I’m Thankful For… XC and Ultras!!


The News

The North Face 50 Mile Championships are on Saturday. I would love to run this race someday. There is an awesome field competing for $10,000 in prize money.

On the men’s side, Rob Krar looks to return as champ. He will be up against Sage Canaday, Dakota Jones, Dylan Bowman, Zach Miller, Chris Vargo, Mike Aish, Paul Hamilton and Tim Tollefson.


1) Krar
2) Aish
3) Vargo

For the ladies, the battle will be between Magdalena Boulet, Stephanie Howe and Anna Frost. No disrespect to the other women in the field, but I don’t know how they crack the podium unless one of those three drops.


1) Stephanie
2) Magda
3) Frosty

Check out the Ultra Runner Podcast preview here.

Check out the iRunFar previews here: Men’s/Women’s


NXN (Nike Cross Nationals) will also be held on Saturday. High-school teams qualified by competing in eight regional championships. There is a new course this year (Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, OR), and I’m expecting more running and less stumbling through mud.

The results from the New York regional are available here. Local (and national) star Bryce Millar took the win – and 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th place were within four seconds of each other – wow!

The Manlius XC (Fayetteville-Manlius) boys scored 72 points for the win. The Manlius XC girls scored 34 for their win, half as many points as runner-up Kinetic (Saratoga High School). The FM powerhouse has a legitimate opportunity to win two national championships on Saturday. Who can stop them?

The championship races will be webcast here.

I encourage you to watch these races, as well as the Foot Locker Championships on December 13th. These kids are the running superstars of the future.

My Upcoming Races

Still none! But I am keeping an eye on these registration dates 🙂

December 6 – Cayuga Trails 50
December 15 – CNY Springtime 10k
January 1 – Finger Lakes Fifties

My Training

I was walking into work the other morning and I slipped and fell on the sidewalk – it was one of those lovely FML moments. I’m still in one piece, but I am a bit sore. I’ve been taking it easy the last few days. There is still some ice out there so you probably won’t see me running hard any time soon.


That’s about it for now! Thanks for reading!

Keep running!

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4 Responses to I’m Thankful For… XC and Ultras!!

  1. Phil Taylor says:

    I love the picture. There’s nothing more fun in a race than the crazy first minute or so that everyone bursts off the starting line. I take it you’re from upstate NY. I recognized the high school names. I grew up running cross country and road races in the Syracuse area.

  2. Shawna says:

    a guy i work with just ran a 50-mile ultra and said it was the hardest thing he’s ever done — and i consider him a really good runner. apparently it was a lot of trail and mountain running and he wasn’t prepped for that. i give these ppl so much credit! that’s amazing.

  3. Angie says:

    Ouch! Sorry to hear about the fall. Those always mess me up for a few days too and of course I really feel it by day 2. Rest up!

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