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February 2, 2019
Rothrock State Forest
by Mike Casper


Near-zero temps, a frozen lake and a few inches of snow greeted runners determined give 2019 a run for its money to kick off the 2019 Tussey Teasers Series. Snow and ice covered nearly every inch of the route. Runners had two lone wheeltracks to guide them through the snow on the unmaintained segment that leads to the official turnaround point, the Brothers-in-Law driveway.

Eric Marshall finished first, and just 8 seconds off his own course record from 2016, with Jake Bayus in second and Emma Maras third overall. Emma led the women’s race, with Diane Swauger in second and Regina Lozinski in third. Several runners logged extra miles before or after in preparation for upcoming races.

The next run of the six-event Tussey Teasers series is the Laurel Run Switchbacker 10K, set for March 2, at Tussey Mountain. For the series schedule and a link to the waiver, visit http://tusseymountainback.com/events/tussey-teasers. All six of the series runs are free and include timing and water. Tasty party sub fare courtesy of Subway Restaurants will add a refueling detail to the remaining runs of the series.

Tussey Teasers Series Note: All runners who complete Teaser #1 through Teaser #5 will be eligible for a grand prize to be awarded at the end of Teaser #5, the Eager Seeger Half Marathon, on June 16. Those who also completed this run, Teaser #0, will earn a special bonus.

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Despite single digit temps and a mountain breeze, runners were ready for the elements

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Emma Maras set a strong pace on the way out Boal Gap Road

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Brian Brown was glad to be out on this bright day in the forest

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David DeGroote was feeling good in his first race of the new year

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Liz Moriarty and her dog made good time on Boal Gap Road.

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Diane Swauger easily set the fashion standard for the day

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Emma Maras glides over the snowy parking lot to the finish

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Jake Bayus, new to the local area, revels in the sea of white at run’s end


Place First Name   Last Name   City              State Sex  Age     Time
----- ----------   ---------   ----              ----- ---  ---     ----
 1    Eric         Marshall    State College       PA   M   35      37:54
 2    Jake         Bayus       State College       PA   M   27      40:55
 3    Emma         Maras       State College       PA   F   17      50:44
 4    Diane        Swauger     Port Matilda        PA   F   42      52:24
 5    Jim          Maras       State College       PA   M   57      54:34
 6    Regina       Lozinski    Port Matilda        PA   F   39      55:55
 7    David        DeGroote    State College       PA   M   61      58:21
 8    Dave         Gantz       Boalsburg           PA   M   37      59:08
 9    Emily        Newman      Boalsburg           PA   F   24      59:09
10    Eliza        Gaebel      State College       PA   F   27    1:09:50
11    Brian        Brown       Lewisburg           PA   M   44    1:11:47
12    Kathryn      Williams    Centre Hall         PA   F         1:28:21
13    Liz          Moriarta    Bellefonte          PA   F   44    1:34:23