Tussey Teaser #1: 14th Annual Laurel Run Switchbacker
March 4, 2017
Rothrock State Forest
Recent mild temps were conspicuously absent as a cold snap and sunny skies greeted runners eager to angle at the switchbacks of Lauren Run Road. There was a dusting of snow on the route to make the run festive and the footing a little less precarious than usual.
Patrick Singletary glided to overall victory, with Meira Minard second overall and first woman. Dan Barker and Drew Funk were second and third men. Carole Dudukovich was not far behind Minard, and Tari Elkin was the third woman.
As has become a tradition, there were several “repeat” up-and-down participants. Dan Coughlin, Costas Maranas, Seth Senior, Bob Shafer, Brian Thiede and Mike Zimmerman did the route three times (twice before the official start) and Meira Minard and Carole Dudukovich did it twice.
Thanks to series sponsor Subway Restaurants for the party sub, which was handily consumed by participants under blue skies 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 9 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.
Online registration is also open for central PA’s only race with age and gender graded results and awards, the Beidleheimer Sidewinder 10K on May 13, also featuring a team competition, tech shirts, a bus ride to the starting line, and a net-elevation-loss, run on Leg 4 of the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK course, but in reverse. Visit http://www.imathlete.com/events/sidewinder2017 to sign up!
Runners at the start
Meira Minard cruises to second place overall
Dan Barker finishes third overall
Nicole Nahmod is all smiles as she reaches the finish
Samantha Weaver, hailing from Jersey Shore, arrives at the finish
The indefatigable David Lloyd wraps up the run
Overall Order of Finish
Place Name Age Sex Town Time
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1 Patrick Singletary 50 M State College 40:20
2 Meira Minard 43 F State College 45:17
3 Dan Barker 23 M State College 45:35
4 Drew Funk 31 M State College 46:25
5 Carole Dudukovich 50 F Port Matilda 46:37
6 Alan Effrig 38 M State College 46:48
7 Evan Bressler 33 M State College 48:17
8 Tari Elkin 28 F State College 49:15
9 Matt Shealer 37 M Enola 49:15
10 Philip Pryor 24 M State College 49:59
11 Aaron Straley 45 M Port Matilda 51:40
12 Keith Henderson 52 M State College 53:24
13 Kevin Ermol 45 M Bellefonte 54:02
14 Steve Baird 39 M State College 54:16
15 Seth Senior 30 M State College 50:26
16 Dan Coughlin 40 M State College 50:26
17 Mike Zimmerman 36 M State College 50:26
18 Brian Thiede 29 M State College 50:26
19 Bob Shafer 35 M Bellefonte 50:26
20 Jim Myers 61 M Boalsburg 57:39
21 Nicole Nahmod 23 F State College 57:49
22 Leslie McGovern 52 F Pine Grove Mills 58:07
23 Lorella Thomas 53 F Boalsburg 1:02:09
24 Vanda Mikone Hurnyi 39 F Boalsburg 1:02:09
25 Marcy Milhomme 40 F State College 1:02:35
26 Adam Ilgen 29 M State College 1:03:33
27 Samantha Weaver 44 F Jersey Shore 1:05:30
28 Carolyn Gardner 40 F State College 1:06:40
29 Daniel Bowers 32 M State College 1:08:55
30 David Lloyd 46 M State College 1:09:55
31 Erik Schmalz 27 M State College 1:13:50