Category Speedgoat 50K

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The Lake Sonoma 50 mile will easily be the most competitive “early season” 50 mile.  The field is stacked deep.  John Medinger over at Ultrarunning Mag has assembled a stout list of trail runners, racing for some fine brew at the finish line.   It’s sure to be nuts up front.  A peleton may even form, something we rarely see in Ultrarunning.  Of course, it’ll be men up front, but the women’s field should not be overlooked either.  Although  it’s not nearly as deep as the men, it’s deep enough to make it a great competition.  Although, I’m not sure if there will be any beer left for the ladies with all these boys in front.   It’s been a while, but here goes my odds: Men’s Race: 1.  Dave Mackey  3-1.  It’s his turn to come out on top.  It’s been what, one race since he hasn’t won something? [...]

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This weekend, well Friday (cuz’ we’re in Utah) I’ll be running the Antelope Island 100 mile.  This will be my second 100 this year. I’m not really sure what to expect, but feel pretty good physically to run around 15 hours.  That, of course, is if all goes well.  I’ve had off and on battles with Neuritis in my left foot, and it’s been giving me a little grief lately.  Sure sounds like a pre-race excuse eh?  Not really, but it’ll be interesting to see if I can work this one out. In my favor is the course being almost flat.  Downhill is a little sketchy, uphill is good and flat is fine too, but cranking downhill could cause the feeling of putting the wet finger in the outlet.  It’s not pretty when that happens.  We’ll see Dan Vega proves to be the stiffest competition, with a few other faster [...]

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Finally we’ve got a 100 mile race with a real purse!  The “Goal” is to bring the purse to $100,000, where the world’s best 100 mile runners can chase each other around Steamboat, Colorado, and actually go home with some real money to pay the mortgage, or perhaps even buy a car.  The 100k is not yet set in stone.  10k is set in stone at the moment, and the remaining 90k will be raised through sponsors, entry fees (yah, I know, some folks balk at that), and perhaps some donations from fine folks who want to see a real race, with real carnage, all because of money.   Everyone likes money, everyone likes schwag, everyone likes to win a prize.  We can’t deny it, it’s what life is.  For most folks, unfortunately, it’s about money, you gotta have some to earn a living.  Ultrarunners need to earn a living too. If a basketball [...]