By Patricia Miller
More than 100 runners enjoyed ideal conditions during the Loudoun 10K Trail Run on Nov. 8.
In its fourth year, the event has become a Veterans Day tradition, raising money to support operations at the Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont.
Following trails at Camp Highroad near Philomont, the runners faced a challenging 6.2-mile course up and down hills, through woodlands, along the Beaverdam Creek, through open fields past the horse paddocks and finally back to the start/finish line.
This year’s race was particularly exciting race with Matthew Moore and Nathan Dawes dueling for first place from start to finish. Dawes took the victory on the final hill, finishing 2 seconds ahead.
The event is a collaboration between the Loudoun Roadrunners, Camp Highroad and Boulder Crest Retreat. The race began in 2011 as an effort by the Loudoun Roadrunners board to expand the club’s presence and to give back to the Loudoun County community.
At that time, Ken Falke was just beginning to develop the retreat for wounded warriors. The club embraced that cause and decided that Veterans Day weekend would be a meaningful date to hold the race and began searching for a location. After some reconnaissance work by several of the board members, Camp Highroad emerged as the best venue. With all the pieces in place, and after nearly a year of planning, the Loudoun 10K Trail Run became a reality.
The Loudoun Roadrunners have been consistently building on that vision since the first race in 2011. The first year, the club raised $5,000 for Boulder Crest. One year later, proceeds topped. $25,000. This year’s event resulted in a donation $30,000 to Boulder Crest.
Because of its success in building a sponsorship base, Loudoun Roadrunners also makes a $2,500 donation to Camp Highroad. Operated by the United Methodist Church, the rural events center covers 620 acres. To learn more about Camp Highroad, go to camphighroad.org/.
Top finishers in the year’s Loudoun 10K Trail Run were:
- Male: Nathan Dawes, 42:08; Matthew More, 42:10; Adam Borbidge, 43:38
- Female: Jessica Hall, 55:38; Joanne Hawelka, 57:37; Ann Mortimer, 58:34
- Oldest Finisher: Daniel Kugler, 1:24:13
- Youngest Finisher: Brianna Cantrall, 1:09:14
Learn more about the the running club at loudounroadrunners.org.
Patricia Miler is a member of Loudoun Roadrunners.