WCTC Represented at Butler Road Race

Butler, PA

The 42nd Annual Butler Road Race took place this morning at Diamond Park in downtown Butler. The 5 mile race began at 9:00 followed by the 2k race which started at 9:05. The 2k course is downhill for the first 1k and then uphill for the last 1k. The 5 mile course has some rolling hills.

The Wolf Creek Track Club’s Andrew Mascio set out to defend his 2k title from last year. Mascio was battling it out with Seth Ketler, a member of Seneca Valley High School’s WPIAL Cross Country & Track Champion teams. Ketler led the race through the 1k by a few seconds then Mascio surged to catch up and took the lead for a brief period. Mascio and Ketler were running side-by-side until the last 200 meters when Ketler separated from Mascio, taking the 2k title. Ketler ran 6:19 (5:05/mile), while Mascio finished in 6:26 (5:11/mile). Mascio improved on his 6:35 finishing time from last year’s event by nine seconds. CJ Singleton took third place in the 2k with a time of 7:15 (5:50/mile).

In the premier event of the day, the 5 mile race, Nick Edinger, a 2013 Geneva College graduate and representing Up- N-Running finished 1st overall for the second consecutive year. Edinger, who is just getting back into training after running a 2:21 at the Pittsburgh Marathon, posted a time of 26:20. Edinger was followed by Noah Beveridge, a Butler High School Cross Country and Track athlete, who placed 5th at the PIAA State Championship meet in the 2 mile running a 9:07. Beveridge completed the 5-mile course in 27:11. Third overall in the 5 mile was Cody Cornell from Conneaut Lake (27:49).

The Wolf Creek Track Club had a booth set up at the event and will have another booth at the St. Barnabas 5k on August 5th.

Restore the Shore Race Recap

The 2nd Annual Restore the Shore 5k kicked off this morning at 9:00am! The race was held at the Sunken Garden Trail on the South Shore of Moraine State Park. At the start of the race, the temperature was in the low 70s.

Ryan Budnik, 20, from Grove City finished first out of the field of 57 runners in a time of 18:05.49 (5:49/mile) setting the course record in the process. Budnik was followed by Greg Powell, 44, of Wexford who finished in a time of 19:34.41. The third overall finisher was David Voland, 41, from Portersville (21:49.69).

The first female finisher was Lily Atwood, 12,  from Kitanning in a time of 23:25.06. Lily was followed by Karla Durnell, 40, from Ellwood City (23:39.48). The third overall female finisher was Nikki Sothoron, 37, of Wexford in a time of 23:45.10.

Last year’s winner, Brent Collins, 55, of Evans City finished 5th overall and 1st in the male 50-59 age category in a time of 22:43.28.

Restore the Shore had participants from all over the world including three from Colorado and the club’s first ever international finisher from Okayama, Japan in Ryosuke Yamammato who finished 6th overall.

All participants got to take in the stunning finish with the water of Lake Arthur glistening in the background. After the race there were chocolate chip cookies, Nature Valley bars, Einstein Bros Bagels, bananas, and coffee for all participants to enjoy. There was also a gift basket raffle and awards ceremony.

Restore the Shore supports the Moraine Preservation Fund. Thanks to all those who participated! We hope to see you back at Restore the Shore next year! Full Results

The Wolf Creek Track Club’s next club race is the Grove City Premium Outlets 5k on Saturday, September 9th. The race is part of the club’s Fall 5k Series, which consists of four races in Mercer county. An overall male and female series champion will be crowned. To register for the series click the links below:

9/9 Premium Outlets 5k
10/14 Leaves N Lake 5k
11/23 Grateful Gallop 5k
12/31 Resolution Run 5k

Wise Wins Mercer Memorial 5k


Brandon Wise coming down the finishing stretch of the Mercer Memorial Day 5k.

