Black Mountain Virgin
The Black Mountain Marathon is this Saturday. Iâ€™ll head up with some trail buddies who run this race annually. Iâ€™m the newbie, and pre-race accomodations are arranged by seniority. I may be in the outhouse.
Note the word â€œmountain.â€ The race features 13 straight miles of steep ascent of trails and road. After this, my quads and toes will â€œenjoyâ€ the manic descent. From what I hear, it’s quite a challenging race. The accompanying 40 mile Mount Mitchell Challenge summits the highest peak East of the Mississippi. Iâ€™m just an emerging crazy person, so Iâ€™ll stick with the marathon.
Who can resist a race that sports this warning:
This will be an extremely demanding course run over rugged mountain terrain under potentially life-threatening weather conditionsâ€¦ [this makes it] quite likely that a competitor will suffer some sort of injury during this event…ranging from abrasions, contusions, or sprains as a result of falls… to hypothermia… to animal encounters, as this is still the natural habitat of the wildcat and the black bear. (emphasis mine)