The Strides For Nature race is a great addition to our local early summer race schedule. The course is just over half on road, and just under half on trails: from Tussey two miles up Bear Meadows Rd, sharp right to a drive that hooks up with the Longberger Trail. Take that back down to the Spruce Gap Trail, then a quick tumble down that steep trail to Laurel Run Rd, Bear Meadows, and back to Tussey. It's a nice sample of mountain road running and easy to somewhat challenging trails. A lot of fun for those who want to try the trails of Rothrock. The race was well organized; there were prizes a-plenty, and good post-race refreshment.The beneficiary is the Nature Conservancy's children's education program.

More women than men ran the inaugural race. NVRC speedster Elijah Shekinah ran away from the field, finishing first in 24:12. The first female was Francis Mateycik in 33:48. But she had Jessica Hawk following close behind most of the race.

Place          Time    Name                           M       F  
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1 24:12 Elijah Shekinah 1
2 29:53 Todd LaJeunesse 2
3 30:34 Rob Confer 3
4 31:22 Andy Warner 4
5 32:00 Jay Searles 5
6 33:48 Francis Mateycik 1
7 34:06 Jessica Hawk 2
8 34:09 Jim Bowser 6
9 35:25 Amanda Sheehy 3
10 36:26 Marty Mazur 7
11 36:39 Jeff Dohotto 8
12 36:44 Rod Bingaman 9
13 37:12 Daniel Hickey 10
14 38:47 Eric Warner 11
15 39:38 Audra Hixson 4
16 40:51 Erin Morrison 5
17 41:12 Alinda kokkinou 6
18 42:17 Sarah Duttera 7
19 43:59 Gregory Hillegas 12
20 44:01 Sophie Najjar 8
20 44:01 Sarah Bevilacqua 9
22 45:24 Brianna Hutchinson 10
23 46:16 Jean Najjar 11
24 46:36 Tina Hyduke 12
25 46:47 Jodi Himelright 13
26 49:26 Carl Miller 13
27 49:32 Amy Phipps 14
28 54:01 Nicole Capik 15
28 54:01 Max Crowley 14
30 54:19 Diana Malcom 16
30 54:19 Blair Malcom 15
32 58:17 Caroline Pierce 17
33 1:02:04 Calvin Kroczynski 16
34 1:02:39 Kayla Kroczynski 18
35 1:02:46 Dannielle Kroczynski 19
36 1:11:03 Jodi Vender 20
37 1:19:42 Donna Coffman 21
38 1:19:44 Vickie Price 22
39 1:19:46 Tina Marie Meyers 23
40 1:21:13 MaKealy Meyers 24
40 1:21:13 Amanda Gottschall 25
42 1:21:20 Bonni Hutchinson 26
43 1:22:55 Vicki Carter 27
44 1:23:00 Helen O'Connell 28
45 1:23:00 Jan Perison 29
46 1:35:08 Charlene Chambers 30
46 1:35:08 Scot Chambers 17
DNS DNS Sarah Yahich (?)