Saturday, May 20, was a beautiful day to race on the trails in the Capon Valley of West Virginia, just across the Virginia border from Winchester and Strasburg. Brad Hinton (aka trail running's Susan Lucci) was the top VHTRC runner, and, as is often the case with Brad, second overall with a great time of 4:14. First VHTRC woman, and women's master's winner, was Ragan Petrie in 4:39. Many more club members finished amongst the field of roughly 200 in this popular 50k, which has been aptly dubbed the "MMT Volunteers" race.
Eva Pastalkova lowered her own event record by almost a half hour to be the top woman at the 2012 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 mile run held in the mountains of the same name on the weekend of May 12-13. Jason Lantz won the male race. Jack Pilla broke the senior record in Beamon-like fashion. The evolving Report Page has results and links to photos. Thanks to the many who made this possible!
Submitted by Anstr Davidson on May 13, 2012 - 9:22pm
Thirty people participated in the annual VHTRC trail work party on May 5. The group worked on trails in the Massanutten Mountains, primarily in the Gap Creek/Scothorn Gap area. We particularly appreciate the help of PATC district overseer Ed Brimburg. Thanks to all who worked!
Submitted by Anstr Davidson on May 9, 2012 - 8:53pm
Neal Gorman and Ragan Petrie were the first VHTRC male and female finishers at the Promise Land 50K+. Neal was fifth male in 4:52 and Ragan was fourth female in 5:57. Marty Lindemann was the first Grand Masters female and Gary Knipling was the first Super Masters male finisher. Conditions at the start were ripe for PRs with cloudy skies and temps in the 40s, but five hours later cold sleet, torrential rains, and close lightning strikes made for an "epic" day on the trails around Apple Orchard Falls west of Bedford, VA. Results
Submitted by Sophie Speidel on May 1, 2012 - 1:21pm
It was just about a perfect day for running the Elizabeth Furnace Fat Ass 50km on Saturday March 10, and the 55 participants in this year's race took full advantage. Kyle Lawrence, a very very late entrant in the field, led literally from start to finish to win in a time of 5:35. Michele Harmon was the first woman to the finish, with a time of 7:04. There were 41 official finishers. Results | EFA 50km site
Submitted by Quatro Hubbard on March 13, 2012 - 7:58am
7 of 18 runners who started the Reverse Ring on Saturday February 25 managed to overcome the cold and the WIND to make the full circuit of the Massanutten Trail. Keith Knipling took first with a time of 15 hours and 36 minutes, and the first woman was Kari Brown in 22 hours and 55 minutes. But The Story was Cam Baker, who finished dead last at the Reverse Ring, but who warmed up for the event the day before by running The Ring. The second finisher of a Double Ring, and the first to do it as a 142-mile out-n-back run, Cam's total time was 51 hours and 25 minutes.
Submitted by Quatro Hubbard on February 28, 2012 - 1:02am