Thursday, December 31, 2009

Freedom Park New Year's Ultra

NEO Trail Club member Mike Keller is currently running the 2nd Annual Freedom Park New Year's Ultra Run in Morganton, North Carolina with some others from Ohio. At 12:00 pm today Mike texted that he was 18 miles in so far. Good luck Mike and Team Ohio!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Save the LHHT bridge!

The Laurel Highlands Hiking/Snowmobile Bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike has been part of the current trail system for more than 30 years and is critical for the trail system to be complete. This bridge has been closed indefinitely due to structural deficiencies resulting in unsafe conditions.

Please support the repair or replacement of this bridge so outdoor enthusiasts may continue to have full use of the trails. The closure of this bridge limits tourism and greatly impacts local businesses and teh economy in this region.

This petition will be sent to the DCNR, Governor Rendell, Richard A. Kasunic (Senator), Mike Reese (Representative) and Carl Walker Metzgar (Representative).

Click Here To Sign The Petition

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

The NEO Trail Club would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Huff 50K Trail Run

This past Saturday NEO Trail member Dan Bellinger finished the Huff 50K Trail Run in Huntington, Indiana with a time of 5:46:01, earning him 2nd in his age group. Congrats Dan!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Time to Renew Your Membership!

Just a reminder that your 2010 club membership fee is now due if you have not already paid. Click here to view a list of current members and to see if your membership has expired. If you do not renew your membership by February 1st your name will be removed from this list.

To renew your membership, please mail a $15 check addressed to "NEO Trail Club" to the following address:
1959 Lexington Ave.
Warren, Ohio 44485

You only need to complete an application form if you are a new member or if your information has recently changed. Also, if another person in the same household would like to join the club, it is $5 extra per person per year.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

MMT 100 Lottery

The 2010 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 lottery took place today and 180 individuals were selected through a random process involving the closing number of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Click here to read about this fair and interesting system that the Virginia Happy Trails Club uses to determine its starting field.

Of the lucky (or unlucky - however you look at it!) 180 runners selected today, there were 4 N.E. Ohio Trail Club members in this group - Jim Harris, Nick Billock, Tanya Cady, and Dave Peterman. Now, individuals out of this group of 180 must mail in their check by January 4th to become official. If not, individuals on the waiting list will take their spot.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

4th Annual URINEO FA

The 4th Annual URINEO FA took place in Mill Creek Park today, with many N.E. Ohio Trail Club members in attendance. Unfortunately there was no snow for everyone to write their name in, but a good time was had by all! Click Here to view final results and reports.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

2010 Dirty Dog 10K

The date for the 2010 Dirty Dog 10K has been set for Saturday, February 6th. The race application and more information can be found by clicking here.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Slim Pickins FA 100K

Yesterday the N.E. Ohio Trail Club hosted its 4th Annual Slim Pickins FA on the Laurel Highlands Trail in S.W. Pennsylvania. This free, low-key run is open only to club members and allows everyone the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled weekend of trails together. This year's official distance was 100K but since this is an FA run everyone is allowed to run as much or as little as they wish.

This year the weather was unusually warm (low 50's for a high) and there were a record number of individuals who finished the entire distance.

Here are the complete results:

Cam Baker
Bob Combs
Mike Dobies
Jim Harris
Brian Musick
40 Miles
Kim Love-Ottobre
Bruce McMurray
Dan Belinger
Tanya Cady
Wilma Depiore
John DeWalt
Mike Halkovich
Mike Keller
Dan Kuzma
Joe Novicky
Click Here to view photos from the weekend

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New YouTube Channel

Click Here to check out our new channel on YouTube.

On this page you'll be able to view videos that we upload from our races and fun runs, as well as other videos that we choose to call our "favorites". Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bobcat Trail Marathon

This past weekend several NEO Trail members participated in the 1st Annual Bobcat Trail Marathon which was run through Burr Oak State Park in Glouster, Ohio. Many said that this course was pretty challenging and had great scenery.

