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Anna Piskorska
Liz Glass, Karen Rule and Joanne VanHorn

Marsha Latimer Rarer, Age 55, Pottstown
Toughest race?
Massanutten Mountain Trails* 100 miler in 2010. Finishing that
race gave me the strength to believe that I could accomplish things
in life that are challenging.
*The MMT is a challenging 100 mile trail ultra over a demanding,
rocky course in the Massanutten Mountains of Virginia's Shenandoah
Valley. The course includes short but rugged mountain climbs that total
over 18,000 feet. www.vhtrc.org/mmt/index.htm

Favorite places to run?
French Creek has the best local trails, including the Horseshoe
Trail, which runs from Philly to Hershey and meets up with the
Appalachian Trail. We are so blessed to have the trails so close to
us; some of us Pacers can walk out our back doors to trails. With no
lack of local trails, from rocky and gnarly to highly technical, there
is running for everyone!

How has running with the Pacers helped you?
My running family is the Pagoda Pacers. I met my husband through
the Pacers. The friendships and experiences that have come from
the Pacers will be with me forever.

Liz Glass, Age 50, Mertztown
Toughest race?

Elaine Wilson Cook

Favorite places to run?
Best trails/routes to run - I love all of our local trails, French Creek,
Bear Creek, Mt Penn, Horseshoe trail, Green Lane, Neversink, Blue
Marsh. They all have something different, just keep me in the woods!

How has running with the Pacers helped you?
I think that you can be having an incredibly stressful day, whether
work or personal, you go out for a run with friends, and suddenly
you have no idea why you were so stressed out. But as much as I
enjoy exercise, I would have a hard time getting myself out the door
alone. Running with company is almost a social event rather than
a workout.

Joanne VanHorn, Age 52, grew up in Plymouth Meeting
Toughest race?
World's End 100K last May.* I had never had to worry about cut-offs
before, but I only beat it by 20 minutes. I do hope to finish another
100K feeling better than I did at this one at the end.
*The World's End Ultramarathon is a challenging foot race that explores
the Loyalsock Trail, Loyalsock State Forest and World's End State Park
in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. The routes are largely rugged,
scenic-dense single-track trails with some fairly remote sections, several
waterfalls and multiple vistas of the beautiful Endless Mountains. This
is not a beginner-level ultra and participation in the race should not be
taken lightly. www.worldsendultra.com

Catoctin 50k.* It was about 98 degrees, with very high humidity which
is what the race director plans for to ensure "maximum suffering." I
fell twice on the rocks and was told that the RD was trying to pull me
due to excess bleeding. I actually had to be held down at the end of
the race while the EMT's scrubbed debris from my hands and knees.

Favorites spots to run?

*The CAT 50K is a hilly, rocky, gnarly, no frills, and rough and tumble trail run held in May at the Gambrill State Park (Tea Room) in
Frederick, MD. This race is run on a slow and demanding course and
not necessarily the best venue to run your first ultra. It has been known
to make grown men weep and woman to curse the day race management
was born. www.catoctin50k.racedirector.com

Running with the Pacers has provided me with the best support
network. I love the camaraderie I feel during group runs and get
togethers. I never would have thought I could run farther than a
marathon until I met the Pacers. I think the Pacers are a super supportive group for whatever your goals might be. Running with the
Pacers also provides me with my stress outlet so I can handle my job.

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My favorite trails are in French Creek. Actually, my all-time favorite
is running Conestoga (I never did the race there, but love the trails
- it's like Land of the Lost).

How has running with the Pacers made a difference in your life?


http://www.vhtrc.org/mmt/index.htm http://www.worldsendultra.com http://www.catoctin50k.racedirector.com

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