This morning, the Wolf Creek Track Club’s Brandon Wise competed in the Pizza Joe’s Mercer Memorial Day 5k Freedom Fun Run. The race began in downtown Mercer and kicked off Mercer’s Memorial Day festivities, which included a post-race parade. The race started at 8:30 AM with temperatures in the low 60s. The first mile of the course is all downhill followed by some gently rolling hills and then an extended, gradual uphill to the finish. Wise won the event for the 2nd consecutive year with a time of 16:34.5 besting last year’s finishing time by three seconds. Over 150 runners participated in the race.

Overall, this was Wise’s 8th consecutive year of participating in the event with his best finishing time of 16:03 coming in 2015. The course record is held by Ryan Budnik who ran a 15:33 in 2014 at the age of 17.


Upcoming club events: Restore the Shore Trail 5k (Sunken Garden Trail, Moraine State Park, June 17th, 9:00 AM)

Nelson 26th at Johnstown Half

Johnstown, PA

Yesterday morning Wolf Creek Track Club member, Bryce Nelson, competed in the 4th Annual Johnstown Path of the Flood Half Marathon. This was Bryce’s first appearance for the club since helping lead the team to victory in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon Relay. When asked about his absence, Nelson said “It was good to be back in the WCTC singlet representing the club. I really missed the feeling of racing for a team.”

The Johnstown Path of the Flood Half Marathon is held in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in remembrance of the great Johnstown Flood of 1889. Despite its being based on a historical event, the race itself is quite new, with the inaugural event being held in 2014. There were over 800 runners registered for all three races, with 342 runners competing in the half marathon field. The point-to-point course travels mainly on the scenic Path of the Flood trail, with short portions at the start, and last 5k, traveling through the streets of Johnstown. While the course is a strong net downhill, there are several climbs that can prove challenging to any level runner. Overall the course is very fast with every uphill being soon complimented with a long downhill.

The race started at 8:00 am and the temperature was in the low 50s. When asked about the event itself Bryce said “It was a good event for a newer race with so many people. Everything ran smoothly. It was clear however that they just needed more volunteers to man water stations and direct intersections.” Bryce finished the half marathon in a time of of 1:37:43 – good for 26th place overall in the 342 runner field. He broke it down saying:

“It was a moderate effort. I was there first and foremost to help a friend of mine beat his long-standing goal time of 1:40:00 and second have my first good feeling long run in a while. We started the race conservatively, picking up some strangers who also had similar goals, and we worked our way down to below pace as we hit the more downhill portions of the trail. I really enjoyed the Path of the Flood trail, as it reminded me of my home trail in Saltsburg. There were some surprise uphills in the middle of the course that broke up the monotony and made it challenging. We closed strongly despite the last 5k being kind of poorly marked, and crowded with cars. By the end of the race it was just Kevin and I in our group so that was a confidence booster for Kevin as well. I gotta say my favorite part was running with strangers and talking to them about their training. Bumping into strangers and running with them is an aspect of these kind of races I always hear about but haven’t ever gotten to experience.”

Wolf Creek Track Club is happy to see Bryce back on the results sheets and wishes him luck in his summer training season. Bryce wanted to wish his fellow Wolf Creek Track Club members “Good luck, fast times, and healthy bodies throughout the summer.”

For full race results click here.

WCTC 3rd at Pittsburgh Marathon Relay

Pittsburgh, PA

This morning the Pittsburgh Marathon began at 7:17 am. It was a chilly, damp morning at the start with the temperature in the low 40s. The Wolf Creek Track Club set out to defend their Marathon Relay title from last year.

The team comprised of Sean McDonnell, Brandon Wise, Theo Reynolds, Ryan Budnik, and Moses Greenspan placed 3rd overall in 2:28:45 – an average pace of 5:41 per mile. McDonnell ran the 5.3 mile leg in 29:28 (5:34/mile). Wise finished the 3.8 mile section in 21:20 (5:37/mile). Theo ran the 6.4 mile leg through the hills of Oakland in 35:38 (5:35/mile), while Budnik completed the 6.5 mile leg in 37:57 (5:51/mile). Budnik handed off to the closer, Moses Greenspan, who finished out the last 4.2 miles in 24:24 (5:47/mile). The team set a new Wolf Creek Track Club record for the marathon relay, besting the previous club record of 2:31:22 by 2 minutes and 37 seconds. 

