April 8, 2018
Rothrock State Forest
by Mike Casper
Whipple Lake was half covered with ice as runners parked cars and carpooled to the start at Tussey Mountain, where it was breezy and not quite Spring-like.
A lead pack surged forward onto the switchbacks of Laurel Run Road, led by Steve Templin. Dan Barker eventually put a little distance on the field, taking over 3 minutes off his 2017 time and finishing 1:20 ahead of masters stalwart Patrick Singletary. Templin, completing his third race of the weekend, was just 25 seconds behind Singletary.
Harriet Smith led the women’s field, finishing within 1:23 of the 8-year-old course record. Erica Pitcavage and Alexandria Housel finished second and third, respectively.
Several runners were tapering for the Boston Marathon next weekend.
Honorable mention goes to Ali Weyant, who completed her longest run ever today. The consistency award goes to David Lloyd, who finished the 11 mile distance 2 seconds faster than last year.
A big thank you to Van Swauger for picking up the post-race party sub provided by series sponsor Subway Restaurants.
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 17 Eager Seeger Half Marathon.
Changes are coming May 5 to Central PA’s only race with age and gender adjusted results and awards, the Beidleheimer Sidewinder. This race now features a new start time, 9 a.m., an out-and-back route, and you can choose a 10K or 20K option. Online registration for this Cinco de Mayo race is available at https://legacy.imathlete.com/events/sidewinder2018. Proceeds support Team Ream. The race also features tech shirts and trophies to the first five finishers.
Runners prepared to start under sunny skies and chilly temps
Led by Steve Templin, the front pack heads up the first switchback on Laurel Run Road
Dan Barker leads the field into the finish at Whipple Dam
Steve Templin, running his third race in the last 30 hours, snags third place
Mike Renz in classic minimal garb also sports a shirt for the 2018 Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK beneficiary, Team Ream
Winners Dan Barker and Harriet Smith pose in front of an icy Whipple Lake
Andy Bryus and Erica Pitcavage complete the 11-mile journey
Spencer Weaver and Amanda Pighetti-Marshall are all smiles as they stride to the finish
Ali Weyant celebrates completing her longest run ever
Overall Order of Finish
Place First Last City Sex Age Time
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1 Dan Barker State College M 24 1:14:43
2 Patrick Singletary State College M 52 1:16:03
3 Steve Templin Muncy M 45 1:16:28
4 Josh Litofsky State College M 25 1:20:40
5 Dan Coughlin State College M 41 1:20:49
6 Bob Shafer Bellefonte M 37 1:20:56
7 Mike Zimmerman State College M 37 1:20:56
8 Harriet Smith State College F 24 1:21:17
9 Mike Renz Port Matilda M 39 1:21:49
10 Jason Spicher State College M 25 1:25:14
11 Evan Bressler State College M 34 1:29:17
12 Erica Pitcavage State College F 28 1:33:57
13 Andy Bryus State College M 28 1:33:57
14 Keith Henderson State College M 53 1:34:32
15 Steve Baird State College M 40 1:34:58
16 Jim Maras State College M 56 1:36:39
17 Jacob Gordon Huntingdon M 30 1:37:04
18 AlexandriaHousel Port Matilda F 37 1:38:07
19 Jeff Schiesler Port Matilda M 62 1:38:07
20 Diane Swauger Port Matilda F 41 1:38:47
21 Regina Lozinski Port Matilda F 38 1:38:57
22 Amanda Pighetti-Marshall Warriors Mark F 35 1:41:53
23 Spencer Weaver Millheim M 23 1:41:53
24 David Lloyd State College M 47 1:59:06
25 Ali Weyant Huntingdon F 21 2:18:43