I signed up for a 100. 100 miles. 101.6 to be exact. Originally, I wanted to do the Virgil Crest 100 because it was a UTMB qualifier. Sadly, it is no longer. ITRA has eliminated “loop” courses, which includes Virgil Crest. Honestly, this soured my view of UTMB. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is.
Now, back to Virgil Crest. I decided to run Virgil because it will be my first 100 and I wanted an easy course. Kidding! This thing is a monster. Only four people have broken 20 hours – and only one of them (Denis Mikhaylove) did it on the new course.
I decided to run it because it’s local and I’ve already done the 50, so I know the course. Also, I like Ian’s races (he’s the RD). They are extremely challenging and well organized.
Finally, it’s not until September, so it fits well with my other races.
Anyhow, we’ll see what happens!