April 9, 2017
Rothrock State Forest
It was in the low 40s as cars met just after 8 at Whipple Dam to leave cars for the carpool back to the start, but at Tussey Mountain it was already feeling like Spring.
As a longer run relatively early in the season, this teaser is a good test of the Rothroxie Moxie Factor, and the runners on hand were clearly up for it.
Andy Cunningham cruised in for the win, but not without someone in a vehicle trying to ask him directions to somewhere. How often do you have to say, “Sorry, but I’m running a race”?
Josh Litofsky was only a couple minutes behind, and finishing close on his heels was Dan Barker.
In the women’s race, three that have been demonstrating their fortitude finished together, Carole and Tia Dudukovich and Meira Minard.
Honorable mention goes to Litofsky, who ran the same route in the reverse direction from Whipple Dam as an 11-mile warmup, in time for a 5 minute pause before the formal start.
Several runners improved their times over last year’s run, including Steve Baird and Kate Clancy (4+ minutes faster), Vanda Mikóné Hurnyi (18 seconds faster), and Seth Volpe (7+ minutes faster).
Many thanks to series sponsor Subway Restaurants for the party sub, which helped motivate some of the participants to hang tough to 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 June 18 Eager Seeger Half Marathon.
The next Tussey Teaser, on May 13, is the only local race with age- and gender-graded results and awards, the Beidleheimer Sidewinder 10K, featuring also 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, with finish on Whipple Dam beach road. You can visit http://www.imathlete.com/events/sidewinder2017 now to sign up!
Runners take in the bright sunshine before the start
Josh Litofsky completes a 22-mile run at the finish
Dan Barker celebrates reaching the finish
Kyra Sciaudone toughs it out to the finish
Winners Andy Cunningham and Les Trois Graces, Carole and Tia Dudukovich and Meira Minard
Overall Order of Finish
Place First Last Age Sex Town Time
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1 Andy Cunningham 38 M Port Matilda 1:14:59
2 Josh Litofsky 24 M State College 1:17:45
3 Dan Barker 23 M State College 1:18:22
4 Dale Reichender 51 M Malibu, CA 1:22:04
5 Austin Boyle 33 M Lemont 1:24:16
6 Carole Dudukovich 50 F Port Matilda 1:24:22
7 Tia Dudukovich 26 F Port Matilda 1:24:22
8 Meira Minard 43 F State College 1:24:23
9 Evan Bressler 33 M State College 1:26:56
10 Philip Pryor 25 M State College 1:29:12
11 Leslie Fedon Harrison 53 F Virgina Beach, VA 1:30:01
12 Steve Baird 39 M State College 1:30:43
13 Tari Elkin 28 F State College 1:32:06
14 Kevin Ermol 45 M Bellefonte 1:32:27
15 Aaron Straley 45 M Port Matilda 1:32:47
16 Matt Smith 51 M State College 1:33:26
17 Jim Maras 55 M State College 1:35:10
18 Kate Clancy 24 F State College 1:39:50
19 Gar Hong 38 M Boalsburg 1:42:04
20 Seth Volpe 34 M Hollidaysburg 1:44:49
21 Nicole Nahmod 24 F State College 1:44:54
22 Kyra Sciaudone 23 F Boalsburg 1:47:47
23 Samantha Weaver 44 F Jersey Shore 1:51:10
24 Vanda Mikóné Hurnyi 39 F Boalsburg 1:52:00
25 David Lloyd 46 M State College 1:59:08
26 Mark Meredith 38 M Pittsburgh 2:01:20