June 16, 2019
Rothrock State Forest
With its length and serious hill challenge, the Eager Seeger Half Marathon is the pinnacle and final run of the Tussey Teasers Series. The entire route is unpaved forest roads. Runners take on a 3.5+ mile hill near the beginning, with streams, vistas and more hills along the way.
Cooler than usual temperatures welcomed the day and early rain abated and held off as runners headed up the long climb on Seeger Road that starts the race.
Diane Iacchetti, Leah Logue and Julie Daffern traveled up from near Pittsburgh to take in the race. For each this was their first time to do the Seeger. For Leah and Julie this was their first time running in Rothrock, and this was Julie’s longest run so far this year.
Brian Thiede finished first, followed by Shundai Li and Austin Boyle in second and third. The women’s race was led by Lisa Gentile, with Kendra Claypool in second and Leah Logue in third.
Three runners completed all 5 of the “official” Tussey Teasers, earning a complimentary treat from Coldstone Creamery: Eliza Gabel, Jacob Gordon and David Lloyd (Eliza also ran the optional February 3 race, a snowy Tussey Teaser #0). Eliza won the grand prize, an ice cream cake.
Race Director Mike Casper ran this race to raise funds for Centre Volunteers in Medicine. For details on CVIM’s work, visit http://www.cvim.net/.
A huge thank you to Elsa Hansen for delivering the mighty Subway party subs to Alan Seeger for the post-race, to Rob Loesch for valiant finish line duty, and to Julie Daffern for the race day photos.
Special thanks to Subway Restaurants for their enthusiastic support of this series.
Check your calendars! The 2019 Discovery Training Series, beginning August 31, will meet on Saturday mornings this year. This free series will cover the entire 50 miles of the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK course via an 8-week series of low-key group runs. Visit this schedule to get the run distances, start locations and driving directions: http://tusseymountainback.com/events/mountainback-discovery-series.
Runners gathered on Stone Creek Road
Diane Iacchetti, Leah Logue and Julie Daffern arrived ready for the rain
Once you reach the top of the first hill, you’re rewarded by some nice views
Low ferns create a surreal forest floor along much of the route
Orange salamanders abound in Rothrock – but you need good timing to spot them!
Overall Order of Finish
Place First Name Last Name Age Sex Town State Time
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1 Brian Thiede 31 M State College PA 1:28:33
2 Shundai Li 46 M State College PA 1:28:55
3 Austin Boyle 35 M Lemont PA 1:35:11
4 Alan Effrig 40 M State College PA 1:45:27
5 Robert Shaver 58 M Loganton PA 1:46:55
6 Ken Farnsworth 29 M Boalsburg PA 1:51:38
7 Christopher Loesch 15 M Bellefonte PA 2:10:11
8 Tod Kehrli 57 M Glenmoore PA 2:11:22
9 Lisa Gentile 54 F Huntingdon PA 2:12:25
10 Kendra Claypool 31 F State College PA 2:15:10
11 Jeff Schiesler 63 M Port Matilda PA 2:17:11
12 Leah Logue 50 F Moon Twp PA 2:18:15
13 Mike Casper 60 M State College PA 2:19:56
14 Diane Iacchetti 48 F McKees Rocks PA 2:20:13
15 Jacob Gordon 31 M Huntingdon PA 2:29:56
16 David Lloyd 49 M State College PA 2:41:13
17 Julie Daffern 50 F Moon Twp PA 2:50:15
18 Eliza Gabel 27 F State College PA 2:54:22
19 Laura Egan 28 F Boalsburg PA 3:06:05
20 Scott Lemon 49 M Mt Holly Springs PA 3:06:05