Wednesday, May 14, 2008

This Weekend In Running (5/17 - 5/18)

Get ready for Virginia's mother of all trail runs, the 2008 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run, complete with rugged rocky trails and over 19,000 feet of climbing. Starting just below the Massanutten Mountain's northeastern ridge, runners will traverse the eastern Massanutten Trail and connecting trails before crossing Crisman Hollow Road and ascending the Jawbone Gap Trail to the Massanutten Trail on Kerns Mountain. The course re-crosses Crisman Hollow Road and takes runners down Waterfall Mountain to the Massanutten Mountain Connector Trail. Following an out-and-back on the Massanutten South trail runners return to US 211 and take the Massanutten Connector Trail to Gap Creek, up Jawbone Gap again, and eventually up the western Massanutten Trail before returning to the Skyline Ranch Resort. This year's MMT looks to be a heated contest. For a great preview of the men's and women's race, check out "2008 Massanutten 100 - Men's Preview" and "2008 Massanutten 100 - Women's Preview" posted by Bryon Powell at I Run Far.

This weekend (on the Ultra front) also includes :

Keys 100 - The inaugural running also includes a 50-mile race and a 100-mile relay (6 runner teams). The 100 mile events begin in Key Largo near mile marker 101. All events finish at Smathers Beach in Key West. Race director Bob Becker hopes the race and the fundraising event (featuring a cocktail party and silent auction) will raise $50,000 for three charities - the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys, Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale and the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C.

Watershed Preserve 12 Hour Trail Race (Redmond, WA) - 5.375 mile flat forest trail loops in the Redmond Watershed Preserve.

Superior Trail 25k & 50k (Lutsen, MN) - Traverses the rugged Superior Hiking Trail in northeastern Minnesota. The single track trail traverses the front range of the Sawtooth Mountains through the Superior National Forest, and encompasses some of the most beautiful scenery in northern Minnesota. The National Forest Service and Backpacker Magazine have ranked the Superior Hiking Trail as one of the top hiking trails in the United States.

Berryman Trail Runs (Petosi, MO) - Located in the Mark Twain National Forest, the 50-mile race is a two loop course (plus a short out and back). There is one crossing of Brazil Creek around mile 16. The course also crosses many other stream beds that may or may not have water in them depending on recent rainfall. There is also a marathon option here.

On the marathon side of the coin, this weekend boasts the Capital City Marathon (Olympia, WA), the Fargo Marathon (Fargo, ND), the Ogden Marathon (Ogden, UT), the Blue Nose Marathon (Halifax, NS), the Cleveland Marathon (Cleveland, OH), the Colorado Colfax Marathon (Denver, CO), the Greenbay Marathon (Green Bay, WI), and the Sugarloaf Marathon (Sugarloaf, ME).

Enjoy.

14 comments:

  1. Do you have any recommendations for marathons in the Atlanta or general Ga area late this year?

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  2. Pre -

    How about the Atlanta Marathon on November 27th ??

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  3. So why aren't you doing MMT this weekend? :)

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  4. Pam -

    I need a little rest ! :)

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  5. Anthony -thanks for the great write-up on weekend races and on MMT. I loved reading the 'racecards'-it is extraordinary the experience that those MMT front -runners have. I noticed that the blog writer mentioned Brennen as a contender!
    My friend Steve dropped out of Umstead at mile 63 but is in MMT -since he has thru-hiked the AT, this is his thing...should be interesting to hear about his experience.

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  6. You didn't read that correctly, Emmy. It said I was a "pretender."

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  7. good luck Brennen, you will do well. :)

    Anthony, thanks for the weekend summary! MMT will be a great adventure to follow over the weekend.

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  8. Brennan a pretender ? Are you kidding me ? Good luck Brennan...we will be following your progress online.

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  9. I'll rock the West Side in Denver for Colfax.

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  10. MASS_Of_NUTZ_an' :-)

    That is one tough race, looks like its going to be a great battle

    Leigh & George are heading to 15th Annual Bishop High Sierra Ultra-marathons to run a 50 miler ....

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  11. That sounds like a really tough race. Ouch.

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  12. You distance folks are all crazy! CRAZY I SAY!!!

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  13. Kevin - Yeah, Massanutten is one of the toughest 100-milers around.

    Steve - crazy, insane, nuts...you name it...I've been called it...mostly by my wife !

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  14. Before I started breaking all these bones, I dreamed of doing the MMT. Thanks for reminding me it's coming up so I can follow along virtually.

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