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
Angus Repper and Erika Ebright were the winners at the Hashawha Hills 50km held on February 25 in Maryland. The weather was cold and windy but not that bad, compared to previous versions of the event. RD Alan Gowen and his fine volunteers braved the cold to put on a great run. Hashawha Web page
A report, results, and photos are now available:
Submitted by Anstr Davidson on February 26, 2012 - 6:43pm
The rolls of film that were shot at the Awards party on Saturday night, February 18, have finally been processed, the double prints are back from Ritz Camera, and they are ready to be shared. So seems as good a time as any to also share the names of the winners of the 2011 VHTRC trailrunning awards!
Congratulations to all the nominees, and to the following award winners:
Female Runner of the Year: Ragan Petrie & Eva Pastlakova (tie)
Male Runner of the Year: David Snipes
Female Trailrunning Performance: Eva Pastalkova
Submitted by Quatro Hubbard on February 24, 2012 - 7:34am
Based on a ground swell of one or two users, we have made the old stuff on the Web site available. John Dodds's posts, the crazy pictures, and the stuff from the infancy of the club. It's all there but - many of the links are broken and the navigation is out of date. It's like wandering in the woods without trails. But you will stumble on interesting things like, to the right, the club's first logo as sent out in a fax from Chris Scott. Also, breathless headlines like, "180 Finish Bull Run Run!" This new section has the sophisticated name: Old Stuff. The link is on the top, right of every page.
Submitted by Anstr Davidson on February 20, 2012 - 3:23pm
Over in Appomattox, VA, Matt Woods was second male and Martha Nelson was third female at David Horton's 17th annual Holiday Lake 50K on Saturday. Marty Lindemann was the first female over 50 in a PR. Many VHTRC members reported PRs and fast times on the two-loop course. Results are on the Holiday Lake website.
Submitted by Sophie Speidel on February 11, 2012 - 8:13pm
VHTRC observers on the scene in Bridgewater, VA called in to report that Jim Harris became the eleventh person to finish the TWOT 100 on February 11 in 35:55. Kim Love-Ottobre finished the TWOT 100k. Around 30 runners attempted a variety of loops, with only Jim, Kim, and Eva Pastalkova completing multiple loops in "epic" weather conditions of snow, sun, high winds and temps in the teens. TWOT All-time finishers list.
Submitted by Sophie Speidel on February 11, 2012 - 8:01pm
Many VHTRC runners traveled to wet and muddy Huntsville, Texas for the Rocky Raccoon 50/100 on February 4-5. Sabrina was the first female finisher in 17:06. 78-year-old Ed Demoney finished the 50 mile in 17:14. RR results| Sabrina's report on her blog.
Submitted by Sophie Speidel on February 7, 2012 - 2:52pm
Neal set the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the 18.36 mile Rivanna Trail this morning in 2:09:47. After setting the record, he made a donation to the Rivanna Trails Foundation and threw out a challenge to the next person who tries to break his time. Read all about it on his blog.
On a side note...60+ VHTRC members made the trek south to Charlottesville in January 2005 to run the Rivanna Ring, but due to epic flooding two days before, we were re-routed off the trail on to road. Anstr and Sophie wrote accounts.
Submitted by Sophie Speidel on February 4, 2012 - 9:31pm
We want to thank Quatro Hubbard and Paul Blackman for their service to the club as members of the VHTRC board. Quatro served two terms on the board. He had several important roles, some of which he will continue, we hope. Paul stepped forward to serve on the board when no one else would. He was very helpful in the board's work. We know that Quatro and Paul will continue to serve the club. Thanks for all they have done.
Submitted by Anstr Davidson on January 11, 2012 - 2:37pm