Mark Anson - 5:16:35
Courtney Baker - 6:08:28
Dan Bellinger - 5:03:00
Nick Billock - 5:37:17
Bruce McMurray - 6:01:04
Kim Love-Ottobre - 7:24:53
Brandon Russell - 5:11:09
For complete results - CLICK HERE
Blog report:

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Upcoming NEO Trail Events

If you are a current NEO Trail member, listen up! The annual Slim Pickins FA Trail Run is on the Laurel Highlands Trail in southwestern PA on November 21st of this month! Be sure to e-mail Gombu your interest in this not-to-miss event if you plan on going so he can e-mail you the details of the trip as the date gets closer. Note: you must be a NEO Trail member to participate in this run.

After Slim Pickins, don't miss the URINEO FA 50 Miler in Mill Creek Park on Saturday, December 5th starting at 7am at the Lily Pond Parking Lot. (URINEO = Ultra Runners In North East Ohio)

Also on December 5th, the Dark Park Pursuit 15K will kickoff in Cortland, OH at Mosquito Lake State Park at 6:30pm.

Registration has already opened up as well for the 6th running of the YUT-C 50K and 25K next September. Registrations have already began to come in! Mark your calendars for September 18th, 2010!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

2010 MMT100 Registration Details Announced

With so many NEO Trail members planning on the 2010 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run, it is with great anticipation that I announce that registration will open on November 30th!


Monday, November 30th @ 9am: Registration opens

Monday, December 7th @ 9pm: Registration Closes

Tuesday, December 8th: Lottery after 4pm stock market close (detailed lottery procedure)

December 11 - January 4: Time to pay

January 5: initial chance to move off waiting list for those who don't pay

April 5: last day to join the waiting list

May 3: deadline to withdraw and receive partial refund, entrant list set

May 15: 16th Annual MMT 100, Front Royal, VA

"Massanutten ROCKS!"

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New Club Message Board

A new message board for the N.E. Ohio Trail Club was recently created, following the transfer of our club website to a new and cheaper web hosting provider. On this message board you will be able to plan group runs, discuss upcoming runs/events, or just chat about anything running related.
To join the discussion, visit and click "Register" on the top left of the screen to create a username.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Congratulations to Lloyd and Andrea!

Recently, NEO Trail Member, Lloyd Thomas married Andrea Berninger in one of our favorite park areas, the Brecksville Reservation. A walk through the woods, music by Carlos Jones, and a wedding ceremony in the place they love. All the best to you both and many, many years of happiness and miles together!

After their wedding, they even hosted a celebration group run through the Reservation with friends on the trails. The cake below is a great example of their passion for running as well as their toeing of the line of the rest of their life...together.

Click here to view the rest of their photos

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Presque Isle Endurance Classic

Kurt & Brian at last year's event
This Saturday, NEO Trail members Kurt Osadchuk and Brian Musick will be participating in the Presque Isle Endurance Classic in Erie, PA. This event is a 12-hour run which takes place on a scenic 1 mile loop next to Lake Erie. The primary purpose of this event is to promote cardiovascular fitness in a safe, relaxed and friendly environment and to allow individuals the opportunity to run/walk a distance beyond that they have previously acheived or set a personal goal that is meaningful to them. There are no trophies or prize money.
This event was started 29 years ago by some of the founding fathers of the Erie Runners Club to test the endurance of some of the local runners. It still stands today because of the tireless efforts of Rick Ferko and his long time volunteers. Rick's battle with cancer ended shortly after the 2006 Endurance Run. Rick's family and friends wished to continue this run as a lasting memorial that would exemplify his life. The application form for this run includes a selection for contributing to Rick Ferko's Spirit of Social Work Scholarship, since it is funded soley on individual contributions. The fee for the run itself is only $10 and includes chip timing and aid.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Oil Creek Trail Runs RESULTS

I haven't spoken or communicated with anyone who didn't have a wonderful time at Oil Creek this past weekend. The accolades just keep pouring in towards the race director and among many of us who participated from NE Ohio. Congratulations to all who participated and thank you to those of you who volunteered. As always, it is the volunteers who make it all possible. Count on Oil Creek becoming a major event here for years to come! Brutal and Unforgiving!

