Saturday, September 27, 2008

2008 Delaware 100 Report

Carl Camp did not come up with the idea for the Delaware 100 after hitting his head on the toilet seat nor was the result the fluxcapacitor, however, for those of us who live in the fantasy world of ultrarunning his idea was just as exciting. The no frills run would allow us the opportunity to test our limits while running freely without the hype, the cost or the stress associated with other endurance runs. In December of 2005 Carl was able to capture the imagination of seven hearty souls who towed the start line of the inaugural Delaware 100. Despite the lack of mountains in our state the day was full of challenges as Mother Nature decided to lay a heaping helping full of winter upon us. The very first event or “non-event” as we like to call it was basically a clandestine operation. It was held completely on the trails of Middle Run Resource Area without the knowledge of either State or County officials. Was it the right thing to do? No, absolutely not but with little time to obtain the proper permits we were willing to risk which in turn made it that much more of an adventure. It was cold day and night and we froze and we suffered but not one person complained. In the end Carl’s idea came to fruition and Delaware could lay claim to have hosted its first one-hundred mile event.

A decision was made to cancel the event in 2006 to allow more time for improvements to be made. As the year came to a close Carl remained silent as to the status of the 2007 run but in the late spring he announced that it would be on again. This time, however, the race would be held in September on a course that would consist of both trails and roads. The change of date would more than likely provide a better chance of moderate temperatures and the course change would allow us to comply with the park regulations. Though Carl’s plan has always been to keep the field small he made an attempt to attract others by gaining a link on the site most viewed by the ultrarunning community. His effort did not go unnoticed as runners from places such as New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and California were amongst the twelve that started the second edition of the Delaware 100. The new course was more challenging because the variation of terrain led to the need to reverse the thought process and running style.

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Race results

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Cascade Crest 100

I can only claim success at the Cascade Crest 100 because of the strength that I gained from the spirit of my grandfather who looked upon me, the discipline that I acquired from my dad to remain focused on the task at hand and the inspiration that I gained from my friend Phil Rosenstein.

There will be more later......