Wednesday, December 29, 2010
We are reviving a feature from the early days of the NEO Trail Web Site, short interviews with members of the NEO Trail. We are still waiting on The Professor to fill out his homework, so we are starting with Nick Billock.
Nick is pretty well known in the running community for being the man with the camera. Nick had an impressive 2009 ultra season, with finishing 3 100 miles in the year. Nick is responsible for the famous Waterfall runs (this was the 4th year) in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Please check out Nick's two blogs:
Running the Race Set Before Me
Nick Billock Photography
Why do you run trails? Trails, unlike the open road, allow me to fully immerse myself in nature and everything great about it. No cars, no interruptions (except for the occasional running deer), and no beating on my body are just a few of the benefits of being on the trails. In a society that is moving extremely fast with very little down-time, simply stepping foot on the trails strips it all away and the only thing left is you, the dirt, the roots, the stream-crossings, the sky-reaching trees, and scurrying wildlife all around you. Mentally, it's the best way to relax (and burn some calories) that I know of.
How did you first hear/get involved with NEO Trail? The 2008 YUT-C 50K was my introduction to NEO Trail. I had grown up rolling down the grassy hill at the Fellows Riverside Gardens up above the starting line but never knew of trails within Mill Creek Park. After that race and how it was put on, I was sold on NEO Trail and what they were doing in the community.
Do you have a trail name? Can you share it with us and tell us where it came from? The crew from NEO Trail refer to me as "Admiral." I think it's simply a name fitting for someone who is currently serving in the Navy. While the rank of "Admiral" is the highest rank and an extremely far cry from my current rank, I really do love the nickname and appreciate the crew bestowing it on me. Pretty cool to connect the trails with another very significant part of my life.
What do you do to pay for the trail shoes? My full time job is as a Social Insurance Specialist with the Social Security Administration. I take disability claims from the public and also care for those already on disability out of the Canton, OH field office. My other job which is involved a little bit every day is that of a Navy Supply Corps Officer. After serving on active duty from 1991-2001, I returned in 2007 but this time as a Reservist. It's much more than a "weekend warrior" time commitment but I love it more than any other "job" that I do.
What's your favorite trail to run? Tough question. I think I'll give you a few. Mill Creek Park is easily in my top 3 trails. Mill Creek offers everything: waterside running, rocks, roots, sky-high evergreens, lots of waterfalls, and of course, the Monkey Hills and the Love Log. I also love the trails of West Branch State Park, located in southern Portage County. While only 12min from my house in Rootstown, it is a highly ignored park from the bulk of the local trail running community. The mountain bike trails contain more rocky running than any other trail system in northeast Ohio, hands down. Also, most trails are near West Branch Reservoir which never disappoints with the views year-round. Lastly, I know the trails of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park like the back of my hand. Anyone could easily spends hours upon hours out there and never cross the same piece of trail twice. Fantastic resource right on our doorstep that many non-runners don't even realize is here. We should be very thankful for our very many trail systems in Ohio!
What is your most memorable race? That's an easy one...but I'll have to answer it in two parts. The first one is my first 100-mile finish at the 2009 Kettle Moraine 100 Miler in Wisconsin. I traveled solo to the race with no friends, family or crew and seeing that red finish line banner in 25hrs, 39min is an image and memory that will never fade. The other one was my 3rd 100-mile finish 18 weeks later at the Inaugural Oil Creek 100-Mile Trail Run in Titusville, PA. Around mile 20, I ran into some serious issues physically and for the final 80 miles, I ate ibuprofen like candy and only my mental fortitude got me to the finish line. The icing on the cake was my wife surprising me at mile 92 and me crumbling emotionally like a baby. 30hrs, 49min after the start on Saturday, I got my 3rd 100-mile finish and the "mack-daddy" of 100-mile buckles.
What are your goal races for the 2011 season? In 2011, I have no goal races due to a lot of time to be spent with the Navy. The bulk of my time with them happens right in the heart of trail racing season, including all of my favorite races. I hope to return in time for NEO Trail's URINEO in December.
What is your dream race? I am a big believer in running local races that I can wake up in my own bed and drive to. We have a countless supply of them in NE Ohio, many of which didn't exist 5 years ago. However, I'd say that a few races do stand out as must-do's some day: Bear 100, Wasatch 100, and the Leadville Trail 100 are all on my to-do list...lifetime to-do list. I really don't have any big "dream" races and focus more on the very short term and just getting out on the trails.
