The club's annual Independence Day celebration run, the Browntown Loop, saw record numbers for its twelfth year. Perhaps it was because host Gary Knipling had posted details on the ever-growing VHTRC Facebook page? Or was it the chance to escape record heat and power outages for good times in the SNP? Gary counted 46 runners/ hikers who beat the heat and cooled their heels in the Jordan River after the run, including a few local homesteaders, who got a "taste" of the typical VHTRC post-run after Tom Corris and Gary invited them to join in. Click photo for larger version.
Neal Gorman and Ragan Petrie were the first VHTRC male and female finishers at the Promise Land 50K+. Neal was fifth male in 4:52 and Ragan was fourth female in 5:57. Marty Lindemann was the first Grand Masters female and Gary Knipling was the first Super Masters male finisher. Conditions at the start were ripe for PRs with cloudy skies and temps in the 40s, but five hours later cold sleet, torrential rains, and close lightning strikes made for an "epic" day on the trails around Apple Orchard Falls west of Bedford, VA. Results
The rolls of film that were shot at the Awards party on Saturday night, February 18, have finally been processed, the double prints are back from Ritz Camera, and they are ready to be shared. So seems as good a time as any to also share the names of the winners of the 2011 VHTRC trailrunning awards!
Congratulations to all the nominees, and to the following award winners:
Many VHTRC runners traveled to wet and muddy Huntsville, Texas for the Rocky Raccoon 50/100 on February 4-5. Sabrina was the first female finisher in 17:06. 78-year-old Ed Demoney finished the 50 mile in 17:14. RR results| Sabrina's report on her blog.
Neal set the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the 18.36 mile Rivanna Trail this morning in 2:09:47. After setting the record, he made a donation to the Rivanna Trails Foundation and threw out a challenge to the next person who tries to break his time. Read all about it on his blog.
On a side note...60+ VHTRC members made the trek south to Charlottesville in January 2005 to run the Rivanna Ring, but due to epic flooding two days before, we were re-routed off the trail on to road. Anstr and Sophie wrote accounts.
We want to thank Quatro Hubbard and Paul Blackman for their service to the club as members of the VHTRC board. Quatro served two terms on the board. He had several important roles, some of which he will continue, we hope. Paul stepped forward to serve on the board when no one else would. He was very helpful in the board's work. We know that Quatro and Paul will continue to serve the club. Thanks for all they have done.
Reports and photos from this past weekend's Halloweeny 50 km up in the Harpers Ferry area have been rolling in. As one of the 49 runners who did show to run in the wet and the snow (and amongst the falling tree limbs), I can't say enough about what a great job event directors' Sharon and Ted Lapkoff and their fantastic group of volunteers did. They really embraced the challenging conditions, and made the event a great deal of fun.
For Ted's synopsis, and links to photos and reports, click Read More.
Our first event, le Grande Dierriere, now known as the Magnus Gluteus Maximus 50km, will be held again at Hemlock Overlook on December 10. The event is, as always, free. But this year we are trying a new system to have a better idea of who is coming. Full information on the RSVP process, which is open now, is on the MGM page.