2015 Squamish 50/50 – Preview

Can you handle 130km of burly Squamish goodness in just over twenty-four hours? The concept here is simple – race the 50 miler and 50 kilometer events on back-to-back days.

Seems simple enough, except that I’m undertrained and underprepared and a little anxious, but yeah, I’m running the Squamish 50/50 this weekend.

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Zumbro Midnight 50 – Race Report

04/11/2015 – Zumbro Midnight 50 Mile – Zumbro River Bottoms Management Area, Thielman, Minnesota
Starting at midnight, this laid back, old school, low-key three loop course winds its way up and down the windIng, rugged, beautiful Mississippi River Valley Bluff Country trail. With never more than 300 feet of continuous climbs, Zumbro suckers you in, strings you through countless mud puddles, trips you with leaf covered rocks, and spits you back out through stretches of sand that somehow, of course, finds its way into your socks and shoes. Before you know it, you will have covered 7500 feet of vert, seen the sun rise, and have thanked more volunteers than you can count.

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GO! St Louis road Marathon – Preview

The GO! St Louis road Marathon is my third event of the year and takes place this coming Sunday morning (04/12/2015) in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The course is essentially four out and backs run entirely on road, crossing the Mississippi River for a few brief miles in Illinois before crossing back into and finishing in Missouri.

This is a part of a bigger race weekend as I’m flying into St Louis on Thursday to meet up with a friend, we’re driving 8 hours north to Minnesota for the Zumbro “Midnight” 50 on Friday night/Saturday morning, hopefully finishing up the race around noon, driving 8 hours back to St Louis by Saturday night, (hopefully) running the Go! St Louis road Marathon on Sunday morning, then flying back to Seattle on Monday. Typing that out now seems a little crazy, but it’s all a part of my grand master plan for Mohican 100 in two months and Squamish 50m/50k weekend in four months.

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2015 Zumbro “Midnight” 50 mile – Preview

The Zumbro “Midnight” 50 is my second event of the year and takes place this coming Friday night/Satuday morning (04/11/2015) in Southeastern Minnesota Bluff Country, about 2 hours south of Minneapolis. The looped course (three loops of 16.7 miles!) trail run is almost entirely in the Zumbro River Bottoms Management area within a portion of the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest with 9,294 feet of vert gain and hovering between 700-1,100 feet above sea level.

This is really a part of a bigger race weekend as I’m flying into St Louis on Thursday to meet up with a friend, we’re driving 8 hours north to Minnesota for the Zumbro “Midnight” 50 on Friday night/Saturday morning, hopefully finishing up the race around noon, driving 8 hours back to St Louis by Saturday night, (hopefully) running the Go! St Louis road Marathon on Sunday morning, then flying back to Seattle on Monday. Typing that out now seems a little crazy, but it’s all a part of my grand master plan for Mohican 100 in two months and Squamish 50m/50k weekend in four months.

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Fort Ebey Kettles Trail Marathon – Race Report

02/15/2015 – Fort Ebey Kettles Trail Marathon – Fort Ebey State Park, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA
From the Gun Battery, the trail loops twice gently along the rims of Fort Ebey State Park’s forested kettle depressions rolling through the multi-use Kettles Trails and teetering on the sheer bluffs overlooking the Straight of Juan de Fuca and Olympic Mountains acquiring 5500 feet of vert over the 26 miles of trails.

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