2022 Tussey Teaser #1 19th Laurel Run Switchbacker 10K
- Last Updated: 18 April 2022 18 April 2022
March 5, 2022
Rothrock State Forest
by Mike Casper
Mild temperatures in the mid-thirties with no breeze greeted runners on Bear Meadows Road as skiers zigzagged down the slopes behind the lodge at Tussey Mountain. Runners gathered for this early March run had their share of ice to traverse this year. Just past the first bridge, Bear Meadows Road had a few bits of ice but was 98% clear, rather than being fully iced up like last year. But turning onto Laurel Run Road a quarter mile later, conditions were worse than for last year’s run. While last year’s route had lots of ice, especially dicey on the first switchback, and fully covered sections that included ice and soft snow, this year’s version was nearly all ice, though patches of gravel peeked through here and there in two narrow wheel tracks. Runners were advised it could be treacherous going, and that keeping to Bear Meadows Road was a viable alternate option, but nearly everyone was game for the Laurel Run adventure.
Winter Parts took the overall win and claimed first place in the non-binary category. Matt Balogh was first in the men’s category, with Michael Palumbo placing second and Charlie Connolly third. Crystal McNeal won the women’s category, with Emma Maras in second and Christina Gehring in third. Christian Gilbertson took second in the non-binary category.
Several runners bettered their times from last year’s icy foray. Brent McNeal took 10 minutes off, Crystal McNeal took 7 minutes off, Mike Casper took 11 minutes off, and Brian Brown took 9 minutes off.
Thanks to all who brought used shoes for Sneakers4Good or made donations to the Tussey Mountainback’s 2022 event beneficiary, the Dyslexia Reading Center of Central PA.
Special thanks to Marvin Hall, Michelle Hutnik and Katharine Adams for their help with registration and finish line, and to Pamela Luu for photography. Photos at https://photos.app.goo.gl/VCgHKYKDpRTjtyYb9
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 on June 19 immediately after Teaser #5, the Eager Seeger Half Marathon.
The next Tussey Teaser, on April 10, is the Tussey-to-Whipple 11 Miler, run on Legs 1 through 3 of the original Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK course. Since this is a point-to-point run starting at Tussey Mountain, runners will need to arrange their post-race transportation from the finish at Whipple Dam State Park.
Runners are encouraged to bring their 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.
For details, driving directions and waiver forms for the remaining Teasers, visit http://www.tusseymountainback.com/tussey_teasers.html
Runners are raring to go at the start
Matt Balogh and Winter Parts share a laugh after the run
Natasha Volkers on the way up the longest switchback
Crystal McNeal completes the ice adventure
Overall Order of Finish
Place First Last Gen Age Town State Time
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1 Winter Parts NB 24 State College PA 40:02
2 Matt Balogh M 23 State College PA 41:15
3 Michael Palumbo M 26 State College PA 48:05
4 Charlie Connolly M 25 State College PA 49:30
5 Jimmy Farnan M 23 State College PA 51:14
6 Vineeth Pothanamkandathil M 25 State College PA 55:14
7 Christian Gilbertson NB State College PA 59:20
8 Terry Reid M 63 Bellefonte PA 59:30
9 Brent McNeal M 41 Huntingdon PA 59:49
10 Crystal McNeal F 39 Huntingdon PA 59:47
11 Luis Duque M 37 Port Matilda PA 1:03:45
12 Jim Maras M 60 State College PA 1:06:52
13 Zach Raniassini M 22 Petaluma CA 1:08:14
14 Greg Basarab M 65 State College PA 1:08:25
15 Emma Maras F 20 State College PA 1:08:26
16 Jeff Schiesler M 66 Port Matilda PA 1:09:48
17 Mike Casper M 63 State College PA 1:11:46
18 Christina Gehring F 43 State College PA 1:11:50
19 Natasha Volkers F 36 Port Matilda PA 1:12:26
20 Katie Dry F 36 Boalsburg PA 1:14:52
21 Brian Brown M 47 Lewisburg PA 1:36:50
22 Victor Pasco M 56 Port Matilda PA 1:48:35