The Dirty Trail Series is a new trail running series I’m directing with Vince Rucci and Jim Christ. The series includes 16 events ranging from 5K to a Half Marathon (13.1 miles/21K) across Northeast Ohio, including races in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cleveland Metroparks, Metroparks serving Summit County and Lake Metroparks as well as some private lands. The first race, the 4 mile Dirty Snowflake Prediction Run was held on January 28. The next race, Dirty Love, is this Sunday at the River Grove Picnic Area in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. Check it out and Do the Dirty!
Came back from Houston last week and forgot to post anything here.
First, had my most satisfying marathon in years last Sunday at the Chevron Houston Marathon: perfect weather, no major mistakes, felt good throughout. Thanks to the C Different Foundation for allowing me to participate as a charity runner. Managed to raise more than $500. Race-wise, I managed to break 4 hours chip time (3:59:50) without knowing. Had my watch set to clock time and didn’t note when I actually crossed the starting line. Based on a number of factors, I’m setting a goal of 3:40 for the Cleveland Marathon in May.
The next two days were spent mostly at the Running USA Annual Conference. Lots of great networking with other race directors, including a LOT of Ohio race staff, as well as vendors who’ve I’ve only communicated with by phone or e-mail.
Next weekend (July 30-31) is the Fifth Annual Burning River 100 Mile, the USA Track and Field 100 Mile Trail National Championship which I direct. The race has grown tremendously in 5 years. As of this writing (July 21) we have 287 entrants and are looking to hit 300 by the time the race starts. We also have somewhere between 350-400 volunteers helping out runners. For more info, go to BurningRiver100.org .
Also check out this piece from Channel 3 from a couple weeks ago.