2019 Mt. Greylock Trail Races

This was supposed to be the year that we broke the streak. Last year, Debbie made it to her 20th consecutive Mt. Greylock Trail Race and we felt like we were no longer “obligated” to keep the streak going. This year, we decided that we would take a break.

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We didn’t pre-register because we have a bunch of travel starting next weekend,  we raced the Belltown Throwdown yesterday, and I had planned Monday travel to our plant north of Boston. I didn’t want to drive to The Berkshires for a short trail race considering we had no plans to run the half-marathon.

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Then, we woke up this morning, and in a matter of minutes, changed our minds. It was raining, which meant that doing stuff around home wouldn’t be pleasant. If it dawned sunny like yesterday, I would have been tempted to remain home and do a long bike ride. Instead, running made more sense. I’ve spent part of every Father’s Day since I first became a Dad, at Greylock Glen in Adams, MA. I suggested to Debbie that we go, and she was immediately on board.

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We roused the kids and were in the car by 7:45 A.M. We arrived at Greylock Glen around 9:35 A.M., registered, and hung out with some of our long time Grand Tree Trail Running Series Friends. The Greylock numbers have dwindled but the WMAC still puts a solid effort into this event and we love it.

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The four of us opted to run together, which was a nice change of pace. The 5K is really only 2.6 miles, so it was over in less than 30 minutes. We mingled a bit as the rain came down, but then headed for Northampton where we had a nice lunch at Paul & Elizabeth’s. We walked around Thornes Marketplace and were back home by 3:30 P.M.

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The streak is alive!

Race Results (will be linked when online)

2019 Belltown Throwdown

Yesterday’s Belltown Throwdown was the second “annual” but it was our first time doing this East Hampton, Connecticut mountain bike race. The Stage 1 Cycling Team-Airline Cycles and their volunteers hosted another good cycling event.

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We have done their fall cyclocross race (also has Belltown in the name) several times and always enjoy their events. The mountain bike course was near Lake Pocotopaug, just near the center of East Hampton.

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The private land behind Paul & Sandy’s Too (hardware an garden center) was hilly and rugged with plenty of rocky and rooted singletrack. I described it as a classic “New England” style course.

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The long course used by the Cat 1 and Cat 2 riders was 3.6 miles long. For the Cat 3 and 4 riders and Juniors, there were shorter versions of the course, which cut down the length and removed some of the more advanced (technical) features.

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Earlier in the week, it looked like we might skip the race. We had to await the diagnosis of Shepard’s broken wrist (suffered at last Sunday’s West Rock Superprestige Mountain Bike Race). He is in a cast, and mountain biking is out for at least the next six weeks, but he can still ride on flat terrain if he takes it easy and can control his bike with one hand. Running is also fine. When I was warming up, I took him for a ride on the Air Line Trail.

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The entire family was pre-registered for Belltown and we wanted to cheer on all our teammates, so we decided to go. It was a good lesson for Shepard to participate even though he couldn’t race. We are glad we went because we had a lot of fun.

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It was an excellent day for Team HORST Sports. Our juniors: Sean, Boden, Lars, Liam, Owen, and Alexandra did great. Sean and Alex won their respective divisions in the CCAP Spring MTB series. Our Masters riders, including Brett, Art, Debbie, and me also did well. Debbie did two laps of the course and was first among Cat 3 women. Art, Brett, and I were in the late afternoon Cat 1 race which was four laps. The race ended up being 14 miles long and though it only took me 100 minutes, it was a substantial effort.

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This race wrapped up the CBR Offroad Series, but it won’t be our last mountain bike race of the season.

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Race Results

2019 Spring Street Mile

Talk about a rude awakening! Debbie and I did the Spring Street Mile for the first time. This was a last minute decision, a bit of an experiment, and just for fun.

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We had already planned a Saturday morning training run at Case Mountain in Manchester. We intended to do uphill repeats from the Spring Street side of the “mountain.” On Thursday, Debbie sent me a link for the race registration, as the race was due to happen right after our workout.

