Stick, Parsons reign at Hashawha
A light rain accompanied cooler than normal temperatures for the third entry in the Twilight Series, the Hashawha ~3M. The trails at Hashawha are in good shape, having had work done to make trouble spots easier to traverse. Still, the weather left the approximately 2.85 mile course dark and a little slick. Nearly everyone ran with extra caution this year. Luckily, the heavier mud-producing rain waited ten minutes after the start, and downpours didn't begin until the drive home.
Jesse Parsons apparently didn't find the conditions and the hills too daunting, as he ran away from the pack by nearly a minute to win in 18:18. Sherry Stick ran smartly and still won the women's race by nearly two and a half minutes in 21:38. The more exciting finish was second male Colin Russell outkicking Jesse Henderson by less than half a second, with young Chris Scolzi just behind. The second and third females were Valerie White and first masters Wendy Hoff.
Karsten Brown was among those of running too cautiously to see what was happening at the front. Still, he came in as first masters, with Tom Yinger and Steve Kartalia as second and third masters. Tonna Arbaugh and Karen Rinehart were second and third masters for the women.
Other age-group winners not already mentioned were Maddie Arbaugh for 15 and under, Samantha Curry for 16-19, John Way and Jean Smink for 50-59, Dan Repogle and Chris Reese for 60-69, and Skip Fennell for 70-79.
Race director Gary Honeman made sure the course was well-marked. As of this writing, I do not have all the volunteer names, but we had the usual suspects along with Tina McCubbin and a number of Skip Fennell's relatives. Volunteers worked the finish line and a water stop, and their sacrifice of time and dryness was and is greatly appreciated.