Any advice you could give someone just starting out to the dirt side of running? Take it slow and let the trail come to you. It's a completely different kind of running and in time, it'll get easier and more enjoyable to you. Forget about the pace and what your Garmin is telling you and just have fun out there. When you run, lift up your feet over the roots and rocks and when walking those steep hills, walk with a purpose!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Make your plans early.
3/5 Green Jewel 50K
3/19 Lt. J C Stone 50K - Pittsburgh Area
3/27 Fools 50K and 25K - Apps available on Jan 5th.
(discount available for NEO Trail members)
4/17 Forget the PR 50k and 25K - Already sold out.
7/16 Buckeyetrail 50K
9/17 YUTC 50K and 25K
Monday, December 20, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Congratulations also to Gary Sexton, who took 2nd place in the 100K in 11 hours, 18 minutes!
The Bartram 100 Mile and 100K Race was held in Bartram State Forest, outside of Milledgeville, Georgia.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Picture of David Horton.
Congrats to David Peterman who ran Hellgate Friday night and into the day on Saturday.
Dave finished in 15:33:58.
126 runners started and 111 finished the race, which began at 12:01 am on Saturday.
Dave also competed in the BEAST series.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed UP at 11,372.48. Since the last 3 numbers of the closing DOW are used as a starting point, the starting number was 248. Then, 205 entrants are selected by counting up. Therefore, if your random lottery number was between 248 through 751 then you will be eligible to enter the 2011 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Miler on Friday. For a more detailed description of this process, click here.
The following NEO Trail members are now eligible to enter the 2011 MMT 100:
The following NEO Trail members are currently on the waitlist in the following order (waitlist # in parenthesis):
Roy Heger (3)
Paul Lefelhocz (30)
Bill Losey (34)
Jim Harris (38)
Rich Vrboncic (71)
Desiree Cowie (198)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Big congratulations to Jim Harris, for finishing 1st Masters and 6th Overall Finisher. Jim's finish was eclipsed by the 5th overall finisher, his son Eric Harris, in a smoking 4:55:59, his ultra running debut!
Mike Keller, with Jim Harris yelling at him, managed to get under the wire for a sub-six hour ultra finish, at 5:59:08!!
NEO Trail Member Results:
Eric Harris 4:55:59
Jim Harris 4:58:54
Michael Keller 5:59:08
Julie Bowen-Miller 7:43:23
Congratulations to all finishers. Thanks to Ron Ross for volunteering while his daughter completed the 50K. Congratulations even to NEO Trail Member Don Baun who ran one lap and then decided a hot shower sounded better than 2 more loops!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Good luck to the following NEO Trail members who are entered into this year’s Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile lottery that will take place this Wednesday:
Bill Losey - #013
Roy Heger - #103
Paul Lefelhocz - #222
Brian Musick - #273
David Peterman - #289
Gary Sexton - #398
Brandon Russell - #405
Kim Love-Ottobre - #435
Joe Novicky - #465
Bob Combs - #476
Cam Baker - #590
Kim Boner - #684
Jim Harris - #886
Richard Vrboncic - #919
Desiree Cowie - #952
Cilck here for a detailed explanation of the MMT 100 lottery procedure.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Congratulations to NEO Trail member, Eric Deutsch, for getting selected in the Western States Lottery. The Western States Endurance Run is the oldest and original of the 100 mile foot races.
By being selected in the Western States lottery, Eric could also contemplate the Grand Slam of Ultra Running: The Grand Slam is a set of four of the most prestigious 100 mile races contested in the United States, compromising the Western States in Califorinia, The Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run in Vermont, the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run in Utah, and the Leadville Trail 100 in Colorado.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
WHO: All NEO Trail Club members, and anybody running the free URINEO FA
WHAT: First ever NEO Trail Fest
WHERE: Old Log Cabin - (YUT-C Start/Finish) Mill Creek Park (Youngstown, OH)
WHEN: December 18th - 1:00 PM
WHY: Why not??
RSVP: By December 13th to Bob Combs (email@example.com)
The first ever NEO Trail Fest will be held in conjunction with URINEO in Mill Creek Park on December 18th, at 1:00 PM. The party is open to everybody in NEO Trail and also anyone running the URINEO FA. With the party scheduled to start at 1:00, everyone who is running is encouraged to adjust their start time so that they will finish their run at 1:00. There is no set distance, but the "official course" is an 8 mile loop, that runners do 1-6 times, depending on his/her preference.
Please RSVP to the NEO Trail President Bob Combs (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are planning on coming to the Fest no later than December 13th. We need to get an accurate count for the mass consumption that will occur during the afternoon. Please bring a dish to share with everyone. A stove and oven are available in the cabin, as well as electric outlets for crock pots and what not.
