Ye Ole Dominion (100 Mile Cross Country Run)

Tomorrow is the Old Dominion 100 Mile Cross Country Run, the second of the two “Old Dominion” 100 mile races […]

By on June 1, 2007 | Comments

Tomorrow is the Old Dominion 100 Mile Cross Country Run, the second of the two “Old Dominion” 100 mile races held in Virginia’s Fort Valley each spring. (There’s a long story as two why there are two such races help on consecutive weekends.) I’m sending out good vibes to two friends at opposite ends of the 100 mile running spectrum.

First, there’s Dane Rauschenberg, a fellow Washington Running Club member who will be attempting his first 100 mile race. While Dane may have never run 100 miles in a day before, he did run a marathon on every weekend last years. Yup, that’s fifty-two of them… or fiddy2 of them if you are Dane. Dane ran all those marathons to raise money for L’Arche-Mobile. He continues to run races for this cause – if possible, please make a donation in his name: here.

The other runner I’m rooting for is fellow VHTRCer, Keith Knipling. In the past two weeks, Keith has run two more 100 milers than Dane ever has. Two weeks ago, Keith had his breakout performance in finishing third at the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100. Then last week ran a huge 100 mile PR in route to winning the Old Dominion Memorial 100. (Remember, I said there are two separate Old Dominion 100s in VA.)

Best of luck boys… and try to stay cool out there!

(Here’s to hoping that my friends go 1-2!)

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.