The Ragged 50k and Stage Race was one of last summer's standout events. It wasn't an A race for me but one that I had been interested in since hearing about it back when it was the Emerald Necklace. While I didn't have it in me to do the full stage race, the 50k was perfect since I was in 50k shape from a lot of the hiking / trail running I'd done last summer.
This was my "A" race for the year and poised to be a major milestone in my short running career. I've been reading 100 mile race reports for six years now and last year was the first time I even thought about registering for one. For this report I'm just going to break down the race between the aid stations where I met up with my crew.
The VT50 wasn't a priority race this year but it's one that's hard to let pass by. My goals were loose as my training has been all over the map this summer but I thought it would be a great opportunity to get redemption on last year's race, continue to learn how to race the 50 mile distance regardless of fitness, and catch up with some friends who were also racing.
Another incredible trip to the Alps! This year I went over more for play than work but ended up doing a fair amount of both (with Hilary). There would be no racing this year but that left more time for exploring new trail, showing Hilary around, and following the main event on Friday / Saturday. Here's a quick recap of the trip.
Earlier this summer I was nudged by Doug Mayer to get press credentials for UTMB. At first I dismissed the idea since I didn't exactly have a reason to make the long trek over there - no connections, no experience, no story.
The morning started with a 3:15am wake up and I was on the road at 3:30. It was an uneventful rainy drive down to Allenstown, NH. I pulled in to the State Park shortly after 5am, handled my registration, and then got my race gear ready.
The Hut Traverse is 50'ish miles linking all eight of the AMC Huts. Most hikers start from Carter and end at Lonesome (East to West). This approach is by no means easy but it's certainly easier - slightly less vert and it's and a better approach on the Northern Presidentials.
Heading into this year's race I knew I'd be faster than last year base on my improved run fitness, but by how much? This spring the only running races I've done were the 8 mile leg of the Inferno, the 10k leg of the King Pine Triathlon, a 10k the previous weekend, and a 5k fun run on Tuesday. With that limited race exposure here's how the 2016 MWRR shook out.
The Presidential “Presi” Traverse has been on my bucket list ever since I was a child. It carried an element of prestige, and badass’ness that at the time I thought required maximum daylight and a summer’s worth of training.