Thursday, March 13, 2008
Buffalo Return to the Trace
Every Thursday evening the buffalo run together. In the winter, the herd runs on the streets of Champaign-Urbana. Once daylight saving time arrives, they shift back to the trails of Lake of the Woods in Mahomet. This week (today) is the first Thursday night run with the buffalo for the year. I love the buffalo, but I'm not going to run the roads with them. Ungulates are not meant to be road runners. This transition from the roads to the trails signifies another important change: the trails are not just any trail--we return to a section of Lake of the Woods called the "buffalo trace"--a place where wild buffalo used to roam free! And the home to my former race, the 5-mile "Buffalo Trace Trail Run" (the awesome devil dawg Brian now directs the race). These trails are also the birthplace of the trail running buffalo. If you get a chance, come join us at 6pm every Thursday (until winter strikes again).