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2nd Annual Allegheny Front Trail Runs

Linda Puder of the D-Stress Station works on a runner after the race

Linda Puder of the D-Stress Station works on a runner after the race

Remarkably cool temperatures for late July greeted runners gathered at Mid-State Regional Airport, in PA's Moshannon State Forest, to take on the 12-mile Hemlock course and 30-mile Seneca course of the Allegheny Front Trail Run. Working closely with the Bureau of Forestry, this year's event added eight more miles of the Allegheny Front Trail to both courses.

Forty-four runners toed the line for the Hemlock Run. Matt Liksey, of Kersey, PA, sped over the Hemlock course to win in 1:23:57, with more than 12 minutes separating him from second place finisher Andrew Maguire, of State College. Kevin Lingle, of Clearfield, took third.

In the women's Hemlock race, Allie Martin, of Philadelphia, took top honors in 1:47:34, followed by Jennifer Herbstritt, of Princeton, NJ, and Brianna Bair, of State College.

Twenty runners took on the Seneca Run. Constantin Schreiber, back from Arizona to defend his 2012 title, did not disappoint, turning in a speedy 4:09:11, more than 25 minutes ahead of the competition. Jim Wenger, of Beavertown, and John Fegyveresi, of State College, took second and third place.

Kathy Simin, of State College, led the women's Seneca field in 5:30:07, followed by Larie Hall, of Bellefonte, and Alexandria Housel, of Port Matilda, in second and third.

Special thanks for event and course support are due to Janet Acey and grandson Aaron, Ruth Corle, Margie and Morgan Costello, Maria DiMuccio and Jon Rees, Matt Dixon, Steve, Tim and Steve Gleason Jr., Shawn Kirk, Don Litton, Andrew Maguire, Aisling Ryan, Kathleen Taylor, Jen Thistle and Xander Hart, Mary Whitehead, with particular recognition to indefatigable course sweeps Marvin Hall and Todd Valesky.

Thanks to Linda and Simon Puder from the D-Stress Station for dedicated on-site massage, and to Retro Eatery of Philipsburg for the post-race meal.

Acknowledgment also to Lance Babb, Ken Davis, Andrew Maguire, Meira Minard, Jeff Smucker, and "Biker" Bill, who helped investigate the new route.

This event also benefited from the efforts of numerous volunteers who performed trail care and maintenance. Thank you! This work will continue.

Thanks also are due to Brendan Wilson and Stacey Flick, of the Bureau of Forestry, and Jess Lavalua, of Black Moshannon State Park, for their support of this event.

Proceeds from this event support Crosswinds at Mid-State Airport, a volunteer group dedicated to promoting general aviation and encouraging recreation on area trails. A donation will also be made to acknowledge and support the work of the Keystone Trails Association.