FA Discussion Page - http://www.neotrail.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=86
Facebook Event Page - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126001644125552&ref=mf
Sunday, November 21, 2010
We had the best staging area for the 2010 Slim Pickins. This year, cabins were rented in Linn Run State Park, just a few miles from Donegal, PA. This is on the north side of the PA Turnpike.
Most of the Slim Pickins runs have revolved around a run on the Laurel Highlands Trail. Some runs originated at the south terminus of the LH Trail, in Ohio Pyle. One epic SP run was the Reverse LH in 2007, where the run began at Mile 70, and finished in Ohio Pyle. Only four NEO Trail Members finished the entire 70 miles.
The closing of the Turnpike Bridge-and a severing of the LH Trail made the idea of a cabin at Linn Run State Park a great idea.
Starting at the Linn Run State Park gave us numerous trails to explore, including going over to the LH Trail and running there, and then back to the cabin.
Kim, Bruce, and Bob were able to get some mileage in on Friday. Rich "The Professor" Vrbonic arrived in time for dinner Friday night.
There was enough food to feed 12 or 15 hungry ultra runners.
The weather was beautiful on Friday night, with a huge full moon. So a night run was organized, getting in six miles in the darkness. In some spots the headlamps were extinguished, and we could run in the dark.
Donning gear for the run on Saturday
Jim "Slim" Harris and Cam "Wrong Way" Baker joined us on Saturday morning.
There was talk of another night run, but the huge offering of food from club members-pirogies, lasagna, sausages, chili, chips, dip, made it too hard to leave the roaring fire and camaraderie.
There are future runs being considered with the Linn Run State Park cabins being used as the meeting place. Come join us sometime!
Monday, November 15, 2010
2nd Annual Bills’ Bad Ass 50K Results
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Place Name Time M/F
1 Dave Wank 4:41:57 M
2 John Reynolds 4:51:44 M
3 Joshua Strzala 5:00:00 M
4 Crystal Basich 5:05:19 F
5 Brad Polman 5:12:00 M
6 George Themelis 5:21:00 M
7 Terri Lemke 5:22:40 F
8 Chris Basich 5:26:46 M
9 Jeannine Nicholson 5:29:03 F first 50K
10 Ladd Clifford 5:29:03 M
11 Mike Manozzi 5:33:00 M first 50K
12 Dan Bellinger 5:36:00 M
13 Rich Henderson 5:38:00 M
14 Michael Moran 5:39:00 M
15 Radames Colon 5:42:00 M first 50K
16 Matt Swetel 5:45:00 M
17 Sue Ottogalli 5:50:38 F
18 Bob Combs 6:08:00 M
19 Chris Phillips 6:08:00 M
20 Mike Shaughnessy 6:08:00 M
21 Kevin Chiuley 6:09:00 M
22 Todd Keserich 6:09:00 M
23 Mark Anson 6:11:00 M
24 Luke Landis 6:12:00 M first 50K
25 Kevin Landis 6:13:00 M
26 Joe Jurczyk 6:14:00 M
27 Pete Faith Whitworth 6:14:00 M
28 Jim Brockman 6:17:00 M
29 Shannon Fisher 6:17:00 F
30 Dave Koch 6:20:00 M
31 Glenn Dumonthier 6:20:00 M
32 Charlie Bolek 6:22:45 M first 50K
33 Suzanne Weightman 6:24:00 F
34 Chris Wagner 6:26:00 M
35 Steve Hawthorne 6:26:00 M
36 Rachel Nypaver 6:26:00 F
37 Brian Perusek 6:27:00 M
38 Bob Drake 6:31:00 M
39 Mike Erhardt 6:34:00 M
40 Bob Baldwin 6:34:00 M
41 Bob Clark 6:34:00 M
42 Erin Petit Lewis 6:35:00 F
43 Lou Karl 6:35:00 M
44 Paul Lefelhocz 6:44:00 M
45 Gerald Hurd 6:45:00 M
46 Lisa Fine 6:45:00 F
47 Liz Ferro 6:45:00 F
48 Austin Ashwill 6:47:00 M
49 Suzanne Pokorny 6:48:00 F
50 Brian Musick 6:49:00 M
51 Kathy Goad-Wolf 6:50:00 F
52 Kurt Osadchuk 6:53:00 M
53 Bruce McMurray 6:55:00 M
54 Danielle West 6:57:00 F
55 Kirk Harrison 6:59:58 M
56 Melissa Cairns 7:01:00 F
57 Jeannette Spade 7:04:00 F
58 Patty Roberts 7:05:00 F
59 Ron Demyan 7:05:00 M
60 Cheryl Splain 7:10:00 F
61 Julie Bowen-Miller 7:10:00 F
62 Tara Schweitzer 7:10:00 F
63 Desiree Cowie 7:16:00 F
64 Michael Kazar 7:16:00 M
65 Daniel Davbner 7:17:00 M
66 Denise Flores 7:23:00 F
