Appalachia Book Review: Trail Running Western Massachusetts

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Winter/Spring 2016 issue of Appalachia arrived in mailboxes last week. Appalachia, published continuously since 1876, is America’s oldest mountaineering and conservation journal. It appears twice a year, in June (Summer/Fall) and December (Winter/Spring).

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This issue is loaded with great essays and poetry. Like vinyl records and film cameras, Appalachia is a throwback. You have to buy it to read it in hard copy, but like a new record (in an old format), its worth your time and money.

I’ve written for Appalachia in the past, including a story about our 2005 Long Trail End-to-End hike. That essay was published in the June 2006 issue. In the latest issue, I have a book review. The subject of the review is Ben Kimball’s, Trail Running Western Massachusetts.

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For sixteen years, my wife Debbie Livingston and I have been running on trails all over New England. Many trail running pioneers hail from Connecticut, where we live, but the real epicenter of trail running in our region during the past 25 years is the region this book covers, western Massachusetts.

The long-running New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series predates the recent trail-running boom by many years. ese races launched by the Western Massachusetts Athletic Club (WMAC) spurred growth in the sport. The forests, parks, and trail systems of western Massachusetts make it an ideal place to run.

I have in past years felt skeptical about the idea of a trail-running guide, but Kimball’s book changed my mind. He proves that it does make sense to have a reference book to help runners learn about the best trails. It is a wonderful resource for runners of all ability levels, and it creates a model for future trail-running guides. i’m already imagining a series of these guides built around a standard, just as the Appalachian Mountain Club has done with its many hiking guides.

Debbie and I own lots of guides that were written for hikers, and we have adapted them for trail running. We use the AMC’s White Mountain Guide and Maine Mountain Guide, the Green Mountain Club’s Long Trail Guide, and Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s Connecticut Walk Book, for examples. Even in a digital world, we would be at a loss without these books. We use them extensively when running and fast-packing, covering distances in less than half the average hiking times.

Hiking guides sometimes are too bulky to carry on the trail. Trail Running Western Massachusetts is a compact 6.9 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches. it weighs only 12.6 ounces and easily fits into a hydration backpack or small butt pack designed for running. All of the maps are contained within the pages of the book. Kimball did the writing, photography, and cartography for this book. In New England, there is no precedent for a trail-running guide. A handful of guides from other parts of the country exist, but they don’t appear to establish a standard. I don’t know if Kimball used the AMC’s guides as a model, but I see in influences.

The nine-page introduction is an important section in which Kimball discusses conservation, etiquette, safety, trail access, and then discusses “How to Use is Book.” As an experienced runner, I appreciate Kimball’s brevity. However, if I put myself in the shoes of a neophyte trail runner, I realize that he manages to cover all of the necessary ground. He introduces the reader to trail running, how it differs from road running, and how hiking and trail running coexist. Early in his introduction, he stresses conservation and the environmental impacts of trail use. He gives tips on how to interact with other trail users. I read the safety section through the eyes of a beginner trail runner; and it is a good primer on hydration, insects, wildlife, and common injuries/illnesses.

He explains in his introduction that he offers options for extending or shortening each of the routes he’ll describe. Each route offers “quick referenced data” (distance, difficulty rating, trail style, trail type, and town) followed by a brief description of the route, directions to the trailhead, “turn-by-turn” trail descriptions, and a section dubbed “nearby” that references additional trail running opportunities in the vicinity.

Kimball reminds readers that running routes go over public and private lands as he previews the 51 “site locations” that are the heart of the guide. Each site profile is a chapter that covers a designated trail-running route.

The description for each route is like an advertisement for your run. Kimball often identifies the overall condition of the trail (e.g., “rocky and rooty”), the best time of the week or year to run, notable views, and other fun facts. If you are skimming through the various sites, the quick-referenced data and these opening paragraphs are all you need to decide where to go.

