Welcome to the Official Site of the Fort Clinch 100 and 50 Mile Endurance Runs

Registration for the April 26th, 2014 event is open! Ultrasignup.com

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The Fort Clinch 100 and 50 Mile Endurance Run is a true destination event. The race takes place entirely inside Fort Clinch State Park on the north end of Amelia Island. With it’s rich, diverse history, opportunities for a wide range of outdoor recreation, shopping, dining, gorgeous Atlantic ocean sunrises, and stunning sunsets over the Amelia River, the island is an absolute gem tucked away in the very north east corner Florida. Having been occupied by 8 different forces over the past several hundred years, its also known as the Isle of Eight Flags, and was once a haven for pirates.

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More Intuition Ale Works I-10 IPA, WENCH! AAAAAYYYYEE!!

The Fort Clinch 100 is the first race in what will eventually become the Isle of Eight Flags Ultra Series. The 2014 race will include the FC100 and the FC50 Mile. The series will eventually include a 12 and 24 hour race; and the IEF 100k and 50k.

A part of the park system since 1935, Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps began preserving and rebuilding many of the structures of the abandoned fort.

The Fort Clinch 100 is a challenging, but runable, multi-surface 10 mile loop that will test both road and trail runners alike. It is a mix between roughly 5.7 miles of continually undulating, twisting, mostly shaded oak hammock single track trail; over 3 miles of paved road; about .5 miles of semi-packed sandy beach; and roughly 1 mile of boardwalk and Florida’s longest concrete fishing pier. The trail runs through forest that grew on top of ancient sand dunes, so the hills are very short but steep and tend to come one right after another. The road sections tend to be false flats. The sand sections add to the challenge but are still runable if you do it right (the secret is not pushing of to hard when you run). The solid concrete pier will beat up your legs, but is beautiful. Listen to the sounds of sea birds and waves crashing as you run out over the Atlantic. Added up over 100 miles the cumulative gain is somewhere around 8000′. It is not a technically difficult course, but will wear you out before you realize it is happening if you do not respect it. It is NOT as flat as it appears.

You are likely to see plenty of wild life on the trail: bobcats, alligators, raccoons, armadillos, white-tailed deer, fireflies, horseshoe crabs and various species of shorebirds. If you’re lucky, while running on the beach section of the course, looking north across Cumberland Sound, you may see wild horses on the beach at the south end of Cumberland Island National Seashore or bottle nosed dolphins swimming through the inlet.

The 2014 FC100 is set for the weekend of April 26th.

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Princeton Tec Headlamps and the Fort Clinch 100

Princeton Tec is a premier manufacturer of lighting systems. With nearly 40 years of experience, and hand built in New Jersey, they provide some of the highest quality lamps you’ll find on the market today. And at reasonable prices! I own two PTEC lamps, second and third gen Apex Pros, and they are the nicest I’ve ever owned. One of the things that sold me on PTEC is their Constant Brightness feature. Princeton Tec lights that feature regulated LEDs have a sophisticated regulating circuit that maintains initial brightness as long as the batteries have sufficient voltage. Traditional lights are very bright initially, but immediately begin to dim and continue to dim until the batteries are drained. I thought this was awesome.

With all the attention a certain European based company has been getting in the trail and ultra world, I was dismayed to see this smaller, but just as innovative, company being overlooked. I really wanted to give them some exposure and approached them at the beginning of this year about jumping on a sponsor of the Fort Clinch 100:PTECFBWithin a few days, they responded. They loved my ideas for the race and I hashed out some details with the rep over the next couple months. Now I’m excited to announce that PTEC is providing these awesome lamps as prizes for the top finishers in the 50 and 100 mile:

1st MALE and FEMALE- 100 Mile: APEX PRO 

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275 Lumens. 4 settings. 173 grams. 35 hour burn time.

“When you need the power, versatility, and ruggedness of our Apex headlamp, but your adventures require a lighter weight, you need the Apex Pro. Over 100 grams lighter than our original Apex, the lighter and faster Apex Pro was designed with the unique and ever evolving needs of professional athletes and extreme adventurers in mind. The Apex Pro is powered by 2 CR123 lithium batteries protected in a highly durable and waterproof casing. Built for professionals, perfect for all users.”

