Panoramic view from Duncan Knob during the 2021 Waterfall 50K. The entire course is visible, including the antennas on Bird Knob off in the distance to the left.

Keith Knipling

2016 Report

January 17, 2016  •  Luray, VA

53 starters, 13 finishers

The results of the inaugural running of the Waterfall 50km, also affectionately known as Bur’s Death March.

The very challenging figure-8 course, run on the sections of the Massanutten Mountains on either side of Route 211, shed most of the field by the second aid station at mile 20. Only 13 of the 53 starters went on to finish, but happily all did so before dark. Another 20 runners followed the course to the 2nd aid station before cutting the course short by going directly to the finish from the Massanutten Visitor Center, but their accomplishments must be noted, as all of them had to go UP the tough Waterfall climb twice. Most of the remaining 20 runners took shortcuts back to the finish that allowed them to avoid a second ascent of Waterfall. A handful of Charlottesville-based runners climbed Waterfall with the rest of the field but then headed directly to the Visitor Center on the road, and continued on a course of their own devising that involved many fewer rock-strewn Massanuten trails.

No runners appeared to get seriously lost or hurt, so a great day all the way around. The weather was generally in the mid 20s to low 30s, with a mid-morning dusting of just under an inch of snow making the run that much more festive. Looks like this MLK Weekend Training Day #2 replacement for the old Gap to Gap (or 211 East to 211 East) run was a hit, so expect to see a reprise in 2017 with minimal changes.

Congratulations to the first finisher, and the King of Waterfall, Matt Bugin, who barely seemed to break a sweat while finishing in a hair over 6 hours on this course with nearly 8,000 feet of elevation gain. The Queen of Waterfall (first female finisher) was Sara Fanous, who was swept along most of the day in the entertaining company of Tom Simonds and later Gary Knipling during what she was treating as a TJ 100km training run.

Special congratulations to the runners who completed this run while also finishing the Day 1 running of the Massanutten Training Academy the day before, another 50k that covered the bulk of the first third of the Massanutten 100 miler course from the entrance to the Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp at the south end of the Fort Valley to the Signal Knob parking lot at the north end of the valley: Kyle Lawrence, Andy Peterson, Dave Herring, Jesse Fuller, and - with a bit of an asterisk - Gary Knipling (Gary ran his customary Reverse Training Academy, which is about 27 miles). Of special note - apparently having a birthday on MLK Weekend was an incentive to finish both runs: Jesse’s birthday was in the middle of the weekend, and Dave’s was early the following week. Happy birthday, boys! We hope you enjoyed all the presents that the VHTRC and the Massanuttens provided over the course of your two days and 63 miles of running!


PlaceNameAgeSexHomeCrisman 5kGap CreekVisitors CenterBird KnobFinish
1Matthew Bugin34MaleVA0:34:171:41:003:46:00thru6:01:15
2Kyle Lawrence31MaleVA0:36:471:50:004:14:005:12:006:51:12
3Andy Peterson59MaleVA0:40:312:19:005:07:006:17:007:49:00
4Steve Barge49MaleVA0:49:232:25:005:06:006:17:008:00:00
4Dave Herring44MaleVA0:47:532:22:005:07:006:17:008:00:00
4Jesse Fuller31MaleVA0:49:232:25:005:09:006:17:008:00:00
4Peter Diak37MaleMD0:48:272:22:005:07:006:25:008:00:00
8Tom Simonds61MaleVA0:52:402:39:005:44:007:14:009:12:00
9Sara Fanous35FemaleVA0:52:442:39:005:44:007:14:009:12:20
10Gary Knipling72MaleVA0:53:552:43:005:40:007:08:009:24:00
11Alison Alston27FemaleNC0:53:502:48:005:56:007:25:009:30:00
11Larry Huffman55MaleVA1:00:452:54:005:58:007:25:009:30:00
11Joyce Fendley49FemaleVA0:53:552:47:006:05:007:25:009:30:00
DNFAlisa Springman41FemaleVA0:51:222:44:00Roadthrunope
DNFKathleen Cusick40FemaleFL0:48:272:15:005:08:00xxxnope
DNFAmy Brockey-Rogers35FemaleMD0:49:232:25:005:08:00xxxnope
DNFDan Rogers40MaleMD0:49:232:25:005:08:00xxxnope
DNFMichael Hannon51MaleMD0:52:402:29:005:27:00xxxnope
DNFClinton Thompson39MaleDC0:45:442:14:005:28:00xxxnope
DNFJim Daniels42MaleVA0:51:222:44:005:32:00xxxnope
DNFDavid Quivey53MaleVA0:50:242:28:005:33:00xxxnope
DNFMichael Campbell66MaleVA0:45:402:24:005:40:00xxxnope
DNFErnesto Casarez59MaleMD0:52:402:37:005:41:00xxxnope
DNFMark Mckennett37MaleMD0:53:552:43:005:45:00xxxnope
DNFJill Quivey50FemaleVA0:55:452:40:005:47:00xxxnope
DNFStephanie Wilson50FemaleVA0:58:432:41:005:47:00xxxnope
DNFRob Tidwell45MaleVA0:57:102:50:005:58:00xxxnope
DNFBruce Tweedie54MaleVA0:53:552:48:006:02:00xxxnope
DNFEric McGlinchey42MaleVA0:52:402:35:006:03:00xxxnope
DNFAlan Gowen66MaleMD0:55:002:41:006:03:00xxxnope
DNFLarry Ferguson40MaleVA0:53:553:07:006:51:00xxxnope
DNFMichael Jury40MaleVA0:53:553:07:006:51:00xxxnope
DNFRobert Gaylord67MaleVA0:58:273:10:007:01:00xxxnope
DNFBill Wandel72MaleMD1:02:153:12:007:44:00xxxnope
DNFJim Smucker54MaleVA0:47:532:22:00xxxxxxnope
DNFRick Kerby55MaleVA0:51:222:35:00xxxxxxnope
DNFDan Aghdam47MaleVA0:58:202:40:00xxxxxxnope
DNFPatricia Miller58FemaleVA0:54:402:47:00xxxxxxnope
DNFSheri Fiolek37FemaleWV0:55:452:53:00xxxxxxnope
DNFDiana Gorham41FemaleWV0:55:452:53:00xxxxxxnope
DNFLisa Johnston50FemaleMD0:55:452:53:00xxxxxxnope
DNFDouglas Hussey51MaleWV0:55:452:53:00xxxxxxnope
DNFKatie Keier45FemaleVA0:59:433:00:00xxxxxxnope
DNFTodd Folmsbee45MaleVA0:59:433:00:00xxxxxxnope
DNFJen Page43FemaleVA1:00:153:10:00xxxxxxnope
DNFJosh Howe36MaleVA1:04:503:21:00xxxxxxnope
DNFFrancesco Smith29MaleMD1:04:503:21:00xxxxxxnope
DNFJudith Weber56FemaleMD1:08:103:32:00xxxxxxnope
DNFKelly Fletcher35FemaleDC5:43:003:04:00xxxxxxnope
DNFSophie Speidel53FemaleVA0:45:00xxxRoadxxxnope
DNFRebecca Weast28FemaleVA0:45:00xxxRoadxxxnope
DNFJason Farr38MaleVA0:45:00xxxRoadxxxnope
DNFMichelle Andersen41FemaleVA0:50:40xxxRoadxxxnope

We did not track the distances run by those who did not complete the entire course, nor note their time back in the 211 East parking lot after they finished whatever version of the run they chose to tackle instead of the full Waterfall. This course allows for several variations on the full 50km theme, and there were all manner of shortcuts and reroutes taken.

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