Saturday, February 19, 2022

2022 LLTH Results and Race Recap

Preliminary results have been posted.   The direct link is currently at:

https://headfirstperformance.com/Results/22%20LLTH.pdf

If you note any errors or have any missing information, notify Headfirst Performance -- the sooner the better.  Results will be on Ultrasignup at a later date once the results have been finalized and HeadFirst Performance gets them uploaded to that site.

 

Recap:

The re-scheduled 18th running of LLTH is now in the books.  There were more new registrants in the last 2 weeks since registration reopened than the number of runners who deferred their entry to next year.  There were the usual drop downs & drop outs this year -- still over 250 finished.

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The weather or trail conditions usually add to the challenge of LLTH.  This year both made it tougher than usual:

The area received over 2” of rain on Thursday.  However, with 2 cold nights, most of the course froze over.  With temps starting in the low 30’s and only reaching the upper 30’s late, much of the course remained frozen the entire race day.  Still, there were muddy spots/holes/short segments that expanded as the day progressed, but not real bad considering what it had been.  

As for the weather, the skies stayed mostly clear and it was very windy.  The wind chill made the 30’s feel like the 20’s all day.  The 25+ mph wind gusts from the northwest were most noticeable on the hill tops and ridges.


2022 winners:

50k:  Scott Ritter     5:34:16            Lauren Manuel       6:31:45

15m:  Evan Heitz*    1:55:04            Jayla Elati              2:37:12

6m:   Ronald Black      46:27            Jessica Miller            56:33
 

*Evan Heitz had the fastest time on the 15m course since the hilly Purple Heart section was included in a major change in 2014.  Ryan Althaus still owns the LLTH record for 15m  of 1:53:55 in 2013.





 

 Other notes:

The free pasta dinner at Quest Outdoors was unexpectedly attended by more than 3 times the usual number that had came the 4 years previous.  Runners will likely be queried during registration next year as to if they (& any guests) might attend the dinner to get a better handle on the number of possible attendees.   Quest Outdoors plans to expand the dining area and food quantities as needed next year.

The homemade soups & assorted foods, including mystery burritos were again a hit at the post race meal at the Horine Center --  Thank you Cynthia from all of us!

Hats off to the Public Works Dept who cleared the trails of trees & debris since the ice storm 2 weeks ago and for also clearing the trails, on very short notice, of downed trees after the heavy rain and windstorm on Thursday.

As noted previously, in collaboration with Land Between the Lakes (LBL), a special award will be given to those who complete both LLTH (50k, 15m or 6m) and LBL (50m, 60k, marathon or 23k).  Information on LBL can be found here:  https://runsignup.com/Race/KY/GrandRivers/LandBetweentheLakestrailruns.

If anyone has any photos/videos/race reports that they wish to share on this blog, send them or the link to me.  Thanks!



Congrats & Thanks to all for making LLTH a success this year!

 

 

 

 

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Monday, February 7, 2022

2022 Louisville's Lovin' The Hills 50k/15m/6m Registration RE-OPENS

HeadFirst Performance re-scheduled LLTH (see last blog post) from February 5 to February 19  since the Jefferson Memorial Forest forbid the running of the event due to the ice storm.  Registration has reopened at Ultrasignup:

https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=87105.

Online registration will close on Wed, February 16, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.

The HeadFirst Performance website is still under construction and currently not available.  All previous links thruout this blog that went thru that site are also not functioning.

Early packet pickup will be at QUEST OUTDOORS at 4600 Shelbyville Road in the Shelbyville Road Plaza on Friday, February 18, from 4 to 7 pm EST.   They will be having their FREE pre-race pasta dinner again at the store location -- everyone is welcome.

 


You can also register and/or pick up your race packet at the Horine Center at the Start/Finish area on race morning starting around 7 am EST.  It's recommended to pick up your packet on Friday to avoid the rush & lines on race day. 

 

 

Thursday, 2-17-22 -- last minute notes for the LLTH 2-19-22 edition:

The Parks Dept. has been busy the last 2 weeks clearing trees and debris from the trails due to the ice storm.  With the heavy rain (2") and gusty winds today, some more weakened trees have fallen across the trails (there's currently at least one large one on the Siltstone trail).  Don’t know if the crew will be able to get to them on such short notice — if not, they’ll just add to your race day challenge!

Since 2020, there have only been very minor changes to the courses, and those have mostly been on the 50k portion of the Siltstone trail -- minor diversions at:  Jefferson Hill Rd for a new trail bridge; Bearcamp Rd aid station for a new road culvert; and reconstruction of the Scott's Gap trailhead.

Flagging is orange this year.  As usual, trail junctions are marked with several flags & major junctions have signs or a volunteer on site.  Intermediate/confidence flagging is spaced approx. 200 to 300 feet along the entire course.

And, as in 2020:  In collaboration with Land Between the Lakes (LBL) Event, a special award will be given to those who complete both LLTH (50k, 15m or 6m) and LBL (50m, 60k, marathon or 23k).  Information on LBL can be found here:  https://runsignup.com/Race/KY/GrandRivers/LandBetweentheLakestrailruns.  When you finish at LBL, just let them know you did LLTH and they'll hand you the award.

