Black Mountain Virgin
Myrtle Beach is in the bag. The North Pole will have to wait. So what will I do next week? Gingerly run a few miles? Trim the hedges in the yard? How about another marathon?
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)
February 20th, 2007 at 11:18 am
I’m slowing prepping my body for the Pikes Peak marathon in August 08. The Black Bear Marathon in 08 is, as of now, officially included on my race calendar. Thanks for pointing it out!
February 26th, 2007 at 2:45 pm
How was the race?
February 27th, 2007 at 9:21 am
Thanks for asking. Black Mountain was incredible! I am DEFINITELY doing the full 40 miles next year. I’ll post a full report very soon.