Pannone, Weir take Trip-and-Tumble 10K trail titles

May 12, 2013

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FLINTSTONE, Md., May 12, 2013 — Theresa Vaubel learned a very important lesson on Sunday. By her count, though, she learned “30,000” of them.

Tim Wagoner crosses the wooden bridge towards the midway point.

Tim Wagoner crosses the wooden bridge towards the midway point.

Vaubel, 38, of Delray, W.Va., laced up for her first-ever trail race at the aptly-named Trip-and-Tumble 10K at Green Ridge State Forest, situated between Flintstone and Hancock in eastern Allegany County, Maryland. Key mistakes, she said, were wearing regular road-racing shoes on such a technical trail and wearing too much clothing on a morning when temperatures reached into the mid-50s

Still, Vaubel said she had a heckuva time.

Vaubel joined six other Potomac Highlands Distance Club members and four friends of the club for the PHDC’s second trail race at Green Ridge State Forest. The other PHDC race inside the state’s largest forest is the club’s flagship event, the Fire on the Mountain 50K (pres. by Sheetz).

From the outset, it looked like another newer trail runner might win. Sam Shunney, 11, of Kearneysville, W.Va., who won the This Race is for the Birds 4-plus trail race in Shepherdstown on April 20, raced to the front, trailed by veteran trail runners and PHDC members Jason Pannone, 36, and Joe Cross, 45, both of Cumberland.

Sam Shunney, 11, leads Joe Cross and Jason Pannone in the first quarter-mile of the inaugural Trip-and-Tumble 10K trail race at Green Ridge State Forest.

Sam Shunney, 11, leads Joe Cross and Jason Pannone in the first quarter-mile of the inaugural Trip-and-Tumble 10K trail race at Green Ridge State Forest.

PHDC member Willow Weir nears the turnaround point of the Trip-and-Tumble 10K trail race.

PHDC member Willow Weir nears the turnaround point of the Trip-and-Tumble 10K trail race.

Shunney led for the first mile — slowed only because he had to tie his shoe — before Pannone and Cross took over. Pannone reached the midway point of the out-and-back race in 28 minutes and 28 seconds, slightly more than two minutes ahead of Cross. Cross idled at the aid station for more than a minute to wait for Shunney, who didn’t show before Cross returned to the race. Shunney arrived more than two minutes later, took a sip of water and moved on.

Pannone stopped the clock in 60 minutes and 7.6 seconds on a course that measured somewhat longer than the standard 6.2 miles that comprise a 10K, but that’s what trail running’s all about — adjusting to the roots, rocks, creek crossings and long mileage. The actual course is likely closer to 6.7 miles, but several runners added mileage — between a half mile to more than a mile — almost as if they simply couldn’t get enough of what Green Ridge State Forest had to offer.

Cross finished second — his second straight race, on two consecutive days in which he held the runner-up spot — in 66:42. Shunney took third in 74:41.4 while Tim Wagoner, 47, of Keyser, W.Va., placed fourth in 75:01.7.

PHDC member Willow Weir, 36, of State Line, Pa., paced the women’s field with a time of 1:28:25.9. Less than 20 minutes separated her and fellow club member Staci Calder, 32, of Cumberland, Md. Calder finished in 1:47:42.6, while Vaubel completed her trail debut in 2:00.18.1. Jen Rolston, 40, of Kearneysville, W.Va., earned the women’s masters title with a time of 2:20:50.2.

Thirteen-year-old Rylan Hummer, of State Line, rounded out the 11-person field with a time of 2:39:01.4. Hummer, also new to trail racing, didn’t seem fazed at all as his GPS watch indicated having completed 7.84 miles — he admittedly went off course on multiple occasions. But being the type of person a runner often is, he circled the Green Ridge State Forest Headquarters parking lot until his watch reflect an even eight miles.

To honor moms on Mother’s Day, the event allowed a special award for the top mother-son (and mother-daughter, had there been such an entry) team. Speedy Sam Shunney and Jen Rolston tag teamed to take that one, while young Shunney and dad Patrick Shunney took the father-son award.

PHDC member Jason Pannone, of Cumberland, took the lead early and never let it go. Here, he's crossing under I-68 in the second mile.

PHDC member Jason Pannone, of Cumberland, took the lead early and never let it go. Here, he’s crossing under I-68 in the second mile.

Despite the intimate turnout, the event was history in the making. It marked the first time in PHDC history (since October 2008) in which a majority of finishers in a club race happened to be dues-paying members.

While the 14-mile distance had been canceled due to an apparent lack of interest, the feedback among finishers Sunday morning seemed to ensure the Trip-and-Tumble’s return on Mother’s Day 2014.reasons_to_run_in_nature

 

 

2 Responses to “Pannone, Weir take Trip-and-Tumble 10K trail titles”

  1. Patrick Shunney Says:

    Thanks to Kevin and volunteers for organizing/holding the race as scheduled; had a wonderful Mother’s Day and first real trail race. Hope to work up to Fire on the Mountain so we can see more of Green Ridge.

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    • phdispatch Says:

      It was wonderful to meet everyone, Patrick, and the club was appreciative of your family’s efforts to get there from so far away. As for building up to the 50K – that’s be fantastic, but I also think you and Jen would make a smashing 1-2 punch on the 2-person 50K relay!

      Regular training runs for Fire on the Mountain will begin in late August, and go every 2-3 weeks until early October (6-7 training runs in all, probably). They’re free, except for your time and gas $$ to get here). Keep an eye on http://www.PhDispatch.com, as the training schedule will be announced in late July.

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