... From what I remember [of Laurel Highland] from yesterday, Courtney Campbell took another 10 minutes off the course record w/ a 10:39 blitz. He stayed ahead of the two storm systems that bombed everyone else on the course. I think Andy Jones and Tim Hewitt were 2nd and 3rd. Robin Kane, 1st VHTRCer in 5th place. Colleen Dulin, soon to be member of VHTRC, was only woman's entrant and finisher, putting her in the Top Ten All Time Finisher's List for Laurel, w/ time of 17:47. Larry DeHof was 2nd VHTRCer in 17:46. NOTE: This is wrong, Chris, as Prasad Gerard finished 6th in 14 hours and change.June 6-7 was a Big Weekend! Frank Probst and Ed Demoney finished the Kettle Moraine 100 with Frank taking the Senior's crown. Meanwhile, several finished Old Dominion including King Jordan, Roger Allison, John DeWalt, Peyton Robinson, James Moore, and Rebekah Trittipoe who was the second woman. (Appologies for not listing Rebekah previously!) David Horton has the OD results on his web site. Finally, there were over 50,000 runners in the Race for the Cure on Saturday and Probst was second--George Probst, son of our own Frank. (The Race for the Cure results are now available on line.) A busy weekend for the Probst family! Congratulations!
180 Finish Bull Run Run! The weather held and a field of 198 tested the Bull Run trail on Saturday, April 18. Vasili Triantos won his second BRR and Gail Ierandi set a new course record for women. Frank Probst devastated the Seniors field. All of the previous members of the Five Star Club finished their sixth BRR. The full results, including updated all-time performance and performers lists are now available on the BRR page. Also check out the Reston Runners page on that club's participation in the BRR. They have a great picture of Scott Mills. Congratulations to Scott and all the volunteers for a great event! NOTE: I have corrected the injustice to Larry DeHof. He is a five time finisher but was left off the Five Star Club list. Sorry, Larry!
At the Races: The weekend of March 28 saw two major events well-attended by VHTRC'ers. This was the tenth HAT run in Maryland. Jeff and Phil have a beautiful course and are well-organized. Many people were there including many in the club. The Kanes, Robin and Michelle, ran away with the big honors, each coming in third. Derrick Carr was fifth and Scott Mills was 10th. Jeanne Christie was fifth woman. Check out the complete results on David Blaikie's web site. Meanwhile, Frank Probst and Kevin Sayers were battling the heat at the GNC 100km run in Pittsburgh. Frank lost the battle with the heat, but Kevin finished and former VHTRC member, Ian Torrence, got 8th. See the full results. So far the only picture is from Bill Wandel and it's right above. Anyone have any more?
Moonlite Run and Work Party: I was standing at the intersection of the Scothorn Gap and Massanutten Mountain East Trail, holding a bow saw and loppers, wondering whether Joe and his crew had gone through there yet. Two hikers came by and asked me for directions. As they left, they said, "And thanks for maintaining the trails!" I had spent the day doing something socially useful and it felt good. It was a great weekend.
Wild Oak: Wild Oak is history--thank goodness. Up to a foot of snow on several sections of the course made for a slow, long day. Our own Scott Mills got third with several other VHTRC'ers participating in the event. I finished in just over 17 hours to become the only person to have finished all Wild Oaks. Dennis had extended the cut off time to 20 hours. Check out the complete results with splits.