The Rothrock Trail Challenge debuted a new 17-mile course on June 6, lopping about 2 miles off the 2014 course but still including plenty of elevation and rocky trails.
As it has since becoming part of the La Sportiva Mountain Cup and TrailRunner Trophy Series, the race attracted top national talent to Rothrock State Forest, but Pennsylvania natives showed off their home field advantage.
Zach Miller, 26, a Pennsylvania native who works on a cruise ship and is a member of the Nike Trail Elites team, won in 2 hours, 21 minutes. Matt Lipsey of Kersey was second in 2:25:45, and Jason Bryant, a La Sportiva-sponsored runner from North Carolina, was third in 2:29:03.
In the women’s race, State College’s Meira Minard defended her 2014 title and her home turf, finishing in 2:49:13. Sayard Tanis of Dauphin was second in 2:53:02. The current leader in the La Sportiva Mountain Cup series, Maria Dalzot of Bellingham, Wash., finished third in 2:58:55.
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Reporting on her first Rothrock race on her blog, Dalzot wrote, “Infamously known for its technical single track, cliff scaling and unrelenting undulations, the race attracts over 400 runners to central Pennsylvania willing to test their patience and skill in the east coast humidity.”
• Masters men won both the 5K and 10K races at Joshua House’s Run for our Youth on June 6 in Tyrone. Dave Endress, 41, took first in the 10K in 41 minutes, 37 seconds, and Todd Plowman, 42, led the 5K in 19:09. In the women’s races, the 20-somethings won out. Alyssa Dombrosky, 20, was first in the 10K in 49:11 and Colleen Kelly, 23, won the 5K in 20:58.
• Patrick Singletary, 49, of State College won the Eager Seeger Half Marathon on June 21, completing the hilly fire road course in 1:29:58. Melissa Davies, 34, also of State College, was the first woman in 1:44:44. The race was the final event in the Tussey Mountainback’s Tussey Teasers race series.
• On June 27, 59-year-old Roger Learn led the Millheim Pool Sprint Triathlon, completing the swim, bike, and run in 1:21:20. Willa Paterson, 29, was the first woman in 1:26:59.
• Lauren Philbrook of State College was not only the first woman but the first overall finisher at the Crack O’Dawn 5K in Boalsburg on June 27. Philbrook finished in 17:12, beating out the first male finisher, Robert Kistner of State College (17:37).
• Firecracker 4K, July 4, 9 a.m., in front of Bryce Jordan Center. Part of the Central PA 4th Fest. For more information and registration, see http://4thfest.org.
• Happy Valley Sprint Triathlon, July 5, 7 a.m., Penn State Natatorium. For more information and registration, see www.ymcaofcentrecounty.org or contact Josh Cone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-237-7717.
• Sue Crowe Memorial 40th Annual Arts Festival 5K, 10K, and 10 Mile Races and Kids Races, July 12, 8:15 a.m., Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. For more information, see http://nvrun.com.
• Run Down the Pike 1 Mile Road Race, July 17, 6:30 p.m., Boalsburg. Includes waves for men, women, and kids. Starts at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy and finishes at the Pennsylvania Military Museum. For registration, see www.imathlete.com/events/RunDownThePike.
• Houtzdale Days 5K Run/Walk and Fireman’s Challenge, July 24, 7 p.m., Houtzdale Days Celebration. Includes Fireman’s Challenge and Stroller Division. Register at the Houtzdale Days race booth or online at www.running4free.com/RaceDetails.aspx?raceid=367. For more information, email email@example.com or see www.facebook.com/HoutzdaleDays5K.
• Allegheny Front Trail Runs, July 25, Mid-State Regional Airport, Philipsburg. Choose from the 50K Seneca Run, on a new course for 2015, or the 20K Hemlock Run. For more information, see http://midstateairport.com/events/AFT_Run.php.
• Flutopia 5K, July 25, 8:30 a.m., Tudek Park. Register online at https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=18600852 or see www.facebook.com/TheFlutopiaInitiative for more information.
• State College Football Community 5K, Aug. 1, 9 a.m., Circleville Road pavilion at Circleville Park. Online registration available at www.active.com.
• Mount Nittany Marathon, Sept. 6, 7 a.m., Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Also includes a 5K beginning at 9 a.m. For more information and registration, see http://mtnittany.org/marathon/.