2nd MALE and FEMALE- 100 Mile: VIZZ

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165 Lumens. 3 distinct beam profiles. 150 hour burn time. 92 grams.

“The Vizz is feature-loaded with three distinct beam profiles easily accessed via a simple press, hold, or double press of the button. One Maxbright LED creates a powerful 165 lumen spot beam for long-throw illumination, a pair of white Ultrabright LEDs deliver a dimmable flood beam, and two red Ultrabright LEDs handle close-range lighting while preserving night adjusted vision. When not in use the Vizz can be locked to prevent accidental turn on, and the translucent switch acts as a low battery indicator. As with all of PTEC Professional Series headlamps, the Vizz is waterproof (IPX7) and is equipped with regulated circuitry making the Vizz lithium battery compatible.”

1st MALE and FEMALE- 50 Mile: REMIX

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125 Lumens. 2 beam patterns. 200 hour burn time. 83 grams.

“The Remix is equipped with an asymmetrical single arm bracket, easily accessible battery door enclosure, and large push button switch. Combine these features with a simple & lightweight design and you have a headlamp built to perform in any environment. Whether your requirements call for long distance spotting, or close range area light, the Remix is up to the task with a combination of a single Maxbright LED and 3 Ultrabright LEDs. The end result; true versatility in a compact, water resistant, and self-contained package.”

2nd MALE and FEMALE- 50 Mile: EOS

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105 Lumens. 120 hour burn time. 105 grams.

“One of Princeton Tec’s most popular headlamps, the durable EOS is an outdoorsman’s dream come true. With a single long-throw maxbright LED encased in a rugged, molecular bonded, watertight housing, the EOS is up to any challenge that a trail, work site, slope, or stream will throw at you. Four output modes (high, medium, low, and flash) allow the EOS to keep its regulated brightness while the batteries remain at optimum levels. The EOS is also available in the following models: EOS Tactical, EOS II, EOS Industrial, and EOS Bike.”

Whether you are looking for lights for running, climbing, cycling, tactical, scuba, or industrial applications, they have them all. Check them out!Wide

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The Velocity Distance Project Store

Velocity Distance Project

Velocity Distance Project

We are excited to officially welcome Velocity Distance Project on board as a supporter of this year’s Fort Clinch 100! VDP is a premier running and outdoor retailer located in Columbia, SC. During race check in and throughout the FC100 event weekend, VDP will have a booth set up with product on display, and for purchase, including our official race sports drink, Tailwind Nutrition. Check out their online store. Best of all, Fort Clinch participants will be receiving a coupon code for 20% off everything in the store, except GPS watches!

The Velocity Distance Project Store is located in Columbia, SC

The Velocity Distance Project Store is located in Columbia, SC

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Packs and hydration needs

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Recovery and injury prevention

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In-race nutrition

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Pre and post race nutrition

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Lots and lots of shoes!

ABOUT US

VDP Multipsort Company is so much more than a shoe store.  From the moment you walk through the front door, we want your customer experience to be the best. We bring you through a gait analysis, make recommendations for your running shoes, walking shoes and running clothing needs.  We carry accessories to help you before, during and after your run.  We carry all the top brands such as Hoka, Altra, Inov-8, Salomon and Saucony running and walking shoes.  We will make recommendations to help you to enjoy your run.  We offer training programs and coaching so you can go from zero to 5K Hero in 12 weeks, run a 10k, run a half or full marathon, and beyond,.  We are dedicated and committed to helping you reach your fitness goals.  Come visit us today and check out all the brands we carry here.

We also feature:

Metabolic & Performance Testing

VDP Multisport Company offers complete metabolic testing services including body composition, caloric requirements, VO2 Max, heart rate zone, and stride and gait analysis testing and assessments.

We use the New Leaf Active Metabolic TrainingSM and treadmill equipment.

Once available only to elite and Olympic competitors, athletes of all levels can now obtain the same metabolic and performance assessments using the New Leaf Active Metabolic Training SM system. We can accurately measure your metabolic profile and integrate the data when developing athletic protocols specific to your needs. We provide numerous training programs to help you achieve superior results to provide you the competitive edge.

