Last year, in summarizing the low key, tough nature of TWOT, I said: "Hopefully, the TWOT and events like it will prosper. As long as Dennis is around, they will." Little did I know that Dennis being around would be an issue.
Six months ago, Dennis's participation in TWOT was a big question. We all knew we would be there, but would Dennis be with us? Because of some great medical care, love of his family, and his damned tenacity, Dennis was there. He started us off in the morning, gave us cookies on the course, and recorded our, in many cases pitiful, times. Yes, Dennis is back. It was a great day.
The weather, however, was not so great. The weather sucked. It rained off and on all weekend. It was cold and wet. This was definitely the Hot, Wet TWOT.
Other than Dennis's appearance, the most impressive event of the weekend was Jamey Groff's finish. His calm, confident manner took him through the 100 miles (if you believe Russ Evans (and I do), it's about 106 miles). He came into the parking lot at the end of his second loop saying he would quit. Unfortunately for that plan, his family was there to greet him. When someone asked him if he was going on, he said, "I guess I am since I am taping my feet." At midnight, in the cold and damp, he headed off into the night with a 2000+ foot climb immediately ahead of him. That's what it takes to finish TWOT. Jamey showed that his VHTRC "Rookie of the Year" award this summer was very appropriate.
|TWOT ALL TIME LIST|
|Runner||Year||Loop 1||Loop 2||Loop 3||Loop 4|
|Dennis Herr||Feb 02||5:36||13:36||23:50||34:02|
|Sue Johnston||Oct 05||6:54||15:12||25:14||34:02:57|
|Jamey Groff||Oct 06||6:43||16:07||27:34||37:10|
|Mike Dobies||Oct 05||6:53||16:40||34:02||55:54:26|
|Russ Evans||Oct 05||7:21||17:48||34:02||55:54:26|
Depending on how you look at it, Jamey is either the third or fifth person to finish the TWOT 100. He is third on the all time list behind course record holder Dennis Herr and first woman finisher, Sue Johnston. Both Mike Dobies and Russ Evans ran 100 miles last year. They availed themselves of the "no time limit" rule and slept for long periods in between loops. Mike calls it the "namby-pamby TWOT." I call it impressive.
Dennis and his lovely daughter Holley were at the two road crossings. They had this cookies that looked ok. I had one. Then I had about four more. They were delicious and perfect for running. Sue Herr has passed along the recipe that is to the right.
Mike Bur set out communal aid and also brought soup, etc. for the parking lot. While he bordered on being "un-TWOT like" by providing too much aid, he didn't go over the line. He was a great help to all. Thanks, Mike!
The Wild Oak Trail actually has many runable sections. But there are three steep climbs including the killer up Big Bald and, this year, a harrowing stream crossing. It is not for the faint of heart. There is, however, no more satisfying feeling to socialize with your buds in the parking lot after having completed just one of those freakin' loops.
Again, there were many bonus miles. Additionally, there were creative ways to shorten or, in one case, lengthen the loops. We assume that these short loops were caused by the weather. Certainly, no one wanted to miss the fun of crossing the stream where falling meant instant death or, worse, embarrassment. The notes at the bottom are mine. Dennis would be too nice for some of these comments.
|Jaret Seiberg||6:45||11:15||40 miles2|
|Quatro Hubbard||11:15||40 miles3|
|Mike Mason||6:44||30 miles4|
|John Nelson||6:48||28 miles|
|Martha Wright||8:42||bonus miles5|
|Bill Gentry||5:30||19 miles7|
|Alex Popadopoulos||6:00||19 miles8|
|Jill Quivey||6:00||19 miles8|
|Dave Quivey||6:00||19 miles8|
|Bob Phillips||6:00||19 miles8|
|Debbie Shaffer||6:00||19 miles8|
|Rayna Matsuno||5:55||16 miles9|
|Kirsten Walcott||5:00||16 miles9|
|Prissie Nguyen||5:00||16 miles9|
|Sue Thompson||15.5 miles11|
This photo is from last year, but it is pretty.