Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hobo Triple Crown of Running

The Rock Cut Hobo race in Rockford, IL has a "Triple Crown" event that begins tomorrow (Friday). It starts with a 10K trail race at night, then continues with a 25K trail run on Saturday morning, followed by the full 50K trail run on Sunday morning! The 50K race is also the third of four in the Illinois Trail Ultra Grand Slam. The Hobo triple crown was started last year and it went well. There should be more runners doing the full triple this weekend. Unfortunately, I will not be among them. I was planning on doing at least the 50K ultra...and maybe the full triple crown, but life has gotten in the way and I need to stay closer to home. Good luck to everyone continuing in the Grand Slam...and also those attempting the Hobo Triple Crown.

I'll be in New Hampshire next weekend visiting family and I hope to get in a few runs and hikes in the nearby mountains. I might even catch a few good views of changing New England leaves. If not, at least I'll have some tough hill workouts. I have already signed up for the Farmdale 32 miler on October 17. By skipping the Hobo 50K, I should be fresh and ready for the Farmdale trail ultra. My training has been going well and I've had a good time mixing in barefoot and Vibram Five Finger shoe runs with my standard shod runs (with my racing flats). I'd love to run a full trail ultra in the Five Finger shoes next year! Lately, I've been enjoying my runs more than usual. I think the cooler weather and slower paces have translated into more fun. If I could just get those nasty gnats off the trail in the evening. See Gregory's blog post about gnats and running. Those suckers are particularly annoying in the late afternoon/early evening on trails on a windless day. Swarm after swarm of nasty gnats!

NOTE: I'll update the iTUGS standings once I receive the Hobo 50K race results.

9 comments:

GTI said...

Alas, I, too, will be missing the Hobo this year. I never planned to run it (I'm saving whatever I may have left in '09 for the Chicago Marathon), but I hoped I'd have time to make it out to the event as a volunteer.

I may still be able to do that for Farmdale next month. I know Adam Z. will be glad for the extra hands. Perhaps I'll see you then!

Chris said...

I'll be at Farmdale...and I may even be in GREAT racing shape! It could be quite the sight to witness. Also, it's Dave Tapp's last time as RD (Adam and another guy will take it over next year).

Heidi said...

I just signed up for Farmdale, myself!

Anonymous said...

Actually Mike and I are the RDs for the 2009 Ultra, next year we are taking the entire event over.
Which includes the 8 mile trail run .
Z

Chris said...

You guys have a barefoot division for the Farmdale ultra? How about Vibram Five Finger shoe division? Seems like if you can cater to the fatties among us, you can support the swift of foot barefooters too! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Once you can beat the fatties we will add a barefoot division.
Let me know when you get the Grandslam updated and I will get shirts ordered!

Z

Chris said...

I'll beat the Clydesdales THIS year in my minimalist trail racing flats. Next year in my Five Finger shoes. The gauntlet has been thrown, buddy! I'll update the Slam standings once I get stuff from Larry. I'll send you a note too.

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind I'm the RD at Farmdale and I may have to DQ someone if I feel they are cheating.....sadly I won't be running it this year, but I'm really excited about the RD duties. I'll see you at the McNaughton 100.

Chris said...

McNaughton 100? Again? I never said I was running that sucker again! Maybe I will. I'm a softie for local ultras. Best of luck with Farmdale RD duties. You and Mike will be great as RDs.