What Can VDP Scientific Testing Do For You?:

  • Establish accurate heart rate zones to train your body to be aerobically efficient
  • Monitor your body’s adaptation to training
  • Ensure you are using the correct intensity to prevent injuries and gain optimal performance
  • Modify training programs according to your progress to enhance results
  • Determine your nutritional needs for maximum training and performance during competition

Testing & Evaluation Options

Resting & Exercise Metabolic Test Package $250
Exercise Metabolic Test $99
Resting Metabolic Test $99
Video Stride Analysis $75
Video Gait Analysis $75
Video Gait & Stride Analysis Combo $125
Sportsmetrics Injury Prevention Screening $50
Metabolic Testing Kit  $55

- See more at: http://velocitydistanceproject.com/coaching-and-clubs/metabolic-performance-testing/#sthash.CVCv5F6S.dpuf

 

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Tailwind Nutrition at the Fort Clinch 100!

I’m excited to formally announce that Tailwind Nutrition is the official sports drink of the Fort Clinch 100 will be at all the aid stations! Tastes great, and best of all, wont upset your gut while you run. My good friend Ashley Walsh recently won the Pistol 100 running on Tailwind Nutrition almost exclusively. LOVE this stuff…

WHY TAILWIND

All you need, all day. Really.

I created Tailwind for racing the Leadville 100. It’s designed to overcome the nutrition problems faced by endurance athletes in events like 50′s, 100′s, 24-hour, and multi-day epics. Tailwind combines complete fuel, hydration, and electrolytes in a tasty drink that won’t turn your stomach into a brick. Read on to learn how Tailwind helps athletes get endurance nutrition right.

Complete Energy+Electrolytes+Hydration

Ditch the gels, bars, chews, and pills and go all day with just Tailwind.

Tailwind mixes with water to meet your calorie, hydration, and electrolyte needs, no matter how big a day’s in front of you. Deliberately mild, customers describe the flavors as “clean” and “light” with a mouth feel as close to water as you can get while still meeting your nutrition needs.

Your hydration pack will love Tailwind too. Tailwind dissolves completely on contact with water and cleans up with a quick rinse. No film, no lingering aftertaste, no gooey mess.

Better Absorption

Tailwind’s glucose/sucrose fuel takes advantage of how our bodies absorb nutrients. The combination of Tailwind’s fuel, electrolytes, and water has a synergistic effect, allowing the body to absorb more of each. Once in the bloodstream, the glucose in Tailwind fuels muscles directly, allowing athletes to go longer at higher intensities.

Tailwind’s electrolyte profile mimics what you’re sweating out. Tailwind is all you need. Go ahead and donate those electrolyte pills to a good cause. You won’t need them anymore (and you won’t need to buy them!).

Easy on Your Gut

The three most traumatic moments in my stomach’s career: Spring Break Palm Springs ’91, Lechuguilla at the bottom of the Copper Canyon ‘93, and Gel #6 Leadville ’04. No more! Sipping Tailwind is like having the wind at your back, not like a kick in the gut at mile 45.

Not all stomachs can handle the sticky sweetness or hard-to-digest molecules found in most nutrition products. We’ve been there, and we’re just grateful there’s only one video. Sipping Tailwind provides steady, small doses of fuel that pass right through the stomach. The composition of Tailwind’s fuel matches what the gut is made to absorb, so Tailwind enters your system quickly, without taxing the digestive tract.

Did we mention that Tailwind is made from all natural ingredients and organic flavors? It mixes crystal clear and tastes light and clean, so you can drink it all day. Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives are so 1992.

Value

We get it that performance matters more than price when it comes to nutrition, but why pay more than what you need to? Check out some math for a 10-hour race (2500 calories at 250/hour):

Tailwind 2500 calories Tailwind = $17.50 Electrolytes = included Total = $17.50

Nutrition named after a hand tool 1600 calories from drink = $11.20 1 gel/hr (900 cal) = $14 2 electrolyte pills per hour = $3.40 Total = $28.60

Not needing a spreadsheet to keep track of nutrition? Priceless.

What About Protein?

We researched it. We tested it. We asked experts about it, so you don’t have to. Protein during exercise doesn’t improve endurance, but it does correlate with GI distress.

