Wednesday, May 28, 2008

This Weekend In Running (5/31 - 6/01)

[ Updated 5/28/08 @ 2:32 PM to add Twentieth Century 100k and 50k Trail Run to the ultra event list ]

After a slew of Memorial Day weekend events, the running world appears to be taking a mini-vacation, which coincides with my own trip this weekend to North Star Resort on Knee Lake in Manitoba, Canada. I will spend 6 days fishing Knee Lake primarily for Northern Pike and Walleye.

While I'm on my way to Canada, here's what is happening in the ultra running world :

Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon (Everest Base Camp, Nepal) - This rough trail, high altitutde event is tomorrow, May 29th, and runs from Everest Base Camp (elevation 17,572 feet) to Namche Bazar, the Sherpa Capital of Solu Khumbu. This marathon passes through the traditional route to Everest pioneered by Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary while climbing Everest in 1953, monasteries, monuments, chortens, suspension bridges and all sorts of beautiful landscape which are nowhere in the world, as well as the world renowned Tengboche monastery.

Hump 50k Trail Run (PA White Clay Preserve Park) - One loop single-track, moderately hilly, with minor stream crossings. They web-site states that "we haven't precisely measured the distance, but it's 95% trail with over a 3,000 feet aggregate vertical gain - - scenic as hell! . . . this run is meant for experienced trail runners, but anyone with marathon experience who wants to try an ultra distance and promises not to whine if they get tired and dirty is welcome . . . we will have one or two snack/water refill stations on the course . . . the course will be roughly marked, with maps provided." The big entry fee.

Shadow of the Giants 50k (Fish Camp, CA) - Scenic historic trails through the Sierra National Forest. The course takes runners past 3000 year old Giant Sequoias in the famous Nelder Grove. Elevation is 5,000 - 6,500 feet. 5 aid stations. 8 hour time limit.

Twentieth Century 100k and 50k Trail Run (Easton, WA) - pPoint-to-point almost entirely on railroad grade trails down the I-90 corridor.

On the marathon front :

Newport Marathon (Newport, OR) - Starting in Yaquina Bay State Park at the historic "haunted" lighthouse, runners will head north along the ocean through some of Newport's picturesque neighborhoods. This loop through the city is primarily residential with a few short gentle hills and turns at street corners. Heading back through the starting area, runners will proceed downhill under the Yaquina Bay Bridge to the bayfront. Past shops, restaurants, galleries and a large fishing village, the course continues along the bay. Just past mile four, there is a short hill that rises about 40 feet then gently descends back to bay level where it continues for the remainder of the race. The course follows the Yaquina Bay and River estuary to mile 15 where it turns back toward town, retracing the same route. The gentle hill at mile four reappears at mile 26, and it's downhill from there to the finish.

Sunburst Marathon (South Bend, IN) - Plenty of other events to choose from (5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon and 5k fitness walk).

NipMuck Trail Marathon (Ashford, CT) - Very popular race for ultra runners. This race comes with a warning on its web-site : It is possible to get a serious injury in this race. If you run recklessly you'll increase your chances but even if you are careful it's still possible to get tripped up or slip on something. This could result in an immobilizing injury that could put you a few hours away from medical attention. It could mean expensive medical care and an extended period of time away from work. To run this race you have to accept full responsibility for what happens to you. If you don't have health insurance don't do this race. No matter how careful you are plan on falling. The faster you run the more it hurts.

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon (San Diego, CA) - Approximately 40 bands will be featured along the course.

Enjoy the weekend....I'll be fishing.


  1. Wait . . .are you going fishing with Bob? LMAO! Didn't he just say something about fishing . . .

  2. :). Bob did talk about fishing, but he's not in on this one - just a father/son/brother thing.

  3. You left out 20th Centure 100k/50k... You know, I'll give you a hint since you're doing such a great job on upcoming races:

    Those Maniacs, they list them all:)

  4. Oh, and enjoy the family fishing!

  5. Have a good trip with the father and bro :)

  6. Thanks Olga - added it to the list.

  7. fishing is great! wish i was going w/you!

  8. Nipmuck should be fun this wknd.

  9. when I look at this all I see is KM KM KM KM KM KM is that wrong ? or SOOOOOOOO Right?!!! --lol

    Have a great Fishing Trip Bro, enjoy the time with Dad & brother... take some good pics & YES catch a big one:-)

  10. Hey man see if you can find me a half marathon anywhere between late July and Mid-September in the Southeast. Preferably in Ga.