Mount Greylock Trail Races-A Father’s Day Tradition

As if 53 miles and like 12,000 feet of elevation gain/loss wasn’t enough. Debbie followed up her big day at the Pittsfield Peaks Ultra Challenge with a return visit to the Mount Greylock Trail Race. Coming into Sunday, both of us had streaks at Greylock. I think hers was 9 years before Sunday, and mine was about half of that (if that makes sense!). Greylock is always on Father’s Day. Greylock is normally the day before the Mount Washington Road Race, which both Deb and I have run before. Last year, Pittsfield was a week before Greylock. This year, it was all messed up. It was still Father’s Day on Sunday, but since June also started on a Sunday, Mount Washington is next Saturday and Pittsfield was yesterday. Whatever. 

The mountain. Serving notice.

With the road to the summit of Moby Dick (Mount Greylock), still under construction, the course was the same as last year. This version of the Greylock Gallop favors speed. Debbie opted to run the short course (5km) and I opted to hike the short course and take photos with Shep. She can’t wait for the day when the Thunderbolt Trail is once again part of the Greylock course. I’m happy to wait a bit longer.

Shep and I cross the line.

Those that ran the long race were treated to pretty good weather. It was a bit muggy with breaks of bright sunlight. The trails were a bit slick. I noted that more than one runner hit the deck in a slippery spot. Ben Nephew sped through this faster version of the 13.1 mile Gallop in a little more than 90 minutes. He was cooking. I couldn’t even get a front facing photo of him!

Ben Nephew shows his heals.

He was chased by the usual crowd. Results should be posted by tomorrow. Beth Krasemann continued her dominance of the Grand Tree Trail Running Series and had a good run to beat all the women. She was also well placed overall. 

Beth Krasemann had a fine run.

My old nemesis, Todd Brown, puts on the hurt.

The best part about Greylock is hanging out afterwards. The pot-luck lunch/BBQ was fabulous again and the whole Western Massachusetts Athletic Club gang deserves kudos for carrying on the tradition. I’m glad that Debbie and I are still “streaking” at Greylock. Shep got his first finish, and it is likely that we will be back next year, and probably to run long again.

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