Thursday, January 31, 2008

Race Preview : Rocky Raccoon 50 Mile



Saturday (in Huntsville, Texas) will mark the 16th running of the Rocky Raccoon 100 mile race, and the 7th running of the Rocky Raccoon 50 mile race. 34 starters toed the line in the initial running of the 100 in 1993, and 40 participated in the 2002 inaugural 50 miler. Since then this event has grown dramatically. This year alone there are 277 registered entrants in the 100 mile event and 174 in the 50 mile event. On average, 71% of all 100 mile starters finish, while 89% of all 50 mile starters complete the 50. The overall course record for the 100 here was set in 1996 by Eric Clifton (13:16:02). The overall course record for the 50 was set in 2007 by Patrick Russell (6:01:07).

According to the official website, "the course is almost all dirt. There is one short 100 yard long section as you enter and leave the aid station at Raven Lodge. The entire course is within the park. The route switches between sections that are jeep road and single track. The single track is wonderful and the jeep road is bearable. There are numerous wood bridges. Most are very short but there are a few that are approx 100 yards. There are very few rocks on the course but there are quite a few roots. The course is entirely under a tall growth of pines and the trail is soft with pine needles for much of it. All of this land is in a low lying swamp like area that usually drains well, but when it does rain, there are sections on the course that are messy to get through. All in all, it has minimal amount of elevation gain and can be extremely fast."

I am entered in the 50 mile event this year, with a goal of a sub-10:00 finish. Assuming all goes well and I finish in one piece, the plan is to crew and pace Meredith, who is running yet another 100 mile race. I'm looking forward to seeing many of my friends and fellow Dreamchasers and students of the great Lisa Smith-Batchen (there are quite a few that will be participating this weekend).

I want to wish everyone participating the very best of luck for a great, injury-free run.

Of course, when my running, pacing and crewing duties are complete......mad dash to the airport to make it home in time for.....


GO GIANTS !!!!!

6 comments:

  1. Best of luck to you!! Nail it! And of course, Go Giants!

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  2. GOOD LUCK!!! I'm sure you'll do killer! ;D

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  3. Well, all's said and done. Ain't time for cheerin'. Just get yer a$# out there and run:)

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  4. I forgot to give you the Giants pep talk. You probably won’t read this before RR but you can use it for the next race. After Big Blue won the NFC Championship, Plaxico Buress was interviewed and said “Before the game coach told us to ‘throw your heart over the wall and your body will follow.’” That advice worked for the Giants. Let it work for you too!

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  5. Good Luck... and the same to the Giants. They'll need it.

    GO PATS!

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