Tussey Teaser #4: 11th annual Treaster Kettle Test-Your-Mettle 10.6 Miler
June 7, 2015
mettle – vigor and strength of spirit or temperament; staying quality
Twenty-seven runners took on the rolling out-and-back route on Treaster Kettle Road on this pleasant and sunny Sunday.
Patrick Singletary was the first to finish for the men, just 2:40 slower than the CR he posted last year. Singletary pulled away from Costas Maranas during the steep uphill around mile 4. He finished less than three minutes ahead of Maranas, who took second. Michael Zimmerman was less than a minute behind in third.
Sayard Tanis, of Dauphin, ran the third fastest women’s time ever in her first outing on this course. In April, Tanis posted a new CR at the Tussey-to-Whipple 11 Miler. Binky Lush took second, and Paula Jech third.
“The course kept me interested and I felt like it was a great mix of up and down,” recalled Tanis. “I love mountains, so I love climbs and downhills, too! I had looked at the basic elevation profile so I'd know a general idea of what to expect. Also, with runs in the mountains, I usually count on there being ‘false summits’ thrown in there for extra fun. I pretty much planned to see how I felt the first half (since I'd raced Rothrock the day before, I wanted to "ask" my body how it was feeling about racing again). Then I decided to start trying to pick up the pace on the way back. I started pushing the hardest around the 8 mile mark, since I was feeling good and wanted to finish strong.”
Several runners had noteworthy results. Zimmerman whittled more than 2 minutes off his 2014 time, and David Lloyd shaved 7+ minutes off his time from last year.
A big thanks to Subway for tasty post-run party subs. Thanks to Matt Griffin and Carol Shirk for finish line and photo assistance.
The final Tussey Teaser of the season, the Eager Seeger Half Marathon, will take place June 21.
Runners line up before the start
Pat Singletary cruises to victory
Sayard Tanis was the fastest woman, beating Alan Effrig on the home stretch
Adam Ilgen was a strong finisher in his first Test-Your-Mettle
Paula Jech and her husband Tom were the two oldest mettle-ists
Tom Jech may have to be reported to the authorities for owning a handicap parking tag, since he ran up and down a mountain
Subway has always been a proud sponsor of the Tussey Teaser Series
Timing by the Nittany Valley Running Club
Overall Order of Finish
Place Name Age Sex Town Time
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1 Patrick Singletary 49 M State College 1:09:34
2 Costas Maranas 47 M State College 1:12:15
3 Michael Zimmerman 35 M State College 1:13:30
4 Sayard Tanis 33 F Dauphin 1:14:25
5 Alan Effrig 36 M State College 1:14:29
6 Brian Garthwaite 35 M Lewisburg 1:15:48
7 Eric Taber 24 M State College 1:21:19
8 Robert Shaver 54 M Loganton 1:22:09
9 Tom Cali 60 M State College 1:27:57
10 Mikey Jiang 24 M Boalsburg 1:29:12
11 Adam Ilgen 27 M State College 1:31:35
12 Michael Goldfine 59 M Lemont 1:36:55
13 David DeGroote 57 M State College 1:37:55
14 Brent Kelsey 47 M Huntingdon 1:43:56
15 Aric Sponsler 38 M State College 1:47:00
16 George Conrad 38 M Huntingdon 1:47:00
17 Matt Smith 51 M State College 1:47:00
18 Binky Lush 51 F Spring Mills 1:50:31
19 Gar Hong 36 M State College 1:50:37
20 Rob Shirk 53 M Altoona 1:52:59
21 David Lloyd 45 M State College 1:53:57
22 Paula Jech 71 F State College 1:56:05
23 Tracy Clouthier 27 F State College 1:58:02
24 Erik Schmalz 25 M State College 2:06:11
25 Erin Welsh 28 F Jersey Shore 2:22:26
26 Amanda Wallace 27 F Jersey Shore 2:22:27
27 Tom Jech 71 M State College 2:30:44