GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
The sport of ultra running has changed significantly since Jim and I
began running 50K to 100-mile distances ten and fifteen years ago,
respectively -- and we're considered relative newbies by the folks that
were running them prior to that!
The biggest changes we've observed are in
the increasing number of runners, especially younger ones, and a
corresponding increase in the number of races. Veterans would also add
that there are fewer road and track ultras now and a much higher
percentage of trail races than there used to be back in the 1970s and
There are a number of reasons for the explosion, chief among them the
internet, publicity from high-profile runners like Dean Karnazes, and
simply word of mouth as friends tell friends just how much fun it is to
spend all day and/or night running in the woods or some other venue! Like every ultra runner
before them, newbies discover they really can run farther with
reasonable training than
they think is humanly possible.
It's an empowering, addictive discovery.
Now I happen to think the big increase in numbers of ultra runners is
generally A Good Thing for the runners and the sport. I'm all
about being healthy, setting goals high, and challenging myself and I
love it when I see others doing the same -- especially when over half
the adult population in this country is overweight or obese.
With more runners there has been an-almost corresponding increase in
the number of races available all over the country. We often hear about
new races and new twists to appeal to runners who may be jaded by the
It's hard to beat the scenery at the relatively new (3rd annual) Grand
Teton Runs held on Labor Day weekend in 2007. There is a marathon,
50-miler, and 100-miler. Photo by Sue
However, there's always a downside to just about anything,
right? Here's the "bad news" part of the equation:
in recent years it has become increasingly difficult to gain entry into
several very popular races.
This is interesting, considering the
hundreds of ultra marathons that are now available. But some have such
spectacular scenery, stellar reputations, and/or bragging-right appeal
that it's almost harder to get INTO them than it is to FINISH them.
Those are the ones I'm going to emphasize in this entry.
My first nineteen years of running were in the Atlanta area. I watched
first-hand as the Peachtree Road Race gained in popularity until it
reached its critical mass of 50,000 runners in the early or mid-1990s
and was capped at that huge number.
There's a good reason the Atlanta Track Club was the second-largest running club in the country
when I moved away in 1999; it had about
12,000 members then.
Why, besides being a, um,
Because all 12,000 members received early entry privileges into the
Peachtree Road Race! Non-members had to wait until the whole world knew
about it and scramble for the remaining spots. For many people it was
the only reason they joined the club. Only a couple hundred stalwarts ran or
volunteered regularly at the numerous other races the club held.
Jim and I first encountered the phenomenon in the ultra running world
when we entered the Leadville Trail 100-miler in 1999. I clearly
remember we each paid $16 for overnight delivery of our entries to
ensure we got in. Back then the race had begun to fill in just a week or
two and we were paranoid about not getting in since our entries had to
travel across several states. We did
get in and (at the time) didn't regret that delivery cost. You just do
what you have to do.
HOW RACES DEAL WITH MORE RUNNERS THAN SPOTS
There are various ways for race directors to address the issue of too
many runners wanting too few race slots.
The Leadville Trail management team dealt with it by
steadily increasing their numbers until last year they allowed over 600
runners to register, making it the largest 100-miler in the country.
But Leadville is an anomaly (in several ways!). The former Colorado mining
town needs tourism to stay alive, and every dollar Ken and Merilee can
bring in is applauded by most of the residents, even as they grumble
about "losing their town" to all the runners and cyclists invading
the little area every summer.
[Note: there is now yet another foot race in the
Leadville Trail series, the Silver Rush 50-Miler on July 20, 2008. I'm
just surprised it took this long to add a 50K or 50-miler to the other
six running and cycling events.]
Jim and Sue at the finish of LT 100 in 1999 Sue got pulled at 50
but Jim finished his first 100-miler there! Photo by Richard Neslund
Most races don't have the luxury of being able -- or allowed -- to
expand seemingly without limits, however. Most place restrictions on size
based on what the venue or race director/management team can comfortably
handle or they have governmental limitations on how many people can use
the public lands where the
race is run.