100 Mile RESULTS (48 finished out of 84 starters / 57% finishing rate)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Victory at Oil Creek

Hats off to many NEO Trail members who had a great race weekend in and around the Oil Creek State Park in Titusville, PA at the Oil Creek 100 Mile Trail Runs. Results are not yet published but hopefully soon at the race website. It was great to see familiar faces away from home this weekend and hope everyone had a great time. For me, it was an unforgettable event and one that has a story to tell. Great job to everyone who ran or volunteered! The photo below was taken when a bunch of us met up at the Blue Canoe Brewery in Titusville.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Oil Creek Trail Runs THIS Weekend!

Several NEO Trail members are traveling across the border to Pennsylvania's Oil Country this weekend to participate in the inaugural Oil Creek Trail Runs. Distances vary from the 50K, 50 Miler, and the 100 Miler. Runners will be headquartered at the Titusville Middle School which will serve also as the start/finish and Aid Station #4.

Participation of NEO Trail Members are as follows:

50K: Dan Bellinger, Mark Anson

50 Miler: Tanya Cady, Brian "Pebble" Musick

100 Miler: Jim "Slim" Harris, Bob "Gombu" Combs, Nick "Admiral" Billock, Dan Kuzma, Kim "Kimba" Love-Ottobre, Donald Baker, Rich "Professor" Verbonic, Andy "Doc" MacGinnitie

If I missed your name above, please let me know and I will add you. It'll take me awhile to learn who all is a member of NEO Trail.

Map to Titusville Middle School If you follow this link and look at the satellite image, you can clearly see the woods south of the school. This is Oil Creek State Park. Each loop is approximately 31 miles. The 100 milers will do this loop 3 times plus a final separate loop of 7.75 miles to finish up the 100 miler. 100 milers will have 32 hours to complete the distance.

If you're participating or in town, you are welcome to join us at the Blue Canoe Brewery at 3pm on Friday for some final carb-loading before packet pickup and the pre-race meeting and pasta dinner.

Friday, October 2, 2009

New Blog Editor

The NEO Trail news blog has a new editor... Nick Billock, a N.E. Ohio Trail Club member himself, is now in charge of updating the content on this page. You can view his personal blog by clicking here.

In the future, if you have any information about NEO Trail Club members that is noteworthy, please let Nick know by emailing him at

Thursday, October 1, 2009

North Coast 24-Hour Run - This Weekend

This weekend the 1st Annual North Coast 24-Hour Endurance Run, which is also the 2009 US National Championship 24 Hour Run, will take place at scenic Edgewater Park in Cleveland directly adjacent to Lake Erie. Runners will travel around a paved loop of just under a mile to try and cover as many miles possible within the 24 hour period. The top 3 American male and female finishers will be automatically selected to the US team if the males acheive 135 miles and the females 120 miles.

NEO Trail Club members that are participating in this event are Frank Dwyer, Mike Keller, Paul Lefelhocz, Bruce McMurray, and Ron Ross.

CLICK HERE for live results and a webcam on race day.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The National Parks: America's Best Idea

The National Parks: America's Best Idea
Premiere: September 27th, 2009

The highly anticipated series is almost here!

From Yellowstone to Yosemite, Zion to Shenandoah, our national parks were founded on one principle: They belong to all of us. The National Parks: America's Best Idea is a six-episode series directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan premiering September 27th on PBS.

Filmed over the course of more than six years in some of nature's most spectacular locales, this documentary is a story of people who devoted themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved. It is a story full of struggle and conflict, high ideals and crass opportunism, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration - set against the most breathtaking backdrops imaginable. This documentary traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years.

Watch a preview of the documentary here.

Dinner in the Valley Series

Join CVNPA and other park enthusiasts on Sunday, September 27, 2009 for dinner and an early showing on the big screen at Happy Days Lodge of the first night of the KenBurns PBS special.

Doors open at 6:30pm with dinner served at 6:45pm followed by the showing of The National Parks: America's Best Idea at 8:00pm.

The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children 3-12. Children under 2 years are free. CVNPA and Western Reserve PBS members pay $12.50 for adults and $3.50 for children 3-12.

