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.
Despite single digit temps and a mountain breeze, runners were ready for the elements
Emma Maras set a strong pace on the way out Boal Gap Road
Brian Brown was glad to be out on this bright day in the forest
David DeGroote was feeling good in his first race of the new year
Liz Moriarty and her dog made good time on Boal Gap Road.
Diane Swauger easily set the fashion standard for the day
Emma Maras glides over the snowy parking lot to the finish
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
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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