My thoughts on each race below....
50km road: I've always wanted to run at Caumsett but always seem to be injured. I went the last couple of years as the liaison (and even ran a few laps). Great slightly rolling 2.6m loop that is mostly sheltered.
100km road: I'm 1 for 3 in 100km finishes, I have no desire to make it 1 for 4. Tim Y (RD) will be the assistant team manager for the 100km team and he knows how to stage an event. I hear that Dan is planning on going to Mad City.
1/2 marathon trail: If it weren't the same day at the 100th Dipsea and 6 days before the 50th Mt Washington, I'd probably do it.
Mountain championship: 50th running of the Mt Washington RR. If you want to make the U.S. team you have to be at this race. The money will be more than double what it has been in the past. The first Mt W hall of fame inductees will be announced the night before the race. Will this be enough to get Nate, Casey, and Patrick to do their first mountain race and show the rest of the country how good New England runners are???
100m trail: Named after the time the Cuyahoga river caught on fire. Enough said.
50m trail: I ran this race once back in 2001 and lost by just over a minute. The course is very tough and very scenic. If I ever decide to go beyond 50k again, this will be the place.
15km trail: The folks from Spokane have put on some big events. They are hoping for 400-600 runners at this first time race. I hope to be one of those runners.
10km trail: I was the liaison at this race last year and had a great time. They really had it together, if I hadn't known it was a first time race I would have never guessed. The course was very difficult....I hope to give it a shot this year.
50km trail: I don't know anything about this race. I haven't done the trail 50km champs since the VERY long 50km at Headlands. I hope this 50km is a lot shorter than that one. I'm planning on going.
50m road: This race begs the question "Can a race that has nearly 3/4 of the distance on dirt (road) really be called a road race"? Too far for me.
Marathon trail: Back to Lithia. In 2010 I hope to actually train for the race (and I don't mean 3 hour water runs with the Quintals).
|USA 50km Road||Caumsett, Long Island, NY||www.newyorkultrarunning.org/caumsett_state_park_50k2008.htm|
|USA 100km Road Champs||Madison, WI||www.madcity100k.com/home.php|
|USA 1/2 marathon trail||Bend, OR||www.footzonebend.com|
|USA Mountain Champs||Gorham, NH||http://www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com/|
|USA 100M Trail Champs||Burning River, OH||http://burningriver100.org/wp/|
|USA 50M Trail Champs||White River, WA||www.seattlerunningcompany.com/WR50/|
|USA 15km Trail Champs||Spokane, WA||www.spokanesports.org/|
|USA 10km Trail Champs||Laurel Springs, NC||www.continentaldividetrailrace.com|
|USA 50km Trail||Bend, OR||www.footzonebend.com|
|USA 50M Road Champs||State College/Boalsburg, PA||www.tusseymountainback.com/|
|USA Marathon Trail||Ashland, OR||www.roguevalleyrunners.com|