35 runners brave Monster’s rocky trails; Dan Timmerman flirts with the course record

On August 27th, 35 hardy runners took to the trails in Robert H. Treman State Park in the Monster Marathon and Half Marathon. The conditions were perfect for trail running, though they also attracted the 150-person Cornell crew team, which plugged up the trails for a few runners. Unique among FLRC’s races, Monster features age- and sex-based early starts for all but men under age 38.

In the half marathon, 42-year-old Pebblehead leader Dan Timmerman (below left) came blasting into the finish at full speed, finishing the 13.1-mile course in 1:28:04. Alas, when we checked the records, he had missed Adam Pacheck’s 2017 course record by just 3 seconds! In the marathon, 35-year-old Jeff Hansen (below right) took the crown in 4:12:36.

Full results are now available, and the Pebble/Stone/Boulderhead standings have been updated on the 2022 Trail Circuit leaderboard. Don’t miss Steve Gallow’s excellent race photos in FLRC’s photo library!

Many thanks to all our volunteers who made the race possible! Mik Kern, Brian Lazzaro, and Dan Timmerman helped mark the course. Bob Talda and Tonya Engst picked up food for volunteers and runners. Diana Hackett managed bib pickup. Thanks to our aid station workers who provided essential in-race food and drink: Eric Sambolec, Brian Lazzaro, Nancy Kleinrock, Steve Shaum, Aaron Proujansky, and Cat Massa. Adam Engst served as the head timer, with the able assistance of Heather Cobb. Carl Franck and Zsophia Franck pitched in to help with cleanup. And of course, special thanks to Jan Vanek and Evan, our 2022 trail monsters!