Savoy Mountain Trail Race–Not for Beginners!

Before the Mount Toby Trail Run, both Richard Busa and Ben Nephew were telling me about Savoy. Richard ran it and Ben heard about it. Apparently, the course was even muddier than usual and ended up being 23+ miles instead of the 20 advertised. That does make a difference on a hot August morning. Deb and I have done Savoy in the past, but this year, the out and back 20 miler was cancelled. That gave me the opportunity to do the Hampshire 100. As it turns out, Savoy was saved a few weeks before the scheduled date, and remade into a race with two 10 mile loops. The WMAC Trilogy lives!

Both Richard and Ben referenced the race winner’s blog. They said it was hilarious. So, I had to check it out. I agree. Jim Johnson’s account of his “first trail race” was pretty funny. Though, I guess it wouldn’t have been so funny if he really got hurt. It sounds like he escaped serious injury/illness more than once. First place is not bad for a newbie. You have to read his post, the subsequent comments, and then his replies. Ignore the cursing and focus on the dialogue. It is mildly entertaining. 

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, at least most of the time. But, what about the attack comment on back of the packers? Here is an out of context postscript from one good natured runner: “Personally I never understood the whole ‘take in the scenery’ thing at trail and mountain race. I thought that what hiking was for.” That is an unedited copy/paste (except for punctuation), so we know that this guy should stick with running and avoid the English teacher career track. 

I’m kind of hoping that his comment was tongue in cheek. Whoa, quite a controversy started by Mr. Johnson. I wonder what some of these speedsters would think of Karl Meltzer now that he is WALKING the Appalachian Trail instead of RUNNING. Would they call him a wuss? 

Oh well, Johnson will probably survive from his experience. I’ve had similar problems in races, though never while winning! I’ve got scars to prove it. I joke with Deb that I “hate running” but I still go out there and suffer; all in the name of fun.

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