Wood, Vaubel post wins in nighttime races

January 11, 2013

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CAPON BRIDGE, W.Va., Dec. 31, 2012 — Eric Vaubel wasn’t pleased with his mark midway into the Last Chance 5K on New Year’s Eve.

“Bleh!” Vaubel was emphatic in his disappointment as hear neared the orange traffic cone on River Road in about 12 minutes. Vaubel later acknowledged he’s not suited to leading the way. Still the 42-year-old West Virginia state trooper held his own – and held off any competitors – to win the inaugural Last Chance 5K (3.1-mile) road race, which used the Founders Day 5K course in Capon Bridge. Only this time, runners were equipped with headlamps, safety vests and flashlights for safety.

Vaubel repeated his one-word summary of the race after crossing the finish line first in 23 minutes, 7.6 seconds. Pete Hobbie, 50, of Kirby, slowed over the second half of the course to finish in 28:02.6. Hobbie, nursing a tweaked knee, had hit the turnaround point in 13:24, about 84 seconds behind Vaubel. He finished nearly five minutes behind the leader.

While displeased with his individual pacing effort, Vaubel was thrilled with the atmosphere, with included a temperate of 28 degrees on a cloudless night with no noticeable winds.

“The conditions are awesome,” he said before going to finish the course with his wife, Theresa. “With the moon and the snow, I can see great.”

 

Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 6.54.56 PMIn the second annual Bobby Largent Midnight Mile, Vaubel placed first — of those who were there. However, the Potomac Highlands Distance Club event rules permitted Noah Wood, 29, of Prince Frederick, Md., to compete remotely. Many times, that means those runners complete a mile run on their treadmill or place of their New Year’s Eve party. Instead, Wood ran a solid 5:56 for the overall win.

Vaubel was second in 6:55.5 while his Hobbie was third in 8:39.8. Theresa Vaubel completed the club’s fastest mile of the new year by a female at the time by clocking an 11:20.9. That standard, however, was eclipsed about 10 hours later in LaVale, Md., when 9-year-old Gracie Mowery won the Resolution Run on the Great Allegheny Passage.

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