June 6, 2021
Rothrock State Forest
by Mike Casper
mettle – vigor and strength of spirit or temperament; staying quality
A cool breeze and warming temps let the runners gathered at Colyer Lake know that summer is here.
Today’s run was much warmer than the ideal conditions of the 2019 race. Still, two runners retired the record set that year by Joseph Clark, won this year by Joseph Clark, knocking 40 seconds off his mark despite the heat. Matt Balogh and Loc O rounded out the top three men.
Running in Rothrock is nothing short of magical, with magic changing with the seasons too. Today’s run, besides featuring a gentle breeze and lots of shade, for this runner included lots of wildlife, including caterpillars (some sleeping in the road), a mouse, a chipmunk, a garter snake, a millipede, and numerous bird calls, and that was only on the way out. The way back featured a box turtle crossing the road and a row of chickens crossing too. I’ve seen bears when setting up in previous years, but there were none today.
Baylee Robey, Natasha Fedkin and Marisa Deichert were the top three women finishers.
Mike Vail won the furthest trekker to run, coming in from Baltimore. Mike is registered for the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK’s celebrated 50-mile ultramarathon, which has a revised date of Oct. 31, 2021 on account of changes in the local football schedule. Mike plans to return June 27 for the Eager Seeger Half Marathon, to experience more of the course firsthand before his first full go-round.
Five runners have run all of the “official” Tussey Teasers #1 through #4 so far, and two of these also ran the “bonus” Teaser #0. All five are in the running for a “grand prize” to be awarded on June 27 after the final Teaser, the Eager Seeger Half Marathon. Those five are: Matt Balogh, Elijah Kamermans, David Lloyd, Natasha Tirko and Sherry Tirko. The indefatigable Tirkos ran the February ‘Sno Big Deal race.
Special thanks to Nicole Pote and Ken Farnsworth’s fiancée Megan for finish line assistance, and to Nicole for photos.
Thanks to Appalachian Outdoors and Doan’s Bones for donated prize items.
The final Tussey Teaser of the season, the Eager Seeger Half Marathon, will take place on June 27.
June 12 to reserve yours.
For full race details and directions, visit http://tusseymountainback.com/events/tussey-teasers
Race start: It was a hot one!
First three finishers (l-r): Matt Balogh, Joseph Clark and Loc O
Baylee Robey was first woman and 6th overall finisher
Patrick Singletary was the first over-50 finisher and 7th overall
Sean Devlin takes his last step at Colyer Lake to finish 4th overall
Garrison Famiglio finished 5th overall and was the youngest runner today
Natasha Fedkin and Marisa Deichert were 2nd and 3rd women and tied for 8th overall
Thanks to Nicole, Mike Casper managed to jump in and run the race
Overall Order of Finish
Place First Last Sex Age Town State Time
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1 Joseph Clark M 27 State College PA 1:03:39
2 Matt Balogh M 22 State College PA 1:04:08
3 Loc O M 44 State College PA 1:07:16
4 Sean Devlin M 42 State College PA 1:17:40
5 Garrison Famiglio M 18 State College PA 1:17:51
6 Baylee Robey F 23 State College PA 1:18:26
7 Patrick Singletary M 55 State College PA 1:20:50
8 Natasha Fedkin F 22 State College PA 1:25:32
9 Marisa Deichert F 23 State College PA 1:25:32
10 Mark Fedkin M 51 State College PA 1:25:53
11 Elijah Kamermans M 35 State College PA 1:26:16
12 Doug Schunk M 39 State College PA 1:27:16
13 Ken Farnsworth M 31 Boalsburg PA 1:27:35
14 Sherry Tirko F 47 Warriors Mark PA 1:29:48
15 Mike Vail M 50 Parkville MD 1:30:57
16 Jennifer Harris F 24 State College PA 1:34:04
17 Jim Maras M 59 State College PA 1:42:07
18 Mike Casper M 62 State College PA 1:47:49
19 Natasha Tirko F 36 State College PA 1:51:55
20 David Lloyd M 51 State College PA 2:11:52