Reservations must be made and paid for in advance by calling CVNPA at 330-657-2909 ext 100. There is limited seating for this presentation.

Big Screen Viewings

Join CVNP for a special big screen viewing at Happy Days Lodge each night concurrent with the PBS broadcasts. Except for the first night, programs are free and require no reservation. Reshfreshments will be available for purchase. After each episode, there is an optional gathering around the campfire for people to share their national park stories.

Monday, September 28th
The Last Refuge (1890-1915)

Tuesday, September 29th
The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919)

Wednesday, September 30th
Going Home (1920-1933)

Thursday, October 1st
Great Nature (1933-1945)

Friday, October 2nd
The Morning of Creation (1946-1980)
-This program is followed by a short ranger-led hike along Haskell Run.

Doors open at Happy Days Lodge, 500 West Streetsboro Road, Peninsula, OH, at 7:30 p.m; and program is from 8 to 10 p.m. each night.

The full series DVD and CD will be made available for purchase each night.

2009 Youngstown Ultra Trail Classic 50K & 25K

Another year has come and past for NEO Trail's annual event, Youngstown Ultra Trail Classic, held in Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, OH. This past Saturday was the 5th running of the 50K event and the second year since the 25K event was added. The weather was perfect for runners with clear blue skies and a high of 71 and low of 43.

Several records were set this year including 113 total finishers (71 in 50K, 42 in 25K) and new course records for the men's 50K and 25K as well as the women's 25K.

Jacob Draa cut the tape first in the 50K with a new course record of 4:02:39. Michelle Ellery won the women's race in a time of 5:25:30. For the 25K, Alex White set a course record 2:04 and Bonnie Hartman set the female's record in 2:19:54.

Special thanks to all the volunteers who help make YUT-C a success every year!

Click here for pictures of the event. 50K Results - 25K Results

NEO Trail members - Nick Billock - Mike Keller

Saturday, September 12, 2009

QotD - September 7-11

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September 8th
"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place."
-Nora Roberts

September 9th
"The only true wisdom lives far from mankind, out in the great loneliness, and can be reached only through suffering. Privation and suffering alone open the mind to all that is hidden to others."
-Igjugarjuk, Caribou Eskimo Shaman

September 11th
The number one tactic, if you really want to race well, is to run really, really, really a lot. Hard work always works better than hardly working. You have to make your dreams your goals and then take that first step and practice them. What goes into practice comes out of practice. Thoughts need practice, too, so practice winning thoughts.

-If you don’t follow your dreams, you might as well be a turnip.
-Some people buy a Mercedes, some people are a Mercedes.
-If you never go fast, you’ll never go fast.
-If you fall off your perch, FLY!
-Bernie Boettcher

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Marquette Trail 50K

On August 22nd NEO Trail member Daniel Bellinger completed the inaugural Marquette 50K in a time of 6:54:19. He commented that it was a very rough and technical trail, but beautiful. For more information check out the race website -

Saturday, September 5, 2009

QotD - August 31 - September 4

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August 31st
"Running is a lot like life. Only 10 percent of it is exciting. 90 percent of it is slog and drudge."
-David Bedford, English distance runner who sometimes ran 200 miles a week in training

September 1st
"I feel the earth and the wind and the trees. I feel its spirit. It puts me in the moment. I feel the rhythm of the race. It's like music. When the rhythm gets dissonant and chaotic, it is either a jazzy driving force behind me or demons inside me."
-Gabriel Harmony Jennings, talking about winning the 1,500 meter

September 2nd
One must pay the price.

A person must earn the right to set lofty goals. By that I mean one must be realistic, do the homework, pay the price and accept the sacrifices involved.
-Dave McGillivary

September 4th
"I love running cross-country... You come up a hill and see two deer going: 'What the hell is he doing?' On a track, I feel like a hamster."
-Robin Williams, film star/comic/runner/cyclist

Saturday, August 29, 2009

QotD - August 24-28

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August 25th
"I have to run just to stay in place."
-George Sheehan

August 26th
Anniversary Poem, from a OH Man to his PA Woman

Collards is green, my dog's name is Blue and I'm so lucky to have a sweet thang like you.
Yore hair is like cornsilk a-flapping in the breeze. Softer than Blue's and without all them fleas.
You move like the bass, which excite me in May. You ain't got no scales but I luv you anyway.
Yo're as satisfy'n as okry jist a-fry'n in the pan. Yo're as fragrant as "snuff" right out of the can.
You have some'a yore teeth, for which I am proud; I hold my head high when we're in a crowd.
On special occasions, when you shave under yore arms, well, I'm in hawg heaven, and awed by yore charms.
Still them fellers at work, they all want to know, what I did to deserve such a purdy, young doe.
Like a good roll of duct tape yo're there fer yore man, to patch up life's troubles and fix what you can.
Yo're as cute as a junebug a-buzzin' overhead. You ain't mean like those far ants I found in my bed.
Cut from the best cloth like a plaid flannel shirt, you spark up my life more than a fresh load of dirt.
When you hold me real tight like a padded gunrack, my life is complete; Ain't nuttin' I lack.
Yore complexion, it's perfection, like the best vinyl sidin', despite all the years, yore age, it keeps hidin'.
Me 'n' you's like a Moon Pie with a RC cold drank, we go together like a skunk goes with stank.
Some men, they buy chocolate for Valentine's Day; They git it at Wal-Mart, it's romantic that way.
Some men git roses on that special day from the cooler at Kroger. "That's impressive," I say.
Some men buy fine diamonds from a flea market booth. "Diamonds are forever," they explain, suave and couth.
But for this man, honey, these won't do. Cause yor'e too special, you sweet thang you.
I got you a gift, without taste nor odor, more useful than diamonds...

August 27th
Frustration is the first step towards improvement. I have no incentive to improve if I'm content with what I can do and if I'm completely satisfied with my pace, distance, and form as a runner. It's only when I face frustration and use it to fuel my dedication that I feel myself moving forwards.
-John "The Penguin" Bingham

August 28th
"When was the last time you did something for the first time?"
- Kobi Yamada from "Ever Wonder"

Saturday, August 22, 2009

QotD - August 17-21

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August 17th
You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.
-Gatorade ad

August 18th
"It's elevating and humbling at the same time. Running along a beach at sunrise with no other footprints in the sand, you realize the vastness of creation, your own insignificant space in the plan, how tiny you really are, your own creatureliness and how much you owe to the supreme body, the God that brought all this beauty and harmony into being."
-Sister Marion Irvine, 2:51 PR and 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier

August 20th
"The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized - never knowing."
-Jim Rohn

August 21st
A morning spent in the woods with friends is time well vested.
-Ben Franklin ( not really from Mr. Franklin, but I like to think that he would agree)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

National Trail Runnning Day - August 22

What Is National Trail Running Day?

National Trail Running Day is taking place on Saturday, August 22nd and is a day to promote, celebrate, and experience the sport of trail running. Trail running is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States with runners taking to the trails of varying difficulties and distances to connect with nature and the environment, while also building strength and more technical running skills.

What should you do on National Trail Running Day? National Trail Running Day is a day for runners to come together and celebrate the sport of Trail Running. Everyone should participate and anyone can plan an official event for National Trail Running Day. Some of the events planned are trail races, group trail runs, or trail clean-ups.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Last weekend, NEO Trail members Bob Combs and John Dewalt took part in the MMD 50K in New Hampshire. Many argue that the event is the most difficult 50K trail race in the country!

The course traverses New Hampshire's White Mountains taking runners over the Northern Presi’s before running over the Cats and Carters. The Presidential Range, pictured below (click to enlarge), is a series of peaks named after prominent figures and Presidents of the 18th and 19th centuries. Completing all the 4,000+ peaks from one edge to the other has become known as the Presidential Traverse.

About 15 runners finished the trail race, including Bob in just over 16 hours and John in 24.5 hours. For a detailed report of the day, click here for Steve Pero's report.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

QotD - August 10-14

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August 10th
There is no "Y" in running. Believe in the run.
-Nike ad

August 12th
When I'm 3/4 of the way through a tough ultra, wondering why I'm out here doing something (again) that at the moment really doesn't seem like any fun at all, I invariably end up answering the question gnawing manically at my brain by responding, "This is what I do.

This is who I am. That's why.

When running 30 miles+ isn't just something you do occasionally, but becomes part of your own self-image, then you can call yourself a REAL ultrarunner. And you won't need to tell anyone else and you won't care what anyone else thinks.

You really wouldn't want to know what they think about it anyway!
-Mark Swanson

August 13th
My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.
-Elaine Maxwell

August 14th
It's not over for me though. I will be back. I will test my soul again. I will push my limits. I thank God everyday that I am still here to do that. I can't tell people how to live, how to train, what to take for nutrition, or what they should and should not do. I can tell you this. Don't wait until tomorrow to make the decision to do that something you have always thought about doing. Don't put it off any longer. Tomorrow your life my change drastically. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be the one with a heart problem. But to be honest, I'm glad I do. Now I can really test myself and find out what I'm made of. What I am trying to tell you is this... If you are thinking about doing something tomorrow, do it today instead.
-David Goggins, while recovering from surgery after Doctors found a hole in his heart

Friday, August 7, 2009

Qotd - August 3 - 7

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August 3rd
The most sublime act is to set another before you.
–William Blake

August 4th
Good athletes train when they want to, great athletes train when they don't.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

2009 Burning River 100

Starting Saturday morning bright and early at 5 AM, ultra runners took part in the 3rd annual Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run. The event lasted into the night and ended at 11 AM Sunday morning. Runners were forced to deal with rain most the night and some muddy trails.

Mark Godale won the event this year with a time of 16:16. On the women's side, Connie Gardner won with a time of 19:21. An amazing total of fourteen NEO Trail members ran in the endurance race today. Members that participated include TJ Hawk, Nick Billock, Greg Murray, Kurt Osadchuck, Ron Ross, Brandon Russell, Courtney Baker, Brian Musick, Dave Peterman, Bill Wagner, Frank Dwyer, Mike Halkovich, Kim Love-Ottobre and Paul Lefelhocz.

Race Reports - Nick Billock, Greg Murray, Jeff Musick (pacer)

Nick Billock's Pictures in Video - BR Videos - Greg Murray

Official results will be posted on Burning River's website. Below is a video recap of the race.

Friday, July 31, 2009

QotD - July 27 - July 31

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July 27th
The Sherpa don't believe they conquer the mountain, "they become one with it."
-Doug Freese

July 28th
I am so excited about Monday, that I am going to go to bed early, with my running clothes on shoes and on Christmas Eve...
-cvctrackfan, on the first day of CC practice 2008

July 29th

July 30th
I've realized that to finish you have to really, really want it. Then when you reach that point in the race where you say 'what the @#$ am I doing here?' you can say 'finishing'. If you don't really, really want to finish, you reach that point in the race where you say 'what the @#$ am I doing here?' and you answer, 'holy crap, I don't know, I'm going home.' -John H. Powell, from his 2009 MMT race report, where he finished

July 31st
"You have to go into the jungle, find the lion, and spit in his face...then shoot him. You guys are not good enough to win on talent have to want it." -Herbie Brooks. coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

BR 100 Info

Good luck to all those competing in the Burning River 100 mile race this weekend at the Cuyahoga Valley. There will be plenty of NEO Trail members representing the club. Below are some links and race info.

Start Time: 5 AM, Saturday, August 1st
Start Location: Squire's Castle
Finish Time: 11 AM, Sunday, August 2nd
Finish Location: Cuyahoga Falls River Front

Important Links
Official Site
2009 Entrants
Course Guide
VIDEO: Modified Course Sections
VIDEO: Other Course Sections

Saturday, July 25, 2009

QotD - July 20 - July 24

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July 20th
I hadn’t really been aware of it. Not it’s weight or its form or its size. But the burden of doubt and anxiety I had carried with me from the start was formidable. My realization of its very existence came only when I began to dimly feel that burden getting lighter. As I came down off of Kern’s Mountain I was ahead of my schedule. I felt great. I didn’t feel even close to crashing. It evidently wasn’t going to rain anytime soon. My confidence swelled to fill the void as my fears floated up and away into the late day sun.
- Alan Gowen, from his 2006 MMT 100 RR

July 21st
When Mark Twain was asked how he had lived so long, he replied, "By sticking to a way of life that would have killed anybody else."

July 22nd
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
-General George Patton Jr

July 23rd
Pace to Finish BR100 – 18:36/mile

July 24th
You have been told that Real Life is not like college, and you have been correctly informed. Real Life is more like high school.
-Meryl Streep

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Summer Buckeye Trail 50K

This past weekend several club members participated in the 15th annual Summer Buckeye Trail 50K, which is an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the Oak Grove pavilion in Brecksville, Ohio. The weather was unseasonably cool this year with highs in the upper 60s and even some rain. A nice break though from previous years where it has been sunny and in the mid to upper 80s. Once again, Vertical Runner was able to organize another quality event and finishers of this year's event were treated to a new finishers medal in the shape of the Buckeye Trail blue blaze.

Here is the list of N.E. Ohio Trail Club members who finished this year...

Dave Peterman - 4:59:29 (20th overall)
Stephan Kremer - 5:13:39 (34th overall)
T.J. Hawk - 5:17:11 (35th overall)
Ron Ross - 5:23:16 (39th overall)
Jim Christ - 5:55:20 (64th overall)
Brett Himes - 5:57:42 (68th overall)
Brandon Russell - 6:02:07 (74th overall)
Jim Harris - 6:17:58 (85th overall)
Bob Combs - 6:23:53 (87th overall)
Daniel Bellinger - 6:25:20 (90th overall, New male 60 & over record - formerly 6:46:27)
Kurt Osadchuk - 6:27:35 (93rd overall)
Bruce McMurray - 7:02:12 (119th overall)
Paul Lefelhocz - 7:35:40 (138th overall)

For complete results, photos, and videos - Click Here

Saturday, July 18, 2009

QotD - July 13 - July 17

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July 13th
In ultrarunning, the heart and human spirit have as much to do with it as putting in long miles.
-Dana Roueche

July 14th
Some men can run the fastest, jump the highest, or lift the heaviest, but no man has the corner on ambition, desire, and hustle.

July 16th
Seek your dreams and goals
-David Horton

July 17th
Ultrarunning seems a lapse in reason, taking something difficult and multiplying it by four. I considered applying the ultra logic to my chaotic days at home with the children. 'Hey honey,' I might say. 'I had a terrible day with the kids. Tomorrow I might invite four times that number of children over for the day. Not only that, but I will keep them up all night and do everything with just a headlamp.'
-Marty Button, on being the wife of an ultrarunner

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

2009 Hardrock 100

Last weekend, NEO Trail members Bob Combs and John Dewalt both finished the 2009 Hardrock 100 held in Silverton, CO with times of 46:00 and 47:47, respectively. A total of 140 runners started the 15th running of Hardrock and 105 finished. Special kudos to John Dewalt being the oldest finisher at 73.

The winner on the men's side was Karl Meltzer running 24:38, a new course record for the counter-clockwise course and the 2nd fastest time ever! Diana Finkel won it for the women in a course record 27:18.

Hardrock Numbers
Miles: 100
Elevation Gain: 33,000'
Average Elevation: 11,186'
High Point: 14,048' (Handies Peak)
Low Point: 7,680' (Ouray)

Results - Youtube Playlist

Friday, July 3, 2009

QotD - June 29 - July 3

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June 29th
A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard. As I see it, if you work more hours than somebody else, during those hours you learn more about your craft. That can make you more efficient, more able, even happier. Hard work is like compounded interest in the bank. The rewards build faster.

-Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

June 30th
When man runs and his worn out body and tired muscles fervently oppose his mental perseverance to continue the race, I'd say that's a pretty big challenge. My question is, how hard do you push yourself to demonstrate your own character?

-Scott Peragine

July 1st
As you know, going from a person who worked out constantly to a person that just had heart surgery is a big change. This has given me a lot of time to think. One thing that always comes back to my mind that I am going to share with you is this..... What good does all of this actually do. What does running ultra's, biking, lifting, ect. What does it do for you? Where does it get you?

