2016 Report

January 1, 2016  •  Quantico, VA

For the 20th year, members of VHTRC and other trail runners gathered at Prince William Forest Park on New Year’s Day to have the opportunity to run “The Redeye,” a 50K distance. On Friday January 1, 2016, it even felt a little like winter, with cloudy skies and temperatures hanging in the 40’s all day. Over 130 runners showed up for the late start of 8:00 AM to do at least one “Redeye loop”.

Even though over 80% of the participants had been there before, Bruce Tweedy & Ed Walsh had marked the course the day before with familiar blue ribbon. In anticipation of a larger crowd this year, the Park had opened up another parking area to us; and thanks to Ed for delaying his start of the run to help guide arrivals pushing the starting time. Both Bruce and Ed were among the 41 runners doing all three loops. Because we need to have all ribbons down by the end of the day, Bruce once again cleared markings on his 3rd loop, which added a bit of suspense for those newbies in the back of the pack.

Brandon Mathews set a new Event Record with a blistering time of 4:20:24. Grace Fisher, who had the previous record from the run in 2015 (4:29), finished 4 minutes faster this year, but still second to Brandon.

Included in the list of entrants were seven married couples and three sets of brothers. The Redeye is sponsored by the VHTRC and is considered a “local running event”, but the word gets out somehow attracting others. One was Vincent Ma who flew into Washington National/Reagan from California the day before. Vincent ran the Redeye 50K on Friday (finishing 5th in 5:32), flew to Boston to run a marathon in MA on Saturday, and then was to be in Florida to run a marathon on Sunday. This was all part of his mission to run a marathon/+ in each state.

As part of the briefing, runners were asked to be on the lookout for potential Colenso Award winners. Rob indoctrinated this Award a few years back by being the most hungover participant. There was just one nominee for 2016: Katie Keier. I witnessed Katie crossing the swinging bridge her first time, as she was holding pretty close to the railing. This is certainly a good omen for Katie’s 2016 running calendar.

Other notable happenings from the day:

  • Many well-behaved dogs were present including the trio paired with Laura Bennet, Holly Franz and Kate Montgomery. Toni Aurilio and Bill Gentry finished their 3 loops together, each with a mush-dog Vizsla attached to the reins.
  • Several runners continued “streaks” of Redeye finishes including: an early starting Stephanie Wilson – 6, Larry Huffman – 4, Quatro Hubbard & Bill Gentry - 3, others (?)
  • Sarah Smith, after completing 2 loops, became Bartender Supreme with fancy, spicy, and delicious rehydration concoctions. Plus nutritious!
  • Ranger Ken was on duty for the Park, but he must have been securing some of the other 8,000 acres of PWFP since we never saw him at Pine Grove. All participants were on good behavior, however, and I believe we left the Park at least as clean as we found it.
  • Two runners work at North Face and brought a number of North Face thermos bottles and tumbler mugs for random distribution to participants. These were gladly received by some of the “one loopers” who had nothing else to do but rehydrate and heckle the real runners and accept nice “gifts” with open hands. My Bad for not remembering who these fine gents were, but thanks to North Face for joining in and having a presence at Redeye.
  • The selection and display of aid was phenomenal, especially when considering the donations were at the whim of the participants. John Sondermann brought his sub sandwich tray again, and I actually saw him getting to taste one. Bob & Kari Anderson had a plate of caramelized bacon with nut crumbs. I took control of that treat to entice runners to go out for their 3rd loop. It even worked on some of the vegans present.
  • As with most VHTRC events, more people are there to give rather than receive:
  • After the DFL runner (clock time), Jeff Klemm, came up the hill for the 3rd time, Paul Crickard, Dave Herring, and “Smitty” remained at the finish ‘til the end sorting through the detritus of the day for the recyclables, trash, bird food, or future aid categories. Anstr Davidson made up the runner entry sign-in sheets again as an attempt at some organization around the S/F table. Thank you to them and to others for pitching in to make the Redeye a very easy run to host.

Another Redeye is “in the books”; and the great start of their 2016 running year of Happy Trails was had by many. As happens periodically, January 1st, 2017 will be on a Sunday. Plan now to renew next year in the most glorious cathedral of All.


These are the initial results of the run. There may be more coming. All comments are from Gary.

