CAT-100 continued to live up to it's legend this weekend as one of the toughest 100's around. RD Jim Treece had 16 starters and 8 finishers. No one came close to Eva Pastalkova's 24:47 course record set in 2010. Three finishers are also scheduled to run MMT in less than 2 weeks: John Godinet, Leah Perry and [of course] David Snipes. This year the weather was cooperative but the trail conditions were very uneven and often wet. A record number of volunteers came out and assisted Jim this year. Results and more here
Edward Cacciapaglia and Darin Dunham led the 26 players in the VHTRC March Madness Basketball Contest. Mark Prescott was third. It was a wild contest this year and, finally, several players beat the Selection Committee. Congratulations to Ed and Darin! Final standings | First week results (Mark Prescott won the first week)
Informed sources are telling VHTRC.org news that Joe Clapper and Michele Harmon have gotten married. We had heard rumors of the couple's planned nuptials, but frankly we thought it was another Clapper prank. The small ceremony was closed to the media and everyone else. (At least, that better be the case!) We did pay a member of the paparazzi, whose identity we are protecting, for the photo at right. From all of us here at VHTRC.org to the happy couple we say, "Holy s...!"
Martha Wright was the first female finisher at the Swinging Bridge 50K near Cumberland, VA on Jan 15. John Cassilly was fourth overall. Mike Bailey was third in the 35K. The race was held on the Willis River Trail in Bear Creek Lake State Park and Cumberland State Forest. Results on RRRC website (scroll down 2011).
In near perfect conditions, Keith Knipling finished sixth overall at the Hellgate 100K in 12:22. He also won the Beast Series, and finished ahead of Karl Meltzer, who was ninth. Zsuzsanna Carlson was third female, just ahead of Kerry Owens who was fifth. Mario Raymond, photo right, was one of many VHTRC members who finished. 126 runners started and 111 finished the race, which began at 12:01 am on Saturday. Results|Hellgate website|Photos (click on each photo for captions)
The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club celebrated the 19th anniversary of its first event at the Magnus Gluteus Maximus 50 km held on the Bull Run Trail in December 11, 2011. A large crowd enjoyed good weather. This year, the Do Loop was marked meaning that some people didn't get lost and some did.
Joe Clapper organized it. Gary Knipling and Bob Phillips marked the Do Loop and set up the aid station. At the end, runners enjoyed pizza and refreshments. Congratulations to all finishers!