Wednesday, June 4, 2008

5-Hour Frenzy Sorta Canceled

The Clinton YMCA was putting on the "5-Hour Frenzy" and "Rubber Chicken Relay" this Saturday at Weldon Springs State Park. I thought it would be a great way to celebrate the National Trails Day and also get in a really long run (5 hours) in preparation for the Buffalo Trace 7-Day Stage Race. Looks like the heavy rains have flooded sections of the park and the race course is being changed (and unofficially canceled). No prize money or awards and only minimal aid. I still plan on attending, getting my race shirt, and having a good long run. Here is the note I received from Jann the race director...

Here is the plan for Saturday: The trail that we had the race course set on is under about 4 feet of water and the level continues to rise. We are going to “Unofficially Cancel” the race and offer full refunds to all the runners who have registered up to this point. However, we have set a different course in the same park on higher ground and I went out and ran it this morning. It’s probably going to be wet…but not over your shoes wet. Anyone who shows up to run should bring their own aid supplies. I’ll have water and pretzels and maybe a few snacks but not a real aid station. It is a 1.5 mile loop that is pretty flat. Anyone who is already registered and shows up to run on Saturday will receive their 5 Hour Frenzy Race Shirt and the shirts are very cool. Anyone who is not
registered but shows up to run will not pay a registration fee, and will receive a t-shirt (we have a total of 30 shirts for the 5 Hour Frenzy and 20 for the Rubber Chicken Relay) on a first come, first served basis. Folks are welcome to run as much or as little as they chose and there is a great concession stand-restaurant in the park. We won’t be doing the post race cookout. We want to encourage those who want to get in a few miles and a nice race t-shirt to stop by. We will give it another shot next year.

UPDATE: Race was canceled due to rain and lightning on race day.

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