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The start line is 1/4 mile from Case lot, our daughter was with my parents and our son was at a Boy Scouts camporee, so we had no excuse. This morning, we drove to Globe Hollow Park (finish) for 7:30 A.M., picked up our race bibs, and then drove up to the Case lot. We  spent an hour running up and down the hill, getting in four repeats. Debbie did the Women’s race at 9:00 A.M. I followed with the Men’s race at 9:15 A.M.

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This is one fast mile. It is a point to point course from Tam Rd. to Globe Hollow with a net drop of 135 feet. The field was stacked with fast runners! The first man was 4:02 and the first woman was 4:22. I started in the 4th row with 50 guys in front of me, and that is pretty much where I finished with a net time of 4:56. Everyone runs this fast–about 15 seconds quicker than they could do on a track. The point to point layout and downhill make a big difference. The pack also helps, though I was “off the back” pretty quick. Debbie ran her fastest ever mile, but for someone who specializes in 50 mile and 100 mile trail races on rugged terrain, she was the proverbial fish out of water and wasn’t happy with her pacing. Sometimes she doesn’t warm up until the four hour mark, so I’m not sure what she was expecting! Regardless, I’m happy for her and she will want another crack at this race in the future.

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This is a certified course and it was the USATF Connecticut One Mile Road Championship. There was solid prize money on the line, but Debbie and I didn’t even sniff it! We were surprised how many of our trail running friends showed up. I thought we would be the only ones stupid enough to try something like this. I know a lot of the roadies who specialize in these races and it was fun to see them too, but it is clearly not my scene.

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We knew we needed a good warmup, so the Case repeats did the job. Truthfully, the uphills session was the main course and the fast mile was dessert. We didn’t stick around long. We jogged back to the car and were home by 10:00 A.M. I definitely want to do this again, and mainly because I messed up my self-timing, which makes my Strava time look like 5:52. Rather than saving my time on my Garmin GPS, I mistakenly hit start again a minute after finishing. As they say, “if it isn’t on Strava, it didn’t happen.”

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Race Results (Women)

Race Results (Men) 

2019 Goodwin Forest Trail Runs

Connecticut Trails Day Weekend continued today at the Goodwin Forest Trail Runs in Hampton. Once again, it was a family affair for us. Debbie, Shepard, and I all ran the “10K” which is more like 5.7 miles, but who is counting? This is the short course Goodwin race, as the long course is 30K +/-. Dahlia came to watch. She had a soccer game that we had to rush to afterwards. That was one reason why we opted for the shorter version of this fun race.

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Debbie has run the 30K before, but Shepard and I have only ever run the 10K. Goodwin is part of the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series. The Goodwin Forest Conservation Center is a collaboration between the Connecticut DEEP and the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA). As mentioned in yesterday’s post, CFPA is the coordinator of Trails Day Weekend.

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We had a beautiful June morning with a mild temperature and an overcast sky. This was good for running conditions. The trails were mostly dry, though there were a few mucky spots. The bugs weren’t too bad and the rocks and roots were a bit slippery.

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Shepard’s race was impacted by a “potty break,” but he still managed to have a strong run, good for 11th and first in his age group. Debbie was second overall woman and first in her age group. That earned them wood medallions and a bag of cookies. For Debbie, this was a good result in a short race. Yesterday, she reunited with an old friend and teammate, Jeff Woods.

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She joined Jeff and their mutual friend, Joe, at the Trilogy Adventure Race at John Boyd Thacher State Park in Voorheesville, New York. They covered about 21 miles on foot, on mountain bikes, and in kayaks. The race was promoted by the New York Adventure Racing Association. This brought back memories for both of us as we did a lot of adventure race in in the early 2000’s. Jeff and Joe never stopped and every year, Jeff asks Debbie to join him for an event. I’m glad she was able to finally able to make an adventure race part of her schedule again.

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As for my results at Goodwin, I also earned a medallion for second in my age group. Debbie and I also won “Queen of the Mountain (QOM) and King of the Mountain (KOM)” honors. There really wasn’t one big climb, but this award is given to to the first female and male to reach Governor’s Island, regardless of the distance they are running. It really favors the 10K runners as you would have to go out pretty hard if you were a 30K runner and wanted this award. This is the point where the 10K and 30K split.   The QOM and KOM are somewhere around the 3.7-mile mark. “Team Livingston” as the Race Director described us, earned a jar of local Hampton honey and a bottle of local Hampton maple syrup. We were pleased with our prizes.

