Yesterday, the Upper Midwest Trail Runners (UMTR) adopted its by-laws and became a going concern. They made me a board member and agreed to a plan for a series of ultramarathon trail races, the "Fab 5 Fifties." There will be official websites created for both, but until then, I'm willing to answer questions about them here.
Briefly, the series will 50 kilometer and 50 mile races and one's two best 50 milers and three best 50K's will be counted. I'll leave the scoring, entry info and other details for the official site. Pending approval of the race directors, the races will be:
50K: Chippewa Moraine, Trail Mix, Ice Age, Superior, Afton, Lean Horse and Glacial Trail.
50 Mile: Ice Age, Voyageur, Lean Horse, Superior Sawtooth 100 (50.5 mile split),
Superior Trail 50, Glacial Trail
By coincidence, it's possible to run all one's five races in Wisconsin or all in Minnesota.
(With apologies to Robert Frost) "Two paths diverged in a yellow wood and I took the road less traveled; that's the way course markings always go."
Most of this site will be devoted to my own training.
I'm going to try to run all of the series races, plus a few others. My schedule looks like:
April 12 Chippewa Moraine 50K
April 19 Trail Mix 50K
May 10 Ice Age 50M
May 17 Superior Trail 50K
June 7 Kettle Moraine 100M
July 5 Afton 50K
July 12 Half-Voyageur Marathon
July 26 Voyageur 50M
Aug. 23 Lean Horse 50K
Sep. 5 Superior Sawtooth 100M
Oct. 11 Glacial Trail 50M
That's more than 500 miles of trails! I'm no dirt-munching mileage junkie, either. My idea of a "technical" course involves negotiating a curb. I don't own a headlamp, don't live on gels and S-Caps and don't even have a decent pair of trail shoes. Add to that that I'm always injured or ill (I have a cold as I write this), and it should be quite an adventure.
I'll try to post weekly, update everyone on the series as it develops and, if you keep reading, I'll keep running.
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