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Browsing Posts published in June, 2007

June 15-16, 2007

  

I again ran in the Bighorn Mountain 100 Trail Run near Sheridan, Wyoming.   This event is extremely challenging due to the rugged terrain of the Bighorn Mountains.  The course is an out and back with elevation gains of 18,300 feet.   The course features three major climbs and goes in and out of forests and fields full of wildflowers.  As for its beauty, I believe it is probably one of the most scenic 100-milers in the country.   Also a very unique feature is that the race directors run concurrently 100-mile, 52-mile, 50K, and 30K races.    They schedule the races to all finish on Saturday afternoon.   In the final 17 miles of the 100-mile race, depending on your speed, you can be running with participants in the other races.  By 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, there can be over 500 runners on the trails at the same time.

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June 2, 2007

The Squaw Peak 50 is held in the mountains above Provo, Utah, only about 45 minutes from my home.  The course it tough, and I believe it is one of the top three toughest 50-mile ultras in the country in addition to Zane Grey and San Juan Solstice.  Among the features that make it tough is:  over 10,000 of elevation climb, a likelihood of snow to run through, and a very tough steep climb at the 39-mile point.

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