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The Goodwin trails are pretty rough, especially in the middle part of the race where there are more rocks. We love this event and enjoy the trails. The volunteers, many from the Willimantic Athletic Club, are fun and dedicated. The race benefits the Friends of Goodwin Forest. Sunday afternoon will

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Race Results (not posted yet, but they will be at this link)

2019 Connecticut Trails Day

I’m so pleased that the weather turned out great for Connecticut Trails Day Weekend. This annual nationwide celebration of trails is even more popular in Connecticut. Our little state has more than 200 events. The driving force behind this effort is the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA).

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I’m a longtime member of the CFPA Board of Directors and HORST Engineering is a longtime sponsor of Trails Day. So, you could say that I’m biased. Of course, who would argue that Trails Day is a bad thing?

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Getting people outside to enjoy nature is a primary goal for CFPA, and for me too. I got my day started early. By 6:00 A.M. I was out for a bike ride on my new Seven Cycles Evergreen XX. I spent some time on the roads of Bolton, Rockville, and Manchester, but I also spent some time on the Hop River State Park, otherwise known as the “rail trail.” This is our rail trail and we are fortunate to have access to it right out our front door. Mixed surface rides are perfect for my new Evergreen.

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Dahlia and I dropped Shepard at a Scouts BSA Troop 25 Eagle Scout project so that he could pitch in and get some service hours towards his own requirements. Then we visited HORST too say hello to some of our Saturday shift colleagues. After that, we went to Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford for a Trails Day event. This was a 1.5-mile Educational Walk that featured an arborist and a tour of the notable trees. Cedar Hill is a famous and beautiful cemetery in Hartford’s south end.

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I’ve written about it several times. Debbie and I did the Cedar Hill 4-Miler on three occasions in 2011, 2010, and 2008. Each year, the race was named for a famous “resident” of the cemetery. Check out those posts linked to the year. They are fun and informative. Dahlia hadn’t been back there since I pushed her in our Chariot eight years ago. I doubt she remembers! I’ve been back a few times on my bicycle. I like to ride through there on occasion.

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The tree walk was excellent and we learned a lot. We got to see a former state champion Japanese Maple and a current state champion Copper Beech. There was a good turnout for this walk. I’m certain that the turnout for events all over the state will be aided by the good weather.

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Our last stop was at the Emanuel Synagogue Cemetery just down the street from Cedar Hill. That’s where my grandparents Harry (Horst) and Sylvia are buried. Their graves are next to my great-aunt and great-uncle, Pearl and Lionel Israel. Pearl was my grandmother’s sister. Harry lived until the age of 86. Sylvia made it to 95. However, Pearl and Lionel died a week apart from each other at the ages of 64 and 65. That was sad week 32+ years ago and I remember it vividly. Dahlia hadn’t been there since my grandmother’s funeral back in 2011, and she doesn’t remember that, so it was fun to visit and pay our respects.

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We returned to Bolton, picked up Shepard and were home by 1:00 P.M. That’s how you fill a Saturday morning! Tomorrow is the Goodwin Forest Trail Runs, part of the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series. The Trails Day Weekend fun will continue then.

2019 Long Trail Adventure

Debbie and I returned to Vermont this weekend for one of our one-day running/cycling adventures. We covered 31 point-to-point miles on the Long Trail (LT) and Stratton Pond Trail from Woodford to Manchester Center. That was followed by a 31-mile bike ride on the paved and gravel roads along the Battenkill River back to Woodford.

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We like to do one or two of these multi-sport epics each year. Two weeks ago, we did a “warmup” on the the New England Trail (NET). That trip was a nice lead-in to the Green Mountain run/bike that we did on Saturday. Two years ago, we did a northern Vermont version of this trip that tested our limits. This time, the goal was to get in a sizable workout without destroying ourselves.