Studies show no significant endurance difference between carb-only and carb-protein drinks. Protein is hard to digest and can shut down your digestive tract during exercise. It can also slow the absorption of carbohydrates needed to rebuild glycogen stores during the critical recovery window. For these reasons, protein’s not included in Tailwind. Want to dive deeper? Check out JoeFrielsBlog.com here and another article here.

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100 Mile and 50 Mile Finisher Awards!

Check it out!

The awards for Fort Clinch finishers!

100 Milers: antique brass buckle.

Fort Clinch 100 Finisher Buckle

Fort Clinch 100 Finisher Buckle

50 milers: Custom leather belt with small personalized buckle. As you finish, my friend Bryon from People’s Leather will be on site to stamp your name and finish time on the buckle. He does great leather work. Check out his stuff at http://www.peoples-leather.com/

50 Mile Finishers also receive a buckle with the belt, although not quite as fancy.

50 Mile Finishers also receive a buckle with the belt, although not quite as fancy.

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50 Mile finisher award

For those of you who already have a 100 mile buckle from previous years, come get a matching belt!

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The Fort Clinch 100 goes Gaelic with Sport Kilt: Because a Man in a Kilt is a Man and a Half!

Do you know why they call it a kilt? Because that’s what they did to people who called it a skirt. They kilt them! Haha Heyoooooo! And Sport Kilt is, probably, partnering up with the Fort Clinch 100 and I’m too excited not to say something.

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The Flying Sweeney in his Sport Kilt at the 2013 Born to Run Ultras Beer Mile. Photo by Gareth Mackay


“Our mission is to continue to lead the casual-kilt revolution by providing customers with high quality casual kilts and accessories, at exceptional prices, accompanied by outstanding service.”

How It All Began: (History)

Founded in 1995, Sport Kilt is the very first company to begin making casual kilts in the USA. We took the traditional kilt concept and crafted a casual kilt using modern materials. It is a perfect fit for the needs of Highland Athletes and casual-kilt aficionados alike. Sport Kilt offers an option for people looking for a tartan (plaid) kilt that is less expensive, comfortable, lighter, and durable, yet machine washable. Athletes around the world love competing in Sport Kilts and, as a result, we have earned the endorsement of the Scottish American Athletic Association. Kilts are becoming increasingly popular for everyday wear, and we are proud to be the leader of that trend.

With an increasing selection of tartans, including our own brand of original designs, Sport Kilts cost about one tenth that of the traditional wool kilt. This, coupled with their simple good looks, comfort and craftsmanship, make them ideal for having fun in a kilt. Sport Kilts are worn at Highland Games, Rock concerts, Celtic Festiivals, Coffee shops, restaurants, dog-shows (no kidding!) and beyond.

Besides the Original Sport Kilt, we constantly strive to upgrade our product line and as a result developed the popular Boulder, Commando, “The Works” and a specialty Hiking Kilt made from of a unique, super-lightweight, quick drying micro-fiber material to satisfy the desires of hikers and runners. Available options include hidden pockets, sewn down pleats, belt loops, a fringed edge on the front panel, side pockets, and leather buckle straps.

Every Sport Kilt is made in the USA of machine washable polyester viscose blend fabric

Sport Kilts aren’t just for grown men either! We offer a variety of kilts for women and children. (Parents will particularly appreciate a garment that is “durable and washable”.

In addition to our complete line of kilts, Sport Kilt offers an excellent selection of accessories to compliment the kilt wearer: including sporrans, kilt pins, belts, shirts, and other items.

People often choose Sport Kilt for their first kilt due to our quick turn-around time and low prices. Many customers come back for more kilts and accessories after being satisfied with our products and services.

We cater to individuals looking to wear a kilt that is stylish, comfortable, and modern, while celebrating our Celtic roots.

From athletes to artists and from carpenters to and trend-setters, we’ve always said that you don’t have to be Scot or Irish to wear a Sport Kilt!

Give us a call, we’re always happy to talk all things kilts! (562) 427-3232 or 1-800-451-KILT”

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VFuel partners with The Fort Clinch 100!

We are super excited to now have VFuel on as a partner with the race! VFuel gels will be available at our aid stations.

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About VFuel:

“THE VFUEL ADVANTAGE

What makes VFuel different? What is in this endurance gel that separates it from the many others available? Are these differences substantial and will the endurance athlete greatly benefit from using VFuel over other gels?

