2013 Peak Ultras
posted May 15, 2013, 10:02 AM by Steve A [ updated May 15, 2013, 5:22 PM ]

Next week on Thursday, May 23 @4PM, TAC member Nick “Storm Trooper” Bautista will embark on an epic adventure- A quest for 500 miles at The Peak Ultras 500 Mile Trail Ultramarathon in The Green Mountains of Pittsfield, Vermont (you may know these mountains as home to The Death Race and nearby Killington Ski Resort). Peak Ultras are Not your ordinary trail races- known as “The Death Ultra” by previous competitors, Peak will push you to go beyond your limits. The 10 day, 500 mile race will feature 120,000-170,000 feet of elevation change (2400-3400′ per 10 mile loop), brutal uphill and downhill sections, mud and bushwhacking likely, and of course as always, the “Peak Unknown”. Also challenging this same course, but for the 100 miler, will be members Jake Schuller and Mark Leuner. Jake finished his first 100 mile race here and is coming back for more tough fun. First Mark will be on hand to crew and pace Nick on his journey and then contest the 100. Good Luck Storm Trooper, Mark, and Jake, This is a course for Animals and Soldiers of The Galactic Empire- you guys will be right at home!

TAC’s John Dennis selected to run IAU 24 Hour World Championships
posted Apr 24, 2013, 5:25 AM by Steve A

Next month, Animal Camp member John Dennis will join the USA Track and Field 24 Hour National Team at the 2013 IAU 24 Hour World Championship in Steenburgen, the Netherlands on May 11-12, 2013. He will compete on a five man team alongside some of the best 24 hour ultra runners in the nation- Jon Olsen, Joe Fejes, Harvey Lewis, and Nick Coury. Team USA’s women’s team consists of Connie Gardner, Suzanna Bon, Sabrina Little (Moran), Traci Falbo, Debra Horn, and Carilyn Johnson. Minimum standards for consideration- Male- 135 miles, Female- 120 miles for a qualifying 24 hour race. John’s 139.416 miles at last July’s Back On My Feet 20 in 24 in Philadelphia, PA landed him as an alternate on the team, now promoted to official team member. We are very proud of John and his hard work and wish he and all of Team USA the best of luck in Steenburgen next month- Go USA!
Click here for the official IAU website for race details. USATF 24 Hr Team Info.
BOMF 20in24:

Carrie Wolfe Joins TAC!
posted Nov 13, 2012, 9:49 AM by Steve A

We welcome Longtime TAC friend Carrie Wolfe as a member of The Animal Camp! She recently completed October’s Oil Creek 100 Mile Trail Run in Titusville, PA. “Unforgiving. Historic. Gnarly.” describes Oil Creek’s primarily rugged single track course that features an elevation gain of 17,627ft. She battled cold and rainy conditions on the tough course, but still had plenty of energy left for the Traditional TAC Push-ups at the completion of the race!
Carrie’s first ultra was The JFK 50 Miler in 2010 and her first Ironman in 2011. She’ll be busy in 2013, training for Ironman Lake Placid in July and likely NJ100 with her twin sister Christine in March. Welcome to The Animal Camp Carrie!

Carrie and twin sister Christine before the start of The Oil Creek 100:

Welcome Animal Camp’s newest athlete member Corey Paquette!
posted Nov 13, 2012, 7:29 AM by Steve A [ updated Nov 13, 2012, 9:03 AM ]

Welcome Animal Camp’s newest athlete and second Canadian member- Corey Paquette! Since he began “training” with TAC member Laura P., he crewed her at the 2012 McNaughton 200 miler where he paced her for 100 miles over difficult terrain. A few months later, Corey entered and completed in the Haliburton 100 miler where he finished in 7th place overall in adverse weather conditions! As an aside, Corey is an accomplished Judo expert- He has won a gold medal at the 2007 Canadian Winter Games in judo and as a member of the provincial team, he was two-time National Champions silver medalist (2002 & 2006), two time champion National Championships bronze medalist (2003 & 2005), winner of two gold medals at the 2003 Bathurst-Campbellton Canada Winter Games, bronze medalist at the 2005 Senior National Championships, as well as six-time provincial champion (What an aside!). Corey continues to embrace his new passion for the trails and ultras and has the team spirit. There is no doubt Corey is an ANIMAL- Welcome to Animal Camp Corey!

Corey at the Haliburton 100 finish:

TAC’s Laura Perry Haliburton 100 Champ!
posted Sep 13, 2012, 6:50 PM by Steve A [ updated Sep 17, 2012, 11:33 AM ]

Last weekend, September 8-9th 2012, Member Laura Perry and BF Corey Paquette set out together on an adventure in the Haliburton Forest through torrential downpours, mud, treacherously slippery hills. By the time the weather had subsided, they had completed the 100 mile trek with Perry finishing as the Women’s Champ (and Paquette 7th overall in his first official 100 miler!). Check out all the details on Laura’s blog here. Congrats on a great team effort- Go TAC!

