Nasty Trail Races Draw 118

Jonathan Schwab
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Sam Allen, 42, of Lexington, crosses the finish line of the 9-mile race in first place in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 26 seconds, breaking the old course record by over a minute. (Claudia Schwab photo)


The third annual Nasty 9 Trail Run and 4-Mile Challenge drew 118 runners, taking on the hills and singletrack trails at Brushy Hills on Sept. 21.

The event, which raised about $4,600 for the Friends of Brushy Hills and the Rock-bridge Area Relief Association, welcomed 33 4-mile runners and 85 9-milers. In three years, these races have raised over $12,000 for these two organizations. Peter Jetton ias the founder and director of the event, and he had volunteers near the start and finish and scattered throughout the course. The number of runners, 118, exceeded last year’s total by seven.

The 9-mile race included over 2,000 feet of uphill, while the 4-mile race had about 500 feet of climbing.

Sam Allen, 42, of Lexington, won the 9-mile race in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 26 seconds, breaking the old course record by over a minute. Placing second in 1:10:38.7 was Jonathan Tucker, 20, of Katy, Texas. McLean Fonvielle, 20, of Alexandria finished third in 1:13:07.8.

The top female finisher was Stuart Ayer, 22, of Charlotte, N.C. in 1:30:27.4. Placing second among women was Anah Bozentka, 21, of Harveys Lake, Pa. in 1:33:05.5. The third woman in was Lex Running Shop owner Jess Reid, 35, in 1:34:04.5.

Winning the 4-mile race and setting a new course record was Matt Swenty, 40, of McLean in 34:15.1. Ben Bragg, 19, of Huntersville, N.C. placed second in 34:47.7. Finishing third was William Barham, 21, of Lexington in 37:09.3.

The female winner in the 4-mile was Holly Guelig, 36, of Ashland in 49:19. Angela Smilek, 52, of Leesburg placed second among women in 49:24.5. The third female finisher was Eva Lyon, 34, of Lexington in 51:47.4.

Jetton thanked Scott and Susan Nye for allowing the race parking and start and finish to be hosted on their property.

In addition to the top finishers, the top three males and females in each age group were recognized at the awards ceremony. All participants received silver cups, age group medalists received wooden plaques, and the overall winners received creatively designed awards.

The fourth running of the races is planned for next September. For full results, visit

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