Sunday, June 24, 2012

Western States

Congrats to NEO TC members Dave Peterman and Ted Nieman on their Western State finishes!

Dave finished in under 24 hours, well under 24 hours, in 23.14.   Dave has Race #1 down for the Grand Slam.

Ted Nieman finished in 29.15, besting his 2011 time of 29.34.

Well done guys!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Western States

The Western States Endurance Run, the race that started it all, begins this Saturday in Squaw Valley,California, and ending in Auburn, California, a total of 100 miles. The trail ascends from the Squaw Valley floor (elevation 6,200 feet) to Emigrant Pass (elevation 8,750 feet), a climb of 2,550 vertical feet in the first 4½ miles. From the pass, following the original trails used by the gold and silver miners of the 1850’s, runners travel west, climbing another 15,540 feet and descending 22,970 feet before reaching Auburn.

NEO TC runners are Dave Peterman (Bib 308)  and Ted Niemann (Bib 292)  in it to win it this year.

WS$R will be having a live webcast .  Also follow on Twitter: #WS100  or on Facebook:

Good luck guys! Have fun out there!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Classic Ultra Running Weekend Recap

Summer running season is upon us.

Congratulations to Rich Vrboncic, for his awesome finish at Bighorn, in 32.32!!

In Ohio, the Mohican 100 Race was going on.

Congratulations to the 100 mile finishers:

Eric Deutsch 24.24
Paul Lefelhocz 26.29
Chris Lassen 29.45

In the 50 Mile Race, finishers were:

Tara Schweitzer 13.13
Wild Bill Wagner 13.32
Amie Murphy 14.15
Gale Conor 18.49

Congratulations and recover well!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Color Run

Julie Curtis at the finish line
The Cleveland Color 5K  Run was held June 16.

The Color Run pretty much has 2 SIMPLE rules. 1. White shirts (any mostly white T will work great) mandatory at the start line and 2. Color plastered EVERYTHING at the finish!  Runner/walkers begin the 5k at the start line like a brand new pristine coloring book, they end looking like they fell into a Willy Wonka… tie dyed… vat of colored goodness.

What is the Color?
Each kilometer of the event is associated with a designated color.  1k is yellow, 2k is blue, 3k is green, 4k is pink, and the 5k finish is a “Color Extravaganza.”  As the runners/walkers hit the Kilometer COLOR RUN Zones, they will be blitzed by our volunteers, sponsors, and staff with COLOR.  The color is a special “elf made” recipe of magical color dust.  All products are 100% natural and safe.  You can eat the stuff if you’d like (we have tried it and don’t suggest it, it is surprisingly high in calories and leaves a chalky aftertaste). 

Sharyn Dimuzio at the finish line

Desiree Cowie at the finish line

Kind of a different "get dirty" mindshift.  Get "painty"?  Looks like all had fun!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Salt Run Challenge

We now have another finisher in the Salt Run Challenge.
On Thursday, June 14th Todd Hanks became the 2nd finisher, when he ran 10 laps of the trail in 6:29.

That gives Todd the 2nd fastest  time on that trail.
Slim, who completed this challenge back in April, is next to last with his effort.

Todd's only comment after he finished was that he was glad to not have to go up any more log steps.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Mohican Runners

Looks like Mohican will be hot and steamy.
Big surprise there.
 23rd year for the Mohican 100.

100 Mile
Eric Deutsch (working on Midwest Slam)
Roy Heger (leads trail marking team)
Chris Lassen
Paul Lefelhocz (ran Laurel last weekend)
Ron Ross (working on #17)

50 Mile
Gale Connor
Amie Murphy
Courtney Russell
Brandon Russell
Tara Schweitzer
Corey Volz
Wild Bill Wagner

Thursday, June 14, 2012


A big shout out to "The Professor" Rich Vrboncic, as  he heads out west, to take on the
This is the 10th anniversary of the 100 mile race.
The 100 will start on Friday at 11:00 AM.

Rich finishing the 2011 Massanutten 100 Race

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Howl at the Moon 5K

Congrats to Baby Sasquatch as he set a PR and also won the Howl at the Moon 5K.
The race took place in Cortland, Ohio on June 9th..
He finished with a 12 second win in 16:54.
Not bad work after a week with no running after the OHSAA Track Meet.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


The Laurel Highlands Ultra was held Saturday, June 8, 2012.
It was a pretty typical day for the event, nice and hot!
Congratulations to NEOTC Finishers for the 70.5 mile distance:
Paul "The King" Lefelhocz 18.57
Dan Bellinger 20.55
Mark Anson 21.04
Tim Knapp 21.35
 Dave Janosko 21:35
Laurel also has a 50K, and NEOTC had finishers at that distance as well.
Gary Sexton 6:18 (also worked aid later for the 70)
Joe "Moose" Novicky 9:23
Cam Baker 10:02 (sweep for the 50K)

As always, Laurel is a great Ultra.
Many of us are looking forward to it next year already.
NEOTC will most likely operate the Maple Summit Aid Station at Mile 11 next year.
Come out and join in for one of the best east coast ultras around.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Weekend Running June 1 through 3

Heidi Finniff completed the Sunburst 1/2 marathon, in South Bend, Indiana, in 1.57.25

Amie Murphy completed the Buckeye Buster 50K, at Salt Fork State Park, in 6.42.05

Chris Kalie ran the Buffalo Stampede, in Freeport, Pennsylvania,

she ran the long course 14.4 miles in 3.20 Eric Deutsch completed his first 100 Mile Race in the Midwest Slam, finishing the Kettle Moraine 100 in 25.04. Don Baun completed marathons 49 and 50 States, in Oregon and Washington.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

50th State

Don Baun has completed his 50th State Marathon!

Don ran the Timberline Marathon, in Goverment Camp, Oregon , on June 2.  This was a trail marathon.  Don finished first in his age group, in a time of 5.26.43.  This was marathon 49!

Don then ran the San Juan Island Marathon on Sunday, June 3.  This is at Friday Harbor, Washington.   Yes, you had to take the ferry (or plane) to get to the island.

This was Don's 50th marathon, and he finished first in his age group, in 5.22.48.

Congratulations Don, here's to the next fifty!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Laurel Highlands Ultra 2012

This photo was taken during SP2011.
The bridge now has the cover over it and is finished.
Some NEO Trail members will run over this bridge next weekend.
These runners are attempting the full trail from OP to Seward.
Mark Anson
Dan Bellinger
Dave Janosko
Tim Knapp
Paul Lefelhocz
The following NEOTC members will not run over the bridge, but will still participate in the Laurel 50K.
Moose Novicky
Gary Sexton

Both sets of runners will get to see this section of the trail.
NEOTC will be at the Maple Summit Road Aid Station supporting the runners.