Matt Woods ran a 5:59 to lead the field at the North Face 50 mile on June 4. Regan Petrie was 11th overall and the first female in 7:33. There were several other VHTRC members in the field. Matt, of course, won Bull Run Run this year, setting the event record. North Face results
Linda Gaudette, putting in a final training run before taking on the Old Dominion 100 next month, was the women's winner at the 24 Hour ATR in Prince William Forest Park on May 7-8. Michael Campbell was the top VHTRC men's finisher, coming in 3rd while covering 100 miles on the 6.25 mile single-track trail loop. Results
Unlike the "Adventure Quest" version of Elizabeth Furnace 50k that was held in 2010 (with stream crossings that threatened to drown the competitors) the 2011 EFA 50k had passable streams and sunny, warm weather. It also had plenty of those Massanutten rocks, as evidenced by the spirited "best blood" competion. 67 runners took part in this year's race. Results are still being tabulated, but the men's winner was David Frazier in a new course record time, and the women's winner was Michele Harmon.
Eva Pastalkova and David Frazier finished The Wild Oak Trail 100 mile (TWOT) in 31:50 on February 12. Eva became the second female to finish the run, bettering Sue Johnston's time of 34:02:57. Keith Knipling still has the overall TWOT record of 27:11:10. Results and updated all time lists are now available. Photo by Quatro at right is of finishers Eva and David (left and right) with Dennis (center). Results (including all time lists) Photos: Quatro | Stephanie Wilson
Over 100 people celebrated the last Eagle Run on January 23. Gary Knipling again welcomed us to Mason Neck where the weather was cold. Each participant received a fleece cap that commemorated "20 years running with baldy." There were few eagles in Pohick Bay, the usual prime viewing location, but the Barnwharf Trail produced several close eagle sightings including the one at right. There was the usual pizza at Gunston Hall, and the party around the fire at the end. A heartfelt thanks to Gary for 20 years of fun and memories! Photos by: Bobby Gill | Quatro | Anstr
We have updated the membership roster to list only those who have paid dues for 2011. There are now 461 members of the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club -- 300 renewing members and 161 new members. One hundred of the renewing members did so without payment of dues as volunteers. The membership process is off line. We hope to have a new process ready in March.