The print maps for each site are detailed enough with the route clearly identified. Trailhead parking, nearby roads, landmarks, and other trails are noted. A mileage scale and key on every map are handy for reference. The maps include contour lines, but with no elevation figures noted. I enjoy the simplicity, but I also like data. With trail running, elevation gained and lost is important information and good for bragging about your adventures. including elevation data on the print maps and in the descriptions would be a welcome update.

Though each route has Kimball’s subjective difficulty rating of “easy, moderate, challenging, or a combination,” I would like to know more about the author’s criteria. Does he have a formula? Difficulty in trail running is usually dictated by a combination of terrain and elevation. (UltraRunning magazine, for example, rates trail races on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most difficult.) obviously, distance is a factor too, but the 51 site locations are all short-to-middle-distance routes. Elevation and surface keys adaptable for New England trails would enhance the guide. On a map at the beginning of the book, the sites for the various routes are marked. It could be expanded to include distance, difficulty rating, and trail type. At a glance, I would like to see all 51 routes the book covers marked specifically on the map. I like tables and think that expanding this section to include one with the extra information would be a welcome addition.

There are many ways to use the guide. As mentioned, it is small enough to carry, though that would not be my approach. If you carry the guide, seal it in a waterproof freezer bag to keep it dry. Rain, sweat, or a hydration pack leak would make a mess of the paper version. Because you are typically doing one route at a time, and each description and map is no more than four pages, I would photocopy the route and carry a couple of pages.

If you are digitally inclined and carry a mobile device on your runs, then you can easily scan or photograph the information in the guide. In the corner of each map is a QR code. I tested this with my iPhone after downloading a free reader. The code gives you access to a PDF version of each map and additional photos of the trail. There is an e-book for Kindle that can also be read on an iPad, but if you own the print version, the only way to access the site descriptions is to have the book. The maps are also available at www.trailrunningsites.com. But remember that you have to have enough battery life to last through your run and that you should be self-sufficient on your run, not relying on a phone signal for access to the internet or the outside world. Debbie suggested that you bookmark the page of your run and leave that on your car dashboard so others know where you went should you not return on time.

One of the great benefits of this guide is that it will spur runners to leave the roads, seek the trails, and explore new routes. It will encourage healthy exercise, inform you, and increase your love of the outdoors.

2015 Appalachian Mountain Club Photo Contest

I took 3rd place in the Recreation Close to Home category of the 21st Appalachian Mountain Club Photo Contest. My photo, Rail Trail Snowshoe, was taken on the Hop River State Park Trail in my hometown of Bolton, Connecticut in February 2015 during our epic winter. The low resolution image in this post doesn’t do it justice.

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Debbie, the kids, and I ventured out during a heavy snowfall to explore the trails in Bolton Notch State Park and Freja Town Park. The rail trail is right out our front door. We love where we live.

Congratulations to all of the honorees. We have some amazing photographers in our club.

I had to sit out of the 2014 contest after winning in 2013. I had winning images in 2011 and 2009. At this rate, I sit out every even year! I’m proud to keep my streak of honored images alive, and I’m looking forward to 2017.

2015 Scrooge Scramble

Today was the 25th annual Scrooge Scramble 5 kilometer road race to benefit the Cornerstone Foundation in Rockville, Connecticut.

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This race has been a Christmas Day tradition for our family for many years. We have been having record warm temperatures in New England. It was in the low-60’s Fahrenheit, which made for a very runner friendly race.

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This race has been a Christmas Day tradition for our family for many years. We have been having record warm temperatures in New England. It was in the low-60’s Fahrenheit, which made for a very runner friendly race.

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The crowd that showed up was certainly a record, and that is a good thing. The donations to the shelter/soup kitchen are likely to be a record too. We have run this race in frigid temperatures and snow, so today was a welcome reprieve from winter.

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I chose to run hard for the first time in a long time and I’ll pay  the price the next few days. My quadriceps are shot. Debbie ran with our kids. She got her workout in when we dropped her off at the tunnel in Vernon so she could run the rail trail to the start. I brought my bicycle and road the same rail trail home. It was such a beautiful day, we wanted to spend as much time outside as possible.