Storm Trooper Nick Now Animal Camp Member!
posted Jul 17, 2012, 4:12 AM by Steve A

You have all seen that crazy guy wearing all black with 25lbs of gear, looking like a Storm Trooper at all races no matter the distance. An ultra runner who can log 200+ miles a week in the brutal heat. Maybe you think he looks odd, but we know he belongs with us. At last weekend’s 20in24 Lone Ranger Ultramarathon, TAC made it official- Nick “The Storm Trooper” Bautista is now a member of The Animal Camp!
After a 21:31 finish at this year’s NJ 100, Nick followed it up with two more 50 milers this Spring, and will be running the Summer Beast of Burden 100 in a few weeks. Nick is in hardcore training for The McNaughton 500 mile in 2013. Welcome to The Animal Camp Nick!

AJ and Sniper roll at Old Dominion 100
posted Jun 27, 2012, 4:41 PM by Steve A [ updated Jun 28, 2012, 5:08 AM ]

On June 2-3, 2012, AJ “The Grinder” Johnson and David “Sniper” Snipes participated in the 34th annual Old Dominion 100 Mile Endurance race held in Woodstock, Virginia. The race is unique in that you have to complete the course in under 24 hours to receive the coveted Old Dominion Silver Buckle. If you do not, Old Dominion’s course is held open for 28 hours, encouraging runners to go the distance.
The race started at 4AM Saturday morning in the town of Woodstock where participants ran through town before heading into the George Washington National Forest. Mile 4 begins the first of many climbs as the runners climbed numerous switchbacks to the top of Woodstock Mountain and then descended into Fort Valley which is encircled by the Massanutten Mountains. The race then continues throughout the George Washington National Forest where runners travel on gravel roads and rocky trails. The runners will also traverse several mountain ranges for a total of 28,000 feet of elevation change.
AJ completed the race on Sunday morning at 1:29AM with a time of 21:29:34 which was good for 9th place overall which also earned him the silver buckle. Sniper finished 23:09:26 pacing a friend to a sub-24. Of the 58 starters, 26 were able to complete the course in under 24 hours with 13 runners completing the course in the 24-28 hour range, 19 were unable to complete the course. -AJ Johnson.

Mark Leuner joins The Animal Camp!
posted May 25, 2012, 12:30 PM by Steve A

Mark first met members of TAC at the Delaware Water Gap Fattass in 2010, where he helped carry a runner with a broken leg through the woods before returning to finish the race. Mark has a history of going after the most difficult ultras in the northeast. He started his ultrarunning career with the Bear Mountain 50 Mile, and then immediately applied to run the Hellgate 100k in Virginia. When he filled in the number of ultras completed on the application form, just one, he was denied entry to Hellgate. Not deterred, Mark decided to run the Massanutten and Grindstone 100 Milers instead. His most recent races resulted in Hypothermia at Sniper’s Fatt Ass 100M and a 12th place finish at the Rocky Road 100. Welcome to The Animal Camp Mark!

Welcome to new TAC member David Snipes!
posted May 22, 2012, 1:38 PM by Steve A

Long time TAC friend David Snipes was added to The Animal Camp roster this weekend. In his running career, Sniper has run no less than 230 ultras. In 2011, he completed The Last Great Race and decided to add four more tough 100 mile races to it making ten 100 milers in just over 5 months! Sniper has a rep for adopting newbies and sharing his wealth of ultra knowledge. But he’s not all running and helpfulness- Last year, he designed his own 100 mile bad-ass, fat-ass run that he put on for some experienced runners. After 18 hours the siege ended at mile 52 with hypothermic and shredded souls. You know they will return to finish the adventure in 2012.

2012 MMT 100 is a major TAC success!
posted May 22, 2012, 12:34 PM by Steve A [ updated May 22, 2012, 1:24 PM ]

On May 12th and May 13th, 2012, TAC members Steve Bodnar, Marge Ascari, Dan Rosenberg and Tim Ellis took on the rocks at the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100. The weather was very favorable, although it got a bit hot on the road sections the final day. TAC had a 100% success rate as all runners finished the course in times ranging from the 29th through the 34th hour of competition. No one could have done it without the fabulous crew, which included Nicole, Amy, Ellen, Johnny, Lauren, Mary and Branwen. One of the highlights of the race was seeing Dr. Gary Knipling complete his 15th MMT 100. What an amazing accomplishment! -Tim Ellis