Racing through the woods

PHOTO PROVIDED Eagleton Trail Challenge race director Blake Cohen, center, congratulates several of the top finishers in the Sept. 30 race series, which included a 50K, 25K and a 10K race.

From staff reports

LOCK HAVEN — More than 250 people took to the woods for the third annual Eagleton Trail Challenge, actually three races – a 50K, 25K and new this year, a 10K – that take runners through Sproul State Forest along sections of the Eagleton Mine Camp Trail. All three races started and ended at the Sons of Italy Picnic Grounds along Route 120. Participants came from seven states for the event, which has grown each year.

John Wallace, 27, of Reinholds, Pa., had a good time of four hours, 33 minutes, to take first place in the 50K run. He was followed by Kip Hoffman, 43, of Watsontown (5:09), and William Huber, 33 of Zelienople (5:12). Chantalle Falconer, 26, of Houghton, New York, was the first female to finish and sixth overall, with a time of five hours, 49 minutes. About 50 people completed the 50K.

In the 25K, Ben Robinson, 24, of Lehman, Pa., finished first, in an hour and 52 minutes, followed by Sean Hulburt, 32, of Portersville (1:59) and Katie Sick, 27, (also the first female finisher) of Millville (2:12). The 25K saw the most participants, with about 125 finishers.

The10K race saw about 50 finishers. Eddie Pantoja, 32, of Avondale, Pa., turned in a first-place time of 55 minutes, followed by David Lantz, 29, of Leola (57 minutes), and Angela Capece, 34, (also the first female finisher), who had a time of one hour, 19 minutes.

PHOTO PROVIDED Chantalle Falconer, a 26-year-old from Houghton, N. Y., was pumped to cross the finish line sixth among the 50 or so 50K participants. She was the first female finisher, with a time of five hours, 49 minutes.

For Lock Haven’s Blake Cohen, it was his first year as race director for the ETC, although he’s been a key organizer the past two years with former director Mike Haffley.

“I think it went really well – we had a great turnout, great weather, and a lot of really great volunteers who made the event a success,” said Cohen. “I’d like to thank Mike Haffley for having confidence that I wouldn’t ruin his fantastic race, and Mike Schubach, who got the trails in A-plus condition and generally served as my right hand for the event. Several finishers commented that they love the area and will be back, and that’s really the goal of our event.”

Participants in all three races called the courses fun, but very challenging.

For more on the Eagleton Trail Challenge, visit www.runemctc.org.

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