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

Keith Knipling

2018 Report

December 30, 2018  •  Luray, VA

60 starters, 56 finishers


The Lucky 13th Edition of the Boyer’s Furnace 40 miler featured amazing weather and a record number of starters and finishers. 60 runrs toed the starting line, and 56 runners finished.

Kelly MacDonald set a new women’s course record of 7:56.

Kelly MacDonald blew away the women’s record. She finished in 7:56, besting the previous record that was set by Amy Sproston (8:19) in 2007. Kathleen Cusick was close behind Kelly, also breaking the old record with a nice time of 8:07. Relative newcomer Emily Warner closed well to finish in third in 9:06.

After separating from Chris Moen somewhere in those first 17 miles on the eastern ridge of the Massanuttens, Chris Moore held a constant lead over a talented field for the entire run. Chris is this year’s men’s champion, finishing in 7:07. Aaron Ellison (7:22) and Ryan Quinnelly (7:24) finished second and third, respectively. Aaron Schwartzbard still holds the course and event record (6:47), set in 2007.

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Jamey Brumsey displays his runner-up “best blood.”

Best Blood goes to Michael Roberts. Sadly, we have no picture to show but trust me, he banged himself up in his introduction to the Massanutten Rocks. Jamey Brumsey was a close runner-up (see photo). Richard Sisson deserves an honorable mention, after Superman-ing into shin-deep water that was washing over the Moreland Gap Road on the descent into the finish. Richard was happy to get to the finish and quickly get out of his thorougly drenched clothes so soon after his

We got super lucky with the weather this year. All-day rain on Friday gave way to sunshine and highs of 55 degrees on Saturday. Runners weren’t in the clear, though. Those new to the Massanutten Mountain trails found landmines in the leaf-covered rocks. Despite the beautiful skies and moderate temperatures for late December, record-setting rains in 2018 (and in particular that full day of steady run on the day before the run) led to high water conditions and the inevitable wet feet. Two portions of the course were particularly noteworthy (notorious?): the Veach Gap trail (aka that “d*****d yellow trail” — starting at mile 16) and the final stretch coming down Moreland Gap Road back to the Camp Roosevelt finish.

This run would not have been such a success without the support of the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club, and a stellar turnout of rock star volunteers. This year’s volunteers were Sheila Veibert (Veach Captain, and provider of wontons and pizza bites,), Nick Neakrease, Sam Moore, Ellen Hart, PJ Vaughn (who finished 3 200-milers this year!), Kirk Masterson (professional photos at Veach Gap), Homer Komthirath, Erin Altemos (the sweep extraodinaire), Stephen Wancowicz; Tony Escobar (Woodstock captain) and his amazing wife Natalie (who we can thank for the delicious mid-race bacon and quesadillas), Tracey and Larry Thibodeau, Susan Gardner, Dan Aghdam (Edinburg captain, and suppier of hot tater tots, and lots of refreshing bourbon), Guy Towler (rover, with the all-day endurance you would expect from a multi-time TWOT finisher), Arif Khazi (rookie of the year volunteer, finish line Furbutt Cafe chef/captain, creator of amazing sausage tortellini soup and haute cuisine quesadillas, and provider of the finish-line sound system), Mike and Cathy Hart (finish line times and professional pics), and the legendary Q (don’t get me started listing everything he did). Dan Aghdam and Quatro Hubbard continue to be the best mentors ever for the newbie RD. Quatro in particular oversaw every single step of the operation. Andy Peterson, Arif, Ellen and PJ were responsible for the after-race bonfire party zone.

The 14th annual Boyer’s Furnace 40-miler will take place on Saturday, December 28, 2019. Entry will open on November 18, 2019. Mark your calendars now!


Photos - Kirk Masterson | Kirk took pictures as the runners emerged from the yellow trail to the first aid station at Veach Gap, Mile 17

Photos - Tony Escobar | Tony was aid station captain at Woodstock Tower, Mile 23; he also took photos at the final aid station at Edinburg Gap, Mile 31

Additional Photos | Photos from a number of volunteers, crew and runners, who are identified in each photo’s name.


