The Run For Regis 50K and Half Marathon Trail Race takes me to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for my first ultra of 2014. The proceeds of the event go toward the Regis Shivers Scholarship which is awarded to a graduating high school runner in honor of Regis Shivers. The start and finish of this run are at the Ledges Shelter, which is the same place where mile 65 aid station was during the Burning River 100. It was cool to see this area in the day light because it has awesome scenery and last summer during Burning River it was dark when I came through the trails. The cool thing about this event is that it takes place in the dead of winter so it adds an extra challenge because you never know what the weather will be like. They also make it clear that during bad weather you can consider yourself finished at whatever distance you are comfortable with and then you can collect your race jacket and dive into some vegan chili. The race director, Tanya Cady, does a fantastic job of organizing this race and the aid stations were top notch. I have been training since November for the Indiana Trail 100 which is April 26th and my training plan called for a 50K on this weekend so it worked out perfectly to sign up for this race.
|Pre-race speech..everyone is straight frozen!|
|A good view of the start / finish area wave #1. Snow snow snow!|
|Camelbak is under the coat to keep water from freezing|
|Almost to the finish line!|
Check out this video, taken by participant Michael Semick, that captures how awesome the course was on that cold February day. He did the half marathon so the video follows the 8 mile loop first and then the 5 mile loop: