It’s official! I’m signed up for the Virgil Crest 50-miler. It’s on September 20th – less than four weeks away!
As you can tell by the elevation chart above, it’s a tough one! The 50-mile course is +/- 12,000 feet. Not only that, the race has some tough competition.
The 2012 winner, Jeff Rixe, is already registered. In addition, the 2013 runner up, Andy Vermilyea, is also registered. So far there are 80 entrants in the 50-mile race.
However, things are actually more complicated than that! The race policy is:
If a 100-mile runner drops at the 50-mile mark ahead of the lead 50-mile entrant, the 100-mile runner will be awarded the top 50-mile place.
Normally, this would not be an issue. However, ultra star Sebastien Roulier is registered in the 100. This year alone, he has run 6:22 for 50 miles (1st overall at Salomon Trail Running Festival at Pineland Farms), 8:56 for 100km (1st overall at NJ Trail Festival) and 16:46 for 100 miles (6th overall at Vermont 100). He is the real deal.
I’m definitely looking forward to this race. The course is another Ian Golden creation, so you know it will be tough. Also, I’m considering the 100 for next year (it is a UTMB qualifier) and this will give me a good idea of what I’m up against.
Here’s a pretty cool video of the 100 (although the course has changed):
When is your next race?
What is your favorite fall race?