For me, the answer is this. It's not about what you do in life. It is about what you don't do. The truth is running has not got me anywhere in life. I don't enjoy it. I hate it really. It certainly hasn't made an income for my family. And it definitely takes up a lot of my spare time. So why do it then? Because I can. When I was running 100 mile races back to back weekends, people never understood. They thought I was crazy. They told me how injured I was going to get. But I didn't care. I still don't. Tomorrow is never promised to you. If I looked back on those times now and didn't do the Plain 100 because it was too soon after my other race, I would kick myself. Now I can look back and say. I'm glad that I did what I did when I could.

I am not saying that this is how everybody should be. What I am saying is that I believe everybody should push themselves to their limit. Whether it be in life or in sport. If not, you will wake up one day and your limits will have been determined by other factors. Health, family, work, ect. While you have it in your power to do something, do it. Don't wait until that opportunity gets taken from you. I know I'm not.

July 2nd
We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall never surrender.
-Winston Churchill

July 3rd
I've always sort of thought that at Hardrock you sort of live your entire life in a single day," said Roch Horton, a five-time finisher. "You'll be the happiest you'll ever be in your entire life, whenever that was, here at Hardrock. And the most ragged, lowdown, just desperate, decrepit, degenerate, sore - you're going to feel that, too, in one day, all in one continuous experience.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Cortland 10 Miler

Yesterday, the Cortland 10 Miler took place and was dominated by the Harris family. NEO Trail member Jim Harris got third overall in the 10 miler with a 1:07:32 while his son Heath won the race in a time of 1:01:25. Also capturing a title was Eric, who won the 2 mile event.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

QotD - June 22-26

Every weekday NEO Trail member Jim Harris sends out a Quote of the Day (QotD) that is inspiring, insightful, or just plain funny. Sometimes it's not even a quote but a comic!

At the end of each week, the quotes he sends out will be posted on the NEO Trail blog. If you would like to be added to Jim's email list, then shoot him an email at
Tuesday, June 23rd

I'm an endurance athlete for many reasons. Escaping mindfulness, with all the lost brain cells that may or may not imply, is one of them. I'm also a closet control freak. Weird as it may sound, fretting about a problem and then solving it while getting hammered with a healthy dose of dopamine as I grind alone up a mountainside is one of my greatest fulfillments. I certainly get cranky when I don't get out there to train.

-Martin Dugard, from his blog

Wednesday, June 24th

If exercise were a pill, it would be the most expensive drug on the market.

-Dr. Carstensen

Thursday, June 25th

If the miles behind me could be put into words before you…
you would feel my efforts, my struggles, my desires,
most of all you would see my joy…
Watch me from afar run the trails and hills
and miles upon miles and you will see…

A runner.

Friday, June 26th

Thursday, June 25, 2009

So There I Was...

Have a great adventure story that you think deserves being retold and recaptured? Whether you're defying gravity, pushing the human limits, escaping death, or just plain living it up then tell Outside magazine your story. Submit a picture and story to Outside's "So There I Was..." contest and have a chance to be featured on their online photo gallery or even right in the magazine!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Highlands Sky 40 Miler

Presented by the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners, the 6th annual Highlands Sky Trail Run took place last Saturday at the Canaan Valley Resort State Park.

This point to point course travels across some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain in West Virginia. Trail surfaces and scenery vary greatly throughout the run, as well as elevation which ranges from 2500 to 4700 feet. The course travels through the Canaan Valley, the highest large valley east of the Mississippi.

NEO Trail club members Bruce McMurray and Rich Vroboncic took part in the event this year. Bruce finished with a time of 11:08 while Rich followed close behind with an 11:18 finishing time.

Detailed Race Description - Course Maps

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Endurance Run

Last Sunday, Nick Billock became a member of the 100-mile club finishing his first at the Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Endurance Run held in Wisconsin. His finishing time was 25 hours and 39 minutes. Pictured above is the hardware...err kitchenware...that Nick and other finishers received.

Nick's Race Report: Part 1 & Part 2 - Race Info