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Written by Martin Mazur Martin Mazur
March 3, 2018
Rothrock State Forest, PA
by Mike Casper

Blustery breezes greeted runners tilting at the switchbacks of Lauren Run Road. There was a dusting of snow on the mountain but only a few slick spots to make the run festive and the footing more sure than usual.

Josh Litofsky cruised glided to overall victory, with Steve Templin not far behind and Josh Cone in third. Meghan Mason, visiting from Minnesota, folded this run into her schedule and notched a course record by nearly 2 minutes. Meira Minard was second and Ashley McDonald third.

As has become a tradition, there were several “repeat” up-and-down participants. Seth Senior, Bob Shafer, Brian Thiede and Mike Zimmerman did the route three times (twice before the official start), Meira Minard and Tara Murray did it twice, and Jo Ohm warmed up with several miles on the Spruce Gap Trail.

Thanks to series sponsor Subway Restaurants for the party sub, which was handily consumed by participants at the finish line.

Those who run Tussey Teasers #1 through #5 (February’s Teaser #0 was a bonus) will be eligible for a special prize drawing that will take place after Teaser #5, the Eager Seeger Half Marathon.

The next Tussey Teaser on April 8 is the Tussey-to-Whipple 11 Miler, run on Legs 1 through 3 of the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK course. To register and get details on the remaining Teasers, visit http://www.tusseymountainback.com/tussey_teasers.html.

News Flash: Central PA’s only race with age and gender adjusted results and awards, the Beidleheimer Sidewinder, now features a new start time, 9 a.m., an out-and-back route, and you can choose a 10K or 20K option. Online registration for this May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) race is available at https://legacy.imathlete.com/events/sidewinder2018. Proceeds support Team Ream. The race also features tech shirts and trophies to the first five finishers.


pix teaser1 18 start                       Runners and supporting pups braved chilly winds at the start, but the forest provided some respite on the route.

pix teaser1 18 moms                                                          Two expectant moms supporting the effort made this a hike for health.
pix teaser18 1 closed                                                            David Lloyd approaches the first switchback with calm determination.

pix teaser1 18 josh                                                     Josh Litofsky lets the brakes go descending the final section of Laurel Run Road.
pix teaser1 18 joshnmeg                                      Josh Cone points out the lead woman, Meghan Mason, en route to a new women’s course record.

pix teaser1 18 meirsault                                                                Meira Minard executes a cartwheel over Josh Cone at the finish.
pix teaser1 18 3peat                                                     Seth Senior leads a small band of runners who completed three reps of the route.

pix teaser1 18 ashley                                                                                 Ashley McDonald was the third lady finisher.
pix teaser1 18 symphony                                                                          Meghan Mason with her winner’s spoils.

Overall Order of Finish


Place First Name  Last Name            City           Sex  Age    Time
----- ----------  ---------            ----           ---  ---    ----
1     Josh        Litofsky           State College     M   21     41:18
2     Steve       Templin            Muncy             M   45     41:39
3     Josh        Cone               Boalsburg         M   35     42:33
4     Meghan      Mason              St. Paul, MN      F   30     43:05
5     Meira       Minard             State College     F   44     44:45
6     Seth        Senior             State College     M   31     46:40
7     Brian       Thiede             State College     M   30     46:40
8     Mike        Zimmerman          State College     M   37     46:40
9     Bob         Shafer             Bellefonte        M   37     46:40
10    Drew        Funk               State College     M   32     46:55
11    Andrew      Maguire            State College     M   47     47:42
12    Judd        Michael            Lemont            M   55     48:28
13    Jason       Spicher            State College     M   25     48:39
14    Dan         Barker             Belleville        M   24     49:14
15    Ashley      McDonald           State College     F   33     49:32
16    Tim         Spigelmyer         mcClure           M   52     50:17
17    Jo          Ohm                State College     F   26     51:00
18    Evan        Bresler            Penna Furnace     M   34     51:04
19    Laura       Cone               Boalsburg         F   31     51:23
20    Steve       Baird              State College     M   40     52:24
21    Tara        Murray             State College     F   41     53:51
22    Jacob       Gordon             Huntingdon        M   29     54:17
23    Sharon      Lupo               Penna Furnace     F   43     56:33
24    Jim         Maras              State College     M   56     56:52
25    Noel        Habashy            State College     M   35     56:52
26    Matthew     Rooke              State College     M   34     56:52
27    Amanda      Pighetti-Marshall  Warriors Mark     F   35     57:52
28    Regina      Lozinski           Port Matilda      F   38     58:12
29    Chad        Brown              Red Lion          M   46   1:01:32
30    John        Pringle            State College     M   56   1:01:32
31    Daniel      Bowers             State College     M   33   1:06:27
32    Brian       Brown              Lewisburg         M   43   1:07:12
33    Ali         Weyant             Huntingdon        F   21   1:10:30
34    Wade        Brown              York              M   48   1:11:36
35    David       Lloyd              State College     M   47   1:12:05