Saturday, August 1, 2009

Burning River 100 Race Day

It's finally here! Race day for the 3rd Annual Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run.

Event Details:

Race Start: 5am SHARP at Squire's Castle within the Chagrin Reservation which is located east of Cleveland, OH.

Deadline to finish: 30 hours (11am on Sunday, August 2nd)

Course: The BR100 will travel for the first 13 miles on roads then switch to mostly trails for the rest of the event. It will pass through the Cleveland Metroparks (including the Bedford and Brecksville Reservations), Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and eventually (around Mile 89) the Summit MetroParks, ending at Falls River Square in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. If you are familiar with the Falls, the finish line is adjacent to the clock tower at Falls River Square, where many local events take place like Rockin' on the River.

After following the above link, you will see a listing of runners. They are listed in order of current running order. To search for someone more easily, you can click on the link at the top to list them alphabetically by FIRST name. As each runner enters an "aid station," a volunteer will be responsible for updating the webcast with the time. Please note: the times are elapsed times since 5am, NOT time of day. If you click on a runner's name, you will see a picture of him/her that was taken at Friday night's pre-race pasta dinner/meeting as well as their age, hometown and state.

Current forecast is for sunny skies and temps in the mid-80s. In other words: the weather is living up to the past two BR100s and will certainly present a challenge to many including myself. As night falls, the clouds are expected to roll in and temps will only get down to the mid-60s and most likely, high humidity.

Links are also at the top right of my blog for directions to the Boston Store Aid Station which falls at Miles 56 and 60.6. Marjie (my wife) will be volunteering there from 4pm - 8pm. I will arrive there once again 4.6 miles later. Best chance to catch me will be between 5:30pm and 8pm...but I recommend checking out the webcast for my current pace. There is also a link to the finish line area in Cuyahoga Falls. There will be a plethura of free parking on the street by the Sheraton but also in the blue and red parking decks a block away.

Thank you to so many of you for your on-going support this year as I ran my first 100 miler eight weeks ago at the Kettle Moraine 100 in Wisconsin and now, my 2nd attempt at the Burning River 100. (Here's my race report of the 2008 Burning River 100) There is only one goal this weekend: Achieve redemption at this event and cross that finish line.

Happy Trails, everyone!


Jerod Husvar said...

Margie just posted you finished! Congats, Nick!

Mark Carroll said...

Wonderful Race Nick! You looked terrific at Station Road and, apparently, you stayed strong the whole way! I can't wait to read about it!!!