Tussey Teaser #2: 17th Annual Tussey - Whipple 11 Miler
April 11, 2021
Rothrock State Forest
A gentle rain fell under mild temps and the last traces of snow were left on the ski slopes as runners gathered at Tussey Mountain for this point-to-point run, then the rain paused and the skies brightened a bit for the start.
An eager pack burst out at the start. After some yo-yoing in the later miles, David Kennedy edged out Matt Balogh by 7 seconds to finish first, followed by Mark Puleo, and all three finished under the standing course record laid down 12 years ago by Dave Moore. Baylee Riley won the women’s race, just 18 seconds ahead of Jaimie Wright. Sherri Tirko took third for the women. Kendra Washburn bettered her time from 2019, the last time this race was held.
A big thank you to Amy Puleo for snapping photos at the finish line.
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. Runners are also invited to bring monetary donations (checks or cash) to support CommonFood Centre County, the local nonprofit beneficiary of the 2021 Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon.
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 26 Eager Seeger Half Marathon.
The next Tussey Teaser is May 1, the (free) Beidleheimer Sidewinder 10K and 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. Runners choosing the 20K distance will climb and later descend the 1.6-mile hill on Beidleheimer Road.
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!
The group at the start was ready for damp spring conditions
Third place finisher Mark Puleo crosses the line
Baylee Robel was smiling as she came in first among females
Baylee Robey (r) and Jaimie Wright (l) finished 1-2 among women
David Kennedy (r), Matt Balogh (c), and Mark Puleo (l) were 1-2-3 among the men
Order of Finish
Place First Last City Sex Age Time
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1 David Kennedy State College M 27 1:03:55
2 Matt Balogh State College M 22 1:04:02
3 Mark Puleo State College M 25 1:06:10
4 Jason Sammut State College M 24 1:10:47
5 Ryan Sullivan State College M 1:11:20
6 Ian Adams Emmaus M 22 1:11:21
7 Sean Devlin State College M 42 1:13:48
8 Charlie Vasey State College M 40 1:18:18
9 Baylee Robey State College F 23 1:18:26
10 Jaimie Wright State College F 42 1:18:44
11 Patrick Singletary State College M 55 1:18:47
12 Franklin Berkey Bellefonte M 48 1:21:07
13 Elijah Kamermans State College M 35 1:23:30
14 Ken Knappenberger State College M 45 1:28:50
15 John Iceland State College M 50 1:28:59
16 Sherri Tirko Warriors Mark F 47 1:29:06
17 Michael Axtell State College M 45 1:33:38
18 Diane Swauger Port Matilda F 45 1:41:42
19 Jim Maras State College M 59 1:42:04
20 Natasha Tirko State College F 36 1:53:15
21 Kendra Washburn State College F 32 2:09:11
22 Yachi Nien State College F 28 2:11:35
23 David Lloyd State College M 50 2:11:54
24 Staci Black Alexandria F 46 2:25:58