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The Ring

September 5-6, 2009
71 Miles on the Massanutten Trail
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Photos: Carl Camp | Wendy Marszalek | Quatro Hubbard | Kirstin Corris | Robert Andrulis
Videos: Doug Sullivan (there are three)

Report
by Quatro Hubbard

Sean Andrish and Keith Knipling tied for first place overall at the 2009 running of The Ring. Zsuzsanna Carlson and Marti Kovener tied for first amongst the women in the field. Saturday was a beautiful, sunny, dry day in the Fort Valley, and a great day to be in the Massanuttens for a volunteer or crew member. But it turned out to be fairly hot for most of the 30 runners who started this year's race, with daytime highs in the 80s and no cloud cover. The evening yielded "weather bliss" with temperatures dipping in to the 50s and a nearly full moon to light up the clear sky. By the time the runners rounded the southern end of the course and began working their way over the rocky trails on the western ridge towards the finish, the heat and other factors had knocked out half of the field.

Twelve runners were added to the Fellowship of The Ring with a first time finish, and a number of them clearly were racing this weekend in order to become eligible to run the Reverse Ring over these same trails in February. The other three runners who made it the full 71.1 miles were two-time finishers Carolyn Gernand and Keith Knipling, and now three-time finisher David Snipes.

BIG thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help at the race this year. We also want to thank the many crew members who pitched in to help where needed. The VHTRC would not be able to successfully put on this free race without so many offering up their time and effort to man the aid stations and shuttle drop bags forward for the runners.

Thanks also to the runners for making this year's running of The Ring so much fun - seemed as though the heckling opportunities were even more numerous than usual for those of us fortunate enough to be out there to witness your efforts. And there were a number of inspiring runs by old and new friends that made the 2009 Ring one for the books.

For all new and previous members of the Fellowship of The Ring, the next running of the Reverse Ring will be on February 27, 2010. Registration through the VHTRC website for this free club event will open on January 21. Next year's running of The Ring will be over Labor Day weekend, with the start at 7 am on September 4, 2010. Registration will open on July 12.

Results

PlaceRunnerSexAgeStateTime
1-T Sean Andrish Male 39 DC 18:03:03
1-T Keith Knipling Male 33 VA 18:03:03
3 Dan Rose Male 32 DC 18:33:50
4 Justin Faul Male 29 VA 19:38:00
5 Mason Parker Male 38 NY 20:11:45
6-T Ryan Fulwider Male 34 VA 20:41:15
6-T David Snipes Male 41 VA 20:41:15
8 Karsten Brown Male 35 VA 21:02:10
9-T Zsuzsanna Carlson Female 36 NJ 23:16:15
9-T Paul Crickard Male 55 MD 23:16:15
9-T Marti Kovener Female 45 MD 23:16:15
12 Gary Lukacs Male 52 PA 24:32:07
13 Robert Andrulis Male 41 AZ 25:46:20
14 Carolyn Gernand Female 61 VA 30:13:00
15 Caroline Williams Female 47 VA 31:59:00
  Jen Jacobs Female 32 DC DNF
  David Fleming Male 33 VA DNF
  John Cassilly Male 42 VA DNF
  Mitchell Goodman Male 32 DC DNF
  Joe Clapper Male 50 MD DNF
  Michele Harmon Female 43 MD DNF
  Andy Anderson Male 27 VA DNF
  Keith Moore Male 40 DC DNF
  David Quivey Male 46 VA DNF
  Tom Corris Male 56 VA DNF
  Bill Wandel Male 66 MD DNF
  Mike Bailey Male 28 VA DNF
  Kate Abbott Female 44 VA DNF
  Mark Zimmermann Male 56 MD DNF
  Amy Sproston Female 35 DC DNF

30 starters

Splits

Times are time of day on a 24 hour clock for all aid stations. Start was at 7:00 AM. All data came from Quatro to whom questions or comments should be directed.
Check Point Veech MilfordCamp Roos Crisman Moreland Edinburg Woodstock PowellsFinishTotal Time
Mileage 8.7 13.1 25 34.3 40.7 48.7 56.9 62.7 71.1  
Previous best (2008) 08:45 9:35 11:46 13:45 15:13 17:02 18:48 19:58 21:46 14:46
Previous slowest (2008) 09:29 10:50 15:40 19:15 20:57 01:20 05:50 08:05 11:47 28:47
Sean Andrish 08:41 09:26 11:56 14:23 16:15 18:35 21:05 22:45 1:03:03 18:03:03
Keith Knipling 08:41 09:26 11:56 14:23 16:15 18:35 21:05 22:45 1:03:30 18:03:03
Dan Rose 08:54 09:42 12:15 14:42 16:59 19:17 21:37 23:20 1:33:50 18:33:50
Justin Faul 09:01 09:45 12:16 14:45 16:40 19:15 21:58 23:46 2:38:00 19:38:00
Mason Parker 08:57 09:40 12:15 14:53 16:58 19:31 22:15 00:11 3:11:45 20:11:45
Ryan Fulwider 09:01 09:46 12:35 15:23 17:35 20:06 22:55 00:44 3:41:15 20:41:15
David Snipes 09:00 09:51 12:58 15:47 17:38 20:06 22:55 00:44 3:41:15 20:41:15
Karsten Brown 08:44 09:30 12:04 14:49 17:13 19:50 22:45 00:43 4:02:10 21:02:10
Zsuzsanna Carlson 09:18 10:20 13:33 16:35 18:48 21:40 00:35 02:48 6:16:15 23:16:15
Paul Crickard 09:18 10:20 13:33 16:35 18:48 21:40 00:35 02:48 6:16:15 23:16:15
Marti Kovener 09:18 10:17 13:37 16:35 18:48 21:43 00:35 02:48 6:16:15 23:16:15
Gary Lukacs 09:01 09:52 12:53 15:56 18:14 22:29 02:12 04:38 7:32:07 24:32:07
Robert Andrulis 09:22 10:20 13:34 16:52 19:21 23:01 02:12 04:53 8:46:20 25:46:20
Carolyn Gernand 10:00 11:30 15:30 19:35 22:45 02:45 07:35 09:35 13:13:00 30:13:00
Caroline Williams 09:39 10:50 14:46 18:30 21:50 02:45 07:35 09:50 14:59:00 31:59:00
 
Jen Jacobs 09:36 10:44 14:00 17:04 19:17 22:16 01:42 X X DNF *
David Fleming 09:31 10:44 14:15 18:13 20:10 01:15 X X X DNF
John Cassilly 08:59 09:46 12:16 14:52 17:09 X X X X DNF
Mitchell Goodman 09:01 09:52 12:45 15:49 18:51 X X X X DNF
Joe Clapper 09:18 10:17 13:24 16:32 X X X X X DNF
Michele Harmon 09:18 10:17 13:24 16:32 X X X X X DNF
Andy Anderson 09:12 10:16 13:22 16:42 X X X X X DNF
Keith Moore 09:18 10:17 13:37 17:13 X X X X X DNF
David Quivey 09:22 10:29 14:07 18:23 X X X X X DNF
Tom Corris 09:08 10:03 13:05 X X X X X X DNF **
Mike Bailey 08:47 09:35 13:09 X X X X X X DNF
Bill Wandel 09:39 10:50 14:45 SKIP SKIP 21:38 D X X DNF ***
Kate Abbott 09:57 11:17 D X X X X X X DNF ****
Mark Zimmermann 09:57 11:17 D X X X X X X DNF ****
Amy Sproston 08:54 09:42 X X X X X X X DNF *****
Run started at 7am - times shown are time of day on Saturday (and Sunday, where applicable)
* Talked in to dropping by aid station captain
** Self-extracted on MMT connector trail to Route 211 and hitched ride to aid station due to injury
*** "Skipped ahead" to Moreland, took 3 hour break, then ran two more sections (time in to Woodstock not noted)
**** Dropped at Camp Roosevelt - time in to that aid station not noted
***** Dropped after 23+ miles at Edith Gap/Rt 675 road crossing, and hitched ride to aid station due to injury

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