This Week In Running (Week of 8/8 & 8/9)
All Quiet on the Western Front….or is it ? Well, we certainly are not talking about the novel first published in November and December 1928 in the German newspaper Vossische Zeitung, and in book form in late January 2009 (or the subsequent 1930 and 1979 films of the same title). That book and its sequel, The Road Back, were among the books banned and burned in Nazi Germany. What we are referring to is how quiet it appears to be this weekend in the world of ultrarunning. Then again, it won’t be so quiet out West in Rodeo Beach, Golden Gate National Recreation, California, where this weekend our favorite West Coast running group, PCTR, hosts the Headlands Hundred 50 & 100 Mile Endurance Runs.
In its 3rd year, Headlands offers vistas of the Pacific Coast as runners embark on a scenic tour of the Marin Headlands with views of Tiburon, San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The course is a 25-mile loop run “washing-machine” style. The usual Headlands course has been modified for 2009 “due to the current California State budget cuts” causing Mt. Tamalpais State Park to place a temporary hold on special events. Thus, the usual 19,620 feet of elevation gain for the 100-miler (9,110 feet for the 50-miler) is increased to 20,020 feet (10,010 feet for the 50-miler). Aid stations are located every 4 to 5 miles, but it is highly recommended that runners carry at least 20 oz. of water between aid stations. Headlands is not for the faint of heart. The 100-mile course record is 20:23:52 (set by Matt Aro in 2008). The women’s 100-mile course record is 27:11:04 (set by Leslie Antonis in 2007). The 100-miler has a 33 hour time limit, and the 50-miler a 14.5 hour time limit.
Short and sweet, that will do it for this week. Happy running !