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It was great to see so many friends. Both the Shenipsit Striders and Silk City Striders were well represented.

Merry Christmas!

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Race Results

2015 Bear Mountain Hike

Today, we had a wonderful family hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in northwestern Connecticut. We did the Bear Mountain loop, which is really a “lollipop.” We started on Rt. 41 in Salisbury at the Undermountain Trail parking lot. We hiked up to the AT, then north on the AT over the summit of Bear Mountain and down to Sage’s Ravine. There, we picked up the Paradise Trail and took it back to the Undermountain Trail junction, and then back to the parking lot.

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I’ve done this six-mile loop several times before, but today was the first time with our kids. Debbie and I could have run it in a little more than an hour, but it ended up taking us four hours, which is just fine. It was cold, right around the freezing mark, but the sunshine was very nice and the wind wasn’t bad. There was some treacherous black ice in spots, particularly headed down in to Sage’s Ravine where the sun wasn’t hitting the trail. It was a beautiful day.

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The Undermountain Trail is part of the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail system and is maintained by volunteers from the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. The AT in Connecticut is maintained by the Connecticut Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

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Bear Mountain is the highest summit in the state, but it isn’t the high point. That is on the flanks of Mt. Frissell, which peaks out in Massachusetts just north of the border. The views from Bear are the finest of any Connecticut ridge, and today, they are fabulous.

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2015 Elm City Cross

This evening, it was bittersweet for me to put away all of my cyclocross gear. The season came to a satisfying end at today’s Elm City Cross in New Haven, Connecticut. This was the final race in the CT Series of Cross. I’ve seen social media posts from many of my friends from the New England cyclocross community, and they share my sentiment about the season coming to a close. There are a couple more races (late additions to the calendar) and some folks are heading south in January for the USA National Championships, but I’m going to end this sporting year on a high note.

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I did seven of the eight CT Series races. This is the best little race series around, so thank you to all of the individual Race Directors, organizers, officials, sponsors, and volunteers. Thank you to all my fellow racers, particularly in the super-competitive 40+ field. Hats off to each of you for the battles during the four race weekends spread out over the last four months. The unseasonably warm fall weather was a big factor in making this season even more fun. I don’t mind mud, and we had a little, but we didn’t do any races in extreme cold or moisture. Conditions were just fine with me. Like the weather for yesterday’s March Farm CycloMadness, today was a very warm day. The venue at Edgewood Park in urban New Haven was really good. I had never been there, and it is a hidden gem. A real highlight was that it was super kid friendly (like March Farm), but in a totally different way. The skate park was really cool and the course went straight through it. It provided my son and his friends with hours of enjoyment. We went from the rural Litchfield Hills yesterday to the City of New Haven today.

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After missing all of the 2014 cyclocross season with a broken shoulder (fractured scapula) suffered in a road crash on Labor Day Weekend last year, I was pumped to race a full season in 2015. Throughout the fall, I was knocking on the door of an age group podium in the smaller races, but came up short on several occasions. I blew several sprints, but was happy to be racing near the front, and my form was building. This weekend, I peaked and it felt good. I wasn’t first yesterday or today, but in my little groups, I was able to cover every attack, and it seemed like I could close any gap. I proved that today, when late in the race, my group of three got into lapped traffic. I was able to bide my time, get around the slower riders, and then bridge back up. Today, those riders were my Team Horst Sports mate, Wade Summers, and Robert Marcinko. We had a fierce battle in the last two laps. Wade and I worked together the entire race. He is coming on strong after being sidelined for a month with his own shoulder injury. Coming in to today’s race, I was third in the series points, trailing Chris Peck and Laurence Merling of the rival Expo Wheelman. Chris moved to California mid-season and fell short of the mandatory five races to qualify for the overall points. Right behind me was Joe Kubisek, yesterday’s winner. He was today’s favorite, and he lived up to the billing, beating Tim Ratta in a sprint, which nailed down the win for the series.

