What I need, unlike a hole in my head, is a fall East Coast 100 miler to run. I don’t […]

By on May 31, 2007 | Comments

What I need, unlike a hole in my head, is a fall East Coast 100 miler to run. I don’t know of any. (TWOT doesn’t count… it’s not an event… it does not and never has existed.) Why isn’t there one? A 100 in Vermont, New Hampshire, or upstate NY in mid-September would be a blast. Likewise, any 100 miler following the Appalachians south just prior to autumn foliage season. Why prior to foliage season? Two reasons. First, the Appalachians and their kin tend to be rocky as all get out. The trails are tough enough when the trails are clear, but would be a royal pain in the foot with the trails were leaf covered. I’d err on the side of a holding a week too early rather than a week too late. Second, you need places for racers, pacers, crew, and volunteers to stay. This is a much easier task prior to foliage season when rooms tend to command a premium… if they can be had at all.

Central Vermont, central New Hampshire, the Adirondacks or Finger Lakes in mid-September
Late September to early October in Pennsylvania
Early to mid-October in the Shenandoah or Blue Ridge. The trails around Asheville would be nice.

Loomis, get back state side and lets put on such a run.

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Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Founding Editor of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for more than 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.