Eva Sets Record, Meltzer Posts Third Win at MMT

Eva Pastalkova broke the female record at the 2011 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 held May 14-15 in Fort Valley, Virginia.  For the third time, Karl Meltzer (photo right) won the race.  There were 132 finishers out of 195 starters.  Despite the rain and mud, the new setting, with all activities in a very big tent, seemed to provide a great atmosphere.  Photos, reports, and results are available. Thanks to Bobby Gill for the photo at right. 2011 MMT Results

Schmidt, Harmon Represent at Capon Valley 50K

Back on the right coast, Brian Schmidt and Michele Harmon were the winners of the Capon Valley 50K in Yellow Spring, WV. Always a club favorite, this event once again had many VHTRC finishers, including Joe Clapper (who was chicked by his wife), MMT RD Kevin Sayers, and Jonathan Gowen, son of VHTRC Prez Alan Gowen, who was running in his second ultra. Capon Valley results

24 Hour Adventure Trail Run

Linda Gaudette, putting in a final training run before taking on the Old Dominion 100 next month, was the women's winner at the 24 Hour ATR in Prince William Forest Park on May 7-8.  Michael Campbell was the top VHTRC men's finisher, coming in 3rd while covering 100 miles on the 6.25 mile single-track trail loop.  Results

Sproston and Petrie Represent at Miwok

For the second year in a row, Amy Sproston was fourth overall female at the Miwok 100K, held in Marin Headlands, CA. Her time was 10:02:41, the exact same time as last year. Ragan Petrie was sixth overall female in 10:24. Derrick Carr appears to have finished as first VHTRC male, edging out Scott Mills by five minutes in 10:29. Miwok results | Miwok website | NEW Cool video of Miwok leaders and course on Youtube...there are not many rocks out in CA!

CAT-100

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

Promise Land 50K+

Brian Schmidt and Ragan Petrie were the top VHTRC finishers at Promise Land 50K near Bedford, Virginia on Saturday. Many other VHTRC members finished what is considered one of the most beautiful (and toughest) 50K runs around. Results on David Horton's site Keith Knipling's photos on Flickr 

Trail Work Party - April 30

Trail Work LogoThe annual VHTRC trail work party will be held on Saturday, April 30.  We have, finally, updated the Web page and RSVP for this year. (Sorry about that.) In the last few years, we have teamed with mountain bike groups to clear many miles of trail.  Our work not only helps the MMT runners, but it also makes the trails better for all users.  Come join us. More information and RSVP

Matt Woods and Annette Bednosky win BRR

Matt Woods set a new event record and Annette Bednosky took the women's division at the 19th Bull Run Run 50 mile held on April 9 in Clifton, Virginia. It was a cool, overcast day. Almost perfect for running except that overnight rain led to very muddy, sloppy conditions. Despite the slow track, Matt lowered Leigh Schmitt's record of last year by almost two minutes.  A large field of 344 started the event, with 320 finishing officially by 13 hours. We now have results, photos, a report, and updated all time lists. Go to the BRR 2011 report page.

Bur and Losey at Barkley

Mike Bur and Bill Losey successfully completed one, 20-mile loop in 12:37 at the Barkley Marathons this weekend. For some reason they chose not to start a second loop. Brett Maune, the speed record holder of the John Muir Trail, finished four loops as of 9:00pm Sunday and had 16 hours to finish loop five in under the 60 hour time limit. Unofficial 2011 results, as well as photos from Keith Dunn and archived results are on Matt Mahoney's Barkley website.

From our President - Stuff It!

President Gowen explains the vast VHTRC property empire in Stuff It!

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