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Saturday, July 13, 2002 -- Kanawha State Forest, WV
Rattlesnake Trail 50K Ultrarun (iPO Event Id#: 4592)

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The 8th running of the RTR 50K was the largest field as well as the wettest. Rain started at 3:18 am (I know, i was in a tent at the start). The rain did not hamper the spirits of the runners or the volunteers.

Evan Sandt went out fast and by aid station 3 had a 10 minute lead on Tom Possert, John Reynolds and Chip Allman. Sharon Marks and Karen Shiley came through the 3rd aid station tied and they were followed closely by Marcia Peters.

One group of runners were from Scott High School. Josh Sheets (16), Dylan Drinkard (17), Jose Vasquez (15) and Michael Smutko (15) along with their mentor John Porter crossed the line in 5:51:00. It is a great thing to see younger runners into ultra running.

Back to the lead group. Tom Possert began the day with an upset stomach. It got better as the day went. At the end, tom won the race with a time of 4:10:53. Sharon Marks won the womens side with a time of 5:08:45. Both of these times can be considered course records as I have added the Rattlesnake Trail and Middle Ridge Trail to the course. The course is right on 31 miles (Hamrick miles, not Horton miles).

Glenn Jarrell, one of the long time volunmteers and excellent local runners was the receipiant of the Dave Berry award. June Hicks was the Rosemary Platt winner.

Our masters male was Chip Allman (47) in a time of 4:35:09. Our female mastes winner was Brenda Gutman (44) in a time of 5:55:38

Mary Anne Hamrick was in charge of registration and timing. She's the best (she's my best friend and wife).

Greg Helbig (Recourse Inc.) was the sponsor of our awards. John Sheets was the sponsor of our course supplies and food. Pepsi supplied All-Sport and cups.

A special thank you to everyone at the Kanawha State Forest. The course was cut for the entire 31 miles. John Henley is the superintendant, John Teets is the assistant. John and his son were with us all day. He and the maintenance crew shouldered the load of cutting all the trails.

Don't forget the December running of the Snowflake 50K. It's much easier than the RTR 50K. It will be held on December 7, 2002.

Dennis Hamrick, Race Director