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Two weekends ago Debbie’s parents took the kids for a few days so that we could do the NET trip.  This weekend, my parents pitched in to look after them. We are fortunate to get the support from all four grandparents. Despite a long work week, I was feeling pretty good on Friday night, so we seized the opportunity to drive to Vermont. The original plan was to get up early and drive on Saturday morning, but since I was OK, we packed and headed out around 8:00 P.M. We made it to the Appalachian Trail/Long Trail trailhead on Rt. 9 in Woodford around 11:00 P.M. We parked our van, popped the top, and spent the night.

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We got up early on Saturday and drove to Old Rootville Road in Manchester Center. Debbie laid out some trip ideas earlier in the week and we settled on this route over dinner on Friday. The route had a couple of options, including a fortuitous “bail out” that ended up taking. We locked our Seven Cycles Evergreen XX bikes to a tree about 50 feet into the woods at the Old Rootville trailhead parking lot. We also stashed our helmets, and cycling. Then, we drove back to the trailhead in Woodford, and parked the van. We changed into our running gear, and were on the trail a few minutes before 8:00 A.M.

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We headed north on the LT. The first challenge was the long 10-mile climb to the summit of Glastenbury Mountain and took just over three hours. We were last up there in 2016 when we ran the Glastenbury Mountain/West Ride Loop, and then followed that run with some cycling in The Berkshires. We were also on Glastenbury in 2015 when we took the kids on the LT to celebrate our 2005 End-to-End hike. We had a gorgeous day for this adventure and by the time we reached the summit around 11:00 A.M., the fog had burned off and the sun was shining brightly.

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It had been 14 years since we had seen the back side of Glastenbury and our memories had faded. If we had remembered how rocky, rooty, muddy, and treacherous it was; then we might not have programmed such a long run. It was slow going all the way down. There was no smooth trail and it was covered in post-winter debris including branches and blowdown (trees). Weeks of rain had softened the treadway and made it quite slippery. We pushed on past the Kid Gore Shelter and Story Spring Shelter until we reached the Somerset Road crossing. At this junction, we reassessed the original plan, which would keep us on the Long Trail as it tracked northeast over the summits of Little Stratton Mountain and Stratton Mountain. This would have added about 2,000 feet of vertical gain and our total distance would have been around 36 miles.

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We gauged our “legs,” estimated the time it would take, and decided that a more direct route due north on the Stratton Pond Trail would make more sense. The plan chopped off four or five miles and reduced the elevation change significantly. We were making good time, but like two years ago, we didn’t want to ride back in the dark. The decision turned out to be a sensible one. Despite a lot of mud, and hundreds of bog bridges, the Stratton Pond Trail was very “runable.” The four mile stretch of trail from the Somerset Road junction to Stratton Pond was fast, and it got our legs moving again before returning to the Long Trail for six miles.

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The section of LT through the Lye Brook Wilderness brought back some good memories. I told Debbie that I remembered that section as we approached Prospect Rock in 2005. Back then, we spent the night at Stratton Pond Shelter and the mosquitoes were intense. They were so bad, that we got up around 3:00 A.M., packed up, and started hiking. The shelter was sweltering hot and infested. When dawn broke, it was evident that Debbie got the worst of it. Despite using bug headnets, her eyes were nearly swollen shut from all the bites. It was horrible. We figured that since we couldn’t sleep, we should just get up and start walking. Thankfully, this year, it was just gnats that bothered us in the damp Lye Brook area. They were a nuisance, but we could swat them away.

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Another thing I remembered was a wagon wheel that said, “LT North” on it. When we spotted the wheel, I was thrilled that I had remembered this section of our trip. The wagon wheel also signaled that we weren’t far from our destination, Prospect Rock, which at 2,060 feet, offered a nice view of Manchester Center to the west. Once we got there, it was all downhill (for two miles) on the rough/dirt Old Rootville Road. By this point, my legs were pretty hammered and my back was stiff too. I was ready to ride.