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I had to pick up three spots on Laurence, which wasn’t easy. By the end of the first lap, Joe and Tim had separated themselves from the rest of us. Wade, Laurence, and I were chasing, with Laurence applying most of the pressure in the early going. I had a good start, but it took me a few laps to warm up. When I did, I took my turn applying the pressure. Wade pitched in, and we eventually gapped Laurence. We were hammering up the gravel climb in our little rings, and then bombing the descent. Wade and I rode very clean races. I skidded through several corners thanks to the abundant acorns and the loose gravel on parts of the course, but I was in control the whole time.

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With 1.5 laps to go, Wade and I were slowed by several riders from the 50+ and 60+ fields. They started two and four minutes behind us respectively, so we were lapping them. When we got stuck behind them on some single track, Robert was able to close the gap, which surprised us a bit. We stayed together until the last lap, when Robert was very aggressive. He drove the pace from the front and attacked us on several occasions. Wade chased him hard and I followed. I didn’t plan to wait for a sprint, but I had no choice. I couldn’t close the gap. Robert was riding on the hairy edge, and I was banking on him making a mistake. That mistake came with three turns to go, and in the finish line in sight. He cut hard left, slid on the acorns, and clipped a tree with his shoulder and face. That sent him to the ground. I didn’t quite see if he came completely off of his bike. Wade was right behind him and I was about three seconds back. I seized the opportunity and jumped to get to Wade’s wheel. We took the last two turns off the grass and on to the asphalt finishing stretch. Robert was back on his bike quickly, but we had the advantage and it was a fast sprint to the finish. I ended up first in our group and third on the day. Wade followed, and then came Robert. Laurence came in next. The three spot spread gave me the points I needed to tie him for the series with today’s final the tiebreaker. It was good clean racing right until the end, and it was a satisfying conclusion to the season.

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I never got my much training in this year, and all of my races have been short, but all of those races were intense interval sessions, which is very effective for me. This fall, I did get in some efficient workouts. Debbie’s Coach, Al Lyman, tailored a Pursuit Athletic Performance plan with a cross-specific version for me, and it was effective. I had a goal of racing 15 cyclocross races, and ended up doing 16. The eight Winding Trails Triathlon Series races that I did in July and August were perfect training because they were all 48-52 minutes long, which is the same as a cross race. I’ll probably run a couple of road races before the year is out, but all of my cyclocross, triathlon, trail running, road running, and mountain bike races have totaled 40 for the year to date. That’s awesome coming off a year when I had both a broken foot and a broken shoulder. I couldn’t ask for more given all of my family, work, and non-profit commitments. I also spend a lot of energy and time supporting Debbie with her trail running, ultrarunning, and triathlon; and we had some amazing race adventures together. She “shut it down” after September’s ULTRA-TRAIL Mt. FUJI, which gave me the opportunity to do a full cross campaign.

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The Horst Engineering Cycling Team has had a fantastic cyclocross season, and our Horst Spikes have been a real hit. The successful sales have made cross even more fun. Pat Cunningham, my podium partner from yesterday’s race, closed out his CT Series with a second place finish today, which netted him the overall title. My colleague and teammate, Arthur Roti, crashed out of today’s race, but reports are that it was in dramatic fashion, which even brought a smile to Art’s face. Andris Skulte and Randall Dutton both raced the 4/5 race today. We were even visited by our roadie friends, Max Accaputo, Erik Emanuel, Trent Sullivan, and A. Zane Wenzel; who rode down to watch some of the races.

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Today, there was another huge Juniors race. I’m already looking forward to the 2016 cyclocross season when our son, Shepard, is ready to graduate from the kid’s race to Juniors. Connecticut has one of the best kids cyclocross communities in the country. The CCAP deserves a lot of credit for that.  Now, I just need to carry this form through the winter.

Race Results (will be posted when online)

2015 March Farm CycloMadness

It had been a few weeks since I raced cyclocross, and I was happy to be back at it at the March Farm CycloMadness in beautiful Bethlehem, Connecticut. I was supposed to race last weekend in RI, but didn’t feel up to it. I had travel earlier this week (Sun-Wed) in Southern California and couldn’t afford to be tired for the trip. Today, this multi-purpose farm (including Christmas Trees), had a holiday vibe in so many ways, but one… it was 60 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of our race, which is unseasonably warm for the 12th day of December. It felt more like mid-October, which if it wasn’t such a bad sign that our climate is warming, would be awesome. Well, for a day, it was pretty awesome to race in shorts and hang out after the race in shirtsleeves.

