McNaughton: 2007 Plans
Today, I managed to do a lap of the race course with the race director, Andy Weinberg. That is Andy, right at the last stream crossing, which is 1.4 miles from the finish of the loop. He was out there to take down the tape that marked the course.
He walked with me and we finished the loop in 2:33, which is FASTER than any of the loops I did last week or any of the loops I did in training. And we stopped to talk to hikers, pick up trash, etc. There is something to be said to being light and loose.
Anyway, (oh yes, the race website is: http://www.mcnaughtonparktrailruns.com/)
Andy has decided on the following for the 2007 race:
The date is the weekend of the 13-14-15'th of April.
1) Next year there will be 50/100/150.
2) The 150 will start at 6 pm on Friday evening (13'th
of April)with a 48 hour time limit.
3) The first 12 hours (6 pm to 6 am) will feature
minimal aid station support (e. g., there will be
water) and of course drop bags and water at the
4) At 6 am (Saturday) the aid stations will be fully
staffed; the 50 mile and 100 mile will start then.
5) 100 milers can start at 6 pm Friday but will not be
elgible for awards (other than finisher's awards).
The 6 pm start will be the ONLY early start option.
6) The course will be open until 6 pm Sunday; that is
36 hours for the 50/100 racers and 48 for the 150's
(and early starting 100 milers)
7) The updated website will be ready in a few weeks.
I'll e-mail the lists when registration is open.
8) If the weather is dry, he'll put out firehoses to
wet down the trail to make it muddy. He'll also put
out sun lamps to heat things up to 90 F if the weather
is cool. Ok, I am just kidding about point 8. :-)
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Julie Berg sent me her blog address: http://www.julieberg.blogspot.com/
which features some good photos and some interesting takes on ultra running. She gutted out an impressive 27 hour finish. The first photo shows Andy encouraging her at mile 90 and the second shows her at an aid station. There are many other good photos there.