Across the Years is a good example of the former. You can see in
photos on the
website that the path around Nardini Manor sometimes gets
a bit crowded with "only" 60-some runners at any one time. It's obvious that
more people on the course wouldn't allow runners to freely run their
best race. Limiting numbers also allows the volunteers to provide
the high quality of service that they pride themselves on
giving at ATY. Other races sometimes limit the number of participants because
they can't get enough volunteers to handle more runners, the logistics just won't work with
more runners, or it would strain the whole system too much
Western States is the best recent example of races that are limited
in number by a governmental agency. There's been quite a lively
discussion on the internet ultra list following the early December
lottery for entry into next June's race. The race committee is bound by
the US Forest Service to limit the field to an average of 369 runners
each year (long story having to do with the Granite Chief Wilderness
Area and race management going over the USFS's head back in the early
1980s to run the Tevis Cup
and WS100 through the area).
Thirty-four seconds to go! Runners anxiously await
early morning start of the WS100 in June,
2004. Photo by Sue
After "two-time losers," former winners,
and other selected runners were put on the list this year, the chances
of the remaining hopefuls gaining entry through the open lottery
system were only
about one in six, the lowest odds ever. About 800 people who registered
didn't get in for 2008 and it doesn't look real optimistic in the future.
Western States is the ultra equivalent of the Boston Marathon. Its appeal
will probably always be there and many runners will want to do it at
least one time. Been there, done that.
This, despite the fact that there are upwards of FORTY 100-milers in
this country now and some have only a few dozen runners. It takes time
for quality races like The Bear 100 and the Grand Teton 100 to catch on.
Soon it might be nearly impossible to gain entry to those races, too.
SOME WAYS OVERLY-POPULAR RACES SELECT ENTRANTS
So how do these races cope with the problem if they can't expand the
field to accommodate all the runners who want in?
They resort to on-line registration, lotteries, or some other sort of
unique selection process.
1. ONLINE REGISTRATION
More and more ultra race directors are using online registration
with active.com and other services to make the entry process easier for
themselves and the runners (no checks involved). The process has gotten
frenetic in some races, however, with all the available slots filled in
a matter of MINUTES in some cases! The only way for the average runner
to get in is to know exactly when registration opens, have fast fingers,
and use anything but a slow dial-up connection.
You snooze, you lose. When the slots are filled, registration closes.
In 2003 I ran the popular 'Way Too Cool 50K in the vicinity of the
Western States course near Sacramento. California is Race Central for
ultras, with by far more races than any other state -- and a
corresponding glut of ultra runners. Fortunately for me, living in
Montana at the time, I didn't have to mail in an entry that would get
there later than all the locals' entries. I was at the computer and
ready to zap my entry as quickly as I could fill in the information (I studied the application early so I'd know what information I
It worked. The race filled up within minutes and I was
IN. We had a great trip to the race but it's not one we plan to run
repeatedly. California is a long way from Virginia!
Jim took this photo of me at an aid station at the 2003 'Way Too Cool
His oldest son, Jim, Jr., is in the center.
We also have experience with two 100-milers in the East that have become
so popular they fill up within a few hours or days: Umstead in NC
and Massanutten in VA. Runners must enter as soon as entries open
(several months before the races) to have any chance of getting in -- or
even being placed on a wait list. Of course, a lot can happen in six
or eight months, so runners who gain entry initially may not be able to
run the races. At least these two races offer refunds with advance
notice of withdrawal so you don't lose all your entry fee. That's still
fairly uncommon with races, and we appreciate the option.
Jim registered for Massanutten last winter before having any
first-hand knowledge of the course. He knew it would fill up quickly. He got in. Then
he did the first VHTRC training run on the course. He hated all the rocks
and promptly withdrew so someone on the wait list would have plenty of
time to train. Jim entered knowing 1) he could withdraw later without
wasting a coveted slot (since there's a waiting list) and 2) he could
get most of his money back if he gave adequate notice..
Massanutten rocks, literally and figuratively, during a training run
1-14-07. Photo by Sue
We both registered for the April, 2008 Umstead race this past August
when the entries came out. The race closed quickly in 2007 when Jim
entered the first time and we knew
we'd better get our dibs in early for the coming year's race. Then I injured my knee and subsequently got
the bad news that I'm bone-on-bone in one knee and nearly so in the
other. My running days now have a definite limit and running another
100-miler so soon after ATY is not an option any more. I withdrew
after my MRI results, got my money back, and someone else slid into my spot.
They have plenty of time to train for the race. I'm happy, they're
happy. (Thanks, Blake and Joe!)