67 Thomas Patton 7:23:00 M
68 Heidi Finniff 7:28:00 F
69 Cindy Antenucci 7:29:00 F
70 Bob Cassill 7:38:00 M
71 Debi Glinksek 7:38:00 F
72 Fred Davis 7:38:00 M
73 John Herraghty 7:59:00 M first 50K
74 Jade Running 8:19:00
75 Libby White 8:19:00 F
76 Betty Sharpe 8:33:00 F
77 Tim Harber 8:33:00 M
78 Tapatha Knupile 8:50:00 F first 50K
CANDY ASS LIST
DNF Angie Kovacs DNF
DNF Becky Judy DNF
DNF Beth Ann Miller DNF
DNF Chris Casa DNF
DNF Don Holtzapple DNF
DNF Jennifer Branch DNF
DNF Hjohn Buerle DNF
DNF Kristen Perusek DNF
DNF Mike Keller DNF
DNF Patrick Murphy DNF
DNF Carl Di Vita
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Congrats to the following NEO Trail members who completed the Run with Scissors Marathon/Double Marathon this past Sunday:
Double Marathon Finishers
TJ Hawk – 9:10:00 (11th overall)
Ron Ross – 9:17:00 (12th overall)
Eric Deutsch – 9:39:00 (15th overall)
Frank Dwyer – 10:45:00 (19th overall)
Paul Lefelhocz – 10:48:00 (20th overall)
Dave Peterman – 3:49:00 (3rd overall)
Todd Hanks – 4:08:00 (6th overall)
Dan Bellinger – 4:12:00 (8th overall)
Mike Keller – 4:20:00 (13th overall)
Tanya Cady – 5:05:00 (27th overall)
Bill Wagner – 5:16:00 (31st overall)
Tara Schweitzer – 5:18:00 (33rd overall)
Dave Janosko – 5:37:00 (41st overall)
Julie Bowen-Miller – 5:38:00 (43rd overall)
Mike Halkovich – 6:07:00 (45th overall)
For complete results and photos - CLICK HERE
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Congratulations to the following NEO Trail members that completed this past weekend’s Oil Creek Trail Runs in Titusville, PA:
Cam Baker – 20:39:32 (7th overall, 2nd age group)
Jim Harris – 20:42:11 (8th overall, 2nd age group)
Bill Losey – 28:26:35
Bob Combs – 29:44:46
Rich Vrboncic – 30:50:30
Brian Musick – 31:35:57
Kim Boner – 13:02:20 (1st female)
Roy Heger – 15:20:17
Mark Anson – 15:49:55
Lloyd Thomas – 5:03:30 (4th overall, 1st age group)
Dan Bellinger - 5:59:26 (1st age group)
Gale Connor – 10:27:34
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
This past weekend Bob Combs, Jim Harris, and Brian Musick completed the 8th running of The Big Schloss FA 50K. This free no frills event starts and finishes at the Trout Pond Campground in Wardensville, WV and traverses through the George Washington National Forest in WV & VA. The weather this year was sunny and in the low 80s. Results will soon be posted here. To view Brian's photos - click here.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
For the unititiated, The Ring is a circuit of the entire 71-mile orange-blazed Massanutten Trail in the George Washington National Forest, on the ridgelines of the eastern and western ranges of the Massanutten Mountains around the Fort Valley, roughly between Front Royal and Luray. The "trail" is hard, rocky and slow. Sections of this trail have been around in some cases for centuries, but the entire, uninterrupted, 71-mile Massanutten Trail was not completed until 2002. The Virginia Happy Trails Club immediately pounced on this trail upon completion and now every fall more runners are initiated into the Ring.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Are you still interested in running this year’s YUT-C 50K or 25K? If so, make sure to send in your entry form ASAP as the race is now over 70% filled with 30 spots remaining in the 50K and 10 spots remaining in the 25K. For more info, visit http://www.neotrail.org/yutc.html
Also, if you would like to preview the course with other runners, there will be a familiarization run on Saturday, August 28th, starting from the Old Log Cabin. Park at either the upper or lower parking lot. The GPS address to the upper parking lot is 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, OH. Click this map for a view of the area:
If you have further questions, please visit the following link: