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 www.neotrail.org/forum 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 nickruns26.2@gmail.com

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.