The world lost an incredible mother, wife, daughter, friend, attorney, underprivileged advocate, and community member suddenly and unexpectedly on October 16, 2013. In honor of my late wife, Holli Wallace, I am training for the Hallucination 100 mile trail run and raising money for the Children's Grief Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

My training progress

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I need to pick a race

I had a pretty good running week last week, but the winter weather and lack of a specific goal have been feeling a bit ambivalent about running. I need to pick a 100 mile race for 2008 and sign up for it. The problem is that I am having trouble deciding. My criteria are influenced by 1) the limited number of races, 2) the need for it to be either just before or soon after school starts at the end of August, and 3) potentially limited time and funds for travel. Also, I want one that isn't at such a high elevation or involving so many hills that my likelihood of finishing is ridiculously low. Here are my possibilities, in no particular order:

Superior Sawtooth, Gooseberry Falls State Park, MN (September 7-8)

Burning River, Cleveland, OH (August 2-3)

Lean Horse, Hot Springs, SD (August 23-24)

Iroquois Trail, Buttermilk Falls State Park, NY (September 20-21)

After reviewing those seem like the best possibilities while avoiding flying to California, being ready in two weeks, cooking in mid-summer the heat and humidity, and buying a stairmaster. I'm going to post a poll on the right. Let me know what you think!


Anonymous said...

Guess I'd better send that wedding invitation out soon... seems like a never-ending project!

I'll pick Burning River - because the name sounded cool. :)

-Sandi ^_^

dht said...

Here's the what my friend Jeff said:

I ran the last 35 miles of the BR100 with Tim Clement (3rd overall). The course is tough. Many sections of it are on hilly, single-track portions of the Buckeye Trail. There's some some info out on the web, i.e. maps, etc.

A buddy of mine in Southeast Running Club, Bill Wagner, is the race director.

elliottsgdt said...

I assume the "Burning River" name comes from that embarrassing incident a few years back when the polluted Cuyahoga River actually did catch fire. They say the pollution is now much reduced, and I voted for it so you could help them improve the image of the Cleveland area. On the other hand, it may be better to pick a race with fewer hills and and one that comes a bit later in the season when the weather is apt to be cooler.