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.
Ayano Murase was the first VHTRC finisher at the Rocky Raccoon 100 mile in Texas on February 2-3. Ayano was the sixth female finisher in her first 100 mile. Judy Holden and Bill Sublett also finished the 100. Tammy Massie and Ed Demoney finished the 50 mile. Ed is 79 years old. Results
Sean Andrish was second overall and Brian Schmidt was third (and first masters) at the Blues Cruise 50km near Reading, Pennsylvania. Sean reports that, "It was almost all trail, but it was smooth, runnable trail with very few significant hills." Results are not on line yet. Event Web site