The Fall On Sept. 27th, the final run of the Fall 2012 trail race series was held. 41 runners came out to explore some of the lesser traveled trails on the Roxborough side of the Wissahickon Valley, south of Valley Green. As described by some of the finishing runners, the trails included a sweet “goat trail” that descended from the upper trails down to Forbidden Dr. near Gorgas lane, followed by a steep scramble up the Roxborough “party trail”.

Thanks to Sulli and Andy Sfekas for marking the trails. Only 4 people admitted to getting lost and the top 2 finishers DQ’d themselves upon crossing the finish line, admitting to missing turns, making Chris Moore the top wanderer of the evening. Even though a few people may have wandered a little farther than the roughly 2.5 mile course, all found their way back to the Inn with smiles on their face, happy to have had a good little adventure.

Thanks again to New Balance and the Bryn Mawr Running Company for supporting the fall race series. The post race apple cider, cookies, and candy were delicious.

Thanks to Chris Bergerson for directing the fourth and final Race and putting together the above report and results below.

 Race #4 Results:

1Chris Moore20’1721Chris Linn27’06Late Start
2Andy Sfekas20’3422Brian Frederick35’55Late Start
3Nick Kauffman21’3723Hunt Bartwire33’06
4Fred Kenney21’4124Lauren Jugerne33’54
5Dan Sullivan21’4625Stevie Crino33’56
6Joanna Sinclair22’0526Keith Macconnell38’17Lost
7John Cornibe23’27Late Start27Noah Anstraus39’20Late Start
8Rachel Wise23’3128Evan Towler40’28
9Moose Flores24’4929Emily Linn40’45Lost
10Polly Jansen24’5930Ian Johnson42’44Lost
11Joe Nixon25’0431Susie Stephens42’45Late Start (34)
12Carl Stauffer25’1032Kathryn Marshall43’01Lost
13Mike Kulakowski25’1333Mellisa Gonzalez43’14
14Bob Renolds25’1534Ellen Marcus43’58
15Kate Douglash25’2435Camillia Aberra43’59
16Barb Gorka25’2736Jim Tramnor44’40
17Stephanie Nahas-Geiger25’3537Ryan Smith49’42
18Leroy Skidmore25’41Carl LewnigDQ(1st)
19Mariana Bergerson26’04Anmol KhuranaDQ(2nd)
20Dan Lingorrfer27’03Leeanne FoxDNF

Race #3: Photos (43), Report, and Results (added 9/25)

Many thanks to Sully for directing the race and providing the race-report below:

Well done everybody on the third installment of the Fall Race Series.  Another smashing success by our  nearly record breaking 45 racers this past Thursday.  The race was 2.75 mi. on some of the more technical trails of our beloved Wissahickon.  There was a great turnout of seasoned Wanderer Vets as well as many new race faces on Thursday.  The word about us must be getting out.

No souls were lost on the course, but there were a couple minor causalities including Wanderer Barb Gorka and Susie Stephens.  May they wear their battle scars with pride at the next race.  Many thanks to our sponsors New Balance and the Bryn Mawr Running Company for their continued support of our Race Series.  This week they provided a totally awesome LED lighted running hat and 4 tech t-shirts to our top Male and Female runners.  Thanks to our race photographer Clay Wells.

Up next (THU 9/27) is the fourth and FINAL installment of the Fall Trail Series.  Please pass the word around, it’s going to be a good one.  Andy Sfekas and Chris Bergerson will be directing this upcoming race.  I know they have been in the Park blazing trails with machetes and moving boulders around all week.  They have told me that quite simply, “this next race is going to be sick!”.

Remember folks, daylight is leaving us faster and faster each day.  This last race will be around 3 miles so we will need to get a prompt start.  You may also want to consider bringing some light if you think it may take you more than a half hour to run it.

One last big thanks to Bob, Chris, Dan, Fred, Pat and all who helped me out with Race #3.

See you on Thursday!


Click here for race #3 RESULTS

Race photos by Wanderer Clay Wells:

Race #2: Photos (65) and results (added 9/18).

Click here for results for race #2 (PDF)


Race #1: Record Turnout and Raptor Rescue Highlight Trail Series Opener

Unofficially, we had a record turnout for the first week of the Fall Trail Series with 47 runners toeing the line.

The evening’s course took runners along the Mt Airy side of the trails, meandering along the lower trail through Devil’s Pool and the “fingerspan” bridges before jumping up to the upper trail and heading up and across the Creshiem Creek at the new pedestrian bridge, before returning down the opposite side of the creek.  GPS indicated the course length anywhere from 3.05-3.25, depending on model.

In addition to New Balance providing soft pretzels and gear bags for most runners,  they also provided a BMRC Manayunk $20 Gift Card, which was randomly awarded to a finisher, Andy Sfekas.

Another highlight of the race was an old/injured hawk who had decided to roost in the middle of the trail and presented a unique obstacle.  Post race, said hawk was gathered up and taken to the wildlife rescue at the Schuylkill Valley Nature Center.  (We hope to have a follow up on its condition.)   The Wanderers were also glad to welcome the return of the West Philly Runners, as well a new club to our event,  Black Girls Run.  We hope to see them both again.

Many thanks to Chris Moore for his work on laying out the course, writing up the report and all around effort. And as always, thanks to Fred and Pat and FastCat Timing.

Results: click here for the results (PDF) »