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The Masters Men had their usual CT Series of Cross early morning start. We took the back roads to Litchfield County, and departed Bolton at 6:00 A.M. to make the 8:30 A.M. race. When Shepard and I pre-rode the course, he said, “This is nothing like Fitchburg,” referring to the NECXBAR Finals two weeks ago on a dead flat and fast track. Today’s course was the opposite of that. My Garmin results show how hilly the course is. In 10 miles, we gained 700 feet and descended 700, which is a lot for a cross race, and I loved it. I had a good start and charged up the big climb on the first lap in the big ring, but every lap after that, I used the little ring.

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The climb snaked its way up through the apple orchard. It was wise to stay off of the rotting apples at the end of the worn path. They were like ice. The top of the course had a great view of the valley below. The descent was fast and technical as you went down, leveled out, went down again, and then leveled, and then down to the bottom of the course. Those drops were steep with the last one a treacherous affair with no clean line. Whether you went left, right, or center, you were greeted with a muddy hollow filled with sharp rocks. Half of our field flatted. Some punctured on these rocks in the mud. Others in the corn maze that followed.

 

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The corn stalks were sharp and there were some hidden rocks in this swampy section. I took it in the little ring. There were several hairpin turns in inside the maze that required concentration as you road over the matted down stalks. The fields were slow with the grass high and lush from the warm autumn the two have had. There was one set of barriers on a rare flat stretch. One of the steep uphills required a dismount after hairpin turn. I used my Mini Standard Horst Spikes and they worked great. I absolutely love these rough courses with lots of elevation change. So many of this year’s races have been on super-fast tracks. The good weather has kept the mud to a minimum. Only the SuperCross Cup in New York rivaled today’s course. I’m sure there were a lot of complaints. Not everyone likes the climbing and rough descents coupled with slow fields grass. I had a blast. I also do better when the race is longer. Today’s race was just shy of 51 minutes. By contrast, on a fast course, Fitchburg was 40 minutes and I was hoping for another lap.

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After that good start, I settled in to fourth place. By the end of the first lap, I moved up to third and then on the second lap, got up to second. My teammate Wade Summers was in my group, but he punctured and was a ways from the pit. My other teammate, Pat Cunningham, who normally races 50+, but opted for 40+ and some different competition, moved up to join me. The two of us applied some pressure as we chased the leader, Joe Kubisek. Joe got a gap that we never closed. For six laps, Pat and I worked together. He was gracious and stuck with me. We traded pulls and alternated taking the front. With 1.5 laps to go after we crested the high point on the course, I detected some softness in my front tire. On the big descent as we took a fast right-hand turn, my front wheel started to wash out. I hung on but ended up in the edge of the woods. Pat was trailing me and came by. I told him that I flatted.

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It came in the perfect spot because we were within 100 meters of the pit. I was able to ride the deflating tire all the way. I dropped my Seven Cycles Mudhoney and picked up my Seven Cycles Tsunami. I hated to leave my Mudhoney because it handles much better, has disc brakes, and is one of my favorite bikes, but the Tsunami isn’t a bad pit bike. The gap to Joe was around 20 seconds and I felt we had a chance to close it, but after I lost about 20 seconds with the bike change, the goal was to hold on to second and third. Pat was very gracious. He waited for me to catch up and we continued to work together during the last lap. He got the workout he wanted and he let me have the points for second place. It was the good teamwork that nailed down the two podium spots for Team Horst Sports. Joe rode a strong race to take the win.

It was a bittersweet day. After a tough work week, I rallied to make it to today’s race. With such an early start, I still had a chance to have a full Saturday. I stopped at the shop on the way back to do a few work related tasks. Then, Debbie, the kids and I went to the Connecticut Science Center for Scouts Robotics Day. After that, we even had time to pick out and cut down a Christmas Tree at a local farm in Andover.

