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
The 30th Mountain Masochist 50 mile run was held on November 3. The course featured a new start that added more singletrack and a climb up Mt. Pleasant off the Loop, and 4-8 inches of snow in the last 22 miles. As a result of the snow, the final cut-off time was extended 30 minutes. There were several VHTRC members in the event as well as many runners from the old days of this traditional run. Results
More than 200 women participated in the 20th annual VHTRC Women’s Half Marathon, enjoying the sun but not so much the humidity. Martha Nelson defended her title and came within 19 seconds of her course record set in 2009.
Overall results are now posted. Come back to the results page later for complete results (mother-daughter and age group awards), links to photos, and the official race report. (Photo: Martha Nelson on the trail. Taken by Aaron Schwartzbard.)