“This is old school ultrarunning,” said Charlie Crissman a year ago, when I was facing my first 100-miler. “Your family and friends don’t care if you finish this race,” he reiterated this year. “There are no awards for winning this.
He then called last year’s winner of the women’s race up to receive an award. […]
Somehow it hadn’t occurred to me that 150 was larger than 135. It seems absurd that a grown man of moderate intelligence would miss this point, but there’s something about running in loops that messes with the mind.
Last year I helped crew at the Badwater 135, which is billed as […]
(Editor’s Note: This was actually written up post-Pigtails because the author is abysmally lazy.)
Despite being a staunch skeptic and realist, I was ready to admit the existence of karmic recompense at Lumberjack for Badger’s beat-down.
Things augured poorly at first. Two long days on my feet right beforehand meant I wasn’t optimally rested for […]
Before being served with a cease-and-desist letter, the Waldo 100K used to be called “Where’s Waldo 100K” because runners would be looking for Waldo Lake – an elusive entity which can only be glimpsed from the highest peaks, eluding runners the entire race.
Badger felt similar.
Jockeying around a neighborhood to find the start line of […]
It doesn’t count, Arthur! It doesn’t count! 24-hour races don’t count!
(For those in the Peanut Gallery: Arthur pointed out that there’s another possibility for a 100-miler in Washington, namely the Pac Rim 24-hour run in Longview, WA. My fingers are in my ears and I’m saying “lalalalalala” loudly so […]
This was supposed to be my warmup lap. Rocky is known as a fairly flat, fast loop course that’s well-supported and fun to run.
It is indeed well-supported. In fact, this year it was just like running in a well.
Thunder and lightning greeted us at the start, and Huntsville State Park turned into a […]
All this for a hunk of rock?
The final race in the GSW is also the hardest, featuring at least 100 miles (107, supoosedly) of trails, jeep track, fire roads and completely unmarked woods. There is no support. Water comes from streams. No pacers are allowed, and asking for directions from the […]