The Cayuga Trails 50 is still several months away. However, I’ve been getting email updates and I’ve been tracking the entrant list, so I thought this would be a great time for a pre-preview.
This race is the 2014 USATF 50 Mile Trail Championship – that means there is over $10,000 in prize money — if you fund it, they will come. Ultrarunning magazine ranked the 2013 (men’s) race as having the eighth most competitive field in the country. The women’s race did not make the top ten in 2013, but that will surely change this year.
The men’s “elite” field currently includes:
– Matt Flaherty (2nd in 2013 http://www.runflaherty.com/)
– Jordan McDougal (3rd in 2013 http://runnerjj.blogspot.com/)
– Brian Rusiecki (4th in 2013 http://runningrusieckis.blogspot.com/)
– Chris Vargo (3rd at TNF EC 50 Mile Championship)
– Cole Crosby (winner of the Virgil Crest 50m http://coleakacbreezy.blogspot.com/)
– Denis Mikhaylove (winner of the 2012 Virgil Crest 100m and the only Russian-born fruitarian in the field http://runonfruit.com/about/)
– Adolfo Munguia (winner of the Green Lakes 100k)
– Daven Oskvig (2nd at the Green Lakes 100k)
– me (okay, maybe not elite… yet)
The women’s “elite” field currently includes:
– Magdalena Boulet (Olympian, 2:26 marathoner and 2nd at TNF EC 50 Mile Championship)
– Kristina Folcik (1st in 2013 http://dangergirldh.com/)
– Ashley Arnold (winner of the 2013 Leadville 100m https://twofeettoadventure.wordpress.com/tag/ashley-arnold/)
– Cassie Scallon (winner of the 2013 Lake Sonoma 50m)
– Amy Rusiecki (3rd in 2013 http://runningrusieckis.blogspot.com/)
– Krissy Moehl (4th at 2012 Western States & 4th at 2012 Hardrock http://krissymoehl.com/blog/)
At this point, Sage Canaday, the 2013 winner, is not listed as an entrant. Neither is 5th place finisher Yassine Diboun (although Yassine will be in town and I doubt he is making the trip from Portland to be a spectator).
Race director Ian Golden has worked diligently to turn this into much more than just an ultra. On Friday, there will be a gathering at Ithaca Beer (http://ithacabeer.com/home/) where they will be launching an ultra beer (not to be confused with Mich Ultra). On Saturday, from 2:00-5:00, there will be one of only two North American screenings of the inaugural world tour portion of the Trails In Motion Film Festival (http://trailsinmotion.wordpress.com/). This event will be co-hosted by Matt Flaherty and Krissy Moehl. Finally, Yassine Diboun’s Animal Athletics (http://animalathleticspdx.com/) will be around for core/training/trail clinics either the few days before or after the race.
Finally, before wrapping up, I want to give a shout-out to race director Golden for getting 100% recycled and made-in-America race shirts, as well as pre and post-race food from local businesses.
I’m really looking forward to this event, and after this winter, June can’t come fast enough!