As Moses Greenspan stated, “We went out there. We ran hard. We didn’t get the results we wanted but we gave it our all.”

The winning relay team, out of the 1,045 teams in the field, was Goon Squad finishing in a time of 2:25:27. The 2nd place overall relay, SuperSmashGang, captained by Nick McClure finished with a time of 2:27:05.

The overall male winner of the marathon was Jacob Chemtai with a time of 2:15:25, while the overall female winner was Ayantu Dakebo Hailemaryam in a time of 2:36:20.

Congratulations to all the participants!

Restore the Shore Revamped; Fall 5k Series Advanced

  • Announcing the Wolf Creek Track Club’s 2017 5k Races!

Restore the Shore has been moved to Moraine’s South Shore this year! The course travels along the beautiful Sunken Garden Trail, which winds along Lake Arthur. This is a great beginners trail race. Restore the Shore once again supports the Moraine Preservation Fund, an organization which maintains and improves Moraine State Park.

We’ve moved the first race of the Fall 5k Series, the Premium Outlets 5k, from October to September. Same unique location, same great course, new date! Premium Outlets 5k supports the Simon Youth Foundation, an organization that helps at-risk teens graduate from high school.


New to the Fall 5k Series this year is the Leaves N Lake 5k! Leaves N Lake will be hosted at the incredibly scenic M.K. Goddard State Park in Sandy Lake, PA. The course starts at the marina and travels along the John C. Oliver paved trail, which offers sweeping views of Lake Wilhelm. The race benefits the Grove City YMCA.

The next two races of the Fall 5k Series, the Grateful Gallop and Resolution Run, will remain on their original dates: Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Eve respectively. The Grateful Gallop once again supports the Grove City Community Food Pantry, while the Resolution Run supports LDC, a non-profit, which fosters small business development within the region.

As always, shirts, food, prizes, and medals will be given away at all of our races!

Just like last year, a male and female overall series champion will be crowned. Runners must participate in at least 3 of the 4 races to be eligible to win. Winner will be selected by best average time. Will you be the 2017 Fall 5k Series Champion? Sign up today: Registration for all races is only $15 for a limited time!


Resolution Run Recap; Series Champions Crowned


The concluding race of the Wolf Creek Track Club’s “Fall 5k Series”, The Resolution Run 5k, took place yesterday morning at the LindenPointe Innovative Business Campus in Hermitage, PA. The race started at 9:00 AM. At the start of the race, the temperature was about 30 degrees. The course was challenging at times due to some ice patches along the route.

Nick Hamilton, 26, from Pittsburgh and representing Steel City Endurance finished first overall out of the thirty-five runner field in a time of 22:20. Steven Nichols, 45, of Grove City was the 2nd male finisher in 22:57. Following Nichols, was Douglas Basinski representing Big Beaver Big Dawgs, 45, of Pittsburgh who completed the course in 24:08. Coming in 4th among male finishers was Luigi Mascio representing Wolf Creek Track Club, 63, of Cranberry Township, in 25:15. Rounding out the top five male finishers was Randy Brown, 59, of Hermitage in 25:48.

The first overall female finisher and second place overall finisher was Karastin Henley, 23, of Vermillion, Ohio with a time of 22:30. The second place female finisher was Rebecca Sperring, 45, of Hermitage in 25:10. Rebecca was followed by Elise Hilton, 13, of New Castle with a time of 26:12. Placing 4th among female finishers was Jennifer Knightstep of East China, MI, in 28:01 and rounding out the top five female finishers was Hannah Wilhiem, 23, of Hartford, OH in 30:16.

