6/10/2017: Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (70.5 miles)

Seventy miles on the rugged Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail during the 70.5-mile Laurel Highlands Ultra Race.  Beginning in Ohiopyle, PA, the point-to-point race covers the entire trail, ending in Seward, PA (near Johnstown).  With a lingering upper respiratory infection, happy to finish at all (and it took 17 hours and 34 minutes to do so).  Saw a porcupine.

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Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle, PA.

10/29/2016: Pandapas Pond, Jefferson National Forest

“Brush Mountain Breakdown” 7-mile race on the Poverty Creek Trail System in Pandapas Pond Day Use Area, Jefferson National Forest (the course was closer to 6.5 miles). This is more or less my backyard, and the course covered one of the exact routes that I run regularly: From the upper parking lot, Horse Nettle to Snake Root to Poverty Creek, back to the parking lot (56 minutes, third place).

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8/8/2015: Smoky Mountains: Newfound Gap to Clingmans Dome via AT

From Newfound Gap near the Tennessee / North Carolina border, ran roughly eight miles along the Appalachian Trail to Clingmans Dome (6,643′) and back for a total of 16 miles.

Looking out from Clingmans Dome, the highest point in Tennessee, the Smokies, and on the Appalachian Trail.

Looking out from Clingmans Dome, the highest point in Tennessee, the Smokies, and on the Appalachian Trail.

Appalachian Trail heading south from Newfound Gap to Clingmans Dome

Appalachian Trail heading south from Newfound Gap to Clingmans Dome

Along the Alum Cave Trail with Melissa on 8/14/2015.

Along the Alum Cave Trail with Melissa on 8/14/2015.