The results for the 2018 Boyer’s Furnace 40 Miler. Gorgeous weather year for this year’s race, with sunny skies reigning throughout the day, and temps reaching into the low 50’s. Congrats to Chris Moore and Kelly MacDonald, the first man and first woman to finish this year!

1Christopher Moore33MVA3:004:035:457:07
2Aaron Ellison42MMD3:144:125:557:22
3Ryan Quinnelly36MVA3:084:105:557:24
4Chris Pabian42MPA3:124:166:007:26
5Chris Moen28MMD3:064:106:097:34
6David Peppelman43MMD3:194:256:137:39
7Kelly MacDonald29FVA3:194:306:187:56!
8Josh Howe39MVA3:144:236:278:02
9Kathleen Cusick43FFL3:224:296:298:07
10Matt Christovich39MVA3:234:446:488:16
11Michael Roberts53MDC3:205:286:468:27
12Keith Knipling42MVA3:294:486:518:37
13Jose Cardenas30MVA3:334:486:598:44
14Emily Warner34FVA3:555:087:209:06
15Jack Anderson36MDC3:385:087:199:09
16Eric Eldridge50MVA3:575:147:309:15
17Andy Peterson62MVA4:175:297:429:17
18John Fitz44MMD3:385:087:239:17
19Marty Fox68MVA4:065:287:369:18
20Chris Coder37MMD4:555:107:269:21
21Emily Clay29FMD4:565:147:359:28
22Ryan Brown33MMD4:115:327:529:31
23Erick Kuhlmann31MVA4:115:337:479:35
24Bruce Tweedie57MVA4:135:337:579:36
25Mike Zinn36MVA4:115:327:479:38
26Paul Crickard65MMD4:065:297:439:39
27Jamie Greenawalt50FPA3:575:277:459:48
28Jason Wooley39MVA4:104:307:569:50
29Dave Goodwin53MVA4:035:308:0210:08
30Barry Hauptman55MMD4:135:378:1610:14
31Diana Widdowson52FPA4:145:468:1610:15
32Rob Tidwell48MVA4:175:438:1610:18
32Jesse Parker38MVA4:145:428:1610:18
34Lauren Gabler34FVA4:425:558:3410:21
34Daisy Weill30FDC4:305:508:3110:21
36Travis Bertram45MVA4:045:398:2110:34
37Richard Sisson48MVA4:125:568:4110:42
38Marvin Leventer54MMD4:305:558:3510:45
39Charlene Howard47FMD4:305:528:3110:47
39Tonnie Warfield39FMD4:305:548:3210:47
39Katherine Renken34FVA4:235:538:2710:47
39Doug Massengale43MMD4:145:508:2710:47
43David Pena27MVA4:196:108:3210:52
43Sean Kincaid24MVA4:186:108:3110:52
45Samantha Pitts-Kiefer41FVA4:386:108:4910:55
46Jamey Brumsey34MVA4:195:548:4011:00
47Shelly Cable49FVA4:576:229:0911:11
47Cassandra Lizza38FPA4:556:238:5511:11
49Alvin Lee44MMD4:406:209:0911:21
50Carrie Edwards41FVA5:146:459:2911:33
50Chelsea Smith32FVA5:146:459:2911:33
50Brian Kelleher51MVA5:467:209:3111:33
53Rob Kolb51MVA4:427:059:4512:11
54Mandy Pierce44FPA5:417:1510:0012:29
55Sirisha Golla44FVA5:277:0510:0512:29
56Gaetano Calla44MVA5:427:2010:3012:30
NopeRam Oruganti48MVA5:257:1610:19DNF
NopeSherry Lewis43FVA5:467:2010:30DNF
NopeMegan Hardey31FVA3:555:14xxxDNF
NopeBrett Martin38MVA5:42xxxxxxDNF


  • Alvin Lee received a ten minute “chip time” to his splits and final finishing time, due to parking issues that kept him from starting with the other runners at 7:30 AM.
  • Veach Gap Aid Station is roughly 17 miles into the race.
  • Woodstock Tower Aid Station was in its customary trailhead location this year, at mile 23
  • Edinburgh Gap Aid Station was just over 31 miles into this 40 mile race.

Last updated December 19, 2019