Last weekend saw VHTRC members at the Vermont 100, Catherine's Furnace 50k, and the Rosaryville 50k. Among the highlights: Jack Kurisky completed the second leg of his Grand Slam and Caroline Williams finished the Vermont 100 after many attempts; Jeff Reed put on another stellar edition of Cat's, complete with cool weather and a gourmet finish line party thanks to Bob Fabia and his many helpers; and Cat's volunteers Rob Colenso and Sara Davidson scored tenth overall and age group wins, respectively, at the Rosaryville 50k, which was won by Brad Hinton. Vermont 100 Results |Rosaryville results | Catherine's Furnace 50K results
A large group of VHTRC members is at the San Diego 100 Mile run this weekend. Scott Mills is in charge of the event. The event is planning live updates so you can follow your favorite runner from here on the right coast. Go to the San Diego 100 Web site to find the link. Thanks to Michele Harmon for sending the picture.
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.
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.
VHTRC member Amy Sproston was first woman and fourth overall at Hellgate. Her time of 12:23 beat Krissy Moehl's previous course record of 13:01. Many other VHTRC runners finished, including Kerry Owens, who was the female winner of the Beast Series. Hellgate Web page
Photo, right, is Amy finishing with RD David Horton. Photo courtesy of Neal Gorman.
Jack Kurisky was the first VHTRC finisher, and Sophie Speidel was first VHTRC woman at the Mountain Masochist 50 Miler on Saturday November 5. MMTR is also the final event in the Lynchburg Ultra Series. After 4 races and nearly 145 miles, Sophie Speidel won the women's LUS by just over 1 minute. Martha Wright was the LUS women's master's winner, and also the MMTR grand master's winner.
The MMTR 50 is now under the care and feeding of Clark Zealand, but race founder David Horton is still very much a presence at the event. This likely was the last running on the original course, as permit issues apparently will require changes for the 30th MMTR in 2012.
Jeremy Pade was 2nd overall and first VHTRC finisher at the Oil Creek 100 miler in Pennsylvania on October 8. Cam Baker was first VHTRC and 3rd overall in the 100 km race. Other club members amongst the 57 finishers of the 100 mile race were Jim Harris, Bob Combs, Jeff Fiolek, Brian Musick and Farouk "the Egyptian Magician" Elkassed.
Jeff Holdaway won the 16th Andiamo run of the W&OD bike path on October 8. Ellen Komesarook was second and first woman. New: All time lists, sorted both by name and time, are now on the results page. Photo is of Jeff Holdaway and was taken by John Anderson. Andiamo results