February 1, 2020
Rothrock State Forest, PA
Mild winter temps, ice on the lake, but largely clear roads under foot greeted runners for the kickoff run of the 2019 Tussey Teasers Series. Bear Gap Road had dry footing all the way to the unmaintained section, which was more icy than snowy with all the recent thaws.
Mark Puleo put a wrap on it about a minute ahead of Michael Reeks, with Bob Shafer in third. Amy Puleo was the first woman finisher. Amy paced it in with Mike Renz, not quite racing it, only to discover that she was within 37 seconds of breaking the course record. Christina Gehring and Deborah Battaglia took second and third.
Several runners put in additional miles before and after the run, including taking the loop trail around Colyer Lake, which was very runnable today.
The next run of the six-event Tussey Teasers series is the Laurel Run Switchbacker 10K, set for Leap Day, Feb. 29, 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. Post-run fare courtesy of Subway Restaurants adds a refueling detail to each run 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.
Runners were ready to tackle the almost-always icy section of the course on Bear Gap Road
Michael Reeks, Mark Puleo and Nick Bastian set the pace on the way out.
Michael Reeks took second, just a few steps ahead of Bob Shafer at the finish.
Mike Renz and Amy Puleo dueled it out in the final steps
This run is just around the corner from home for Deborah Battaglia
Linda Puder was delighted to be wrapping her first 10K in a few years
Overall Order of Finish
Place First Last City State Sex Age Time
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1 Mark Puleo State College PA M 23 39:39
2 Bob Shafer Bellefonte PA M 38 40:35
3 Michael Reeks Lewisburg PA M 28 40:39
4 Patrick Singletary State College PA M 54 40:55
5 Nick Bastian State College PA M 23 41:12
6 Amy Puleo State College PA F 24 42:40
7 Mike Renz State College PA M 43 42:41
8 Brian Garthwaite Lewisburg PA M 40 45:49
9 Colin Nitroy State College PA M 26 46:37
10 Dean Capone State College PA M 55 47:59
11 Judd Michael Lemont PA M 56 49:07
12 Kevin Clair State College PA M 37 49:48
13 Evan Bresler PA Furnace PA M 36 50:13
14 Christina Gehring Lewisburg PA F 41 50:47
15 Jim Sellmer Port Matilda PA M 58 51:23
16 Keith Henderson State College PA M 55 51:46
17 Deborah Battaglia Centre Hall PA F 52 53:09
18 Laura Van Velsor Julian PA F 38 56:31
19 Jim Maras State College PA M 58 57:26
20 Alicia Leitch Centre Hall PA F 29 1:01:14
21 Jacob Gordon Huntingdon PA M 31 1:01:29
22 David DeGroote Pittsburgh PA M 61 1:04:10
23 Jaeson Koszarsky Boalsburg PA M 48 1:06:59
24 Marvin Hall State College PA M 65 EM*
25 Brian Brown Lewisburg PA M 45 1:08:07
26 David Lloyd State College PA M 49 1:09:05
27 Linda Puder Boalsburg PA F 59 1:14:58
28 Tracy Richardson Boalsburg PA F 41 1:16:40
29 Eliza Gabel State College PA F 28 1:21:19
30 Fiona Koszarsky Boalsburg PA F 38 1:21:37
31 Laura Egan Boalsburg PA F 28 1:21:42
* Ran extra miles