Monday, March 29, 2010

Umstead 100 Mile - Short Update

It will take a few days to get my head together to write a full race report on the 2010 Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run.  In a way there is a lot to share, yet in a way there isn't really that much.  So many people put together some epic performances.  My good buddy Jill Perry did it again, winning and besting her prior course record with an amazing 15:58:16.  Frank, Emmy, Eric, Marge, Cherie, Tammy, Doug, Susan....I could go on and on....put in some amazing performances (some first-time 100-mile finishes) !

I will eventually write a detailed report about my race (although many may be disappointed to learn that I have no pictures or videos to share as I left the camera behind to concentrate on the time goal).  Doug and I had discussed our time goals as far back as November - big goals, possibly a stretch.  On race-day, we simply made it happen by sticking to our plan.  Doug and I ran the first 50 miles together in 9:12:00 until we picked up our pacers.  After spending the most part of the 2nd half separated, I finally caught up to him with less than a mile to go, and it wasn't too hard to decide that we would finish together.  19:24:46 - a new personal best at the 100-mile distance, and good enough for 18th place overall.  My preliminary splits are below (each lap was 12.5 miles).



There are plenty of people to thank, but the person that comes most to mind right now is my pacer, Rick Gaston.  He once again (this was the 4th time he has paced me in a 100-miler) pushed me to my limits and I couldn't have done it without him.  Congrats to everyone who participated in the event and, of course, to all of the volunteers and race personnel for putting together an amazing 2010 Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run.

10 comments:

  1. These splits are absoltely awesomely sweet. Great reason to celebrate.

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  2. That's very cool. Congrats on the sub-20 hour finish. Impressive.

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  3. Simply amazing! Great work by both you and your pacer. Congrats on running a great race and getting a PR!

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  4. Great job out there! That was a nice consistent race you ran.

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  5. Maybe that's the way to PR - leave the camera behind! Of course, then we aren't treated to all your wonderful photos and videos.

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  6. Amazing effort Tony. You were still looking strong at 1am when you passed me. Or maybe I was just delirious:)

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  7. You did an awesome race Tony! Great split times, That's what I call a "nice and clean" race! Natalia

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  8. Good for you Tony! Big congrats on the PR, under 20 hours! and top twenty places...thatta boy!

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  9. Hey man you are welcome. You have really grown strong and fast in this sport, in just a couple of years. You've come a long way since that first time that I paced you at Javelina. Your performance at Umstead has inspired me to work harder for my first sub-20. Congratulations. Savor it for awhile before you return to training for Badwater.

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