February 5, 2022
Rothrock State Forest
by Mike Casper

Sixteen degrees “in town” typically means about 10 degrees in Rothrock State Forest. Add a healthy breeze and you get the celebrated ’Sno Big Deal race conditions. Ice fishing was active on Colyer Lake, with ice thickness over 8 inches. The course roads were 99% snow or ice covered for this kickoff run of the 2022 Tussey Teasers Series. The unmaintained part of Boal Gap Road that harbors the course turnaround point was fairly flat with snow cover, which made for better footing than usual.

The first three runners finished under the course record. Mark Puleo reprised victory from last year, taking more than 3 minutes off the course record, with Winter Parts just seconds behind, and Jason Sammut in third. Amy Puleo was the first woman finisher and came within 7 seconds of breaking the course record. Diane Swauger took second and Crystal McNeal was third.

Other runners who bettered their 2021 times were Jason Sammut (over 1 min), Diane Swauger (over 2.5 min), Crystal and Brent McNeal (nearly 2 min) and Marvin Hall (over 6 min).

Several donations were made to support the Dyslexia Reading Center of Central PA. Thanks to those donors!

The next run of the six-event Tussey Teasers series is the Laurel Run Switchbacker 10K, set for March 5, with start and finish at Tussey Mountain. For the series schedule and a link to the event waivers, visit http://tusseymountainback.com/events/tussey-teasers. All six runs of the series are free and include timing and some random prizes.

Your donations of gently used running shoes will be accepted at each run for Sneakers4Good, a program that supports entrepreneurs in communities and countries around the world.

Tussey Teasers Series Note: All runners who complete Teaser #1 through Teaser #5 will receive a special prize and be eligible for a grand prize to be awarded at the end of Teaser #5, the Eager Seeger Half Marathon, on June 19. Those who also completed this run, Teaser #0, will earn a special bonus.

All series participants and spectators must wear masks and social distance.

A cold pre-start group picture

Mark Puleo was the first men's finisher

Amy Puleo was the top female finisher

Overall Order of Finish

Place First Name   Last Name            City       State  Gen   Age    Time
----- ----------   ---------            ----       -----  ---   ---    ----
   1  Mark         Puleo            State College   PA    M     25     34:59
   2  Winter       Parts            State College   PA    NB    24     35:10
   3  Jason        Sammut           State College         M     25     36:17
   4  John         Mihalek          State College   PA    M     26     37:58
   5  Amy          Puleo            State College   PA    F     26     42:10
   6  Elijah       Kamermans        State College   PA    M     36     45:56
   7  Arvind       Gupta            State College   PA    M     26     45:59
   8  Nathaniel    Warner           State College   PA    M     43     48:55
   9  Alan         Effrig           State College   PA    M     42     50:00
  10  Kevin        Ermol            Lemont          PA    M     49     50:19
  11  Doug         Schunk           State College   PA    M     40     51:31
  12  Mark         Lozinski         Port Matilda    PA    M     50     51:31
  13  Daniel       Cortes           State College   PA    M     42     51:42
  14  Luis         Duque            Port Matilda    PA    M     48     52:15
  15  Diane        Swauger          State College   PA    F     45     54:54
  16  Jeff         Schiesler        Port Matilda    PA    M     66     56:17
  17  Brent        McNeal           Huntingdon      PA    M     41     56:58
  18  Crystal      McNeal           Huntingdon      PA    F     39     56:58
  19  Mike         Casper           State College   PA    M     63   1:00:36
  20  Margarita    Lopez-Uribe      Port Matilda    PA    F     40   1:03:14
  21  Marvin       Hall             State College   PA    M     67   1:05:57
  22  David        Caballero Russi  State College   PA    M     25   1:06:10