 
Have Fun!  Stay Safe!



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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Feb-3-2022 LLTH last minute notes

An email was sent to all current LLTH entrants last night from Cynthia Heady, Race Director at HeadFirst Performance, via Ultrasignup.  For those who did not receive it, this is a copy of what was sent: UPDATE

It’s 34 degrees here now with light rain falling. An ICE STORM WARNING has been issued for the area starting at 7 am today thru 7 am tomorrow morning. The most current forecast can be found here: NWS

When Cynthia sends out the next email on the race status, I will add to this post.

 

 2:30 pm update:

Jefferson Memorial Forest closed Tom Wallace Park (across from the Welcome Center) yesterday.  Just learned they are now closing the entire Forest to the public due to the State of Emergency being declared in Kentucky & safety concerns.  Cynthia will be preparing an email to all registered runners when she gets home to make it official that the race will be moved to the backup date of February 19. 

3:25 pm update:

Received the latest email update from Cynthia, via Ultrasignup, making the backup date of February 19 official.  For those who did not receive it, this is a copy of what was sent:  UPDATE 2

 

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

2022 Louisville's Lovin' The Hills 50k/15m/6m Registration

 

This post has been updated - see  Feb-3-2022 LLTH Last Minute Notes


Registration for the 18th running of Louisville's Lovin' The Hills, to be held at 8:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, February 5, 2022, is open on UltraSignup at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=87105Online registration will close on Tues, February 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.

The HeadFirst Performance website is under construction and currently not available.  

Google has deleted their "Classic Sites" hosting site, where information for this blog was sorted & stored, so not all links listed in this blog will be available until I've converted to their new format of "Google Sites".  Just started work on it . . . .

Training runs have been scheduled for Sat Jan 15 & Sat Jan 22.  For details, see the 2022 FAQ .

Early packet pickup will be at QUEST OUTDOORS at 4600 Shelbyville Road in the Shelbyville Road Plaza on Friday, February 4, from 4 to 7 pm EST.   They will be having their FREE pre-race pasta dinner again this year at the store location -- everyone is welcome.


 

You can also register and/or pick up your race packet at the Horine Center at the Start/Finish area on race morning starting around 7 am EST.  It's recommended to pick up your packet on Friday to avoid the rush & lines on race day.

Race buffs will be available to the 1st 200 50k & 15m runners who register thru UltraSignup. Any remaining buffs will be distributed to 6 milers and race day registrants.

Additional information will be added here once it becomes available.



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Friday, January 15, 2021

2021 Louisville's Lovin' The Hills 50k/15m/6m

Sorry, but Jefferson Memorial Forest (JMF) will not approve 2021 LLTH in February regardless of any Covid precautionary plan.  Headfirst Performance may offer a new event in JMF later this year.

 

 

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

2020 LLTH Results and Race Recap

Preliminary results have been posted.   The direct link is currently at: 
http://headfirstperformance.com/Results/20LLTHResults.pdf

Updated results are now at:
http://headfirstperformance.com/Results/20LLTHResults1.pdf

If this link does NOT work, it's probably because the results have been updated and I just haven't updated the direct link listed here.  In that case, you can find the most current results on the Headfirst Performance website under the Results tab.

If you note any errors or have any missing information, notify Headfirst Performance (see Contact Us on their website) -- the sooner the better.  Results will be on Ultrasignup at a later date once the results have been finalized and they get them uploaded to that site.



 recap :   (photos & photo links to be added later)

A great turnout for the 17th running of LLTH (around 400 registrants) despite the prospect of wet trail conditions and with the snow showers in the preceding hours before the start.  It hovered around the freezing point early and it would reach the lower 40's by late afternoon on a mostly cloudy day with the winds becoming breezy by noon.  


The 1/2"-1" snow from very early Thursday morning had disappeared from the trails during the day Thursday but remained about everywhere else till late afternoon.  Also the early race morning dusting of snow quickly disappeared from the running surfaces.  The grass parking areas were snow covered early and everyone handled them OK.  



With only minor & rare freeze/thaw cycles this "warm" winter, the trail foundations have been solid this season in the Forest including this week.  The rain on Tue, the 1/2"-1" snow in the very early Thu a.m. hours and a dusting of snow just before the race kept the trail surfaces wet, but overall in fair to good condition.  Of course there were some real muddy spots, but they were somewhat isolated -- these poorly draining areas are muddy even in drier times.  

Scott's Gap Trail and the far (west) end of the Siltstone Trail were a little surface wet/damp and in very good condition.

The dropoff that was mentioned in the "last minute notes" post didn't cause any problems race day.  The area had dried up since that rain on Tuesday and someone had also fashioned a rock "step down" which provided a solid landing coming downhill.  Didn't see that landing on the return trip but by then it had really dried up & was uphill anyway.


