2009 MMT Update 5 – Evening Washout [Also, Karl Wins!]

iRunFar would like to give a hearty salute to those women and men still out on the Massanutten 100 course. Yeah, the weather conditions could have been worse, but it was still a brutal day out there. The day started with light fog and humidity levels near or at 100%. As the sun burned off the haze, the temperatures AND the dew point quickly rose. In nearby Front Royal, the temperature topped out at 85F at 2 pm while the dew point was miserably above 70F from noon until after 2 p.m. After being broiled, the runners were “treated” to a round of torrential rain and frequent lightning mid-afternoon. At least at 211 East lighter rain lingered for an hour or so in the afternoon. A second more significant round of thunderstorms swept over the course between 6 an 7 pm with nasty lightning. There were even reports of golf ball sized hail. This second system lingered until 10:30 or so. Radar estimates show 1 to 2 inches of rain fell over the entire course between 2 p.m. and midnight.

Click here for more of this update. While you’re at it, you may want to check out updates 1, 2, 3, and 4 and the MMT photo post.

Why so much info about the weather? Because it influenced every runner’s day, as well as that of iRunFar. I was supposed to stop posting updates to iRunFar before 6 p.m. as I was going to pace my good friend, Greg Loomis over the final 30-35 miles of the course. Unfortunately, the combination of 65+ brutally rocky miles and hours of rain brought him to the decision to drop. Due to logistical reasons on the course and a pending house sale and move I decided to forgo an evening in the rain pacing another runner. Even if I hadn’t paced another runner, I must admit I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t stay out there to follow the race.

Why would I have wanted to stay out there in the rain late into the night? Three reasons. First, it appears that many folks have enjoyed reading iRF’s MMT 100 race coverage. In fact, iRunFar saw more traffic yesterday than any previous day! (Thanks!) Second, the VHTRC’s race update system is currently down and iRunFar could provide you with the only race updates. (Race Twitters keithdunn and ultrarunnergirl have also both gone to bed.) [Update: The VHTRC’s MMT live is updating again.] Third, I want to know what’s going on in the awesome race for second! Alas, if I wasn’t 1.5-2 hours from the course or had gotten more than 50 minutes of sleep last night with only a short nap this morning, I’d be out there in a flash.

According to the VHTRC website, second, third, and fourth place were all within 9 minutes of one another at the Woodstock Tower aid station (84.1 miles). Glen Redpath remained in second, while Mike Mason had caught and was running with his good friend, Todd Walker. Howe good of friends are those two? Well, Walker and Mason shared accommodations at last year’s MMT and it wouldn’t surprise us a bit if they were doing the same this year. Glen’s second place finish could be in big jeopardy if Todd and Mike can work together.

Update: This just in – Karl Meltzer wins the 2009 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 in a blistering time of 18:29. Congratulations, Karl, on your second MMT victory!

There are 10 comments

  1. Anonymous

    Yet more ultra-updates from a race where mid pack and back of the pack runners are forgotten. Some one needs to let you guys in on the fact that there are indeed others running these events aside from the front runners… people with equally as impressive and compelling stories. This includes you Matt Hart. Get over yourselves. I promote neither of you.

  2. Bryon Powell

    Anonymous, I think most readers enjoyed the updates – sorry you did not. I reported on the individuals I saw on the course as I was riding with the crew of the front of the pack runner I paced later in the day. I agree that there are indeed compelling stories among all ability levels and hope to cover more of them during my travels this summer. That said, my in-race updates will likely continue to focus on the front runners in the men's and women's races for two reasons: (1) I believe that's what most people want to hear about during the "race" (these are competitions, you know) and (2) I generally start my pacing duties with a faster competitor (which means I ride with their crew and see the front of the race)… though, for the record, on numerous occasions I've done double duty and paced a second (or third) slower runner later in the race.Anyway, why don't you shot me an email. I am open to constructive criticism… in fact, in the next post I ASK for feedback on my race updates. Work with me rather than fight against me! :-)

  3. Speedgoat Karl

    Well said Bryon to "anonymous". Granted, it's not all about the leaders,everyone who competes in thee things is "racing" whether they run 18:29 or 35:59. In reality people watching the race are watching who is winning, especially on a "race report" such as this. For those "anonymous" onlookers, perhaps they should go to the race website to see where their favorite runner is.Anonymous, If you were watching the olympic marathon, would you be wondering where the guy from Iceland is, or the Kenyan kicking everyone's ass?….my guess is you would be watching the leaders. Bryon my man, you done good!Those in the back and middle of the pack are winners too, they get to run longer, hats of to them for gettin' it done. We all won the same prize…..another silly buckle, I just got to get some sleep earlier!

  4. Anonymous

    Bryon,Great to see you out there brother. I had a miserable day, but your support and encouragement were really fantastic. I hope to see you at WUS when i get all healed up.Mario

  5. Anonymous

    Very well put Karl, congrats on your MMT victory. Also congrats to everyone that had the guts to step to the line of one of the East Coast's toughest 100 milers, you are all winners.

  6. Bryon Powell

    Thanks for great comment, Karl. I thought I'd done a good job. It was a blast watching you tear up the trail last weekend! Looking forward to seeing what you can do this time around at Hardrock (I'll be in Silverton starting around July 1) and the rest of the summer.Good seeing you even if just for a bit, SJ. Way to stick with it!

  7. Bryon Powell

    Mario, It was great to see you out there and I was glad I could help in even the slightest way. You sure know how to fight through MMT like a champ!

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