This weekend is McNaughton Park, with the 150-milers starting at 6pm Friday, and the 50/100 milers beginning Saturday at 6am.Â Looks like we have David Goggins, and the long distance trail queen Catra AKA Dirt Diva competing in the 150 miler, along with Tracy Thomas and Diane Van Deren, who hold the women’s two fastest times in the 100.Â Let’s also keep an eye out for Karl Meltzer and Akos Konya, who I’m sure are thinking about bettering Eric Clifton’s course record of 18:38 for the 100 miler set back in 2005.
Way out east, the wonderful folks from VHTRC will be hosting The Bull Run Run, formerly put on by Scott Mills and Chris Scott.Â This race is a good warmup for the upcoming Massanutten Mountain 100, which has gotten quite popular the last year or so, having to incorporate a waiting list in addition to the 160 runners officially entered.Â Why people want to wait to run on that course, I have no idea…
Locally, it’s the PCTrails Santa Monica 50K (and the 30/18/9K) — seems like there’ll be another huge (~300 runners) turnout.Â Looking forward to seeing Kim and Jessica from the OCTR, plus my roommate participating in her first trail race.
A bit farther north is the American River 50, which has 500 entrants!Â So if we take the combined number of participants for all these races, we’ll have close to 1500 ultra runners racing this weekend.
Finally on Monday is the Boston Marathon.Â I’ll be rooting for my buddy Al Harmon from Canada, who’s going to attempt the Grand Slam this year.Â Hope he takes some bad weather gear based on info from the website.Â See below:
Wednesday, April 11 – As the Boston Athletic Association continues to make preparations for Monday’s Boston Marathon, we are monitoring the upcoming weather conditions forecast for this area. Based on the National Weather Service’s most recent report and in cooperation with the Executive Office of Public Safety (Commonwealth of Massachusetts) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, together with the eight cities and towns along the 26.2-mile marathon route, we are planning for likely heavy rain and windy conditions on race day. However, all race day plans remain the same. The Boston Athletic Association advises participants in Monday’s race to plan accordingly for their run, bringing with them gear and apparel to suit the conditions. The B.A.A. will continue to update this web site as necessary.