2020 winners:

50k:   Bob Adams        4:34:09      Sally Thompson*      5:56:10

15m:  Garrett Bowers  2:05:03      Amanda LeBlanc**   2:12:42

6m:   Thomas Hunter     47:59      Rachel Noirot             53:47 


*Sally Thompson becomes the 2nd runner, joining Alicia Heyne, to have completed a LLTH TRIPLE -- that is, have wins in the 6m, 15m and 50k.  For Sally, the wins have been: 6m (2016), 15m (2018) and the 50k (2020).  For Alicia, it was:  6m (2014), 15m (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016) and the 50k (2018). 

**Amanda LeBlanc improved on her winning time of 2:22:55 last year & had the fastest time for Females since the hilly Purple Heart section was incorporated into a new, longer 15m course in 2014, surpassing the 2:13:32 by Alicia Heyne in 2015.



shirt, Hoorag & finisher medal:
 


An award is issued to runners when reaching 10 finishes at LLTH.  2 runners reached that milestone this year:  Joseph Haist and Miles Spalding -- Congratulations!  A list of the all time finishers at LLTH with a minimum of 2 finishes can be found here:

ALL TIME LIST

As noted previously,  in collaboration with Land Between the Lakes (LBL), a special award will be given to those who complete both LLTH (50k, 15m or 6m) and LBL (50m, 60k, marathon or 23k).  Information on LBL can be found here:  https://runsignup.com/Race/KY/GrandRivers/LandBetweentheLakestrailruns.


If you have any photos/videos/race reports you wish to share on this blog, send them or the link to Ed at edibo@insightbb.com.  Thanks!

Congrats & Thanks to all!  Thanks also to the Headfirst Performance crew & all the volunteers!

Special Thanks to Todd & Cynthia Heady who went ahead & put the race on this year despite most difficult times for them recently.





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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Feb-5-2020 LLTH last minute notes

Online registration thru Ultrasignup has been extended thru tonight (Feb 5). 

There are 2 locations in Louisville with early packet pickup & registration on Friday, February 7:   KEN COMBS RUNNING STORE at 4137 Shelbyville Road from 12 noon to 3 pm EST and at QUEST OUTDOORS at 4600 Shelbyville Road in the Shelbyville Road Plaza from 5 to 7 pm EST.  QUEST OUTDOORS will be having their FREE pre-race pasta dinner again this year at their store location from 5 to 7 pm EST -- everyone is welcome.

You can also register or pick up your race packet at the Horine Center at the Start/Finish area on race morning starting around 7 am EST.  It's recommended to pick up your packet on Friday to avoid the rush & lines on race day.

Flagging will be orange this year.  Trail junctions will be marked with several flags & major junctions will also have signs or a volunteer on site.  Intermediate flagging is spaced approx. 200 to 300 feet along the entire course.

Out on the course today, the trails were wet from the rain yesterday but were hardly muddy at all (with a few exceptions) -- nothing like a couple years ago when the frozen trails thawed the day before the race making it muddy, then rain on race day.  Hard to predict what the trails will be like 3 days from now as the forecast for race day has been changing daily . . . .   The most current forecast can be found here:

National Weather Service


For current road/weather conditions (traffic cams):  Weatherbug

The courses are the same as last year with the minor exception being a short re-route around the 1st small lake at about mile 6.5.  After crossing the dam, instead of going thru the spillway, you'll now go over it using a small bridge (slick when wet!) and traverse a newly cut trail thru a dirt (now mud!) bank.




NOTE for 50k runners only:


There's one precautionary note I would like to add here.  Normally I  would not have to say anything to ultrarunners about trail technicalities, however, since it was a tricky maneuver for me today and the potential for real injury is there, I felt it best to at least say something about it.

At about mile 14.5, OUTBOUND on the Siltstone Trail, there's a small bridge where the trail turns right immediately at the end of it.  There use to be a large stump there that supported the trail on the corner but that has slipped off down the hill leaving a dropoff/hole & roots.  Be careful, especially if wet & slick, as a small trip or slip here will send you down a steep ravine on the right, and it's a long way to the bottom.




Photo shows the dropoff looking from the OPPOSITE direction going INBOUND (uphill) on Siltstone -- ravine is on the left in this photo.  The bridge end is tricky going OUTBOUND (downhill) and is about a half a mile past the little shelter on the sidewalk where the railroad tie steps start. Photo is deceptive & it's steeper than it looks.

                                          
A sign is being made & will be installed by race day & say something like:  "CAREFUL  DROPOFF AHEAD"  The bridge itself is a little green from the lack of really cold temps so you don't want to be flying across this slick bridge anyway to find this surprise.



 
Feb 6 update:
Found an older photo at the same location (runner is Rob Apple) when the big stump was still there:

             2010 LLTH photo by Susan Donnelly


Feb 7 update:
Early this morning near mile 6.5 on the Blue Trail:

We didn't get all the rain forecast for this week but we did get a 1/2" - 1" snow last night.  The snow has been melting all day with upper 30's this afternoon --- the current forecast calls for more wet snow in the morning. 




Be SAFE, HAVE FUN & GOOD LUCK!




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