Jim comes into the start/finish area during Umstead 2007. Hannah
wife of co-RD Joe Lugiano, tirelessly helps with timing all day and
night. Photo by Sue
Unfortunately for runners, the majority of races do NOT refund entry fees
if you're unable to run the race and many don't have wait lists, either. Race
directors with no wait lists probably count on a certain attrition rate to get
the number of starters down to where they really want it.
Different races, different philosophies and willingness to deal with the
extra work that both options entail.
The use of lotteries is becoming increasingly common in
overly-popular races. There is a certain time period in which runners
may submit their applications, usually through the mail, and a drawing
is held. Some lotteries are open to the public, such as Western States.
Others are in-house and announced later, such as ATY. We've won some
lotteries and lost at least one.
We lucked out in the Western States lottery the only two times
we tried to enter the race. We both got in on our first try in 2001
and Jim repeated in 2004. I know people who seem to "win" the WS lottery
every year, and others who've used the "two-time loser"
option one or more times to get in (after "losing" the lottery twice in a row, the runner
is automatically entered the next year as long as he or she qualifies
again and jumps through all the proper hoops).
Jim wasn't so lucky with Wasatch this year, however. He ran and
finished the race in 2002 when it wasn't as difficult to enter. But as
it gained popularity, the approximate 125 slots filled so quickly the RD
instituted a lottery for the 2007 race and Jim didn't make it in with
about 50-50 odds. His consolation letter indicated he'd have double the
chance to get into the 2008 race. He hasn't decided whether to try again
or not. It's tempting, since his odds are better this time than last.
I don't know whether I prefer the odds of speed-registration online
or taking my chances in a lottery for races like this that fill up so
fast. There are advantages and disadvantages to each method.
3. OTHER SELECTION VARIATIONS
Two of the most unique entry procedures for super-popular ultras
with which we are familiar are for the Hardrock Hundred and Across the
Years 24-, 48-, and 72-Hour Runs.
For several years Hardrock has used a very complicated selection
process to fill its 130 or so slots. Because the race traverses
sensitive alpine and sub-alpine terrain, it's critical to keep the
number low. But it's such a beautiful, difficult, and well-managed race
that double or triple the number of runners who are able to meet the
strict qualifying standards apply than there are available slots to
fill. Fortunately, there is a wait list and usually another 20-30
runners can usually get in during the six months between selection (January) and
race day (July).
Lynn DiFiore took this picture of us waiting at Grant-Swamp Pass for
Hardrock runners to climb up the insanely-steep trail. 7-14-07.
Hardrock's selection process involves "tickets." The more tickets
runners have, the better their chances of gaining entry. You can read
the entire drill on the
Hardrock website if interested in the
Here's my simplified explanation of the selection process. The
more times runners have participated in the race, the better their
chances of getting in again -- whether they finished the race or not.
Top finishers receive more tickets than other finishers or
non-finishers. Runners who participate on two trail work days (which is
hard work!) receive a ticket. And runners who do a significant amount of
other volunteer work, such as captaining an aid station, receive one or
On lottery day, runners with the most tickets have the highest
chance of getting into the race. Those with only one or two have the
lowest chance of being chosen, just like in any lottery or raffle. Since it's a game of chance, some folks with
several tickets don't get in and some with only one do get in.
It's pure luck. Being a previous winner doesn't even guarantee entry
into the race. Just ask David Horton (from a safe distance!).
Jim has vacillated in his desire to run Hardrock but we both love
hanging out in Silverton and helping with the race. He knew that being
an aid station captain would probably garner him a ticket if he ever
decided to run the race so he volunteered to co-captain the Cunningham
aid station with Dave Coblentz in 2006. I was also very involved with it
(part of the marriage vow, you know?). That year Cunningham was open for
about 21 hours because it was the last aid station (this difficult race
has a 48-hour time limit). Jim and I put in many hours of work before
and after the race, too.
Giant Tinker Toy? Sue helps Jimmie Wrublick (in black) set up our aid
station tent at Cunningham on 7-9-07. Photo by Jim
Jimmie Wrublick holds the tent up while Jim (rear) and a passing Hardrock
runner (showing his crew where to go on race day) try to find a missing
link. Photo by Sue on 7-9-07
This past summer Jim was sole captain of Cunningham with me as
assistant. Our duties required as many hours before and after the race
as it did last year even though we were the first aid station this
time and not open nearly
as long during the race (direction is changed on the race loop each year). Jim also put in four
full days of trail work on the course to earn two more tickets. So now
he has four tickets and a decent chance to gain entry if he ever wants to run Hardrock and can qualify for it.
