Saturday, April 12, 2008

Quick Update : NF Endurance Challenge 50

It took an hour to clean the gunk off of my legs and feet. Just a short update, with a full race report post and pictures to follow. This was insane ! I can't describe it any other way. Brutal, sick hills, with climbing up and down rock faced cliffs on hands and knees - 10,000 feet total per the GPS. Thunderstorms within the first mile. Sick, just sick. Out of 86 starters, only 19 people finished this race....yes only 19. 40 of the starters were pulled from the race at the 15.7 miles mark. I was lucky enough to meet some great people from Gil's Athletic Club in Boston and we ended up getting in 39.2 miles before getting cut off.

Check back tomorrow for a full report with pictures and elevation charts.

9 comments:

  1. Anthony -you are amazing to get in 40 miles on that 'insane' course. I was so lucky to hook up with kristen for the 1/2 (and yes, it took us 4:26 to complete it -and that was most of the 50 mile course also) and we took lots of photos to show the rock faces that you had to climb, in the dark and the rain!!! looking forward to the report! While waiting at the aid station, I heard the whole controversy about the aid stations!
    I will write a report Monday!

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  2. Tony - Pat yourself on the back. You accomplished quite a bit given how technically difficult the bloody terrain was. The "simple" 10k was challenging enough. I can't begin to imagine what you went through. Sleep well tonight! You deserve it. Pam

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  3. I struggled though the 10K, and kept thinking to myself "this is riduculous, but how insane it must have been at 5am, in the dark, and in the downpour!!!" you *ultras* are amazing :)

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  4. Good job on your run today, Anthony. Seems like a doozy. you conquered Fred's mountain 4 times, so you saying this was tough really says a lot. Take good care of those feet and get to bed :)

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  5. Emmy - Awesome job on the 1/2. Very cool that you hooked up with Kristen and had a blast.

    Pam - Great job on the 10k !

    Jen T. - Way to go with the 10k. Honestly, in my opinion, anyone who ran out there today has the absolute right to call themselves an "ultra" runner.

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  6. Thanks Meri. Actually, I can say for sure that this course was far harder then having to run GTR100 and going up Fred's 4 times.

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  7. Wow! Sounds like it was crazy!

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  8. Dude, sounds like a rockin time! My little pissant run today in the wind ain't nothin! Can't wait for the full report! Great job!

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  9. Anthony - I can't imagine having covered the distance you covered. That "race" kicked my ass and used it as a hacky-sack. 10 hours and 50 minutes of getting a smack down. You rock.

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