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We got to our bikes around 5:30 P.M. after 9.5 hours on the LT. We swapped our shoes and got moving. It rained a bit during the last few hours of our run, and the roads were wet when we started our ride.  The route we took back to Woodford followed the Battenkill River through Sunderland, Arlington, Shaftsbury, and Bennington. We were on some awesome roads. The climb up Maple Hill Road/East Road in Shaftsbury was the hardest part of the route. It was gravel most of the way. Debbie rode well. Her new Evergreen XX is awesome. She is much more confident as the team at Seven Cycles made it custom for her. Her ENVE G27 650B wheels are mated to Donnelly 42 cm tires and they are plush. She loves the bike.

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In Bennington, we rode past the Wicked Creepy Cross course, which is one of my favorites. It just started to get dark as we made our way on to Rt. 9 for the last big climb back to our van. I let Debbie sit in my draft as we pressed on after more than 12 hours of motion. We were hungry and tired, but who would blame us for feeling that way? It felt great to climb off of our bikes. We washed off in City Stream and packed up the gear. We decided to stay put rather than driving. We were both tired and figured we would eat everything we had left in the van, which consisted of powdered Vega, raisins, and a bag of tortilla chips. It was 9:00 P.M. and it didn’t make sense to do anything other than sleep. We popped the top of the van, and read a bit. The sleep was pretty good despite the Rt. 9 traffic. We could hear the stream and that helped. Overnight, it rained heavily.

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We got up shortly after 5:00 A.M. on Sunday when the sun rose, and we left Woodford around 5:30 A.M. We took our time, stopping at a few scenic spots on Rt. 9. It was a lovely morning. We made our way to Northampton and were there by 7:30 A.M. We fueled the van, and then parked in our usual spot downtown. We changed up and went for a one hour out and back ride on the Norwottuck Rail Trail. On the return, we picked up bread and goodies at Hungry Ghost Bread, which opened at 9:00 A.M. We changed up, and walked to Nourish, where we had a fantastic breakfast. I made up for not having eaten much in the previous 24 hours.

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We were back on the road by 10:30 A.M. and made it to Old Lyme, Connecticut by noon, where we reconnected with our kids to start the second half of Memorial Day Weekend. The second half of the weekend was just as fun as the first, but noticeably less muddy and I had all the food I wanted. Debbie and I have had some great trips and we are always looking forward to the next adventure. We both recognize that we are fortunate that we have each other as partners.

2019 Soapstone Mountain Trail Races

The good news is that we found Joe. The bad news is that we “lost” him in the first place. Much of the drama at the 35th anniversary Soapstone Mountain Trail Race occurred in the final two hours after most everyone had left. This was one final test for Debbie, who “retired” as Race Director after 17 years of directing or co-directing (with the late Jerry Stage).

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The Shenipsit Striders pulled off another great event, but it wasn’t without a bit of worry. As the final runners came in, we shifted our attention to account for everyone. Our three sweep runners came in behind the final finisher, and it briefly appeared as if life was good. Then, our race timer published a list of people who had not crossed the timing mat. Two names appeared on the list, but one was quickly disputed as they had been previously reported as a DNF. The other name was concerning. We soon realized that one runner (Joe), had not made it to the finish–and he should have. If the sweeps didn’t see him, then that meant he had gone off course, at least for a period of time.

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We checked the aid station logs and saw evidence that he reached aid station #2, but not aid station #3. We had a rough description of him (i.e. he was wearing a grey shirt), and various volunteers recounted seeing him. We developed an idea of where he  may have gone off course based on where he was last seen and which direction he was headed. The Soapstone course is in an area of the forest where there is a patchwork of trails.

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There are marked trails, unmarked trails, and forest roads. It’s a real maze and if you get off-track, you could easily get lost. We checked his profile, and discovered he was from New Hampshire. We checked the remaining vehicles in the lot and there was one from New Hampshire. We called his mobile phone, but got his voicemail. I worried that he may not be carrying his phone.

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We organized a group of club members/runners who know their way around Shenipsit State Forest, and gathered as much information about Joe as we could. He was an experience runner, but he was also a senior citizen, which in itself is not an issue, but it was another factor when considering what might have happened. A few people knew him and that information was helpful. Based on his pace and position at aid station #2, he should have finished in about five and a half hours, which was 2:40 P.M. or so. Our “cut-off” was six hours, or shortly after 3:00 P.M. He had been on the course (or in its vicinity) since the 9:08 A.M. start.