Cunningham AS on the first day of the 2007 Hardrock Hundred.
Above, front row: Lynn DiFiore,
Lianne Jollon, Brent, Chris Gerber. Back row: Paul Ralyea, Gary
Rieder, David and Trilby Gordon, Scott Brockmeier, Joe Lugiano, Mike
Rutledge, Steve Stull, Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil. I don't remember
who took the photo of our fine staff.
But even if Jim never decides to run Hardrock we'll still volunteer our time
at this race because it is so much fun and we want to help maintain the
quality of the race for the runners. It's not easy to find experienced
volunteers who will come back every year to work a race. We've also put in
a lot of hours at Leadville and
several other races over the years.
There are numerous entries and photos in this
journal from 2006 and 2007 regarding both of these races and nearby
trails. Just go to the topics pages for each year on the frame at left.
GAINING ENTRY TO ACROSS THE YEARS (ATY)
I mentioned ATY in the section above regarding more
"unique" entry procedures. Since it's our next big race let me explain
how we got in.
ATY is an exceptionally well-run event that has become so popular in
the last couple of years that it is nearly impossible for a first-time participant to gain entry
unless they're adopted by the "ATY Family" or get extremely lucky in the
race's lottery. Lynn Newton describes it well in his 2006
race report (he's run all three distances, and the 72-hour event the
last six years):
" . . . The 2006 edition will be known as the year of the ATY
Family. The race has numerous participants who return faithfully year
after year. These include runners who are not exactly in the elite
category. Elite and big name runners are as welcome as anyone else to
sign up for the race, but it is current official ATY protocol *not* to
cater to or attempt to attract them, certainly not in preference to the
roster of loyal supporters that return annually. Forty runners have run
the race between five and fourteen times. Race founder Harold Sieglaff
has done it 23 times. Needless to say, there will always be a place for
Harold as long as he wishes to continue running.
After last year's race the organizers realized we had a megahit on
our hands. If the race was to have open enrollment as in the past, it
would sell out in minutes, with many of our old friends being left
behind. Not good.
Therefore, at a committee meeting some parameters were set by means
of which we defined a list of runners we call the ATY Family. We
extended advance private invitations to them in May to register for the
race. The response was overwhelming and immediate. By the time general
registration opened, there were only five race spots still available.
Within ten minutes of opening we detected fifteen people hitting the web
site attempting to get those spots. Prudently, we also arranged for a
waiting list, and before long we had to stop taking additions to that as
As race day approached cancellations enabled a few more new ones to
participate. A quick visual check indicates about 20 new ones of 105
total runners, with at least four of those being relatives of veteran
The next race we intend to switch to a lottery system to choose runners.
No matter what happens, some people will be left out because there are
stringent limits to the number of people that available resources will
support . . . "
Mark Dorian and John Geesler run by the manor
house in the 2006 race. Photographer unknown.
Fast-forward to 2007. In a letter to the internet ultra list on
August 7, Lynn wrote the following about enrollment in this year's race:
" . . . We [the ATY committee] have also agreed not to discuss the
criteria by which selection was made, other than in these general terms:
Some runners were invited, including some long-time friends of ATY, and
also some new ones; and some people were selected by means of a weighted
lottery. The results are what you see.
We are excited to see the best field ever in the race for this year.
At the same time, it has been difficult for us. I believe I speak for
all the core organizers in saying that it breaks our hearts that we are
unable to enroll everyone who registered, excluding even a few people
who have run with us on several occasions, and others who I know were
deeply hopeful of getting in.
There *is* a waiting list for those people who wish to be on it, so no
one who wanted to get in is entirely without hope of yet making it . .
Some of the flags representing runners' states and
countries. Runners wear a bib with their names and state flags on their
backs (butts!) for easy identification by other runners.
Jim and I fall under the category of new-ones-who-were-invited-to-participate for the first time and I'll explain how that happened
because it illustrates so beautifully how volunteering at ultras is a
win-win situation for everyone involved.
SO HOW'D WE GET INTO ATY?
Some luck in our timing, and a lot of hard work!
