The Trails Collective Weekly Rundown | November 26, 2021
The Trails Collective Weekly Rundown
November 26, 2021
In the Media
A beautiful short film of the Worlds End 50k / 100k, running in Worlds End State Park, PA. I volunteered in 2020 and ran the 100k this year. Lucky on both occasions as typically my Cayuga Trails falls near or on the same weekend, as it will in 2022. I was thankful for the opportunity as it truly is a rugged and beautiful course.
Registration is open now on RunSignUp: https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Forksville/worldsendultra?remMeAttempt=
Trails Collective film on the Bold Coast Bash
Fastest Known Times of the Week
Lila Gaudrault, 2h 54m for the 21 mile Norwottuck Rail Trail, which runs with beautiful views of the Seven Sisters throughout. Lila’s mark lowers that set by Brenda Fortin’s only a month ago by 6 minutes.
Keith Nadeau, 2h 3m for the Battle Road Trail, a 19 mile loop through Revolutionary War History including Paul Revere’s capture site. Keith’s mark shaves 25 minutes off the opening unsupported mark from May of this year.
Etan Levavi, 4h 39m for the Ramapo Dunderberg Trail in Harriman, covering 22 miles with 5,500’ of gain, lowering Brendan Ferrara’s mark from a year ago by 15 minutes. Etan also just entered the mix for our Breakneck Point Full for the Spring, so this is pretty solid training with that in mind. Will be good to see him throw down.
0 Degree Winter Trail Festival
A 5 miler running in Pittsford, NY on December 11 is 98% Full with 1 spot remaining. The 10 and 15 are in safe territory at the moment. This event serves as a fundraiser for the TrailsRoc crew and trail projects they’re planning for the ’22 season.
Freight Train 50k / 100k, running Farmville, VA on December 11 is 98% full. This event makes use of a flat rail trail, and, in good weather should be a pretty fast course.
Grayson Highlands ½, 50k & 50m, running in Mouth of Wilson, VA on May 7th is also 98% full with only 9 spots remaining. Grayson Highlands is on our list of most scenic races in VA on the Trails Collective Article on Most Scenic races in the Northeast. Now would be the time to get in on that one.
Get Outside 8H, running on November 27th in Smithfield, VA using a 3 mile loop course format. The event is 97% full.
Highlands Trail Festival
Results & Voices
November 20 – 21
Three Series Events went down:
Fall Backyard Burn Trail Run – Fountainhead, Fairfax Station, VA
Campgaw Fall Series #3 in Mahwah, NJ
Valley Trail Series Winter Race 1, 5k, 5m, 10m in Alpine, NJ
Green Chimneys “Conquer the Forest” Trail Run, Carmel, NY to benefit therapeutic education programs for children with special needs. I didn’t see the results on their site but hopefully it went great.
Crooked Road 24h Ultra, using a 1’ish mile hard packed cinder loop in Rocky Mount, VA saw a stout 185 finishers for what was their 10th running. Overall winner on mileage covered was Michelle Gray, establishing a new course record with 113 miles covered, with top men’s finish going to Mark Ciggett with 107.
Hex Hollow Half 6.66 and 13.13 milers, run over the meadows, hardwood forests, and pine covered singletrack of Spring Valley Park Glen Rock, PA had 34 finishers in the 13.13 miler, with Katie O’Regan taking the win in 1:49, shaving 4 minutes off the prior CR, with Eric Ferree runner up in 1:51. In the 6.66, Gabriel Rodriguez took the win in 51:03, a few minutes shy of his existing course record, with Karen Rohrbaugh for the women in 1:12.
CT Trailmixers Fall Fling 400 Trail Race, 400 minutes, Southington, CT. Results not yet posted, but weighing in in second place finisher and top dude on the day, Shan Riggs.
Tarrywile Half Marathon, an inaugural Steep Endurance event running in Danbury, CT. True to their name, it looks like a pretty solid course with nearly 3k of elevation gain over some technical terrain. Of 118 finishers, David Martin of Hartford took the inaugural win and CR in 1:55 with women’s win and mark going to Brittany Telke in 2:22. Weighing in on this course with personal meaning…the Amy and Abigail Hanlon, both with very personal connections to the event and course.
The Tuckahoe 25k, Queen Anne, MD, put on by the Centerville Crushers and Algonquin Ultras, a great community ran their third year. It was a solid field with 244 finishers, Nick Cruz setting a new CR in 1:40, and Maria Miller, winner of every year run taking the women’s field in 1:58. Taking us deeper into Tuckahoe is overall winner and new CR holder, Nick Cruz, finding his own in building into the sport, and and finisher Elizabeth Erin with an awesome day, huge PR, and first official finish in her third attempt.
Little Gunpowder 50k, making use of predominately singletrack trails in Little Gunpowder, starting and ending at historic Jerusalem Mill in Kingsville, MD saw 69 finishers on the day. The overall win went to Benjamin Linne with a new CR in 3:54 with top women’s spot earned by Erin Collins in 5:01. Here to give us a deeper view into the day is Sergey “the Jorts” Chepyshev.
JFK 50, one of the oldest, longest running, and competitive events in our region and nation went down with some fast times. Adam Peterman, Speedgoat 50k winner and Pikes Peak runner up Adam Peterman led from the wire to finish 16 minutes ahead of runner up Zack Beavin and with the second fastest time in event history. Eric LiPuma ran in for a solid 3rd place finish, followed by Sean Van Horn and Justin Scheid. With 8 Olympic Marathon Trials were amongst a really competitive women’s field. Kristina Randrup went out in and held the lead through half with Devon Yanko and Kimber Mattox. Randrup faded while Sarah Cummings (2020 JFK50 runner up) and Sarah Biehl came on to battle. Sarah emerged for the win in 6:18 with Sarah Biehl 4 minutes back, Devon Yanko in 3rd followed by Kimber Mattox and Kristina Randrup.
I’m stoked this week to have both runner-up’s bringing us deeper into JFK. Men’s second place finisher Zack Beavin and women’s Sarah Biehl. Zack breaks down a bit of the history, lays out the course, doing it right on the nutrition, at a 350 calories / hour a bit higher than some can take in, but great for those who can. Sarah highlights the feel of an ultra finish and going on after a knee crusher.
November 27 – 28
Storybrook Half Marathon in Stratford, CT
NCR Marathon and Half, Sparks, MD
Squatchy Leftovers Trail Race, Mapleleaf 50k, 25k, 10k, 5k, in West Orange, NJ
The Oxbow Ultra 6h, 12h, 24h, in St. Paul, VA
Get Outside 8 Hour in Smithfield, VA
Taking Us Out Trails Collective Video on the Bold Coast Bash