Wanderers Excel in Bog Brawl
The course of the Double Trouble 15k Trail
Run on June 22 had been turned into a veritable bog by one
week of rain. One of the bridges over French Creek had been
washed out forcing runners to wade across with water up over
their knees. The condition of the trails ranged from wet to
muddy to swampy. Portions of the trail had simply been turned
into a stream. The weather was both rainy and hot. In short,
the field conditions were just about perfect for a group of
Wanderer bogtrotters who traveled to French Creek State Park
for the race.
Not only did the Wanderers have to overcome
the slimy footing, but they also had to navigate through a
course strewn with downed runners suffering from a variety
of ailments including twisted ankles and bruised ribs. The
Wanderers themselves suffered a few scrapes.
But the Wanderer results were as magnificent
as the trails were treacherous. Finishing 7th out of 249 runners
was Wanderer phenom Scott Levell in a time
of 1:13:25. Not far behind was Matt Palombaro in 1:15:31,
and Chris Moore ploughed through the muck
in an excellent 25th place finish in 1:19:20. Rock
Steady chugged home in 137th place in a time of 1:45:38.
Doug Baranek, a frequent
competitor in Wanderer events, was crazy enough to run the
two-loop 30k course finishing in a time of 3:10:05 to come
in 35th out of a field of 82 crazies.
The race was put on by Pretzel City Sports.
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