Although there are several key members of the ATY committee who make
decisions affecting the race,
host and ultra runner Rodger Wrublick has considerable sway. Rodger built the path at
Nardini Manor that is now used as the ATY course
specifically for this race several years ago when the race was at a
critical juncture. Without the Wrublick's generous offer to provide a more
permanent venue, the race may have been discontinued. Instead, it has
become wildly popular because of all the reasons noted in my last entry
The Wrubliks have also become heavily "invested" in the Hardrock
Hundred race. Rodger loves running and being otherwise involved with that race so much that he and Tana decided
to make Silverton, Colorado their second home (they
may consider it their main home now). They even purchased and now
manage the old Wyman
Part of Jim's group doing trail work on Handies Mountain 7-7-07 for
Hardrock. Photo by Jim
Jim and I
got to know the Wrublicks and their young adult son, Jimmie, in July at the Hardrock race while we were sharing multiple volunteer tasks
described above. One day while Jim was working with Rodger he mentioned our interest in ATY
without any clue as to how difficult it is to get into the race. Lo and
Rodger invited us to enter because of all
the volunteering we've done at Hardrock and other ultras. We thought
about it for, oh, about five seconds and said we'd LOVE to participate!
ATY has been on our list of races to do for several years. We
considered entering in 2002 but decided not to. We don't remember the
reason now, but we still have a file with race and training information
and e-mails to and from Lynn Newton and RD Paul Bonnett regarding the
race that year. Entry wasn't difficult back then. Entry became difficult
soon after the race moved to Nardini Manor! But we didn't know that.
have worked ATY over the years or have otherwise demonstrated their willingness to
"give back to the sport" at other races are given top priority
for entry into ATY. So are runners who have shown their loyalty to ATY or the
Javelina Jundred that Jimmie directed for a couple years.
Needless to say, we feel very honored to even be IN this prestigious
race and we want to do well there for a lot of reasons. We've trained
hard for it. And when we aren't sleeping or running our respective
24-hour races we'll be working several six-hour shifts throughout the
holiday weekend, helping out wherever we are needed.
Beautiful sunset over the canal adjacent to Nardini
Manor at ATY.
Photo taken by Don Charles Lundell at the 2006
ATY is both a reward for past hard work and an opportunity to become
involved with another high-quality race. I can't think of a better way
to celebrate the New Year or our seventh wedding anniversary on New
Year's Day than this!
TIPS FOR GAINING ENTRY INTO
There are ultras for everyone, from low-key "no fee, no shirt, no
whining" Fat Ass-style runs (popular in early January!) to big,
expensive, glitzy affairs like Western States -- and everything in
between. Jim and I have sampled the entire range and love the diversity.
We're game to try just about any race once.
Some folks eschew races with too many rules and high fees and large
numbers of runners, preferring more "pure" runs with less hoopla. Others
are intrigued by one or more races that have become so popular it's
almost impossible to gain entry -- and they'd like to get in at least
one time to see what all the fuss is about -- or they have done it
previously and KNOW why it's a great race, but they have problems
getting in now because the race has gotten too popular.
How do they get in?
With considerable advance planning and a lotta
Runners who have been doing marathons the past few years are probably
more familiar with races closing in a few minutes or hours than people
like us who have run primarily ultras the last 10-15 years. This is a
more recent phenomenon in the ultra world. Although Jim and I pretty
much lucked out with our timing regarding ATY, we've had to use our O-C
planning skills in recent years to get into some of our races on time.
We've learned some
important lessons about getting into races with more
interested runners than available slots and share some coping strategies
1. Understand which races are the most difficult to enter (due to
numbers, not qualifying standards) and plan your race schedule well
ahead, sometimes by as much as a year or two. Some of these races can sneak up on
you when you've had plenty of time previously to enter but suddenly the
race fills up much more quickly the next time -- and you inadvertently
miss getting in. Some race directors will
notify the internet ultra list when a race is almost full, but most
don't. If you want to run a particular race really badly, enter ASAP
when registration opens, then cross your fingers that you don't get
Scheduling so far in advance can be tricky. If you think it's a pain
in the rear to figure out all the logistics for five or six ultras a
year, try scheduling an ultra almost every weekend like Rob Apple! This
guy has to be the most prolific ultra racer in modern history. In the past few
years he's wracked up over 500 ultra finishes from one coast to the other
at distances from 50K to 100 miles. He
recently ran race #504 at Mountain Masochist:
L to R: Bill Turrentine, the ever-smiling Rob Apple, RD David Horton,
and Bill Gentry right after finishing the Mountain Masochist 50-miler
11-3-07. Photo by Sue
Imagine the spread sheet Rob needs to accomplish this feat! All those
race entry requirements and other details, all the travel arrangements. And he's always got a huge
smile on his face! He's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
Remember Rob the next time you get frustrated trying to get into a
2. Know the details of the selection criteria/process of the
super-popular race(s) you want to enter. When do
entries open? close? Do fees increase closer to the time of the race? Do
you need to run one of a specific list of races to qualify (as for Hardrock)? Do you need a particular time and/or distance in a qualifier?