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Club members spread out to cover as much ground as we could. We had volunteers drive the perimeter of the forest to see if he got off track and headed for one of the many perimeter roads. We had runners head for the various cross trails where he could have gotten off course. I simply started walking/jogging the course in reverse. I scanned the trail and looked left and right while calling his name every 30 seconds or so.

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I went up and over the the mountain via the Quarry Trail. I went down the backside and bumped in to club mates Julie Logan and then Emma Palmacci. Both had driven to the mountain and then gotten on the course. Julie was headed back to the car to get her bell. Emma and I agreed to go in opposite directions. I stayed on the course, continuing in reverse. She headed up the Shenipsit Trail to see if he had gone that way.

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I went another mile or so, calling his name even more frequently. I yelled, “Joe!” and heard another voice coming from a ways away. He was calling something out too. That voice was coming from Dominic Wilson, a club mate who was coming in towards the location of aid station #3 in the opposite direction from me. I heard his voice call back to me, so I yelled, “Joe” again. Then I heard a third voice and saw some movement farther up the trail. I ran towards the sound and in the distance I saw it was a runner and he was   wearing a grey shirt and he had a bib number pinned to his shorts.

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I introduced myself and asked if he was Joe. He was thrilled to see me, but I was even more thrilled to see him. I handed him the full water bottle that I carried in hopes of finding him, and he promptly drained it. I yelled for Dom, screaming, “It’s Joe, over here.” Dom ran up and we were all happy. Joe was elated, but tired, and a bit shaky. He had been on his feet for a long time, and was out of water, but thankfully, he was back on the course and headed in the right direction. However, he was more than 3 miles from the finish and wasn’t moving quickly. He had ample daylight, but it was critical that we found him and didn’t leave him to find his way out on his own. He was a bit short of aid station #3, but of course, there was no longer anyone there. He asked how far it was to the finish (as if we were going to let him continue), but I explained it was 4:20 P.M. or so, and well past the cut off. We would get him a ride back to the the finish line and to his car.

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Dom gave him some food and a few more friends arrived. Dan Tourtellotte, who is succeeding Debbie as Race Director, was with Barbara Sorrell, a friend of Joe’s, who had finished the race and come back out to help us look for him. The five of us walked a half of a mile or so back from the direction I came to the nearest forest road where Barbara had parked her vehicle. Dan and Dom ran to where Dom had parked. I got in with Barbara and Joe and she drove us to the finish where we met back up with Debbie and our kids. The drama was over and we were very happy. Debbie had saved some food (Rein’s veggie chili), and drinks to help Joe refuel. Barbara stayed with him, and she gave us the green light to finish packing up and head out along with the rest of the volunteers.

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During Debbie’s 17 years of active involvement, we have had a few other long days, but this one was the most challenging. The last time I was this worried about an unaccounted for runner, we got ahold of him…at home. He neglected to tell anyone that he dropped out. Our system work, we called his emergency contact, and they confirmed that he was not still in the woods. This year, the worry was real, but things worked out OK.

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This was a milestone year as Soapstone is the second oldest continuously run trail race in New England. Only the NipMuck Trail Marathon, which turns 36 this year, is older. Like NipMuck, Soapstone is a special race, and it is the race committee and volunteers that make it a success. Debbie has been a key part of it, but there are so many other club members who have contributed. This year alone, we had dozens of volunteers. It takes a small army to market the race, mark the course, prepare the food, make the awards, deliver the supplies, manage registration, man the aid stations, pay the bills, and so on.

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I’ve done the 24 kilometer long race 11 times and the 6 kilometer Sampler five times for a a total of 16 times, including yesterday’s race. My first one was in 2001. Yesterday I had one of my best races. The course changed last year, but I was still recovering from my broken leg, and only did the Sampler with my daughter, so it was my first attempt at the longer and more difficult 24KM+ route. My records and GPS show that the course has more climbing and is 1.2 miles longer than the previous course. The route changes a little every year, but last year’s re-route was the most substantial in the last 10 years. I like the changes, though there is a section in the middle that is very confusing as the course crosses over itself and we have runners going in both directions. We had some creative flagging and a volunteer (Dom) standing at that junction, and people still went the wrong way.

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I figured it out, but it was tricky. I was pleased with my run, finishing in 2:17:48. I think the course ran about 14 minutes slower than the 2017 race. That would have made this one of my top three or four Soapstone runs. Shepard and Dahlia did the Sampler and they both did very well. I’m proud of both kids for doing the race on their own. On the drive to the race in the morning, with our van packed with supplies, Shepard noted that he has been going to this race his entire life. Debbie said, “And then some.”

We had 123 finishers of the 24K and 103 finishers in the Sampler. There were a handful of DNS’ and a six DNF’s, including Joe. It’s been great to meet so many people through this event. Several years ago, we started a kids race, and it continues with many of those kids graduating to the Sampler and some soon to compete in the 24 kilometer long race. Some of the original Shenipsit Striders club members (notably Tom Curtiss and Willie Friedrich) came out to help. These two have been with the club since the founding in the mid-70’s. This race has done a lot for the community too, with support for the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, Reddington Rock Riding Club, Northern Connecticut Land Trust, and other organizations.

Next up in in the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series is the Goodwin Forest Trail Runs.

I’m sure Debbie, the kids, and I will help out at Soapstone next year and in subsequent years, albeit in a slightly different capacity. We drove home with less stuff and our basement will be a bit less cluttered. We sent a bunch of race supplies home with new RD Dan. For a moment after we found Joe, I was worried that the drama was going to scare Dan away. When we were all back at the parking lot standing around Joe, Debbie asked Dan if he was “resigning.” I hope not. All he has to know is that he isn’t alone and there is a team of Shenipsit Striders willing to help him continue this tradition into year number 36.

Race Results (24K)

Race Results (6K)


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This was the 21st consecutive #mtgreylock trail race for @trailrunningmom We opted for the short course “5K” and were joined by the kids. #trailrunning #shenipsitstriders 🏃🏽‍♀️
Yesterday’s #belltownthrowdown #mountainbike race capped a great spring season for the @the_ccap #teamhorstjuniorsquad and #teamhorstsports 🚵‍♂️ 🏆 🥇 #mountainbiking #crossspikes #horstengineering
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Start of the #springstreetmile women’s race. Top woman was 4:22. Fastest male was 4:02. I went 4:56. It helps that it’s point to point and has a net decline of 135 feet. Regardless it hurt. @trailrunningmom and I warmed up with four trips up Case Mountain on the trail. That’s more our style! #roadrunning #trailrunning 🏃🏿🏃🏽‍♀️
From Windsor to Waterbury: I was happy to represent @horsteng at @naugatuckvalley for the What’s Cool About #Manufacturing Video Competition Awards. Good stuff! Oh...and we are hiring! 🙂 ### #precisionmachining #machining #aerospace #manufacturing #advancedmanufacturing #centerlessgrinding #threadrolling #instamachinist #cncmachining #fastener #familybusiness #horstengineering #sterlingmachine #madeinconnecticut #madeinmassachusetts #madeinnewengland #madeinusa 🇺🇸✈️
This won’t be the first @morrisgroupinc video posted in the next few days, but the #machining of this basketball hoop/net 🏀 is super cool. This is full 5-Axis milling on an amazing machine. @horsteng doesn’t make nets, but we work with Morris and we’re excited to visit their open house. Oh, and I’m rooting for the @raptors #precisionmachining #aerospace #manufacturing #advancedmanufacturing #instamachinist #horstengineering
The Goodwin Forest Trail Runs capped an excellent Connecticut Trails Day Weekend. #shenipsitstriders #teamhorstsports #trailrunning
The sights and sounds of #memorialday | Cycling, 🚴🏽, marching, and Family Day fun. No audio/video of us cleaning the basement. 🇺🇸
Yesterday was a full day of adventure with @trailrunningmom in #vermont Stage 1 🏃🏽‍♀️ was a run/hike on the #LongTrail from Woodford to Manchester Center. Stage 2 🚴🏽 was the ride back along the Battenkill River on some lovely paved and gravel roads. #trailrunning #evergreening #teamhorstsports #shenipsitstriders #sevencycles

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