Congratulations to Rob Colenso, Alan Gowen, Katie Keier, Keith Knipling, and Alisa Springman on their election to the VHTRC board. Each has a two-year term staring on January 1, 2014. Thanks to all who ran for the board. 235 members of the club voted in the election.
The VHTRC put on the 22nd version of the Magnus Gluteus Maximus 50km - a free holiday social event for the area trail running community - on December 14. A large group braved the adverse weather reports. The rain held off to make it a good day for running. Thanks to Joe Clapper and several other folks who made it all possible.
In what RD David Horton gleefully described as "Hellgate Weather" (snow at night, sleet, freezing rain and rain all day), our VHTRC members demonstrated true grit and perseverance. Kathleen Cusick ran the sixth fastest time for a woman (13:20) to lead the top-5 females. Megan Stegemiller was 4th and Sophie Speidel was 5th. Kerry Owens was the first Grandmaster female. Brad Hinton was 4th male, and Jack Kurisky was 10th. Many other VHTRC runners finished the 66.6 mile course, including Quatro Hubbard and Bruce Tweedie who persevered in hard rain despite missing the final 18-hour cut-off.
A great day to be out on the trails! After 2 days of rain, the runners were treated to cool and clear, near perfect running weather. A small group of about 15 ran distances that ranged from 7-12ish miles.
Steve Core pointed out to us that Prasad Gerard was named the cross country coach of the year in Montgomery County, Maryland. A boy on Prasad's Poolesville team won the state championship and a girl was third. Both his boys and girls teams were second in the Maryland State 2A Cross County Championships. More information
The Hot TWOT 100 had an unprecedently large field, with 17 starters on Friday October 11. Here is a picture of the Friday starters who intended to do four loops. Not surprisingly, not all made it! Click the Read more to see a bigger version of the photo. Four runners finished all four loops - Nick Combs, Katie Keier, Dave Quivey and Mike Bur. 17 additional runners came out to run on Saturday, with Dave Frazier leading a strong field of single-loopers with a course record time of 4:14. More details to come soon! Website | Photos
Derrick Carr was 17th overall at the Bear 100 mile held in Utah and Idaho. This is reputed to be a very tough race. Other VHTRC finishers included Meg Harnett who was fifth woman and 24th overall, and Vince Bowman. Bear Web site (results are on "live tracking")
We think that we have finally found the results of the UTMB on its Web page, which we are submitting for the worst designed running Web site we have ever seen. Anyway, Amy Sproston lead the VHTRCers in 68th place, followed by Keith Knipling, Yosuke Murase, and Gary Knipling. The course was shortened by the not-unsurprising bad weather in the Alps. Pictures from Gary - Results