Sunday, November 16, 2014

Slim Pickins 2014


Slim Pickins

This weekend was our 8th annual Slim Pickins weekend.  For the history of Slim Pickins, I recouped that on Friday.  This was the farthest NEO Trail had traveled for a weekend SP run.  This occurred since we had been thrown out¹ of Linn Run, our original destination.  The Professor then said he would like to visit Great Seal State Park, which is the park where the “Not Yo Momma’s” 100 Mile Race takes place in Ohio.

 Rich and Kimba got 7 miles on the trails at Great Seal Park on Friday, to do a bit of a recon before the others arrived the next day.  It was a bit of a challenge to follow the stellar cartographers that ODNR employs to make maps for state parks in Ohio.
bloggers view of map
Blogger’s representation of sucky ODNR map
Really, the map was not much better than this.

We did have a nice cozy cabin, over at Scioto Trail State Park, about fifteen miles away:
Scioto StatePark cabin


For the last few years, NEO Trail has been trying to get a cabin or a hotel suite where all can gather after the run, break bread, chat, and other “fairly normal” activities that we are known for.

None of the NEO Trailers had ever been to Great Seal State Park, which made it a bit difficult to try and describe anything about it. In fact, where we parked and started was where we thought the 100 mile race started. We were in the wrong place! Tim Smith, from Middleton, parked in the correct spot but still managed to find us down trail.

The Polish Surplus had just arrived in the midwest, or heartland, or whatever you want to call the Buckeye State. It was a warm 15 degree at the start of Slim Pickins.
Slim Pickins 2014
We then ran over to conquer Sugarloaf Mountain.

Whew! That was a good climb up Sugarloaf!

Sugarloaf Mountain Ohio
Top of Sugarloaf

cairn


The guys ponder a cairn. We were doing our best to follow Rob Carroll, the RD of the “Yo Momma’s” Race along with the ODNR map. henceforth known as the “sucky map”. There was much stopping and starting, not listening to the Professor’s navigation tips, and playing on rocks.  We did run into Rob Carroll, who helped show us where we were on the map.

When we got to our water cache, where Aid Station Two is for the YM race, it was much more runnable, and hence we did much more running.

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It was soon figured out, with all our screwing around, and compensating for the slowest runner’s pace (Kimba’s) it wasn’t going to look like a second complete loop was going to happen.  Kimba stopped after one loop and drove The King, The Prof, and Slim over to the farthest point south to run some more miles. Tim went on to climb Sugarloaf Mountain and head home. It was nice to share trail with a new runner-thanks Tim!

The Yo Momma’s course: this is a tough loop. We knew it would be hilly, but there are a bunch of ups and downs and several big tough climbs and descents. With the course being multiple loops, this is indeed a challenging race. We agreed this race was much harder than Mohican or Burning River.

There was also a run on Sunday morning. We woke up to first snow!  We again tried to follow a ODNR map, which didn’t quite pan out, but we spotted the fire tower anyways.

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We ended running almost five miles on Sunday back to the cabin, a good way to shake out the kinks and muscles for the long drives home.

The best part about Slim Pickins is saying “see you in a couple of weeks” as URINEO, our club Fat Ass at Mill Creek Park, is December 20.  Another good time had by all!

¹ we weren’t actually kicked out of Linn Run. We had reservations, but the park decided to close the cabins down for cleaning and renovation.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

2014 YUT-C Registration is OPEN!

Once again, registration is via snail mail only. Please download, print, and complete this form and mail to the address on the form.

September 13, 2014 is the date for the 10th Annual running of the Youngstown Ultra Trail Classic 50K & 25K. Registration fees staying low yet again at $40 for the 50K (paid before Aug. 17) and $35 for the 25K. 125 spots for the 50K and 40 for the 25K will be available.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Weekend Racing

Luckily no NEO Trailers were signed up to run Grindstone this weekend..


Rock N Roll Cleveland Half Marathon

This was an inaugural Rock N Roll Series event for Cleveland.

  Elizabeth Sosan ran a 2.14, and Des Cowie ran a 2.19!  Nice job, ladies!

Oil Creek Ultras

Oil Creek was also this weekend

50K

Allison Holko 9.24
Gail Connor 12.59

Gail

Allison


 


Kelli Rushton finished her first 100K in 16.13!!

Kelli



100 Miles

Jim Harris 22.41



Bob Combs 29.37


Paul Lefelhocz 30.16




Mark Anson 30.29

Those special shorts

Cousin Tim

Coach Hanks

More Slim

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Bear

It looked  like very interesting weather for The Bear 100 race.

The BEAR 100 is a point to point course that starts in Logan, UT and finishes at Fish Haven, ID at Bear Lake. The first climb is the longest, with many more long climbs to follow with varying difficulties of descent. Some descents are smooth downhill while others are rocky. Late September was picked for the time of the run because of the beauty of the fall colors at that time. You will see brilliant red maples and quaking aspens turning yellow which provides for a stunning contrast among the rocks and cliffs.

Bill Losey earned his Black Bear Buckle, finishing in 35 hours, 18 minutes.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Racing Results

24 Hour North Coast

Congrats to Cyrus Taylor and Roy Heger who ran around in a circle for a very long time on September 21 and 22

Cyrus ran 62.15106 miles

Roy ran 76.5629 miles


Akron Marathon

Lots of Neo Trailers out for the 11th annual marathon.

Tara Schweitzer ran in relay with her two sisters.  It was her sister Lisa's first face!

Marjie and Nick Billock ran the 1/2 marathon, finishing in 1.56.02, which was a 6 minute PR for her-Congrats!

Elizabeth Sosan also ran the 1/2 marathon, finishing in 2.08.01

Marathoners:

Dan Bellinger took first in his age group, with a 4.16.15

LT completed  his tenth Akron Marathon, leading the 3.40 pace group, finishing in 3.39.41

Dave Peterman and TJ Hawk completed their 11th Akron Marathon

Dave ran 3.15.36
TJ ran 3.39.30

More finishers:


Tim Knapp 4.36.45
Michael Kazar 5.16.42

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Run Rabbit Run





Congratulations to Rich Vrboncic, who finished the Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile Race in 34.18!!!


Athlete picture

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Another YUTC in the Bag

Another successful YUTC 25K and 50K completed.  Legacy runners Dave Peterman, TJ Hawk, and Ron Ross all completed #9 YUTC. 

Some pics of the day: