Sunday, August 29, 2010

Late Summer

What a week it's been in the world of ultrarunning! UTMB canceled, big surprises at Leadville, and Jorge wins AC again. Wow, what could possibly be next?

Well, for me, after meandering around for much of the last six weeks, I have decided to return to the Grand Teton 100 after a couple years away. While this race is certainly not one of the "majors" it has a certain appeal to me that is tough to resist:

It's a multiple loop course that is quite family friendly (kids can basically lounge in the pool all day and jump out every couple hours to give me stuff)

It's in one of the most beautiful places in the country (the Tetons! C'mon, enough said)

It's organized by two of the most devoted and loving people in the sport (truly, they do not come any better than Jay Batchen and Lisa Smith-Batchen)

It's the last year of the GT100 (Ty Draney's Course Record at least deserves a bit of a challenge:).

So, we'll be heading out there on Friday and we'll see how the chips fall. Duncan Callahan will be there as well so I am sure it will be fun. I'll post a report when all is said and done.

Who knows, I might even dnf:)

8 comments:

Jon Allen said...

Just wondering, why is this the last year for Teton?

AJW said...

Just the last year for the 100. Not all the other events.

OldGoat said...

With over 12 miles of pavement and the hampster loop setup of the course, it may be "crew friendly", but certainly not appealing to most runners. Lok at the entrant list and ask yourself why no local runner sign up. With miles and miles of gorgeous trails in the Tetons, who would want to run laps around chairlifts??

Craig Thornley said...

After you cherry-pick your win here, you might want to start getting on the track and preparing for our mile in November.

TD said...

Good luck guys...I'm sure with Duncan there to push you along that the record will go down. Just make sure you run that first lap as hard as you can:)

TD said...

and Oh, I'd love to settle it all with a mile on the track too.....

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brownie said...

Hey, didn't you DNF the Grand Slam?