Thanks to CRR Bill Rose and his wife, Karen, for helping renew us this New Year’s Eve day event—“Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” Trail Run—at the Fair Hill Resources Management Area.
It began with CRR Mark Deshon welcoming 16 participants, including five “Wring Out the Old” rookies—CRR Doug Repetti, CRR Dave Edwards, CRR Shannon Lennon-Edwards, CRR Shuang Liu, and Emily Rose. Deshon then provided some general directions about the course layout before sending everyone off on the run.
As the group headed north on the long gradual uphill, it quickly split into a lead pack, which was chasing the youngster Ben Schultz, and the rest of the field. CRR Christine Schultz, CRR Amy Shay, CRR April Anderson, and CRR Bruce Hubbard opted to take the strategic shortcut up the middle road, the latter two choosing to walk half of the loop.
Ben Schultz continued to run faster than anyone else, even after stopping several times to make sure he would make the proper turns along the way, and eventually pulled away from everyone for good.
The small chase group featured CRR Dave Schultz and his dog Bandit (who was pulling him along), CRR Steve Tague, Deshon, Edwards, and Lennon-Edwards. For most of the rest of the run, these five (six, if you count Bandit), alternated positioning within the group. Lennon-Edwards and her husband summited the big hill first with Tague in tow. On the homestretch, Deshon caught up with Tague, and they picked up the pace and caught Edwards. But they couldn’t catch Lennon-Edwards.
While the runners and walkers were out on the course, Karen Rose busily prepared the refreshments table so donuts, coffee, and hot chocolate would be ready for the tired finishers.
After a lengthy time gap, Emily Rose and CRR Vic Kaliakin (a veteran of so many of these runs), appeared on the horizon and finished together.
Having taken the middle road, Christine Schultz and Shay were there at the finish to welcome everyone—except Ben Schultz—and help out with photographs and general reverie.
Bill Rose ushered in the final group, which included Repetti, Shuang, and CRR Bob Opila.
We “crowned” Ben Schultz the winner (even though it’s not a competition), and everyone stuck around afterward to chat.
Bill Rose, who organized the event again this year after having to abandon it last year due to Covid-19, and Deshon, who organized the initial 20 annual events, were happy to see such a healthy turnout, particularly since another wave of the pandemic seems to be running rampant throughout the country. After a while, everyone went their separate ways, having endured the somewhat challenging 4.67-mile loop.
Tague and Deshon went on to complete their mini-biathlon by biking home, having biked to Fair Hill from Newark.
Both dogs had a good workout too!
Many thanks to Shay and Deshon for their photographs.