Neal Gorman allowed me to tag along with him for almost 30 miles of his 2nd place, sub-20 hr finish at Massanutten Mountain Trails 100. He did awesome- he and Karl are the only sub-20 hr finishers of the past 5 years. Neal's time was the 10th fastest ever. I figured I’d share some of the pictures. I had a blast and learned for myself why everyone says “Massanutten ROCKS!” Long description of my day on FRB.
Neal muscling up a typical climb
Kerns Mtn had 5 unrelenting miles of this stuff. Impossible to get any sort of rhythm.
Great views of the luscious Shenandoah Valley
Rocks, rocks, leaf covered rocks, and more rocks. I wish I had my leaf blower to clear the path for Neal so he could at least see what he was running on.
Beautiful, soft, pine-covered trail. With just the occasional rock.
I call this section the Shangri-La- long, gradual descent alongside a lush ravine with a babbling brook. And not too many rocks.