Ultra Cup Fever
Hot on the heels of last weekend’s grueling race at Run Rabbit Run 50, the Montrail Ultra Cup has picked up and moved across the country. It’s on to Vermont where this weekend, 550 runners will put themselves to the test at the Vermont 50 mile and 50km races. For the first time ever, race organization has capped the event, based on large numbers and bearing in mind flooded trail conditions in the state at this time. In fact, the course has been modified in several places to accommodate for blown out trails and unsafe conditions. Volunteers have spent many hours getting the trails into shape and things are ready to roll. Should be a blast, definitely a challenge! Rain is in the forecast, but those who know this race expect it, and embrace it. A classic, marquee event in the northeast, the 18th annual Vermont 50 runs Sunday September 25th. Four Western States 100 entries are on the line for the top finishers, and runners need to register for the Ultra Cup soon after the finish in order to receive points.
Another big weekend of racing is ahead, with several Team Montrail athletes packing their bags and hitting the road. Here’s what’s on tap:
Max King – few people race as much as Max. He’s hard to keep track of. This weekend is no exception. Saturday he’ll stay in his hometown of Bend, OR to test his endurance at the Flagline Trail Fest 50km, this year’s national trail championship for the 50km distance. Last year, Max finished “2nd” here, in one of the more interesting finishes ever we’ve seen. Only a few hours after the race, it’s off to the airport. On Sunday, Max will be in Ogden, Utah to race 21km at the Xterra Trail Run National championship (did I mention he races a lot?). Max is the three-time defending champion, with all three of those past races in Bend. Don’t be fooled though into thinking he’s nuts. This weekend is strategically placed in Max’s 2011 racing schedule as preparation and training leading up to the Olympic Marathon Trials in January. That’s the big one. Eye on the prize.
Listen to this Ultrarunner Podcast for a fun new interview with Max.
Geoff Roes – after a tough day at UTMB in August, Geoff declared that rest was in order. Apparently a few weeks was sufficient. Geoff will race 100km with some of the countries top ultrarunners at the first ever Ultra Race of Champions in Virginia on Saturday.
Jill Perry – ultrarunner and mother of five, Jill Perry never rests. That characteristic will be advantageous this weekend at Virgil Crest 100 in upstate New York, where Jill will hope to achieve her goal of…running 100 miles as fast as she can.