50 km FInishersBrandon Mathews4:20:24New Event Record; brother pushing brother
 Grace Fisher4:26:30even though faster than own Event Record, 2nd
 Brad Hinton4:35Son at finish waiting; didn’t have to wait long
 Seth Mathews5:17brother pushing brother
 Vincent Ma5:32:22from CA for Redeye; then to MA & FL to run 26
 Lynn Kline5:54brother pushing brother
 Scott Brannam6:00got all 3 loops in while buddy partied after 1
 Mike Campbell6:08solid as clockwork; always starts New Year ++
 Paul Crickard6:18rocking the VHTRC blue proudly, and fast
 Patrick Digiulian6:20looking good in flashy red
 Keith Knipling6:29back and forth, picking up stray runners
 Wayne Kline6:30brother pushing brother. Long Haul 100 next
 Sara Davidson6:31not a minute separation
 Jared Byrd6:31not a minute separation
 Anthony Mitchell6:37another Tony in the midst – Welcome !
 Dave Robertson6:43“King David” - starting his 100 training
 Sam Phinney6:47is there an MD on the course? Yes
 Stacy Jer7:06another runner from CA; Welcome !
 Quatro Hubbard7:07great time considering aid station loitering
 Larry Tumblin7:07Fort Valley comes to Piedmont
 Sara Fanous7:13has big plans for 2016 – running and pacing
 Jill Jacobs7:13daughter supposed to show, but party +++?
 Tom Simonds7:13never too early to start training for Hardrock
 Larry Huffman7:24solid as a rock runner; always finishes
 John Sondermann7:29got to eat part of his own turkey sub offering
 Joyce Fendley7:31did all 3 loops this year; And got credit for it
 Toni Aurilio7:31finished with dogs in tow
 Bill Gentry7:31had help with mush dog in reins
 Rob Kolb7:31part of big finish crowd
 Marty Fox7:34claims to be new at this trail running thing
 Alice Hisomoto7:35worried entire 3rd loop without ribbons
 Emily Ford7:38late arrival but made up time
 Bruce Tweedie7:40marked trail before; pulled ribbons after
 Ed Walsh7:41helped mark trail and park cars; & still finished
 Mark Zimmerman7:51Santa presence 1 week late
 Dawn Gray7:52kept missing her, coming and going
 Alice Loughran7:53a few extra bonus miles. Long Haul 100 next
 Jeff Klemm7:58representing sexagenarians in fine style
 Stephanie Danahy8:00last 10 miles on road
 John Stacy8:00last 10 miles on road
 Stephanie Wilson8:11early start but got it done for 6th straight year
2 loops (21 miles)Joseph Abell  
 Scott Allender  
 Larry Bartlett  
 Paul Bassette  
 Laura Bennett  
 Gayor Bourgeois  
 Cortney Boyce  
 Butch Britton  
 Jon Busey  
 Lance Calvert  
 Al Campos  
 Bob Cooper  
 Scott Crabb  
 Tracy Dahl 
 Ted Diss  
 Karen Donohue  
 Jay Fitzsimmons  
 Kelley Fitzsimmons  
 Brian Glass  
 Cherry Grassi  
 James Hinton  
 Catherine Howard  
 Eric Iacobucci  
 Marit Janse  
 Jon Jester  
 Angie Knyazeva  
 Melissa Lawler  
 Scott Lee  
 Don Libes  
 Chia Miller  
 Joe Miller  
 Meridith Minix  
 Kate Montgomery  
 Leah Pan  
 Charles Rousseaux  
 Brian Schmidt  
 Aaron Schwartzbard  
 Smitty Smith  
 Kathy Stump  
 Kathy Tumblin  
 Linda Wack  
1 loop (11 miles)Dan Aghdam  
 Bob Anderson  
 Kari Anderson  
 Sean Andrish  
 Andrew Arbuckle  
 Diane Behm  
 Harry Behm  
 Tim Blockyou  
 Doug Bourks  
 Janice Burford  
 Carol Cohen  
 Emily Cole  
 Rob Colenso  
 Catie Colgin  
 Neisa Condemaita  
 Kirstin Corris  
 Tom Corris 
 Anstr Davidson 
 Gina DeGaetano  
 Emmett Delaney  
 Carrie Drummond  
 Jayme Dubinsky  
 Todd Ellick  
 Russ Evans  
 James Feroli  
 John Fitz  
 Bob Gaylord  
 Prasad Gerard  
 Steve Grassi  
 Tabitha Hedrick  
 Misha Heller  
 Dave Herring  
 Allison Holko  
 Katie Keier  
 Alvin Lee  
 Lemell Mayo  
 Megan McCluer  
 Eric McGlinchey  
 James Moore  
 Martha Nelson  
 Jen Norris  
 Alex Novak  
 Hillary Peabody  
 Bob Phillips  
 Cathy Roberts  
 Jenny Roberts  
 Tara Rohland  
 Enrique Rubio  
 Margaret Smith  
 Meg Wiegand  
 Dave Woll  
 Dave Yeakel  

Last updated December 16, 2019