April 10, 2016
Rothrock State Forest
It was cool but calm for this run and there was a dusting of snow on the roadsides for 37 runners en route to Whipple Dam. Patrick Singletary glided along the route to come in just 50 seconds shy of a new course record. Jeff Lynn was second and Scott Peterson was third.
In the women’s race, Meira Minard cruised in for the win, followed by Jo Ohm in second and Alexandria Housel in third.
Congratulations are due to all, but especially to runners like Ross Seagram, for whom this was his longest run ever.
Improvement-wise over last year, Jeff Schiesler improved his game by one minute, Mike Zimmerman by around 90 seconds, Tom Cali by 4 full minutes, and John Iceland by 5 minutes.
In recent years there have been “repeat” up-and-down assaults of the hill on Laurel Run Road during March’s Laurel Run Switchbacker 10K. Last month, Mike Renz did an unprecedented four (4 times 6.2 miles) ascents.
Lately on this 11-mile route, there have been some adventurous runners who put in 11 “warmup” miles from Whipple Dam to the start. Today, Jake Clements, Dan Coughlin and Lincoln Kennedy put in a respectable 22 miles.
But no one has done more than that—until today. At 5:55 a.m., Mike Renz departed from Tussey on foot for a peppy out-and-back (that’s 22 miles) before the official start. He was right on time for the group start, and completed his third 11-mile jaunt at a 9:27 pace. Note the ice on Whipple Lake behind Mike.
Hats off to two key Tusssey Teasers Series sponsors. Soon after finishing, indefatigable runner and devoted series sponsor Tom Cali, of CaliKline - RE/MAX Centre Realty, with nary a day off from work, was on his way to meet with a client. Thanks also to series sponsor Subway for the party sub, which was handily consumed by participants under clear blue skies at Whipple Dam’s stone patio.
Attendance at this series is growing. Those who run Tussey Teasers #1 through #5 (February’s Teaser #0 is a bonus) will be eligible for a special prize drawing after Teaser #5, the Eager Seeger Half Marathon.
The next Tussey Teaser is the Beidleheimer Sidewinder 10K on May 7, a bona-fide race with age- and gender-graded results and awards, team competition, tech shirts, a bus ride to the starting line, and net-elevation-loss, run on Leg 4 of the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK course, but in reverse.
To register for the Sidewinder 10K and get details on the remaining Teasers, visit http://www.tusseymountainback.com/tussey_teasers.html.
Runners line up at Tussey Mountain for the start
Jacob Alexander displays distinctive fashion style on the way to the finish
Danna Cheung is quietly exuberant as she completes the run
Alexandria Housel and Jeff Schiesler are pleased to reach the finish
Alex Mattern, Ross Seagram and Jessica Meyer after Ross’s longest run ever
Winners Meira Minard and Patrick Singletary display the spoils of victory
Mike Renz, 33 miles later, stands in front of ice-covered Lake Whipple
Overall Order of Finish
Place First Name Last Name City Sex Age Time
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1 Patrick Singletary State College M 50 1:09:13
2 Jeff Lynn Slippery Rock M 48 1:17:23
3 Scott Peterson Fort Collins, CO M 26 1:18:20
4 Jacob Alexander State College M 40 1:18:50
5 Mike Zimmerman State College M 35 1:21:35
6 Dan Coughlin State College M 39 1:22:48
7 Seth Senior State College M 29 1:22:55
8 Meira Minard State College F 42 1:22:57
9 Alan Effrig State College M 37 1:26:32
10 Tom Cali State College M 60 1:27:26
11 Jo Ohm State College F 24 1:28:15
12 Ron Burket Philipsburg M 55 1:28:16
13 John Iceland State College M 45 1:31:47
14 Hans Derr Warriors Mark M 57 1:33:19
15 Alexandria Housel Port Matilda F 35 1:33:54
16 Jeff Schiesler Port Matilda M 60 1:33:54
17 Stephen Baird State College M 38 1:35:10
18 Lincoln Kennedy State College M 23 1:38:45
19 Chad Brown Red Lion M 44 1:40:56
20 Huaibin Zhang State College M 27 1:40:56
21 Mike Renz Port Matilda M 39 1:41:59
22 Jake Clements State College M 36 1:41:59
23 Kate Clancy State College F 23 1:43:54
24 Adam Ilgen State College M 28 1:43:54
25 Diane Swauger Port Matilda F 40 1:44:48
26 John Pringle State College M 54 1:49:48
27 Vanda Mikone Hurny Boalsburg F 38 1:52:18
28 Lorella Thomas Boalsburg F 53 1:52:18
29 Seth Volpe Hollidaysburg M 33 1:52:27
30 Jessica Meyer State College F 29 1:56:52
31 Ross Seagram State College M 25 1:56:52
32 Alex Mattern State College F 24 1:56:52
33 Carolyn Gardner State College F 40 1:59:10
34 Tracy Clouthier State College F 28 1:59:46
35 Mark Meredith State College M 37 1:59:58
36 Danna Cheung State College F 23 2:21:50
37 Johanna Steinbacher State College F 37 2:23:17