Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Andy is Insane!

For those that might not know, Andy Weinberg moved from Illinois up to Vermont. His Pekin-based McNaughton Park trail runs were some of the best ultras in the country. Andy has already started several new races in Vermont, but his newest is a set of Vermont-based McNaughton races in May 2010. One of the race distances is 500 miles (with a 9-day limit)...Andy is insane! If you can make it to Vermont in early May, give one of Andy's races a try. You won't be disappointed. After running loops in the Green Mountains for a couple hundred miles (or more), you may be certified as crazy, but that's different than disappointed. I'm actually considering going up to do one of the "shorter" ultras (less than 500 miles). Hmmm...am I crazy too? Maybe I'll try a "McNaughton Double" (the original Pekin 100 miler in April and Andy's new Vermont McNaughton 100 in May). That "double" would be good preparation for the Canadian Death Race in August 2010. Of course, Andy already has a Vermont Death Race in June. I told you...that dude's insane! Now I have my real training plan: Original McNaughton Park 100 miler in April, new McNaughton 100 miler in May, and the Vermont Death Race in June. After that series, the Canadian Death Race should be a breeze...if I'm still alive!

Good luck to you Andy. You're one hell of a race director.

4 comments:

donna c said...

woo hoo...it'll be nice to have some other "homeys" at Andy's race in May!!! I am only doing the 50 at the April McNaughton before the Vermont 100 version.

Chris said...

I'm not sure if I'll do ANY distance in Vermont...but I'm thinking about it. I may skip the Pekin race too and simply volunteer there in April. I'll be at McNaughton trail run on Halloween for the 30 miler.

elleymon said...

You have to do the double--that would be great!

Jim said...

Having run Andy's snowshoe half marathon twice and the Pittsfield Peaks 50K once, I can say that he puts on a fantastic, low-key, high-energy, runner-centered, hard-core event every single time, and Pittsfield is a GREAT location. They now have the Peak Barn up, which makes on-site lodging (on a cot in the loft of the barn) and hot showers possible. Those mountains are beautiful with some STEEEEEEEP climbs!