2022 Tussey Teaser #2: 19th Annual Tussey-Whipple 11 Miler
- Last Updated: 17 April 2022 17 April 2022
April 10, 2022
Rothrock State Forest
by Mike Casper
Stiff breezes jetted snow flurries around as runners gathered at Tussey Mountain for this point-to-point run, which it had been hoped would be a celebration of Spring. During the race there was no ice to be seen on Laurel Run Road, but a surprise snow squall with a headwind added a festive touch with light accumulation along the roadsides. At Whipple Dam there was no snow, and some glimmers of sun peeked through, but it never got warm. Spring was still holding out in Rothrock State Forest.
Winter Parts clicked off the miles for the overall win, just 23 seconds from the course record, and was the first nonbinary finisher. Matt Balogh took first in the men’s category, with Brian Grill and Charlie Connolly in second and third. Baylee Robey won the women’s category, with Miquela Ingalls and Katie Dry taking second and third.
The Dyslexia Reading Center produced a valiant contingent of volunteers who helped with registration and finish line detail, including Michelle Hutnik, Katharine Donnelly Adams, Carol Anderson, a student and parent, and dedicated donor Cathy Kennedy. Special thanks to Amy Bader for race day photography.
Those who run Tussey Teasers #1 through #5 (February’s Teaser #0 was a bonus) will be eligible for a special prize drawing that will take place after Teaser #5, the June 19 Eager Seeger Half Marathon.
Runners are encouraged to bring gently used running shoes to be collected at each run for a program called Sneakers4Funds that supports entrepreneurs in communities and countries around the world. Proceeds coming back support Dyslexia Reading Center, which helps children and adults triumph over this challenging disability. Runners are also invited to bring monetary donations (checks or cash) to support Dyslexia Reading Center, which is the nonprofit beneficiary of the events of the 2022 Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon.
The next Tussey Teaser is May 7, the (free) Beidleheimer Sidewinder 10K & 20K, Central PA’s only race with age- and gender-adjusted results. The Sidewinder is an out-and-back race with start at Whipple Dam State Park. The 20K distance includes the 1.6-mile hill on Beidleheimer Road, part of Leg 4 of the 50-mile course.
For details, driving directions and waiver forms for the remaining Teasers, visit http://www.tusseymountainback.com/tussey_teasers.html. Just for the hill of it!
A flurry of runners start with flurries coming from the skies
Katie Dry at the finish at Whipple Dam State Park
Top 3 Finishers Matt Balogh (2), Winter Parts (1) and Bryan Grill (3)
A bald eagle watched the race
Energetic volunteers from the Dyslexia Reading Center braved the elements with a smile
Overall Order of Finish
Place First Last City Gen Age Time
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1 Winter Parts State College NB 24 1:04:18
2 Matt Balogh State College M 23 1:06:48
3 Bryan Grill Hummelstown M 38 1:10:45
4 Charlie Connolly State College M 25 1:16:44
5 Patrick Singletary State College M 56 1:18:18
6 Baylee Robey State College F 24 1:19:21
7 Miquela Ingalls State College F 32 1:19:44
8 Jigar Gosaslia State College M 27 1:19:44
9 Cam Mallett State College M 24 1:20:10
10 Arvind Gupta State College M 26 1:20:10
11 Michael Palumbo State College M 26 1:23:22
12 Vineeth Pothanamkandathil State College M 25 1:27:57
13 Nat Warner State College M 44 1:30:32
14 Terry Reid Bellefonte M 63 1:30:33
15 Josh Dolezal Port Matilda M 46 1:35:22
16 Jim Sellmer Port Matilda M 61 1:35:33
17 Jim Maras State College M 60 1:42:40
18 Mike Casper State College M 63 1:43:16
19 Katie Dry Boalsburg F 36 1:43:31
20 Crystal McNeal Huntingdon F 39 1:46:00
21 Brent McNeal Huntingdon M 41 1:46:00
22 Alexandria Housel State College F 41 1:46:30
23 Jeff Schiesler Port Matilda M 66 1:52:34
24 Abby Lanager Pleasant Gap F 30 2:04:38
25 Ashton Koval State College M 2:04:38
26 Marvin Hall State College M 67 2:10:53
27 David Lloyd State College M 51 2:17:40
28 Kendra Washburn State College F 33 2:22:09