Gilbert Gray won the Cyprus Ultra 135 on Cyprus. He was the only finisher. The event is a 15-lap run in heat and humidity. It appears that no one had finished it before Gilbert did. Gilbert also finished MMT in May, and Western States in June. Event Web site | Results (on Twitter)
VHTRC members Brad Hinton and Sheri Fiolek swept the top honors at the inaugural running of the Cacapon 12 Hour trail event in West Virginia on Sunday July 21. Brad was the overall winner, and Sheri was the top woman finisher in this race. More information should eventually be posted here: Race web site
A large group of VHTRC runners traveled to Silverton, Colorado for the Hardrock 100. This year, the course ran counterclockwise, which is considered by many veterans the harder direction. Jack Kurisky led the Blue Train finishers with a 40:02 finish. Bob Combs, Tom Simonds, Steve Pero, Jeff Holdaway, and Deb Pero also finished, and Brad Koenig became the first New Jersey resident to not only finish Hardrock (which he did in 2012), but also the first to complete both directions. Results
In temperatures that reached triple digits along the course, Oregonian and VHTRC member Amy Sproston finished atop the Western States women's podium for a third place finish in 19:25. Mike Morton, who started his ultra career 19 years ago with great runs at JFK, MMT, and Bull Run, was third male in 15:45, only five minutes off his WS course record from 1997. The heat took its toll on the field, as the only other Blue Train runners who finished were John Shepherd in 27:25, Linda Gaudette in 28:42, and Tom Green in 29:52. WS live updates
On March 5, we noted that the bluebells are popping out of the ground at Bull Run Regional Park - the upstream turnaround of Bull Run Run. In a month they should have flowers. We also noted extensive deer trails and a very interesting carcass. We have sent these to Gary for interpretations. Photos (warning the carcass, which is the last one, is gross)
Robin Watkins reports: "Adam Watkins finished the Iditarod Trail Invitational yesterday. The 350 mile trek across the moonscapes of Alaska, from Willow to McGrath, saw temperatures dip to -20 deg F and Adam finished in 6 days 22 hours 30 min in 5th place in the foot division. He 'blogged' from his satellite phone and you can see more information about the race. For the ITI, racers are invited to travel 350 or 1000 miles by foot, ski or bike. Video of the start - Adam coming into view around 0:20 and the camera moves with him to the end of the shot. WOOOhooo!!!!"
It was the worst of times and then the best of times on The Wild Oak Trail (TWOT) over the weekend of February 8-9. Keith Knipling, adapting to recent tradition, started the race on Friday morning and with Jack Kurisky pacing him through an epic night (with temperatures around 20, and winds blowing in the 50-70 mph range) survived to finish the race on Saturday afternoon in 32:09. Jack finished 46 miles, almost all in the dark and in the wind storm. Fastest runners to complete one loop on a beautiful & sunny winter's day on Saturday were Neal Gorman (for the men), Courtney Nester (for the women), and Scooby (for the Canine-Americans). Dennis Herr once again put on a great show! (Keith with throwback jersey above. Picture: Dave Frazier.) Results
Holly Bugin was the first female at Holiday Lake 50k yesterday near Appomattox, VA. Her time of 4:23:04 broke Leah Daughtery's previous record by 50 seconds. Keith Levasseur was the first VHTRC finisher and fifth overall in 4:02:14. Holly's husband Matt finished in seventh place in 4:09, making the Bugins the fastest married couple (there were ten married couples in the race, including newlyweds Alisa Springman and Jim Daniels). Stephanie Wilson was the first female Masters winner, and many other club members finished the two-loop course in perfect weather and dry trail conditions, which allowed for very fast times and numerous PRs. Results
The 2012 VHTRC award recipients were announced at the award party on January 27. Michele Harmon and Joe Clapper organized a great party and Bob Fabia cooked great food. For results, take the Read more link.
A large crowd of happy runners celebrated the oldest VHTRC event -- the Magnus Gluteus Maximus 50km. This is what the club is all about. Thanks to Joe Clapper and those who helped him. Results are now available - click on Read more. Pictures and a video