Allegheny Trail Run

Day 1 - June 2, 2007

Rebekah Trittipoe began her 1st day in her quest to run the 302 mile Allegheny Trail in just seven days. Rebekah, who turned 50 years old this past February, felt she wanted a challenge to attempt in celebration of her reaching Grand Master's status.

 The Allegheny Trail is a lesser known trail that is mostly located in West Virginia. Its northern terminus is in Bruceton Mills, WV which is on the WV/PA border. Rebekah started her run north to south run at 5:26 AM and covered the first 48 miles of the trail in 10 hours and 41 minutes. The first portion of the trail is mostly gravel and dirt roads. According to the trail description the single track trail will begin midway on day two which is scheduled for 44 miles.

Rebekah reports just a sore small toe as her only physical problem on the first day. The rough road did take its toll on the vehicle as they experienced a flat tire about 1.5 miles from the end of the day. Rebekah's son, Seth and friend David Horton are the crew for the first couple of days.

Day 2 - June 3, 2007

Rebekah continued her 40+ mile pace by completing 45.7 miles in 11 hours and 24 minutes. Start time was the same at 5:26 AM but rainy weather and tougher trail conditions slowed the pace a bit. Rebekah enjoyed a 4 person crew as Neil Bryant and Josh Yoman drove from Lynchburg and spent the day.

Thanks to the help of Dan Lehman, who is President of the WV Trail Runners Association, Rebekah and crew are able to enjoy the hospitality of fellow runners John and Jody Logan. The Logans live about 3 miles from where Rebekah will start on Day 3 near Rowlesburg, WV. Day 3 will see a lot of time spent in the Blackwater State Park and much of the trail will be single track.

Day 3 - June 4, 2007

The schedule for the day called for a sub 40 mile day and it was a good thing. Rebekah had some problems with nausea and did not eat well the previous evening or in the morning. Most people that have done multi day events find eating enough is a big problem. In order to cover 40 some miles the calorie usage is around 5000. In order to replenish that, one has to eat A LOT. Needless to say she was running on empty for part of the day.

After entering the first section of trail she encountered a sign that said "Allegheny Trail Washed Out." there was not much of a choice because the crew had already gone ahead to meet her in 8 miles. The trail ran along a river and she had to get into the river and go around the washed out section. Fortunately it was only about 100 yards because this was a river and not a creek. After getting back up the bank and on to the trail it did not get much better. The trail was covered with blowdowns and other sections which had been washed out before.

Total time for the day was 9 hours and 36 minutes to cover 34.9 miles. She is hoping the trail will be in better shape tomorrow because it is almost entirely on single track.

They are staying with Adam Cassidy tonight. He is another ultrarunner from the WV Trail Runners Association. It is great to have the support of these runners along the way.

Day 4 - June 5, 2007

Just a brief update today because they did not have cell phone service where they are staying in Durbin, VA. Mileage for the day was 38.5 with a time of 12 hours and 29 minutes. 44 miles are scheduled for Day 5.

Rebekah indicated the trail was in very bad shape. It was grown up in many places which made for very slow going. Also the accumulation of miles is taking its toll as her feet as very sore. Good news it has been cool and much of the trail is in the shade.

Adam Cassidy was with them today.

Day 5 - June 6, 2007

Long, long day. Rebekah went 44 miles in 17 hours and 2 minutes. Trail markings were marginal at best. She and David started very early in the dark to get a start on the day but after a short time had to stop because they could not find the trail. Once light came they were able to find the trail again and keep moving. What took them 2.5 hours to go in the dark took David 1 hour to back track on.

At the end of the day Rebekah also had problems finding the trail as the trail description and what she was seeing did not seem to match but she eventually made it off the mountain around 9:15.

Physically she is doing pretty good. She is able to eat better than at the beginning and of course her feet are sore but that is to be expected.

Tomorrow is a 39 mile day. Joe Alderson and Sarah Johnston from Lynchburg have replaced David as crew. Of course Seth is hanging in there. Looking forward to getting home and getting some sleep.

Day - 6, 7, 8

Rebekah successfully completed the entire trail on Day 8. (complete details and exact times will be posted later) The last three days were filled with physical and mental fatigue and frustration over a poorly marked trail. The Allegheny Trail is a varied and unique trail. As a relatively young trail by many standards there is a need to develop a greater support and maintenance system.

More to come...............