Wanderers Klean up on Kabbit Trail Relay
Cabot Trail Relay
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
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At the 2002 Cabot Trail Relay, the Wissahickon Wanderers
produced their own version of "The Good, The Bad, and
The Ugly." When all these ingredients were added up at
the 187-mile relay, the result was a quintessential Wanderers
performance - 49th out of 65 teams. But the good moments were
glorious to behold, and actually the bad and ugly moments
were pretty beautiful as well.
|Wayne is really suffering now on the upper
reaches of Mt. Smokey.
Certainly the most notable performance was Wayne Hamilton's
gallant run up, and down, Mt. Smokey. Wayne's selection as
Most Valuable Wanderer based on his effort to reach Cape Breton
from Tulsa, Oklahoma, via Bangor, Maine, was controversial
especially considering that he had been given this award before
the race had even started. However, Wayne silenced the critics
by powering his way up Mt. Smokey and then simply flying down
its slopes to the finish line.
However, Wayne will have to share his MVP award with Michele
Tulino who produced two stunning runs. Michele ran the 18-k
second leg at a 7:26 pace to come in 23rd. As if that was
not enough, she then finished a giddy 13th in the 15th leg
running the 15.5 kilometer course in one hour and twelve minutes.
Others receiving MVW votes were 12-year-old Shannon Hamilton
and Tony Armson. The Wanderers' athletic ability is widely
recognized as being extremely questionable. However, when
it comes to the caliber of Wanderers' support, there can be
little doubt. It's deplorable! That is, until Shannon Hamilton
|Pieman, Wayne Hamilton and Wet Hen were all
smiles about the early results in the race. Faces grew
grimmer later as the Wanderers went into the tank.
The Cabot Trail Relay started out as the same old story.
While Tad "Space Ghost" Sperry was laboring
stormy conditions on the first leg of the race, the support
technicians were in the support RV swapping jokes and recounting
running stories over a few cups of Timmy Horton's coffee and
loading up on some of the store's delicious doughnuts. The
Wanderers support team looked like it was headed for a repeat
of the 2000 Philadelphia Marathon debacle when Wanderer runners
suffered through raw field conditions while the support staff
sipped lattes and talked politics at the local Starbucks.
"Well, we were familiarizing ourselves with the new
megaphone purchased for the race," explained Pieman Tom
Humphrey, who directed the early "support" effort.
"And it was raining."
Shannon Hamilton changed all this, staffing numerous water
stops and support stations during the afternoon legs of the
first day, remarkably without any complaint!
Tony Armson picked up his MVW votes for fighting through cruel
winds on Leg 6 and then returning the next morning to run
Leg 16 when Pieman went down with a stomach ache, er
knee ligaments. Tony finished 32nd on his first leg running
at a 7:38 pace despite the vicious headwinds, and then came
back to finish 23rd on the 16th leg at a 7:13 pace.
Other highlights from the Cabot Trail were:
Renee of the Capes producing two thermoses of coffee
from Timmy Hortons doughnut shop at 5 am to get the Wanderers
going on Day 2 of the relay. The Wanderers very well might
have pulled a no-show on the second day without her effort.
Renee was not bad on the road either steaming through
the 17-k fifth leg at a 9:04 pace.
Space Ghost running both the first and last legs of the
race at an average pace of 8:30 a mile. Just think what
his time would have been if he did not stop to admire
some of the native art on the 17th leg.
Patti MacKinnon and Phil Roach bailing out the Wanderers
the night time legs out on the trail.
Sam Campbell turning back the hands of time on Leg 7
flashing traces of the form which produced so many three-hour
Pat Poteat salvaging a truly desperate situation when
it looked like the Wanderers had zero chance of making
their flight out of Halifax. With the Wanderers so lost
on the road in the RV that it looked like they were never
going to get out of Nova Scotia alive, Pat grabbed the
wheel and took control. Through Pat's intervention, the
Wanderers were able to make the flight out of Halifax
by one nanosecond.
Wet Hen outlegging a moose on the oxygen-sucking ascent
of North Mountain on Leg Nine.
Brian Maurer deciding that Cape Breton was not remote
enough, and taking a ferry to Newfoundland after the race,
and then finishing his trip in Labrador.
Duncan MacGuigan mentoring Sam Campbell back into competition,
and turning in a time of one hour and eleven minutes over
his 12.5 kilometer leg. as well.
David Moltke Hansen suffering two asthma attacks, yet
still getting the job done on the 16-k Leg 13.
The much anticipated match race between the Purple Piper
and Rock Steady up Mt. MacKenzie on Leg 10 was called off
after the two contestants decided to smoke the peace pipe
before the race.
"Piper is really not such a bad guy," allowed Rock.
"The dispute over the Technovan, it was all a misunderstanding."
|For a while, the Wanderers were leading hated
rivals the Georgetown Runners. Rock Steady receives some
premature congratulations from Irish Joe of the Georgetown
The Wanderers did absorb another drubbing at the hands of
hated rivals, the Georgetown Runners. After the first four
legs, the Wanderers were clinging to a two-minute advantage
over their Canadian counterparts. But then the Wanderers started
to fall off the back of the peleton. The Wanderers completed
the race in 24 hours and 24 minutes, 33 minutes behind the
However, the Wanderers came up big winners with some of the
new Canadian friends on the team. Phil Roach, Patti MacKinnon,
Tony Armson, and Renee of the Cape performed fabulously for
the Wanderers, and helped to make the trip a great weekend.