Tussey Teaser #1 - Tussey Switchbacker 10K

2009 Tussey Teaser #1 - 6th Annual Laurel Run Switchbacker 10K
March 14, 2009

Over fifty runners showed to give chase to Old Man Winter and usher in Spring at this year's Switchbacker. A few additional runners were on hand at the start to take the 3-mile hill as the start of a long training run. The sunny 28-degree chill gave way to milder temps by late morning, and several people took advantage of the cool conditions and clean footing to throttle the course records or otherwise log good times.

David Rasmussen, 25, turned in the quickest up and down, in 37:45, lopping over 4 minutes off the previous mark set by Terry Reid, 50, who was among seven runners besting the previous mark. Anna Kobb, 21, was the first woman in 45:20, shearing 3 minutes and change off the previous women's mark laid down by Tara Murray, 32, who this year ran with her leashed pup.

The field included several who have done this run many times, as well as many first timers, some new to the area. This run's four-switchback ascent challenges everyone, so all who ran were assured a good workout. Special thanks go to Jim Johnson and two others for their valuable assistance with timing. Door prizes included several certificates for free Road ID tags and a year's subscription to Trail Runner.

The CDT has a few photos from the run online, at http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/story/1171937.html.

Runners contributed 10 pairs of "gently used" running and non-running shoes to the Soles4Souls program getting shoes to people who really need them. A number of races this year, including the other Teasers, will be collecting shoes, so save and bring yours.

The next Tussey Teaser, on April 11, is the Tussey-to-Whipple 11 Miler. Runners completing all five Teasers will be eligible for a "grand" door prize, to be awarded at the final Teaser.

  Place   Name                     Age    Time
  -----   ----                     ---    ----
     1    David Rasmussen           25    37:45
     2    Patrick Singletary        43    38:50
     3    Eric Tyo                  24    40:05
     4    Costas Maranas            41    40:22
     5    Tim Murphy                25    40:55
     6    Alan Effrig               30    41:06
     7    Terry Reid                50    41:38
     8    Greg Luna                 44    43:21
     9    Josh Organist             29    43:38
    10    Kevin Becker              39    45:01
    11    Anna Kobb                 21    45:20
    12    Kirby Martin              32    45:34
    13    Michael Goldfine          53    46:00
    14    Scott Roycroft            47    46:26
    15    Ivan Pavlov               14    48:14
    16    Jim Myers                 54    48:34
    17    Nikita Fedkin             15    48:51
    18    Mark Fedkin               39    48:51
    19    Sarah Farrant             36    49:03
    20    Tom Nelson                25    49:42
    21    John Wilcock              38    50:44
    22    Scott Klettke             35    50:50
    23    Tara Murray               32    51:12
    24    Kim Pepin                 34    51:16
    25    Joe Bollinger             42    51:18
    26    Miruna Sasu               27    51:19
    27    David DeGroote            51    51:23
    28    Marty Mazur               52    51:26
    29    Christine Rodgers         39    51:37
    30    Rob Crowe                 61    51:46
    31    Alan Witmer               36    52:21
    32    Joe Shuta                 58    53:03
    33    Pamela Scott              47    53:48
    34    Ben Farahani              40    54:36
    35    Mike Casper               50    54:51
    36    Kate Ryan                 27    56:32
    37    Diane Swauger             33    59:21
    38    Dawn Maguire              37    59:24
    39    Randy Loss                42    64:41
    40    Glenn Wright              75    66:10
    41    Jeanette Peters           31    66:12
    42    Denise Weaver             44    66:38
    43    Lynn Carey                37    66:40
    44    Janel Greenland           36    68:28
    45    Janice Dauber             52    69:04
    46    Liz Bosak                 26    69:09
    47    Michael Johnson           28    70:45
    48    Clayton Johnson           16    71:20
    49    Paige Garman                    73:04
    50    Vicki Summers             38    73:04
    51    Jasmine Fleddejohann      26    75:06