Virgil Crest 50-Miler (Before – Part I)


The Virgil Crest Ultras are on Saturday and I will be participating in the 50-Miler. Today’s post is going to be a general preview, and tomorrow’s post will by my personal preview.

As you can see by the elevation chart above, the course is quite challenging. This year, there will be about 11,000 feet of elevation gain (and double that for the 100-mile race). I think most of the hills will be runnable. With that being said, the hills at miles 14, 17, 34 and 37 might just be too much.

The forecast has been fluctuating over the course of the week. As of right now, it looks like the temperature will be about 50 degrees at the start, and it will climb to about 70 degrees throughout the day on Saturday. It will be fairly humid and there is a chance of rain in the afternoon. Overall, I don’t really have any complaints about the forecast.

This race will certainly be competitive. The 100-miler includes Sebastien Roulier, Denis Mikhaylov and James Blandford.

As far as the ladies, Kat Clewley will be the one to watch – she has run 18:37 for 100 miles.

The 100-Mile Course Records are:

Jeff Browning 17:34
Kelly Wilson 23:26

The 50-miler includes Jeff Rixe (the 2012 winner), Adam Wilson, Silas Carey, Andy Vermilyea (2nd overall last year) and me.

The women’s race includes Rene Hoover and Rebekah Catalano (4th woman in 2013).

The 50-Mile Course Records are:

Cole Crosby 8:00
Aliza Lapierre 8:29

I believe you will be able to track the 100-mile race here and the 50-mile race here.

Check back tomorrow for my personal preview!

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9 Responses to Virgil Crest 50-Miler (Before – Part I)

  1. Maria Mintz says:

    Good luck, Jason! Hope you reach your goal time and have a safe race!!!

  2. rbellkelley4 says:

    I paced the 2nd place male 100 mile finisher last year…the mud was unbelievable!(I will be hoping for clear skies for you this year!) Its a beautiful course and the RD is so very nice! You’ll have a great time I’m sure, good luck!

    • Jason says:

      Thank you – I appreciate that! There have been a few course changes and the weather has been great so I’m hoping it’s not a repeat of last year with regard to the mud! You’re a good guy for pacing through the night!!

  3. rbellkelley4 says:

    No worries! 🙂

  4. Chris P says:

    Good luck, Jason! What a challenge this is, but I just know you will do well.

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