Wanderers Travel to Reading
for Ugly Mudder
Wanderers turned out in droves for the Ugly
Mudder Sunday the
26th of February. According to the race director, the
Ugly Mudder turned out to be the largest trail run
in the eastern half of the United States (in February,
I think). Anyway, there were
as many as 860 starters and 849 finishers. Consider
also the weather – sunny, but temps in the 20’s
with strong winds resulting in wind chills in the teens.
the course was a finish exceeding description as hill,
with runners having to attack with all fours. (see
Chris V’s simian technique, and we
assure you, the picture below hardly does it justice)
This large field and contingent of Wanderers were
bested by an Alaskan setting a new course record at
just over 50 minutes. Anyway, not too soon after,
Chris Moore finished in 16th position squeaking, in
at just under an hour. Right on his heels was wanderer
veteran Paul Hines (1st 50-59) believed to be nursing
an injury. Chris Verry, quickly becoming a veteran
of the Reading Trail Series hit the tape at 1:06 in
Top Female Master Award at 1:12 went
to sometime Wanderer (and devout Lady of the Auxiliary)
Mary Pat McFarland. Barely a
minute later Babs
Gorka crossed the line (3rd F 40-49) unwilling
to surrender the reigns to youngster Polly
Jansen (2nd F 30-39)
besting her by only 7 seconds.
Fresh off injury, and
possibly her first race as a Wanderer, Wendy
the course in a very respectable 1:21. Next
to cross the line were Great One and Hard
14 apart. Susan looks like you need to worry
less about Carnage and look over your shoulder.
Always steady Dennis Crowne rounded out the mix getting
bonus points for carpooling the crew AND purchasing
the first pitcher of beer.
GUT MACHEN ALLE.
Wanderers before the race.
The finish required crawling up this 'hill'.
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