Monroe Dunbar Brook Trail Race

An epic week of travel was capped off with a quick trip to The Berkshires for the Monroe Dunbar Brook Trail Race, which was the final race of the 2007 WMAC Trilogy. I was in the desert Southwest last week when New England experienced one of its warmest October’s on record. The temperature was a bit more seasonal on Sunday during the race, but it was still warmer than past Monroe’s. The leaves were barely changed and the brook was quite shallow. Debbie and I both ran while Deb’s Mom, Barbara,  watched Shep at the start/finish. Monroe is one of our favorite Grand Tree events.

 Lovely trees in the grove at the start/finish.

It is set along the Deerfield River, near the TransCanada hydro-electric plant No. 5 on the Monroe/Florida, Massachusetts town line. The course is awesome. It is mostly singletrack with some fire roads. It crests 2730 foot Spruce Peak and covers 10.5 miles with its lollipop layout.

Bob Sharkey, “Silverback” Rich Busa, and Nipmuck Dave.

Despite riding/running the Vermont 50 a week before with all of the travel in between, I had a decent run. So did Deb. She finished second among the women and felt pretty good. Monroe is short and fast, but it always feels good to finish this one strong since it is typically at the end of a long season. 

Sheba and Shepard.

The best part of the day was spending time with many of our trail running friends. The post race pot-luck cookout is always a blast. The Alibozek’s always bring some of their harvested pumpkins and other vegetables to share with the gang. Monroe isn’t the last race of the year, but it is the symbolic end of the trail running season. Most likely, we will be headed to Lynchburg, Virginia for the Mountain Masochist Trail Run in early November, so our season is far from over. Mt. Masochist is 50 miles, so Deb will be running and I will be crewing. I’m going to save my legs for cyclo-cross season, which actually begins for me this weekend at the Grand Prix of Gloucester (Massachusetts). I’m not sure if I’ll run another trail race this year. I miss it already!


Deb relaxes post race.    Bob Stoker basks in the sun following a strong race.

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