A number of VHTRC runners made the trek down to the Uwharrie National Forest in central North Carolina to run the 40 and 20 mile races on Saturday February 2nd. Reporters on the VHTRC Facebook Group indicated that Sean Andrish finished second overall in the 40 miler, with Sophie Speidel finishing second in the women's race and Keith Knipling coming in fourth overall. Of the other Blue Train finishers, of note would be a 40 mile finish by President Alan Gowen and a 20 mile finish by First Lady Pam Gowen. Women's Half Marathon RD Tracy Dahl also finished her first 40 miler.
Martha Nelson and Matt Bugin were the overall winners of the Richmond Road Runner's 13th annual Willis River 35k. Many VHTRC members took part in this low key event, held on the trails of Bear Creek State Park, including Holly Bugin (2nd female, 35k) and Ryan Nebel (3rd overall, 50k). Results are on the RRRC website.
It looks like the DOW closed UP at 13,169.88. That makes our starting number for the MMT lottery 988. (We will confirm the number tomorrow.) If you want to see how this will play out, go to the hypothetical lottery and put in 988 and UP. If you see a problem or have a question, let us know. Applicants List | MMT Entry
While many VHTRC members were racing at Masochists or enjoying the shenanigans and trail miles at Potomac Heritage 50K last weekend, Neal was regaining his winning ways by capturing the Pinhoti 100 in Alabama. He gives a detailed recap of Pinhoti, and of chasing Karl Meltzer at Grindstone 100, in a report on his blog here.
Rhonda Stricklett was the third overall female in the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners Trilogy, a three-day stage race that uses some of the most beautiful trails the Mountain State has to offer. The Trilogy starts with a 50k on Friday, followed by a 50 miler Saturday and half marathon on Sunday. Ragan Petrie chicked all the men to win the 50 outright. VHTRC members Matt Smythe and Marlin Yoder also finished the Trilogy. Results
In coming up with a way to express and share some of my observations and comments about the recent 2012 UTMB in and around Chamonix, France, I will borrow a method used by Anita Finkle to recognize her “top 10” memories/reflections from past runs she has done. Here goes (I’ve gone over Anita’s allotment of 10 — sorry!):
Entry for the VHTRC Women's Half Marathon will open on June 25. The race, under the new leadership of Tracy Dahl, will be held on September 8. Also, be sure to check out the new, improved WHM Web pages designed by Keith Knipling!