These are questions that, among many others, we asked ourselves when deciding whether or not to bring VFuel to you, the endurance athlete. There are quite a few gels on the market today and many have served a good purpose. However, as more people enter endurance based sports, and as more people see the benefits of fueling with energy gels, the more folks are learning about what their bodies can handle given the right support and proper nutrition.

Every ingredient in VFuel serves a specific purpose in an effort to fuel you in the best ways possible.


TASTE

We flavor our gel using natural sources. Yes, it may be more expensive (on our end) but we know it’s worth it. In our Chocolate we use only organic, non-alkalized, real cocoa powder and a hint of pure, real vanilla. In vanilla only real and pure vanilla is used. In our peach cobbler VFuel we use organic natural peach flavor to get as close to the real flavor as possible, then we add a dash of ground cinnamon. There are no frills, no synthetic blending of ‘flavors,’ and no additives to make our gel taste the way we want it.


QUALITY

Of course we are going to say that we are using quality ingredients. But we challenge you to see the difference for yourself. We tested hundreds of different ingredient sources to create VFuel Endurance Gel. For example, we tested 10 different kinds of maltodextrin, 8 different sources of vanilla (Mexican,Madagascar, Indonesian, vanilla blends, etc…), and many different cocoa sources, just to name a few, in an effort to present you with the highest quality ingredients. We didn’t sacrifice quality for cost on any ingredient.


PERFORMANCE

VFuel performs. Period. But we can make claims all day long and it won’t compare to actually experiencing the difference. You can read reviews from very happy customers on our facbook page, from bloggers across the internet, and from all of our athletes (who’s only requirement is to truly believe in the product). But again, nothing will do it justice until you try it for yourself.

VFuel Endurance Gel will provide you with truly consistent energy levels and help your body to actively recover by providing supplements that will delay onset muscle fatigue and and detoxify your muscles as they are being used.


DIGESTIBILITY

VFuel, like other energy gels, starts with maltodextrin as the primary carbohydrate. But from there, we take a very different path. Most other gels use Fructose, or some sort of rice syrup or evaporated cane juice, all containing Fructose. VFuel uses Dextrose as its secondary carb, a more expensive (on our end) option, but one that is drastically easier to digest.

A very high percentage of complaints we hear about gels in general are in regards to digestibility issues. We hear people say that gels make them nauseated, gets them bloated, ‘backs them up,’ or even causes diarrhea. These issues are a direct result from the simple sugar that is used in most energy gels, Fructose.

All sugars, except for dextrose, take specialized enzymes to break down. The only sugar your body can use for energy without having to process is glucose (dextrose). Fructose, as used in most other gels, requires processing by ones liver resulting in a restoration of liver glycogen rather than a direct restoration of muscle glycogen, as dextrose provides. This added level of attention that fructose requires to be turned into sugars your body can actually use takes time and limited resources (enzymes) from your system. For many people, especially during endurance activities (training or racing), the amount of enzymes their liver can make are far fewer than the amount of fructose they are pumping into their body in the form of energy gels. This is when things start to go wrong. Ones body handles this differently depending on a lot of other factors but this is what leads to the nausea, bloating, etc… Your body is simply not equipped to handle that much fructose especially when trying to perform athletically. It’s just a bad mix that leads to much unwanted, and unnecessary, GI distress.

We were actually shocked when we figured out how easy this fix was. Take out the fructose, use dextrose instead, and there you have it. A gel that causes no digestion issues! VFuel has even allowed people with Crohns Disease to be able to train for ultra distances again as their systems can handle the digestion process with no issues whatsoever.”

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A Llama in Leadville- Part I

After more than 4 years of hoping, wishing and praying for some way to make it to this town, I finally rolled into Leadville, CO close to 10pm, the Friday night before “The Race Across the Sky.”

Leadville, CO. The highest city in the US.

Leadville, CO. The highest city in the US.

My entire introduction to the world of ultrarunning was the book Born to Run, back in 2009. So, the very first 100 mile race I ever read about was the Leadville 100. The story of Ann Trason and the race against the Tarahumara had captivated me. I had just driven into a town steeped in ultrarunning history. To say that I was excited was a serious understatement.

