Tussey Teaser #5: 6th Annual Eager Seeger Half-Marathon
June 17, 2018
Rothrock State Forest
by Mike Casper
Ma Nature took a break between rainstorms and scorching heat to allow cooler than usual temperatures as runners headed up the long climb on Seeger Road in Rothrock State Forest that starts the scenic Eager Seeger Half Marathon. Overcast skies gave way to summer sun an hour in, and the numerous shaded sections along the course became mini-sanctuaries from the heat.
Loc O, Shundai Li, Steve Templin and course record holder Patrick Singletary led early on, with O finishing with just a 24-second lead. Li took second and Templin third.
Harriet Smith was the first woman to finish, with Nicole Yokum just 1:19 behind in second and Sierra Downs third. Downs led through the long initial hill, after which Smith and Yokum caught up. Downs then ran about 7 miles with Alan Effrig. “I had a great time at the race! I loved the course,” said Downs.
Yokum had run the Rothrock Trail Challenge the weekend before, and had been hoping to do a group run around Tussey over the weekend, but saw on Friday that the race was happening and decided at the last minute to do it.
“Harriet was running a bit ahead of me after that,” recalled Yokum, “I caught up to her at water stop 2 (about 7.2 miles) but then she got away from me again.” Yokum said she was missing her standard last-third-of-the-race kick on this day.
“I felt pretty good,” said Smith, “it is a great run and I really enjoyed the hills: challenging, but at least what goes up has to come down!”
Five runners completed all 5 “official” Tussey Teasers, earning a complimentary treat from Coldstone Creamery: Evan Bresler, Jacob Gordon, David Lloyd, Jim Maras and Steve Templin (Evan also ran the optional February 3 race, a snowy Tussey Teaser #0). David won the draw (again!) for the grand prize, an ice cream cake, but gave it to Jim in recognition of Father’s Day. Jim and daughter Victoria ran today.
Race Director Mike Casper and runner Patrick Applegate ran this race to raise funds for Centre Volunteers in Medicine. Donations supporting Mike or Patrick’s run can still be made through June 30 at http://www.cvim.net/the-marathon-runners/. For more details on CVIM’s work, visit http://www.cvim.net/.
A huge thank you is due to several volunteers for their time and enthusiasm: Maureen Kelliher for picking up and delivering the Subway subs to Alan Seeger; Susan and David Beyerle Crowe for enthusiastically staffing aid station 1, and Steve Baird for station 2; and Brent, Barb, Natalie and Aiden Kelsey for valiant finish line duty, with photos by Natalie and inspiring signs and decorations by Aiden.
Special thanks to CaliKline - Re/MAX Centre Realty and Subway Restaurants for their enthusiastic support of this series.
Runners should also note that the 2017 Discovery Training Series, beginning in August, will cover the entire 50 miles of the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK course via an 8-week series of low-key group runs. Check this schedule later in the summer for potential changes. It will provide run distances, locations and driving directions: http://tusseymountainback.com/events/mountainback-discovery-series
Loc O held of Shundai Li to win by 24 seconds!
Harriet Smith was the top woman finisher
Nicole Yokum was second among women
Sierra Downs came in third among women
Race Director Mike Casper (here seemingly spurred on by a passing car) shaved time off his last two years’ efforts on this course.
Austin Boyle and his pup Vera complete the route. Vera was ready for more.
Carolyn Triozzi was still fresh after the course’s rolling terrain.
Victoria Maras finishes strong
Overall Order of Finish
Place First Last Age Sex Town State Time
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1 Loc O 41 M Williamsburg PA 1:27:58
2 Shundai Li 45 M State College PA 1:28:22
3 Steve Templin 45 M Muncy PA 1:33:25
4 Patrick Singletary 52 M State College PA 1:36:22
5 Harriet Smith 25 F Boalsburg PA 1:37:17
6 Nicole Yokum 34 F State College PA 1:38:36
7 Sierra Downs 21 F State College PA 1:41:39
8 Alan Effrig 39 M State College PA 1:41:56
9 Matt Balogh 19 M State College PA 1:42:50
10 Anthony Degleris 20 M State College PA 1:42:50
11 Matthew Beyerle 21 M State College PA 1:42:50
12 Robert Wymond 55 M Camberwell Aus 1:54:18
13 Matt Smith 51 M State College PA 1:58:38
14 Christopher Updegrove 41 M Port Matilda PA 2:02:26
15 Jim Maras 56 M State College PA 2:02:28
16 Evan Bresler 35 M PA Furnace PA 2:02:58
17 Mike Casper 59 M State College PA 2:06:18
18 Christian Kurpiel-Waka 39 M State College PA 2:08:09
19 Austin Boyle 34 M Lemont PA 2:09:02
20 Victoria Maras 20 F State College PA 2:09:41
21 Jeff Schiesler 62 M Port Matilda PA 2:10:24
22 Ron Burket 58 M Philipsburg PA 2:14:04
23 Jacob Gordon 30 M Huntingdon PA 2:15:09
24 Regina Lozinski 39 F Port Matilda PA 2:17:00
25 George Conrad 41 M Huntingdon PA 2:17:00
26 Jim Hahn 41 M Millerstown PA 2:18:24
27 Lindsay Hahn 41 F Millerstown PA 2:18:24
28 Carolyn Triozzi 42 F State College PA 2:23:01
29 Barry Kernfeld 67 M State College PA 2:31:48
30 Patrick Applegate 37 M State College PA 2:32:33
31 David Lloyd 47 M State College PA 2:32:55