Trails Collective Weekly Rundown | November 12, 2021
November 12, 2021
In the Media
Age Record on the AT
MJ Eberhart, with a trail name of Nimblewill Nomad, at age 83 breaks the record for oldest individual to hike the AT
Shane the Trail Dog
A pretty great thing…Shane, owned by an individual who lives adjacent to the Nittany Loop in State College, is a dog trained to find and guide potentially lost hikers, and becomes a great companion for those hiking or running the loop.
The Trails Collective Podcast
We’re now live in traditional audio-only podcast format wherever you go for podcasts, and including: Spotify, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Breaker, Castbox, Pocket Cast, Radio Public, Stitcher
Grayson Highlands ½, 50k, and 50 miler, in the Trails Collective lineup of most scenic events in VA, and slated to run April 23, is 97% full with only 13 spots remaining, and will cap by this weekend. https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85294
Registrations Opening This Week
Runamuck 50k, slated for April 2 in Brownsville, VT opens up on November 13th.
Fire On the Mountain 25k / 50k, opens up November 19th.
FKT’s of the Week
Sarah (Ports) Connor, Ellen Beth, Brittany Telke, and Julie Fraysier laid down an opening women’s unsupported mark of 2h 52m on the 14 mile northern section of the Mattatuck Trail.
Bethany Garretson, returning from her mixed-gender team FKT of 9h 45m from May, sets a new women’s supported mark on 10h 5m on the 86.2 mile Lake Placid 9er Challenge
“The Lake Placid 9er is a newer hiking challenge that was created in 2018. This challenge consists of 9 peaks Catamount, Bear Den, Baxter, Big Crow , Hurricane, Pitchoff, Van Voevenburg, Mt Joe and Cobble Hill. There is a ultra option to complete all 9 peaks in a 24 hour period . The route I chose consisted of 29.5 miles of hiking, 9512 ft of gain, and 54.82 miles of car travel between peaks.”
Laura Tuttle shaves 35 minutes off of Jen Thomas’s 2016 mark for the 9.6 mile Hunter Mtn Loop, running it for a new women’s unsupported FKT in 2h 3m.
Results & Voices
8 Hours at the Farm in Brookfield, CT
Stone Cat 50k in Ipswich, MA – Clip from Rachel Bainbridge
Stone Cat is another classic Northeast event, using 10 mile mixed trail loops in the Willowdale State Forest, and dating back to 2001. COVID disrupted the annual runnings, otherwise it would have been their 20th. Of 162 finishers, Devin Jones took the overall win in 3:59. Top woman on the day, setting a new CR, was Rachel Bainbridge in 4:26. Rachel was moving and pretty great to see a new CR set on a classic event course. Here to cue us into the event and day is new women’s CR holder, Rachel Bainbridge.
Bobcat Trail Run 11 Mile in Thurmont, MD
BRRC “Night Moves” Trail Race 6 Miler – Baltimore, MD
Fire on the Mountain 50k in Little Orleans, MD
Blackout 5k/10k in Jackson, NH
The Hamsterwheel – 6h – 30h running on the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds in New Boston, NH. Going in with a bit under 300 entrants strong with the largest singular field being in the 30h wherein it looks like it should be a solid battle for the women’s win. – No results yet posted but I’m looking forward to checking them out. Should have them up and will bring them to you next week along with a Clip from Michael Lo Presti (next week) for the win.
White Lake Ultras – 12 / 24h in Tamworth, NJ
Batona Trail Races 33m and 55m in Ong’s Hat, NJ – Clip from Dave Gilbert
Batona comes in as one of the most scenic events in NJ according to the Trails Collective. They saw 70 finishers in the 55 miler, and 105 in the 33 Miler. Records fell with Matthew Vira and Carley Bean ran hot in the 33 miler, both establishing new men’s and women’s course records in 3:50 and 4:59. In the 55, Nigel Bates and Amy Paige also established new course record marks in 7:39 and 10:16. Taking us deeper into Batona is an individual who’s gone full in on trail and ultra, racing a pretty crazy amount in short amount of years, and who has history at Batona, Dave Gilbert.
Fall Back into the Trails 10k & 50k in Lagrangeville, NY
Moreau Half in Gansevoort, NY – Clip from Bill Hoffman
The Moreau Half, running outside of Saratoga, NY, uses some quality trail with a fair amount of gain and a bit of technicality thrown in. In there second year they saw 95 finishers, a decent pickup from their inaugural year of 65. Here to give us a deeper window in Moreau is Bill Hoffman.
Pennypack Trail Fest – 20k, 40k, 60k in Philadelphia, PA
The View 25k – Hyner, PA – Clips from Mason Coppi and Natalie Rosamelia
In PA, the Trail Dogs, an entity consistently turning out some of the highest entrant numbers and a pretty awesomely active trail community, put on the View 25k. This year saw 282 finishers covering their signature course sections and pitches with Mason Coppi, one of the newest fastest short-distance trail runners in the NE, edging out David Hedges by 2 minutes for a win and new course record of 1:55. That mark is over 20 minutes under the prior course record. The top 4 were under that prior mark. For the women the indefatigueable Meira Minard took the win in 2:49. And, also awesomely impressive, was the finish by Natalie Rosamelia of not just the View, but a 25k series. Here to provide us their Views, Mason Coppi and Natalie Rosamelia.
Cross County Trail Marathon and Half in Springfield, VA
Gritty Leakes Trail Marathons in Goochland, VA
Midnight Maniac 13h Endurance Run – Williamsburg, VA
Mountain Masochist Trail Run 50m in Lynchburg, VA – Clip from McLane Grow and Rachel Spaulding
1983, Nike introduced the Pegasus, Sally Ride was the first woman in space, and Mt. Masochist ran its inaugural running. This event has some of the deepest trail roots in the country and our region. This year, on a revamped course, 131 finished the 50 mile with McLane Grow and Kate Mingle on top I 7:59 and 9:10. 64 finished the 50k with Joshua Thomas and Rachel Spaulding taking the wins in 4:40 and 4:54 respectively. Giving us a rundown of the event and their days out there, 50 mile winner McLane Grow, and women’s 50k winner Rachel Spaulding.
RutFest Running Festival in Williston, VT
Rim to River 100 in the New River Gorge, WV – Clip from Caleb William Bowen
Rim to River is a beautiful 100 run in the New River Gorge of WV. Photos are truly beautiful and people running and finishing filled my Facebook feed this week. In only their second year they saw 143 finishers with the leaders crushing it. Caleb William Bowen established a new CR of 15:37 with Dan Green being relatively hot in pursuit with an also flying 15:52 for second. For the women Hollyann Swann, having a great year, through down a wicked fast and tough 19:00 for 4th overall and the new W’s CR.
Events This Coming Weekend in the Northeast Trail Running World
Nov 13 – 14
Bold Coast Bash Trail 10m, 20m, 30m in Cutler, ME
MDT Challenge Trail Race 7 Miler in Darlington, MD
Rosaryville Veterans Day 50k in Upper Marlboro, MD
Stone Mill 50M in Montgomery Village, MD
Running the Beast Rewind – Way Over Yonder Trail Series 10k, 20k, 50k in Hewitt, NJ
Southern Harvest 24h Endurance Challenge 24h in Williamson, WV
Pocantico Hills Marathon in Sleepy Hollow, NY
Old Glory Ultra 50k in Glen Lyn, VA