I noticed my good friend, fellow Mas Loco and Ultra Caballo Blanco RD, Maria “La Mariposa Apache” Walton, was still awake and posting on Facebook. Mas Locos are the runners who have traveled to the Copper Canyons to run with the Tarahumara in the Ultra Caballo Blanco (formerly the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon). Most everyone who runs is given an animal name that represents who they are. She apparently was having trouble falling asleep. She would being crewing for another Mas Loco and Luna Sandals runner, Tyler “El Tarzano” Tomasello.

Me: “You still up?”

Maria: “Are you nearby?”

Me: “Getting some dinner at a little pizza shop.”

Maria: “There is an extra bed here at Greg Labbe’s house.”

Sweet. I wouldn’t have to sleep in my car somewhere and worry about being harrased by local police for loitering or whatever. Greg Labbe is a veteran of the Leadville Trail 100 and has been opening his home for years for a lot of the Mas Locos who have come to run Leadville. Micah True would crash here whenever he was in town, choosing to sleep in the “Presidential Suite,” which is basically a shed with electricity and a mattress, no heat or A/C. I met Maria in the parking lot by the house and she showed me inside. Her and Jess Soco, another Mas Loco, were staying in the RV. Other runners were camped out in the garage, others were crowded in the upstairs bedroom and still more in campers and vans in the driveway. I ate my dinner as quietly as I could in the kitchen and noticed an old race poster hanging on the wall. After eating half of the biggest calzone I’ve ever seen, I tucked in on a sofa in the RV. The race start was 4am.

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Poster from the 1994 Leadville 100, where Ann Trason raced against the Tarahumara. The 1994 race is where Micah first met the Tarahumara, following them back down to the Copper Canyons soon after. Bottom left pic: Micah pacing Maria at the Javelina Jundred in 2010. Bottom right: Micah in one of the areas Burro races. Behind that Barefoot Ted’s foot prints, his “autograph.”

I set my alarm for 3am. It felt like I had barely closed my eyes before it went off. Unlike most times when I have to get up early (I am not typically a morning person), this time it wasn’t hard. I popped up, threw on my Luna Sandals and my new Salomon Minim Down jacket (thanks, Dad!) and walked inside the house to find a bunch of my friends already up and eating breakfast. Patrick Sweeney, who had somehow finagled his way into a LT100 entry, Tyler Tomasello, Mike Miller, Jess and Maria I’d seen a few months ago at Luis Escobar‘s Born to Run Ultra in Los Olivos, CA. as well as Jennifer Johnson Cline. My Canadian buddy, Flint, however, I hadn’t seen in over a year and a half and was pretty stoked to see him again. Tyler and Pat both run for Luna Sandals.

Two of my favorite people, Pat and Maria, at BTR Ultra earlier this year.

Flint running in the 2012 Ultra Caballo Blanco down in Mexico

Left to Right: Scott Smuin of Luna Sandals, Mike Miller and Jess Soco, at the Born to Run Ultra earlier this year.

Tyler cruising during a Rarajipari (Tarahumara ball race) at the Born to Run Ultra

Tyler cruising during a Rarajipari (Tarahumara ball race) at the Born to Run Ultra

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Mas Locos at Born to Run. Left to Right: Jim, Dawn, Tyler, Sally, Stephanie and Shawn, Maria, Luis, Jess, Scott, Pat, Mike and myself.

I also got a to meet a few runners I’d only known from Facebook that I was surprised to find staying at the house. One was elite runner Ian “that Rocky Raccoon guy” Sharman, and his pacer/crew Sean Meissner, who is certainly no slacker on the trail, either. Sean is also a writer for iRunFar and manages the online store. I’d actually met Ian briefly in a pizza joint in Lone Pine, CA after the Badwater 135 in 2012, and mentioned it to him, but I’m pretty sure he didn’t remember me, lol. Ian is running the Grand Slam this year. The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning is made up of the 4 biggest and oldest 100 milers in the US, all just a few weeks apart: Western States 100, Vermont 100, Leadville Trail 100 and Wasatch Front 100. The GS began back in 1986 when Tom Green became the first person to run all 4 races in the same year. Before the start of the LT100 Ian was about 30 minutes ahead of another elite runner in the Grand Slam, Nick Clark, and both of them were, so far, on pace to be well under the GS record of 74:54:16 set by Neal Gorman in 2010. (see this series of articles on iRunFar by Michael Lebowitz)

Dont let the Elvis Costume fool you. Ian can easily run a sub 3 hour marathon dressed like this. Sometimes as Spiderman. He also has a sub 13 hour 100 mile PR.

