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MMT 100

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
-Sir Edmund Hillary


Georgia Death Race – March 2016

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Georgia Death Race – steep, but smooth, trails

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Crossing the river

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Sweet climbs!

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Steep, steep mountains!

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Sunset!

 

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Amicalola Falls – the finish line!


MMT Training Runs – MLK Weekend

The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club puts on several excellent training runs for the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 race held in May. The Martin Luther King weekend was the first of the fat ass events. It was a warm, cold, sunny, snowy, foggy weekend to run!

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Sunrise in the Massanutten Mountains – MMT Training Run #1

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Orange trail – before the snow – Waterfall 50K

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Orange trail- after the snow – Waterfall 50K


The Year of the Fat Ass

The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club puts on a ton of Fat Ass events – runs with no entry fee, no awards, and no wimps – and the best volunteers and aid stations you’ll find anywhere. This year was all about the VHTRC for me – I ran or volunteered at as many of our events as I could. I ended up with a lot of miles, a lot of smiles, the support and love of my tribe, familiar trails to come home to, new trails to play on, new friends to share trail with and new adventures planned for 2016. Life is good.

Here’s a look back on my year of the Fat Ass! Happy, happy trails!

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Redeye 50K – January 1, 2015

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Gap to Gap, January 18, 2015

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TWOT 100K, February 13-14, 2015

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Elizabeth Furnace 50K, March 14, 2015

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Bull Run Run 50 Miler – volunteer – April 11, 2015

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MMT 100 – crewing and pacing – May 16-17, 2015

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Holy Cowan’s Gap 50K – May 24, 2015

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VHTRC Trifecta – Jeremy’s Run – July 3, 2015

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VHTRC Trifecta – Browntown – July 4, 2015

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VHTRC Trifecta – Sophie’s Death March – July 5, 2015

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Catoctin 50K – July 11 (not technically a Fat Ass, but close enough)

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Catherine’s Furnace 50K – July 25, 2015

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The Ring – 71 miles – September 5-6, 2015

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Women’s Half Marathon – volunteer – September 19, 2015

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Grindstone 100 – pacing my love to his first 100 mile finish! YAY! – October 9-10, 2015

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Hot TWOT #2, 109 miles – October 23-25, 2015

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MGM 50K – December 5, 2015

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Boyer’s Furnace 40 Miler – December 26, 2015


Catoctin 50K

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

-African Proverb

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Cool creek at Catoctin

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Very much like the Massanuttens

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Spectacular views from the top!


VHTRC Trifecta

The Virginia Happy Trails Fourth of July Trifecta continues…

An epic weekend – three days of playing on the mountain trails of the Shenandoahs. Here are a few of the sights!

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Browntown

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Sophie’s Death March

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Jeremy’s Run


Jeremy’s Run

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Neighbor Mountain

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Swimming hole at the trailhead of Jeremy’s Run


Pacing Fun in the Mountains

This spring I’ve had the privilege to spend a lot of time on trail pacing friends in their events. It’s been fun and so very rewarding to watch them finish goal races – with smiles all around.

Pacing Bob Gaylord at MMT100

Pacing Bob Gaylord at MMT100

Pacing Lara Zoeller up Sherman's Gap to Veach during the Old Dominion 100

Pacing Lara Zoeller up Sherman’s Gap to Veach during the Old Dominion 100


Tuesday Taper Thoughts

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Winter TWOT

The Wild Oak Trail is my very favorite trail. The way she wears winter is magical.

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View from Little Bald

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A snowy day on Little Bald

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And even more snow on Big Bald

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At the top of Little Bald

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We could have used snowshoes.