As the final race of the Fall 5k Series, which consisted of three 5k races throughout Mercer County, the series champions were crowned Saturday morning. The Overall Men’s Champion was Nick Hamilton. Nick won the Premium Outlets 5k and the Resolution Run 5k, while adding a 4th place finish at the Grateful Gallop 5k. Nick’s average total time of 21:16 bested 2nd place series finisher Luigi Mascio’s average total time of 24:39. The Overall Female Champion was Larissa Cassano who placed 7th, 12th, and 14th respectively among female finishers. Larissa won her age group in two of the three races and the only race she did not win her age group she took 2nd. Cassano’s average total time was 32:37.

Each race of the Fall 5k Series benefited a local charity. The Premium outlets 5k raised money for the Simon Youth Foundation, the Grateful Gallop 5k raised money and non-perishable food items for the Grove City Community Food Pantry, and the Resolution Run 5k raised money LindenPointe Development Corporation 501(C)(3). There were 113 total finishers throughout the series. The club will be hosting the Fall 5k Series again next year and hopes to increase participation! Please help spread the word!


For full Resolution Run 5k Results, click here: https://wolfcreektrackclub.com/resolution-run-5k-results/ 

For results of the previous Fall 5k Series races follow the links below:

Grateful Gallop 5k (Fall 5k Series #2)

Premium Outlets 5k (Fall 5k Series #1)

The Wolf Creek Track Club would like to thank all the participants, volunteers, sponsors, the City of Hermitage and LindenPointe for making this event possible. The club would also like to thank the platinum event sponsors Grove City College, Wise Physical Therapy, and Marco’s Pizza. 


Please stay tuned for the club’s upcoming events including group runs, youth practices, and races. Stay up to date with all club happenings by following us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


As always feedback and testimonials are welcomed!


WCTC Wins Three Rivers Association Title, Qualifies for Nationals


The Wolf Creek Track Club (WCTC) participated in the USATF Three Rivers Association Cross Country Championship this afternoon at Coopers Lake Campground in Slippery Rock, PA. The club competed in the Open Championship. The 5k race started around 1:00 PM. At the start of the race, it was about 50 degrees and sunny.

Ryan Budnik claimed the Three Rivers Association individual title. Budnik was followed by Andrew Mascio who placed 2nd overall. Mascio was closely followed by Brandon Wise who took 3rd overall. Simon DeAngelo placed 4th overall. Ben English rounded out the Wolf Creek Track Club’s scoring five. With the victory, the Wolf Creek Track Club qualified for the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships which will be held on Saturday, December 10th at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

USATF Club Nationals

Top 15 Places to Run in Western PA

Where are the best places to run in Western PA? Club directors Andrew Mascio and Brandon Wise rank their top 15 favorite places to run. 

Andrew Mascio says: 

1. Ohiopyle State Park (Ohiopyle, PA): This place has it all from the flat Great Allegheny Passage to the hilly, scenic Baughman Trail. Diverse terrain and seemingly endless running options makes Ohiopyle the #1 spot to run in Western PA. Greatallghenypassage

2. Maurice K. Goddard State Park (Sandy Lake, PA): Looking for a dirt road, a paved lake loop, or some trails to run? You can find all 3 at the beautiful MK Goddard State Park. 


3. Sandy Creek Trail (Franklin, PA): Flat, fast surface and sweeping views. And the Belmar Bridge. Enough said. 


4. Moraine State Park (Portersville, PA): North Country Trail, 7.5 mile bike path, the scenic Sunken Garden Trail, a lake and multiple beaches. Let’s move on.