Nick Clark at the Vermont 100. Photo: Michael Lebowitz

Nick Clark at the Vermont 100. Photo: Michael Lebowitz

Sean at this years Ultra Caballo Blanco down in the Copper Canyons.

Another Facebook friend I got to meet was Ed Thomas from South Dakota. Fun Fact: Ed’s son, Nick, is the lead singer for the band The Spill Canvas.

Stolen from Ed's fb page.

Stolen from Ed’s fb page.

Michael and Kimberly Miller from Arizona were also there.

Michael, Kimberly and Ed Ettinghausen "The Jester"

Michael, Kimberly and Ed Ettinghausen “The Jester.” Ed was also running Leadville.

After getting a cup of coffee I decided to head down to the start line to find some more friends I knew would be here. I had also been recruited last minute as a pacer for my friend Sergio Radovcic, and wanted to touch base with him before the race got under way. There were several here from Florida as runners and crew and nearly all of them were veterans of Fort Clinch:

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Sergio Radovcic, owner of FitFul and co-RD for Powerman Florida, at Badwater 135 this past July.

Michelle at the Speedgoat 50k this past July

Michelle (runner) and her husban, Kenny Matys (crew), of Atomic Climbing Holds. Michelle at the Speedgoat 50k this past July.

Scott D’Angelo (crew) of Doghouse Performance Cycling Center in Boca Raton. I had the privilege of crewing for Scott at the Badwater 135 last year. At the finish line, left to right: Albie, Angry Dan, Christina, Scott, Lane and Jen Vogel, myself.

Eric taking a break during FC100.

Eric CantStop Law (runner) from Fit2Run in Tampa, taking a break during FC100. I think he thought this was a calender shoot.

At Ancient Oaks 100.

Tammie Wonning, crew for Eric law, at Ancient Oaks 100.

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Grant “Dingofish” Maughan volunteered at the FC100 earlier this year. He ended up placing second at Badwater this past July.

Zane Holscher (runner), RD for Destin 50 Beach Ultra and his dad, Larry who is an excellent photographer, would also be here. I never did run into them, unfortunately.

Matt Mahoney is an old school ultra runner from Florida, and race director of the Wickam Park 200 mile ultra, who is a veteran of both Hardrock and Leadville.

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Matt on Colorado’s highest point, Mount Elbert. Stolen from his FB page.

Ran into long time Facebook friend, SoCal Coyote, entertaining motivational speaker, coach and all around nice guy Jimmy Dean Freeman, who I usually call Yimmy, instead of Jimmy. Why? Because of the movie “The Whole Ten Yards.” In the film Bruce Willis plays a mob hitman named Jimmy “The Tulip” Teduski, whose mob boss father is from some European country where the J’s are pronounced as Y’s. So now I call anyone named Jimmy, Yimmy. Why? Because I’m a nerd. Was this a pointless tangent? Yes.

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Yimmy about to tackle his first Leadville 100.

You can listen to Yimmy’s recollection of the race here on an episode of Trail Runner Nation podcast.

There were plenty more people there, I’m sure that I knew and got to see, and didn’t see, but this post is already going to be really long and I will have to break it into several parts. I also have ADD and I’m getting lazy. Onward to the start!

WAIT! Almost forgot that I met fellow Mas Loco, Scott Jurek! Viva Mas Locos!

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7 time Western States 100 winner, Scott Jurek.

The Leadville Trail 100 was HUGE this year. 1200 people registered for the event, while somewhere between 900-1000 actually started. I have never been to an ultra with more than 350 runners. The atmosphere was awesome. It ended up being the longest start to any race I’ve been to.

And it would turn out to be a complete disaster!! Just kidding… There were definitely issues resulting from the huge number of runners at this race that need to be addressed, and apparently have been, but I’ll get to that in a future post…

TBC…

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