Trails Collective

Weekly Rundown, October 21, 2020

In the Media

TC Interviews

This past week on TC Interviews, Ellie checked in with Cole Crosby. They dig into, amongst other things, good life decisions including opting out of a world record in favor of painting a track in Gatorade. Check it out for the deets. 

The CULTRA crew released last week’s episode with Finn Melanson. The cover balance being overrated, and go deep into his FKT foray into Maine’s Hundred Mile Wilderness.


In the Pain Cave, Dr. Jay Rock’s out with author, music journalist, and trail runner Tony Fletcher. 




Justin Kousky took the Briarcliff – Peekskill Traverse FKT’s in 1:44 and 3h 34m. Of note is he took the mantle from one of the FKT originals, Peter Bakwin, who set it in 2019.


Vanessa Shea completed the Walkill Valley Rail Trail in Unsupported fashion in 3h 5m for the 22 miles record. 


Bethany Garretson covered the absolutely beautiful 10 mile Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge for the baseline Unsupported mark in 3h 2m.


James Goodheart covered the Finger Lakes Trail – letchworth Branch in Unsupported Fashion for a baseline record of 4h 38.


Robert Rives set a new mark of 5:36 for the 30 mile Cold River loop in the ADK’s.


Jonathan Zaharek, answering Jay’s call on a mark for the Bob Marshall Traverse in the ADK’s, shaved a bit over 5 hours for a new Unsupported mark of 13:34. 

Elizabeth Matthews Next to the Crescent Trail

Elizabeth Matthews bested Sarah Keyes mark set in April of this year for a new Crescent Trail mark of 2:37. She checks in with us on that effort.



Jesse Wall and Carissa Winning covered the beastly Grafton Loop of 39 miles and 13,000 feet of gain in 11h 48m for the baseline mixed-gender team mark. 


Katie O’Regan, set a new mark of 4h 4m for the Wissahickon four Corners loop, shaving a bit under an hour off of Sarah Walcott-Sapp’s time from September. She checks in with us here on that effort and FKT’s in general.




VHTRC’s Wild Oak Trail 100 Fatass. It’s a 30+ year old 112.8 mile 4 loop course, with each loop gaining around 7,000 feet, on The Wild Oak Trail. 



Pretzel City Sports Palmerton Glow Burn Nighttime Trail at Blue Mountain. In the 5k, Jessica Billingsby took the overall win, edging Matthew Krince by two seconds. That was tight. In the 10k, Jake Martinez and Paris Hayden recorded the wins. In the 15k, Matt Engler came in for the top slot in 47.47.


VHTRC’s (member only) Pumpkin Spice 50k, a fattass event making use of the dirt roads and singletrack trails of the Prince William Forest Park. Dirk Schulze took the overall win in 4:14 with Stephanie Hill taking the top women’s spot in 4:53.  Full results are here.

Sinnemahone Trail Runs and Ultra offered 12k, 25k, and 50k options over the trails outside of Emporium, PA. Giving us a rundown on the event and results in a prior year winner and all around fan favorite, Matt Lipsey. Check out the full results here.

In the 12k, Jared Braun took it handily with a 1:03 win time for the men, and Caroline McKenna for the women in 1:20. Props to Ben Brennan, age 9, cracking the top 10 with an 8th place finish. In the 25k, David Stoltzfus Jr came home for the win in 2:32, just over a minute ahead of Daniel Henry in 2nd. The top female on the day was Heidi Strauss in 2:49. In the 50k, Jesse Fox ran for the win in 5:45. Second (Ben Troy) and 3rd (Sam Dever) came down to 3 second difference. For the women, Jessica Weinman was the first across in 6:13. Another relative youngster, Benjamin Kauffman, age 16, finished 6th. Pretty young for a solid 50k

To cue us in to this weekend’s PA Trail Dawgs weekend of the Little Pines 5 Miler, and Call of the Wild’s 25k / 50k, is 25k runner-up Erik Kosek and one of his rocking daughters.

We’ll also weave in a few reflection on the event from 50k winner and new course record holder, Reagan McCoy.

You can check out results for the Little Pines 5 Miler, a low key family and youth friendly event running ahead of the Call of Wilds Trail Festival, here. The overall win went to Dean Banko in 35:30, and Katie Sick for the women in 40:33. There was a bit of stud youth in the mix including third place overall Weston Fry, age 13 in 39:35, Jonathan Gasper, age 10, 5th overall in 40:59, and Eliana Schneider, age 12, 7th overall in 42:37. 

Call of the Wild’s Mountain Fest, 25k / 50k run over beautiful, rugged courses in Waterville, PA. With a boatload of elevation change, and technical terrain, this is another PA gem. 50K: Top male slot to Regan McCoy of Lock Haven in 5:13, with top female to Justyna Wilson of Fairless Hills in 6:01. In the 25k, top spots went to Russell Kalbach of Wayne in 2:29, and Meira Minard in 3:00. Should out to the Conestoga Cowboy Alejandro Zapata, running well with a 15th place finish in 3;30. As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Aly’s got a newer YouTube channel going with some quality releases. You can find the full Call of the Wilds results here.  

Big’s Backyard Ultra: As of filming, there are 7 remaining and 60 yards in. Those 7? Three Tarahumaran’s, two from Belgium, and two from the US including Courtney Dauwalter (ultimately finishing as last standing American and 2nd loser) and Harvey Lewis. Olivier Leblond, 72n’d loser in going over the time cut (if I’m reading that correctly) at Yard 35. Aaron Ellison, 90th loser with going over the time cut at yard 33.


Upcoming Events


Saturday, October 24th:

Live Loud Running’s Pachaug Trail Runs, giving you ½ Marathon, Marathon, and 50k options run in the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown, CT. Covid modifications for 2020 include needing to drop the 50 mile, and limiting each distance to 100 runners, with 50 per wave. Registration open here through October 21st: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=76644


Patapsco Valley 50k in Patapsco Valley State Park in Maryland, put on by the crew at White Oak Running Company. https://whiteoakrunning.com/events/patapsco-50k/


November 1st:

Fire on the Mountain 25k and 50k in Green Ridge State Forest, Maryland, put on by the Potomac Highlands Distance Club. Still running with Covid modifications and with fields capped out: http://www.phdispatch.com/fire-on-the-mtn/


November 7

Rim to River 100 – one that caught my eye when they were conceiving the event and which looks pretty spectacular…a course traversing the New River Gorge in WV. Sold out for this year with 199 entrants on the list, but keep it on your radar for next: https://www.adventureappalachia.org/rim-to-river-endurance-races

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