It Happened!

Informed sources are telling 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 to the happy couple we say, "Holy s...!"

Martha Wright first female at Swinging Bridge 50K

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).

On the Outside Looking In, by Charlie Todd

Charlie Todd, Barb Isom's husband and crew, has submitted his take from "On the Outside Looking In." It is a view of ultrarunning by a sane person.  Certainly a different aspect we should all consider!

Gap to Gap photos

55+ runners came to Gap to Gap this year for MMT training and fellowship on the rocks. No doubt Q will be posting a report on this year's run in the Massanuttens...but in the meantime, enjoy these photos from the run and the party by the bonfire. Many thanks to Quatro and the many volunteers who made G2G so much fun!

Alyssa Godesky second female at HURT 100

While the rest of us were freezing our pants off in the Massanuttens this weekend, a few of our fellow club members were braving the roots, humidity, and mud at the HURT 100 on the trails near Honolulu. Alyssa Godesky finished as second female and ninth overall in 30:06. Alex Papadopoulos was 14th in 33:35. Laura and Mike Bur finished the 100K option in 24:34, as well as Dave Yeakel in 25:24. Live webcast results | HURT 100 website | Alyssa's report on her blog

VHTRC rocks at Hellgate 100K

Mario RaymondIn 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)

Magnus Gluteus Maximus

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!


Picture at right is Joe's briefing. More pictures and a video of the start

Gary Lukacs Wins College Bowl Contest

Gary Lukacs led just about form the start of the VHTRC college bowl contest. Those below him went up and down, but at the end, Quatro Hubbard was second and Darin Dunham third. The regular season winner, Jack Evans, got off to a slow start but mounted late surge that didn't quite get him into the top three. One contestant thought the point of the contest was to pick the losers.  Bowl contest final results

Matt Woods 15th at NF Championship

Matt ran 7:53 on a hard course and a strong field at the North Face championship in "San Francisco."  (It was actually not in the City, but in Marin County. There is a difference.) Event Web site | Results

Amy Sproston Wins JFK

Amy ran the fifth fastest time by a woman (6:57:16) in the 48 year history of the JFK 50 mile on her way to becoming the women's winner by 21 seconds.  Pam Smith, the second place female, was in the 46 mile aid station with Amy, and the two had to duke it out for four miles!  Mike Campbell won the 60 year age group in 8:11:30. (For the first 10 years of JFK no 60 year old finished. This year, 55 did.) There were several other VHTRC members who participated in beautiful weather. JFK Web site


Photo by: Brenda Davidson


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