John DeWalt

John DeWalt at HardrockThere is no way to describe John DeWalt in words. He was, just DeWalt.  He has left us.  We all will miss him.

John was always a member of the VHTRC. He never paid on line. He would show up and pull money out of his pocket.  "How much do I owe?"  He did all the runs.  He was tough. He was DeWalt.

That is John at Hardrock in 2009 with VHTRC friends -- Mike Dobies, Bob Combs, John, Mike Bur, and Joe Clapper.

Volunteer Recognition and Summer Party

On Saturday, August 10, the club held its annual Volunteers' Party, a celebration for the generous volunteers who help out at club events throughout the year.  Over 100 club members, volunteers, and their families enjoyed fellowship at Gary Knipling's home on Mason Neck, treated with gourmet grilling by Bob Fabia and hand selected beers by Joe Clapper.  About a dozen runners came early for the 9:00 a.m. run on the trails of Mason Neck, during which several eagles were spotted.

Martha Moats Baker Memorial 50Km

Johanna Lockner models run shirtHeld on an unseasonably mild early August day, the Martha Moats Baker Memorial "50K" (really closer to a 34 miler) had a record-breaking field and a record number of finishers of the complete course on Saturday, August 3.  29 runners finished the 34 mile distance, out of the 46 starters.  Event haberdasher David Frazier bested a strong field with his time of 5:18. The first woman to finish was Amy Sproston (in for the race from Oregon) in 6:15.
Results | Photos | MMB site
(Johanna Lochner models the event shirt, right.)

VHTRC Web Site Improvements

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Gilbert Gray Wins Ultra on Cyprus

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)

Lapkoff Wins at CrossFit Games

Sharon Lapkoff won the Masters Women 60+ division at the CrossFit Games held July 26-28, in Carson, California.  Though not a trail run, it was an impressive performance.  Results (set the Division to "Masters Women 60+")

Catoctin 50km

Brian Schmidt won the 2013 Catoctin 50 km in Frederick, Maryland.  This run, that you love to hate, was held in unseasonably moderate weather.  Several other VHTRC members participated.  Results [pdf] | Catoctin Web site | Local News Article

Catherines Furnace

The runners at this year's Catherines Fat Ass were "treated' to a typically hot and muggy mid-July day for the latest running of this 50km race on Saturday July 20. Faced with a surprise road closing that made volunteer access to the aid stations a lengthy drive, RD Jeff Reed revised the course on race morning. A fair number of runners followed the revised route, others ran the original course, and most appeared to run some shortened variation on those two themes.  Everyone appeared to have a great time. Finishing times may appear on the website in the future: CFA 50 website

Hinton and Fiolek Capture Wins at Cacapon 12 Hour

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

Blue Train Rolls Through Hardrock

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


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