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March 5, 2016
Rothrock State Forest

Fifty-nine runners took to the snow-covered switchbacks of Laurel Run Road to usher in the first day of spring break. Temps were mild, spirits high. This was Tussey Teaser #1 of the 2016 series, which continues through June.

Several runners turned this into quite a marathon training run by putting in additional full up-and-down 6.2-mile “reps” before the start. Mike Renz and Seth Senior did an unthinkable three pre-race reps, Tom Cali, Mike Zimmerman, Andy Maguire, Bob Shafer, Jeff Smucker and Dan Coughlin did two, and Dean Capone ran one-and-an-half.

Then it was time for the Switchbacker to start. “There was a group of three of us most of the way up,” remembers frequent pace-setter Patrick Singletary, “Andy Cunningham, myself, another runner [Adam Russell], and Luc O trailing a little back behind us.” Singletary was first to reach the turnaround point at the end of the final switchback. “On the way down I started to hear footsteps, and Luc in short order motored right past me. I tried to keep up but his turnover down the mountain was too quick.” O, of Williamsburg, reached the finish first, with Singletary, of State College, 21 seconds back and Russell, of Rome, taking third.

Christine Reynolds, of Newfield, NY, led the women’s field, with Angel Burd, of Huntingdon, just 33 seconds back and State College’s Erica Pitcavage in third.

Youth showed grit today as well, with State College brothers Neil and Matthew Maguire and Cameron Drahnak, of Hastings, vanquishing the up-and-down with impressive determination.

Special thanks to CaliKline - RE/MAX Centre Realty, and Subway Restaurants for their enthusiastic support of the 2016 Tussey Teasers Series.

All runners completing Tussey Teasers #1 through #5 will be eligible to win a special drawing prize at the end of Teaser #5. Tussey Teaser #0, in February, was the series’ unofficial kickoff.

The next Tussey Teaser on April 10 extends this run into an 11-mile point-to-point, ending at Whipple Dam State Park.

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Runners look ready for the climb up Laurel Run Road

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Luc O made quick business of the climb and descent to eclipse all others at the finish

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Adam Russell cruises in to snatch third place

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Niki Carter is all smiles as the finish line approaches

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Tari and Eli Helmers and Marcy Milhomme celebrate victory over the mountain

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Christine Reynolds displays her covetable winner’s trophy

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 Cameron Drahnak, 10, completes his second 10K of the Tussey Teasers Series

 

Overall Order of Finish


Place  Name                 Age  Sex  Town                   Time
—————  ————                 ———  ———  ————                   ————
 1     Luc O                39    M   Williamsburg           39:08
 2     Patrick Singletary   50    M   State College          39:29
 3     Adam Russell         37    M   Rome                   40:29
 4     Andy Cunningham      37    M   Port Matilda           41:43
 5     Joshua Cone          33    M   State College          42:46
 6     Bob Furmanek         41    M   State College          43:25
 7     Jeffrey Lynn         48    M   Slippery Rock          45:58
 8     Tom Cali             60    M   State College          46:26
 9     Terry Reid           57    M   Bellefonte             47:25
10     Judd Michael         50    M   Lemont                 48:05
11     Jeff Smucker         50    M   Woodward               48:05
12     Costas Maranas       48    M   State College          48:48
13     Seth Senior          29    M   State College          49:34
14     Mike Renz            39    M   Port Matilda           49:34
15     Mike Zimmerman       35    M   State College          49:40
16     Bob Shafer           35    M   State College          49:40
17     Dan Coughlin         39    M   State College          49:40
18     Christine Reynolds   46    F   Newfield, NY           49:59
19     Angel Burd           30    F   Huntingdon             50:32
20     Ron Burket           55    M   Philipsburg            52:50
21     Erica Pitcavage      26    F   State College          53:19
22     Chad Brown           44    M   Red Lion               53:41
23     Laura Velasquez      29    F   State College          53:57
24     Dean Capone          39    M   State College          53:57
25     Hans Derr            57    M   Warriors Mark          54:20
26     Dave DeGroote        58    M   State College          54:40
27     Jo Ohm               24    F   State College          55:35
28     Stephen Baird        38    M   State College          55:44
29     Brooke Albright      30    F   Airville               56:08
30     Jim Maras            54    M   State College          56:34
31     Matthew Maguire      13    M   State College          57:29
32     Steve Pagano         51    M   Carrolltown            58:12
33     Adam Ilgen           28    M   State College          59:29
34     Niki Carter          35    F   Harrisburg           1:00:14
35     Jaeson Koszarsky     44    M   State College        1:00:39
36     Huaibin Zhang        26    M   State College        1:00:51
37     John Pringle         54    M   State College        1:02:42
38     Ziteng Wang          21    M   State College        1:04:00
39     Neil Maguire          9    M   State College        1:04:25
40     Andrew Maguire       45    M   State College        1:04:25
41     Joe Reynolds         71    M   Newfield, NY         1:04:30
42     Morgan Wasikonis     46    F   State College        1:04:50
43     Henry Margusity      55    M   State College        1:05:51
44     Tari Helmers         27    F   State College        1:06:12
45     Marcy Milhomme       39    F   State College        1:06:12
46     Lorella Thomas       52    F   Boalsburg            1:06:41
47     Vauda Milone Hurnyi  38    F   Boalsburg            1:06:41
48     Tracy Clouthier      28    F   State College        1:08:28
49     Rob Crowe            68    M   PA Furnace           1:09:28
50     David Lloyd          45    M   State College        1:10:06
51     Machel Drahnak       41    F   Hastings             1:10:42
52     Carolyn Gardner      40    F   State College        1:15:02
53     Gar Hong             36    M   State College        1:15:10
54     Ashley Hill          28    F   Spring Mills         1:22:41
55     Cameron Drahnak      10    M   Hastings             1:27:34
56     Kevin Drahnak        44    M   Hastings             1:27:34
57     Jennifer Koszarsky   34    F   Boalsburg            1:36:30
58     Katrina D'Anca       49    F   Boalsburg            1:36:30
59     Eliza Gabel          24    F   State College        1:36:30