Sunday, June 4, 2017
Rothrock State Forest
by Mike Casper
mettle – vigor and strength of spirit or temperament; staying quality
It was uncharacteristically cool and a little breezy as runners showed for the challenging out-and-back route on Treaster Kettle Road on this overcast Sunday morning. As with last year, cool temps and gentle breezes kept up, with even a few drops of rain at one point, but all was concluded before heavier rains came later in the day.
Three runners came in under the previous course record, led by Andrew Sell, with Matt Balogh and Ben Hietsch vying for second place. Tari Elkin won the women’s race, with Kylee Ammerman and Samantha Weaver in second and third.
Kudos to 14-year-old Casey Ehlers, for whom this distance was twice his longest run ever. For Keith Henderson, who got back into running recently, this was his longest race in twenty years.
Two runners, Samantha Weaver and RJ Bascom, did the weekend double, coming off yesterday’s arduous Rothrock Trail Challenge to run the Treaster Kettle as well.
Patrick Singletary beat his own fastest time from 2009 by 52 seconds, Steve Baird took over 7 minutes off his time from last year, and Kylee Ammerman took 2 minutes off her 2016 time.
Special thanks to James Bascom for finish line assistance and to Heidi Loomis for picking up the post-race party sub rations from Subway.
Four people have run all of the “official” Tussey Teasers #1 through #4 (March 4 through June 4) so far, and three of these also ran the “bonus” (Feb. 4) Teaser #0. All four are in the running for a “grand prize” to be awarded on June 18 after the final Teaser, the Eager Seeger Half Marathon. Those four are: Steve Baird, Evan Bresler, David Lloyd, and Samantha Weaver.
A big thanks to CaliKline – RE/MAX Centre Realty, Appalachian Outdoors and Subway Restaurants for their support of the 2017 Tussey Teasers Series.
The final Tussey Teaser of the season, the Eager Seeger Half Marathon, will take place June 18. For details, visit http://tusseymountainback.com/events/tussey-teasers
Runners gathered at Colyer Lake conjure the Subway sub that will be waiting at the finish line
RJ Bascom and Casey Ehlers celebrate Casey’s longest run after the race
David Lloyd nears the finish line
Overall Order of Finish
Place Name Town State Sex Age Time
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1 Andrew Sell State College PA M 19 1:03:30
2 Matt Balogh State College PA M 18 1:06:37
3 Ben Hietsch State College PA M 20 1:06:48
4 Patrick Singletary State College PA M 51 1:07:51
5 Andy Cunningham Port Matilda PA M 39 1:12:32
6 Bob Shafer Bellefonte PA M 36 1:15:16
7 Alan Effrig State College PA M 38 1:21:59
8 Evan Bresler PA Furnace PA M 33 1:22:09
9 Matt Smith State College PA M 50 1:23:52
10 Robert Shaver Loganton PA M 56 1:24:40
11 Steve Baird State College PA M 39 1:28:38
12 Keith Henderson State College PA M 53 1:31:38
13 Tari Elkin State College PA F 28 1:31:49
14 Jacob Gordon Huntingdon PA M 29 1:41:32
15 Mike Casper State College PA M 58 1:42:11
16 Kylee Ammerman Bellefonte PA F 37 1:47:40
17 David Lloyd State College PA M 47 1:56:26
18 RJ Bascom Front Royal VA M 15 2:02:40
19 Casey Ehlers Rileyville VA M 14 2:03:10
20 Michael Miller Calvin PA M 61 2:06:10
21 Samantha Weaver Jersey Shore PA F 44 2:06:10