Good morning, runners! I hope you had the chance to log a few miles in the cooler temps over the beautiful weekend. A LOT of you came out to run the XTerra 10K on Mt. Cheaha over the weekend. I was passing out water so I can't speak for the course, but if the smiles heading into the finish line chute were any indication, you loved the course, too! There was a mishap with some yellow jackets around mile two that affected quite a few of you, but you didn't let that stop you from finishing a challenging and scenic course. Way to go!
1) RACE REPORTS
***I've been traveling and ran in a 10K race, TRC Running Over Cancer, in Sugarland, Texas (think Houston). Turns out it was a bit more than 10K (actually 6.8 mi) due to improper course marking or something.
I did fairly well, finishing 35th overall (of 123) and 2nd in my age group ( 60). The guy who finished 1st in group was second overall.
There was good support for the race and pretty well run (other than the glitch with distance). The race supported The Sundrop Foundation, fighting kids cancer.
Will be nice to get back to my home course, though!
Jen and I competed at the Wood's Ferry 24 hour race Labor Day weekend. Under this format, you run, walk, or crawl as many miles as you can within the time allowed. The course was a 7.75 mile trail loop in the Sumter National Forest in South Carolina. Conditions were very hot & humid, and we heard many runners comment on this. The race started at 4pm Saturday, finishing at 4pm Sunday. Jen and I had a race plan of running through the night, and hopefully continuing into Sunday as long as we could. (By contrast, other runners ran until midnight, slept for several hours, and then ran more the next day.) We are preparing for the Pinhoti 100 in November, and we need as much sleep deprived night running as possible! We managed to run 7 loops in a tad under 16 hours, before deciding we'd had enough. This was good for a multi-person overall tie for 12th place (based on mileage, not time), with Jen getting 2nd place for the women. I have to admit we had hoped to go a bit further, but under the conditions we were still quite content with our places! Terri Hayes the Race Director (ultrasontrails.com) always puts on several fun events each year, and I recommend running with her sometime...
Jay Worrall & Jennifer Ford
2) UPCOMING EVENTS
As we head into October, be sure to check out the ARC website for all the details on fall races. The Honda 5K will be October 8th, The Gamecock Gallop is October 22nd, and the YMCA Spooktacular 5K is October 29th...just to name a few!
Have a great week!