On a bluebird late summer day at Douthat State Park, the Blue Train women represented the club in fine fashion with podium finishes in the Odyssey Trail Marathon and 40 miler. Sophie Speidel and Stephanie Wilson went 2-3 in the 40 miler, and Gaby Gorman set the female course record in the marathon with a time of 4:11. The Odyssey races include a 5- miler, half-marathon, marathon, and 40 option; each 13.2 mile loop has over 2800 feet of climb on spectacular singletrack. Results.
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.
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
Megan Stegemiller finished the 35th Old Dominion 100 in 23:31, good enough for first place female and the coveted sub-24 OD buckle. Keith Knipling also broke 24 hours to earn his second buckle in two weeks after finishing MMT. The big story of the day was the famous OD heat and humidity, which returned this year after a few years of pleasant temps, and in which only 45% of the starting field of 48 finished in under 28 hours. OD website
Jim Blandford and Robin Watkins were the top winners at the The 19th Massanutten Mountain Trails 100. The weather, including no significant rain all weekend, helped produce the largest finishing rate in MMT history. VHTRC members and many others worked hard to produce an event without a major, or even a minor, hitch. Results, photos, and reports
63 runners finished the 2013 running of the Elizabeths Furnace 50km on Saturday March 16. Brad Hinton ran down the early pacesetting Sean Andrish during the infamous Sherman Gap section and went on to win in a course record time of 5:16:53, with Sean second and Mario Raymond also in under 6 hours for third place. The women's race was very exciting - or would have been had any of the top three women known how close they were to each other. Michele Harmon won in 7:41, with Priya Naik taking second less than a minute later, and Betsy Nickle finishing third in 7:43. Thanks to all the runners for coming out, and to the volunteers for making the race a great success this year. Results and Photos
Thanks to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, there is a new and very stable bridge on the Bull Run Trail at Ordway Road. The new bridge was completed on schedule by the NVRPA. For extra credit, the NVRPA graded the path under the road. You may remember it was very rocky. It is now very smooth, though we are not sure how the new surface will do when the next storm floods the river. For bigger pictures, take the Read more link.
The Reverse Ring was held on the weekend of February 23-24. This year 28 runners started and 18 succeeded in completing the full 71+ mile circuit of the Massanutten Trail. Keith Knipling was the overall winner in 16:28; Kari Brown won the women's race in 21:47. 10 of the 18 finishers have now completed the Cycle and are Masters of The Ring, having completed both The Ring and the Reverse Ring. For results, a report, and photos, take the Read More link.