Now here’s encouragement for you: a new trail race for 2013 is enticing you to come and run a PW.
What’s a PW? Why, a “personal worst.”
And just why would you do that? Because you like trail running, because you like ridiculous technical climbs and descents and, most of all, because you like pain.
Hell, you don’t just like pain. You crave it. You want to run until your quads fail and you’re stumbling over roots and rocks in a sugar-depleted haze. That’s your idea of a great day.
You love to suffer.
Well, have we got a race for you!
The Ultra Beat to Snot 52 km. trail/hill race is set for September 7, 2013 (start time 6 a.m.) at Wentworth in Nova Scotia. The run is billing itself as North America’s toughest 52 km trail race with roughly 15,000 feet of elevation gain and loss.
That sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
Organizer Jodi Isenor says competitors “have the option to run, walk and crawl” by themselves. If you’re not up to the challenge of four laps of some 1180 metres elevation gain per lap, then you can put together a relay team.
Just how hard will this race prove? Several runners went out last weekend and ran 13 km in three hours and 30 minutes. But you’ll kick their butts, right?
Why 52? Honestly, most races come in over the measured distance or you run off course and chalk up that extra couple of kilometres yourself. It’s all good. You’ll hurt more or less in the same proportion whether it’s 50 or 52 km.
I’m hoping to join a survey party December 2nd to test part of the course and report back just how horrible and grueling – er, I mean fun – this particular course may be to run.
Isenor – arguably one of Atlantic Canada’s top trail runners, and certainly one of its best trail running race directors and advocates – estimates it will take the top solo runner only eight hours to finish.
That’s for a top runner. Shivering in anticipation – or fear – yet?
The course will consist largely of double-track with some wooded sections of single-track and ski hill runs thrown into the mix. Wentworth is the site of numerous mountain bike races as well as the popular Sonofagunofa Trail Run, which Isenor also organizes, along with the fiendishly difficult Cuddly Coyote and Wascally Wabbit trail races.
Here are the details on the race: http://trailbugracing.blogspot.ca/
Training? I suggest you should have started that some time ago.
And just in case you didn’t catch the gist of the race’s name, Isenor says: “Have you ever been out for a run and thought, ‘Dude, I’m beat to snot?'”
No? Well, this one will give you the chance.