5. McConnells Mill State Park (Portersville, PA): Nice shaded paths through the woods with unique boulders lining them. Sounds pretty great doesn’t it? This running video was filmed at the park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zJrjkN7cXU 

6. Saltsburg Trail (Saltsburg, PA): Quick, gravel surface. Scenic views at the Conemaugh Dam.  

7. State Game Lands 284 (Mercer, PA): Only for running on Sundays during hunting season. Beautiful grass trail that provides a soft surface. Great views of nature. 4 miles one way. 

8. Sandy Lake Rail Trail (State Game Lands 130) (Sandy Lake, PA): Hidden gem in Sandy Lake. Dirt/grass surface 7 miles one way. 

9. Presque Isle State Park (Erie, PA): Flat, fast, nice views of lake Erie. 

10. Ernst Trail (Meadville, PA): Flat paved path in Meadville that travels through the woods, past railroad tracks, open cornfields, and more. Fantastic views. 

11. North Park (Allison Park, PA): A hotbed of running in Western PA. Packed with runners all the time. Has trails in woods plus the 5 mile classic lake loop. Ranked lower on the list because it can sometimes become boring. 

12. Cook Forest State Park (Cooksburg, PA): Trails through the historic forest or a flat road that travels along the river. 

13. Memorial Park (Grove City, PA): A surprising park in the small town of Grove City. Used to be a mine which has led to some unique terrain in the park. The trails in the woods are fun to run with the interesting mounds left behind from the mines. Lower on the list because there is not a lot of running real estate. 

14. White’s Woods Park (Indiana, PA): Beautiful, well-maintained trails with sweeping views of downtown Indiana. 

15. Montour Trail (Coraopolis, PA): Flat, quick surface good for a tempo run. Not as scenic as some of the other trails on the list.

Brandon Wise says: 

  1. Ohiopyle State Park
  2. Maurice K. Goddard State Park
  3. Oil Creek State Park (Oil City, PA)
  4. Moraine State Park
  5. McConnells Mill State Park
  6. Memorial Park
  7. Sandy Creek Trail
  8. Sandy Lake Rail Trail 
  9. State Game Lands 284
  10. Samuel Justus Trail (Franklin, PA)
  11. Saltsburg Trail
  12. Cook Forest State Park
  13. North Park
  14. Presque Isle State Park
  15. Brady’s Run County Park (Beaver Falls, PA)

We hope you get the opportunity to run at all these great parks and trails. 

Don’t agree? Feel free to leave your own rankings in the comments section. 

Premium Outlets 5k Recap


The first race of the Wolf Creek Track Club’s “Fall 5k Series”, The Premium Outlets 5k, took place this morning at the Grove City Premium Outlets. The race started at 8:05 AM. It was 40 degrees with wind gusts of up to 10 MPH and a slight drizzle at times during the race. 

Nick Hamilton, 26, from Pittsburgh and representing Steel City Endurance finished first overall in a time of 21:04.8. Michael Renga, 21, of Red Lion, PA finished 2nd in 21:55.6. Chad Hendrickson, 43, finished 3rd overall in 22:24.6. The fourth male finisher was LeRoy Clark, 48, in 22:27.2 and rounding out the top five male finishers was Harry Linowski, 21, of Glenside, PA (23:48.7). 

The first overall female finisher was Amanda MacIsaac, 36, of Grove City, PA in a time of 22:26.5. Amanda was followed by Jennifer Schehl, 36, of New Wilmington, PA (24:57.3). The 3rd overall female finisher was Melody Childs, 27, of Grove City, PA in a time of 25:55.7. Fourth overall was Janet Clark, 48, in 27:54.2 and rounding out the top five female finishers was Rachel Singer, 29, of Grove City, PA (28:51.9). 

The Wolf Creek Track Club would like to thank all the participants, volunteers, sponsors, and the Simon Property Group for making this event possible. The track club’s next event the “Grateful Gallop 5k” is being held on Thanksgiving Day at Greenwood Drive in Grove City, PA. 

For full results of the Premium Outlets 5k click here: https://wolfcreektrackclub.com/premium-outlets-5k-results-overall/