View to the east and the Shenandoah Mountains, taken in the early miles of the 2014 run.

Keith Knipling

2015 Report

December 26, 2015  •  Luray, VA

44 starters, 31 finishers

Report

Below are the results of the 9th running of the Boyer’s Furnace 40 miler.

This year the race returned to its “historic” home, as the start/finish was relocated back to Camp Roosevelt. Race Director Tony Escobar, after a short pre-race briefing and group photos, sent the runners off shortly after 7 AM (essentially at the time that there was enough useful pre-dawn light to set off). The day was chilly and unusually foggy. The thick fog took away the opportunity to take in the race’s traditional splendid views on the ridgelines of the Massanuttens, but the cooler temperature made for wonderful winter running conditions for many in the field.

As has been customary at this VHTRC Fat Ass race, the aid stations were outstanding. The runners again got much more than they paid for - particularly since their payment was to bring one item of food or drink to add to the common aid. Of particular note was David Snipes’ traditional “egg nog aid station” at the halfway point in the race. In previous years, that was at Camp Roosevelt, but this year it was at Woodstock Tower, after the runners had completed the long ridge run on the eastern side of the Massanuttens and crossed the Fort Valley to the entrance to the Massanutten trail on the western ridge. After covering the trail section over Powells Mountain, the runners feasted from the grill of Dan Aghdam before the closing sections of dirt road back to the fire pit finish at the horse parking lot adjacent to Camp Roosevelt.

Nick Combs, in from Colorado for the holidays, and Will Weidman led from start to finish, and tied for first. First woman to the finish was Diana Widdowson from southern Pennsylvania. Despite minimal additional markings on this year’s course, most runners did a good job of staying on track, though there was a diversion or three among members of the field.

The date for the 10th annual Boyer’s Furnace 40 Miler has yet to be officially established, so keep an eye on the VHTRC race calendar so you can pencil this holiday classic onto your schedule for late 2016 — or possibly early 2017?

Results

PlaceFirst NameLast NameAgeSexStateVeachWoodstockEdinburgFinish
1NicklausCombs32MaleCO3:154:226:047:43
1WilliamWeidman32MaleVA3:154:226:047:43
3PatrickVaughan38MaleVA3:174:326:148:00
4JamesFogg37MaleMD3:154:226:048:20
5BernardPesjak46MaleVA3:354:476:508:30
6ThomasWaldron37MaleVA3:505:006:538:33
7KeithKnipling39MaleVA3:084:586:558:40
8ShawnCissel30MaleMD4:005:157:219:08
9JoeMiller48MaleVA4:005:157:339:26
10DianaWiddowson49FemalePA3:595:197:389:40
10JoeClapper57MaleMD4:195:438:149:40
12DaveYeakel Jr51MaleVA3:585:197:389:44
13BruceTweedie54MaleVA3:585:257:539:45
14TomSimonds61MaleVA4:155:428:0510:00
15JillQuivey36FemaleVA4:375:578:1710:14
15MicheleHarmon50FemaleMD4:305:528:1710:14
15QuatroHubbard55MaleVA4:436:078:1910:14
18AndyBurnette45MaleMD4:305:598:0810:15
19DavidQuivey38MaleVA4:215:528:1710:20
19GaryKnipling72MaleVA3:465:418:1110:20
21KatieKeier45FemaleVA3:305:598:1910:30
21PaulSherlock59MaleVA4:215:528:1710:30
23LisaJohnston50FemaleMD3:345:598:2410:35
23PaulEncarnacion55MaleMD4:345:598:2410:35
25JoshHowe36MaleVA4:366:078:5611:20
25JoyceFendley49FemaleVA4:536:258:5611:20
27AlanLagon45MaleMD5:096:529:3011:50
27PaulCrickard62MaleMD5:076:509:1911:50
29JackieOng54FemaleVA4:496:239:1212:05
29JuliusGarcia55MaleVA4:496:229:1212:05
31JudithWeber56FemaleMD5:217:0110:0412:30
DNFJaredByrd32MaleMD3:525:057:00Nope
DNFErikPrice32MaleVA3:525:057:15Nope
DNFRickBennett35MaleVA3:525:057:15Nope
DNFAngelaRussell39FemaleMD3:585:207:58Nope
DNFBrianMcNeill57MaleMD4:305:528:28Nope
DNFMaritJanse55FemaleMI5:307:189:30Nope
DNFJasonMais36MaleVA3:464:51 Nope
DNFHannahLaBerteaux29FemaleCO5:347:16 Nope
DNFTracyDahl36FemaleVA5:327:19 Nope
DNFMarthaNelson34FemaleDC3:17  Nope
DNFAaronSchwartzbard38MaleDC3:17  Nope
DNFBrianSchmidt47MaleVA3:17  Nope
DNFSaraDavidson32FemaleDC4:30  Nope

Last updated October 20, 2020