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Laurel Highlands 50k, 2017
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Laurel Highlands 50k, 2017

A 5-pack of runners from Reading, PA headed out to the western part of our state this summer to compete in the Laurel Highlands Ultras. Michael Heimes and Kyle Gery were registered for the main event–a 70.5 mile race along the entirety of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (LHHT)–while the rest of us (Matt Hottenstein, […]

Blues Cruise 50k
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Blues Cruise 50k

The Leadup: I started running Ultra Marathons in the Spring of 2013 with Ironmasters Challenge. I had only been Ultra training for 5 months and although I was an instant student of the sport, I was only going to learn so much from reading other people’s advice. There is a science to this stuff… but […]

2015 Blues Cruise 50k – My first Ultra
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2015 Blues Cruise 50k – My first Ultra

I had always wanted to run an Ultra.  I have been a runner for almost 30 years.  I worked a schedule that did not allow for regular training.  Over the years I would enter a race ever now and again.  Anywhere from 10 to 26 miles.  But the ultra always had its charm.  Finally I made […]

The Quest For The Crest 50k
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The Quest For The Crest 50k

“The World’s Hardest 50K” …. this is what was promised by race director Sean “Run Bum” Blanton. These 4 words intrigued me. They called to me. They made me question if I had what it took to tackle such beast. And, of course, I now had to find out. I could start on the morning […]

Dirty German 50k
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Dirty German 50k

The Dirty German 50k is held in Pennypack Park which is located in the heart of Philadelphia. The race is great for anyone new to Ultrarunning. It is relatively flat and not very technical which makes it optimal for anyone thinking about giving Ultrarunning a try. The race itself consists of two 15.5 mile loops. […]

2015 HAT Run 50k
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2015 HAT Run 50k

My 9th HAT Run 50k – snow, mud, numb feet and sun at the finish. Definitely a challenging day. 2nd place 4:25:35 a little slower than last year but I think that had something to do with the miles of slippery mud;-) Very happy with my effort and definitely left it all out there like […]

2015 Mountain Mist 50k
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2015 Mountain Mist 50k

Having run Mountain Mist the previous two years I was ecstatic to have successfully convinced two more runners to join our party- Ron Brooks and Wes Trueblood. Although we had lost Beau “Boy” Hollis due to the birth of his second child, the core of our group: Jeff “Screech” Yoder and myself remained. Going into […]

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