Wednesday, June 18, 2008

This Weekend In Running (6/21-6/22)

The Pittsfield Peaks Death Division Race is scheduled for Saturday, June 21. I touched on that event in last week's edition of TWIR, and included a video that describes the Pittsfield Peaks Ultra Challenge races. Take a look at last week's TWIR post for more details on the Death Division Race.

And now....on to some of the ultra events taking place this coming weekend....

Mason-Dixon Trail Longest Day 100k Challenge (Susquehanna Park, Maryland) - The "longest day" reference refers to the fact that June 21 happens to be the Summer Solstice, the "longest" day of the year. Well, it usually falls on June 21 of each year....not this year. In fact, the the exact solstice will occur at 23:59 hours on June, making this the first time since 1975 that it hasn't occurred on June 21st. Solstices occur twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is oriented directly towards or away from the Sun, causing the Sun to reach its northernmost and southernmost extremes. Nevertheless, this self-supported event is "a free individual effort, and not to be considered an organized, sponsored or affiliated endeavor; no applications, releases, etc; don't expect much more from it other than self-fulfillment".

San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Run (Lake City, CO) - Not to be outdone by Maryland, Colorado has its own Summer Solstice run, a 50-miler. Run to benefit the Lake City, Colorado EMTs, this race is one counter-clockwise loop with altitudes ranging from 8,600' to 13,334'. 12,000+ feet of elevation gain, mostly trails, some jeep roads. According to the web-site, the middle-of-pack runner should expect to finish in 12-14 hours. 16 hour cut-off.

Mohican Trail 100 Mile Run (Loudonville, OH) - Challenging and scenic trail loop in Mohican Memorial State Forest and State Park with portions of the course covering roads. 11,000+ feet of climbing. 30 hour time limit.

Big Horn 100 Mile Endurance Run (Dayton, WY) - The 30k and 50k options are full. The 50 and 100 milers are still open. The inaugural Bighorn Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run was held in 2002 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the annual Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Runs (50 mile (actually 52 miles), 50 K (actually 32.5 miles), and 30 K (actually 17.5 miles)). These runs were initially started by local trail runners interested in preserving and protecting the Dry Fork and Little Bighorn River Canyons from a planned pump storage hydroelectric project and other development. Out-and-back course.

Pacifica Trail Run (Pacifica, CA) - Starting in San Pedro Valley Park, this event offers a 9k, 21k, 30k and 50k option, with the 50k covering 7,000+ feet of climbing. Travel through Eucalyptus trees and past Brooks Falls on your way to North Peak overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The park is located in the northern spur of the Santa Cruz Mountains and features the only undisturbed Coastal Mountain Habitat found in over 100 miles of coastline.

There are only a hand full of marathons this weekend to choose from, including :

Grandma's Marathon (Deluth, MN) - Ok...I've done the Twin Cities Marathon twice, and I remember a ton of folks talking about Grandma's as being the ultimate Minnesota marathon, so, this is certainly on my to-do list. Grandma's Marathon is a point-to-point course run along the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior.

Mayor's Marathon (Anchorage, AK) - Think I'd get away with doing the marathons without a Summer Solstice reference, think again. "Since 1974, runners from all over the world have traveled to Anchorage, Alaska to participate in one of the most scenic and enjoyable marathons in the U.S., the Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon. More than 3,500 runners will wind through Anchorage's award winning trail system during Alaska's summer solstice. The course offers scenic vistas and wildlife viewing opportunities as it travels from the foothills of the Chugach Mountains to the steely waters of Cook Inlet. Shorter distances and a marathon relay are also offered.


  1. When I lived in MN, Grandma's was the one that runners always trained for. It fills up quick if you're thinking of it.

  2. anthony --how about Fairfield 1/2 marathon?? it's ONLY 13.1 miles:)

  3. I've always wanted to do Grandma's.

    Fairfield 1/2 on Sunday...that would be great, but I need 6-7 hours on Sunday. What time is the 1/2 ? Maybe I can put in 5-6 before it ?