It was great to go to the cross race with my son. He had a blast on the playground and tricycle track that surrounds it. The farm store was stocked with apples and pastries, thanks to race sponsor, Ovens of France. The sadness I feel is that cyclocross season is coming to an end. I originally planned to go to the USA National Cyclocross Championships in Asheville, North Carolina next month, but the race schedule, 16 hour drive, and our work volume at Horst Engineering is going to keep me closer to home. I’m fine with it, but I still would love to keep racing cross this season, especially if the weather is going to remain mild. The last race is going to be tomorrow, the CT Series finals at the Elm City Cross in New Haven. I can’t wait.

Race Results

2015 Manchester Road Race

Today was my 26th Manchester Road Race, and it was a wonderful one. I have no favorites, but this year, I took it easy (again) and jogged it with Debbie and our son, Shepard. It wasn’t a jog for him. He had to push, and he ran a fantastic time. This was his third MRR, and I hope he continues the tradition and “streaks” as long as he can.

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It was my 21st in a row. We had incredible weather, with our warmer than usual autumn continuing. The sunshine was brilliant and the temperature was way above normal. For us, the MRR isn’t just one event. It is a week of celebrating. Last Saturday, Debbie ran the Know Your Pace Race, with our Silk City Striders friends. That was followed by the Manchester Road Race Expo, and then the Little Manchester Road Race.

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Both of our kids participated, with our daughter running the one mile, and our son running the two-mile. More than 800 kids were registered for the four races, which also included a 100 yard dash (for the littlest ones), and a 1/2 mile. Last weekend’s weather was also excellent.

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Last night, we went to the annual spaghetti dinner at the Elk’s Lodge. We saw many of our friends there, and again today at the race on Main Street. Given the extraordinary weather conditions, its likely that the race was maxed out at the 15,000 runner limit, and that most of them showed up and did the 4.748 mile race. Next year will be a big one; it will be the 80th anniversary.

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At last night’s dinner, we heard Charlie Duggan and Steve Gates speak. Charlie won the 1980 edition of the race, and to this day, Steve’s time in 1980 remains the fastest that a Manchester native has ever run on the course. This year’s winners were Will Geoghegan and Diana Nukuri. She repeated her 2014 victory, and he won for the first time, out kicking local favorite, Donn Cabral, of Glastonbury. We got to see Donn at last night’s dinner, and hope that he wins this one someday. He is close to the top step.

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Neither Debbie or I were interested in racing hard. I’m focused on cyclocross and haven’t been running much. I didn’t feel like pushing with some nagging “lower body” (like a hockey player) injuries. Debbie decided to “shut it down” after September’s ULTRA-TRAIL Mt. FUJI. It was nice of Debbie’s mom, Barbara, to stay with our daughter at St. James Church near the start/finish line. The support of the Schieffer Family is another Thanksgiving tradition.

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Our son had a strong run. Debbie and I are proud of him for being positive and having a great attitude. He ran steady the whole way and his net time was just under 38 minutes, which is wonderful for a little guy. At the four mile mark, he really wanted some water. There are no official water stations, but with 20,000 spectators, someone always has water. Debbie spotted a table on the left side of the road. We were on the right, so I had to backtrack and cross traffic to get the water. To my surprise, they also had beer, so I asked for one of each, and they were so kind to oblige. I caught back up to them with a can of Busch in my left hand, and a cup of water in my right. Both Shep and I were happy!

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It was nice to see the Welts family down from New Hampshire! In addition to seeing many of our Silk City Striders friends, we hooked up with our main club, the Shenipsit Striders. This weekend is our annual Shenipsit Trail End-to-End Run on Saturday. If you are interested in running any distance up to about 50 miles, then join the club! This year we are going south to north.

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I’m already looking forward to next year’s 80th. Maybe our daughter will join us for her first MRR. Maybe I’ll run hard. We will see…

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