What is the time period in which you must qualify? (Latter two are
pertinent to Western States, e.g.) Is there a volunteer
requirement? What are the details of that?
You get the idea. Do your homework. Arm yourself with relevant information so you're
ready for a lightning-fast online registration process or to have all the proper
documentation for a lottery drawing.
3. If you can send in a SASE to receive early-entry information and
an application, use that option. You might be able to fill out an
envelope at the end of the race for early notification the next year.
Some RDs send courtesy notices or applications to folks who ran the race
the prior year before opening entry to everyone else.
4. Consider running and volunteering at your favorite race each year
so you become part of the race "family." As you've seen, some very
popular races like ATY and Hardrock highly value that loyalty and
Mendota Ridge / Virginius Pass trail work for Hardrock, 7-3-07. Photo by
5. Know whether you can get a refund if real life (injury, illness,
work or family commitments, etc.) intrudes on your race plans and you
can't run the race. Are you willing to sign up six months in advance and
lose your $200 entry fee? Is there a final withdrawal date to receive a
full or partial refund?
6. Consider whether you want to get on a waiting list if you aren't
initially selected for the race. Some ultra-popular races have wait
lists (like Hardrock, ATY, and Massanutten) and some don't (such as
Wasatch and Western States). Find out how many people from the wait list
got in the previous year or two. If you're high enough up to possibly
get in, train for the race (or another one close in time) and hope for
the best. I've seen runners from the Hardrock wait list get the go-ahead
to run just a few hours before this grueling race!
Don't enter a race frivolously if there is no wait list. If you
aren't serious about training adequately to finish the race, it's not
kosher to take the spot of someone who is. That doesn't mean you're
selfish if you trained, did your best, and DNF'd or missed your goal. That's entirely different. It doesn't matter as much if there is
a wait list and you withdraw in a timely manner when you realize you
aren't prepared to do justice to the race -- another person can
take your spot if you give adequate notice. And it doesn't matter at all if anyone
who wants to enter can get into the
race. I'm talking about the races that have two or
three times the interest as availability.
7. Play by all of the rules.
If the race policy is "no refunds," don't ask for one even if there's a
death in your family!! RDs have innumerable expenses, some not obvious
to the runners, and most of them aren't in it for a profit. Some end up
using personal funds to cover expenses. And if it IS
a business for profit, like Leadville, you are even less likely
to get a refund -- they are there to make money.
Scott Jurek (in yellow shirt) helps other Hardrock volunteers with
trail work in the Bear Creek area above Ouray on 7-5-07, several days
before he set a new course record. Photo by Jim
8. Races aren't democracies. If you don't like the rules of a
find another race instead of griping or trying to change the rules for
your personal benefit. Better yet, start your own race and make your
9. If you don't get into a popular race because you lost the
lottery or didn't/couldn't do the online registration fast enough,
learn from the experience and choose from among the dozens or hundreds
of other interesting ultras in this country. Some of the best are
virtually unknown. Try a newer race (although doing one the very first
year involves some risks) or one totally different than what you've done
before -- such as we're doing in a few days at ATY. Or make up your own
adventure run somewhere interesting, either alone, with a crew, or with
buddies. Those can be more fun than "real" races. Be creative
10. Remember that gorgeous view of the west side of the Grand Tetons
near the beginning of this entry? (Yeah, I know that was a good while
ago because this is insanely long!) That is but one of many awesome scenes along the Grand Teton Runs
course. Here's my last tip: these races (a trail marathon,
50-miler, and 100-miler) are gems and I predict they will all become
difficult to enter before long. You can see lots of photos from the
course in the journal entries I wrote in early September. Get in while
how two mountain trail runners (us!) trained to
run and walk for 24 hours on a flat, looped course at ATY
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil, Cody, and
© 2007 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil