Hashawha 3-Mile Trail Run Results, 2016

June 9, 2016

Leathers, Eastwood triumph

       Hashawha, an Indian term said to mean "old fields," could just as easily for us be an acronym for Hilly And So Hot And Wicked Humid Also. Fortunately, for this year's annual ~2.85M trail race we just had Haw, Hilly and Warm. Still, the hills and terrain are a sufficiently great challenge. The Popsicles at the finish were well-earned.

       Unlike the Jim Myers 2 Mile Track Run, no one was going to catch Arthur Leathers this time. He had a solid 20+ second victory over fellow series veterans Ryan Taylor and Colin Russell, the only others under 19 minutes. Chris Salzi and Brendan DuLaney followed in under 20 minutes. Charlie Ferguson and Justin Frock are likely to join that crowd one year from now as they age closer to their prime years.

       Tom Yinger ran with the young bucks to finish ahead of Dave Cox and the other masters  (40+) runners. Steve Kerzel was edged out by John Way in the grandmaster (50+) category, surely plotting revenge once off the trails. Malcolm Senior did not enjoy the terrain a great deal, but should enjoy his 60+ victory with James Moreland not far behind finally enjoying some pain-free running.

       As far as I know, 21 year-old Natalie Eastwood is a newcomer to the Twilight Series. She announced her presence with a solid victory over rising college sophomore, and series veteran, Colleen Kernan. Valerie White was next woman for her usual podium finish. Maggie Leathers showed Arthur is not the only fast Leathers, just holding off April Hall-Hough as the next finishers.

       Tina McCubbin took first masters again, but Paula Smith followed her out of the woods before Tina passed the clock. Series co-director Chris Reese was not only first 60+, but first 50+, charging ahead of barely 60+ Nancy Willis and 50-59 group winner Michelle Simpson. 72 year-old Jeanette Novak made her virgin appearance at Hashawha, conquering it as the only one in her age group, man or woman.

       Co-series director Liuda Galinaitis provided the Popsicles, Tim Gosnell did the timing and Joe Loveland brought the equipment. Other volunteers that helped it go smoothly included Mike Scalzi, Heather Burker, Paige Burker, Wendy Steele and Peter Thompson.

       Up next is the Run with the Knights 5K at Century High School on June 23 as we return to the pavement. Also returning just before the main event will be kids runs, so bribe those young ones with Popsicle promises!