Sunday, September 1, 2013, 9:00 a.m.
Unlike last year's low humidity and temperatures in the 60s, this year's 96 Wapack finishers experienced very high humidity and temperatures around 80 degrees. Except for scarce cooling breezes along the ridges, this was not a day for course records and none fell. It was fortunate that the sun did not stay out for long to compound the heat build-up that the runners experienced. Runners came from all six New England States, New York, and Virginia.
Taking first place in a time of 2:40:55 was 38-year old Ben Nephew of Mansfield, MA. Close behind was the course record holder, 48-year old Dave Herr of Canaan, VT. When they finished the race, they each thought they were one position further down in the results because they were behind another runner at the turnaround. However, the front-runner’s inexperience got him lost somewhere on the way back. The trail that is well-marked at hiking speeds can be easily missed at racing speeds! It is hoped he comes back in a future year to run the race with more success.
On the women's side, last year’s winner Kelsey Allen, 30, of Colrain, MA, once again comfortably led the field, finishing in 3:21:38. Second woman over the finish line was Alexandra Jospe, 29, of Newton, MA, in a time of 3:32:42.
The Wapack Trail Race in 2014 will be held, as usual, on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.