Yet again upstaging the Super Bowl, the VHTRC honored the nominees and winners of VHTRC awards for 2010. We also had a great party and everyone got out in time to see the Super Bowl. (Stephanie and Gary, right, show off their awards.)
55+ runners came to Gap to Gap this year for MMT training and fellowship on the rocks. No doubt Q will be posting a report on this year's run in the Massanuttens...but in the meantime, enjoy these photos from the run and the party by the bonfire. Many thanks to Quatro and the many volunteers who made G2G so much fun!
While the rest of us were freezing our pants off in the Massanuttens this weekend, a few of our fellow club members were braving the roots, humidity, and mud at the HURT 100 on the trails near Honolulu. Alyssa Godesky finished as second female and ninth overall in 30:06. Alex Papadopoulos was 14th in 33:35. Laura and Mike Bur finished the 100K option in 24:34, as well as Dave Yeakel in 25:24. Live webcast results | HURT 100 website | Alyssa's report on her blog
Jack shared the week one win, and then never looked back. He had at least 10 correct picks each week. Gary Lukacs was second and he also won the last week's contest. Gary was one of only three people who picked the Chargers over the Colts. Gary Knipling was third overall. Final season results | Week Twelve Results.
We will set up the College Bowl Contest when the bowl schedule comes out.
2013 will be remembered as the year our club women once again dominated the local ultra scene. In beautiful fall weather yesterday at the Mountain Masochist 50 Mile Trail Run, Kathleen Cusick, Gaby Gorman, Megan Stegemiller, and Annie Stanley scored top-10 finishes to add to their impressive resumes for the year. Kathleen, who was third at Tussy Outandback 50 two weeks ago, finished second; Gaby, who set the CR at Odyssey Trail Marathon in September, was third; OD champ Megan Stegemiller came from 13th with fifteen miles to go to finish 6th; and Annie Stanley cracked the top-10 with a smart and steady run in only her second 50, while also finishing second in the Lynchburg Ultra Series. Sophie Speidel hung on for the 50+ "Grandmasters" age group win (ouch!). On the men's side, Sean Andrish was 7th in a highly competitive field, where all top-10 men went under 8 hours, and Jack Kurisky was the Master's champ.
While many eyes were focused on the record numbers attempting Hot TWOT last weekend, another merry band of VHTRC runners were romping through the rain and mud across the mountains in West Virginia at the WVMTR's Trilogy. Eva Pastalkova appears to have finished as first female, and Michele Harmon was third. Joe Clapper and Mark McKennett also finished the 50k, 50 miler, and Half Marathon in the three- day event. Results are here: http://www.wvmtr.org/events/west-virginia-trilogy-table-of-contents/
Jack Kurisky continued his strong year of racing with a successful finish at the very tough Plain 100 out in Washington state. The course is closer to 110 miles in length, with roughly 26,000 feet of elevation gain - and one aid station. Runners are otherwise required to carry what they need, and obtain water from natural sources on the course. Jack finished in a time of 34:46. This year's race results are not yet posted, but here is the website.
With crew and pacing support from his groupies, aka "Team Gaylord," Bob Gaylord finished the Haliburton Forest 100 in Canada last weekend. Haliburton is one of the Old School 100s, celebrating its 20th year in 2013. Results are hard to find on the HF website, but should be here: Results