VT50 Results & Aftershocks

Most of my friends who ran or rode the VT50 have sore legs today. Two days after is always the worst. “Delayed onset muscle soreness,” or DOMS as I like to call it, really hurts.

Whenever the VT50 is over, you keep your fingers crossed to make sure that we didn’t wear out our welcome with the landowners. Access to the trails are key, and it is the trails that make the race special. Hopefully, there was little litter (other than all those mountain bike numbers), not too much damage/erosion, and that everyone was courteous.

The results weren’t available when I first posted, but they are now available for the trail runs:

50 Mile

50 Kilometer

Aliza Lapierre did win the 50 mile race again in a nice sub-eight hour performance. As previously reported, Leigh Schmitt was the 50 mile men’s winner. Glen Redpath won the 50 kilometer race and Debbie Livingston was the women’s winner. As always, all of those who ran are winners because this is a challenging race.

It could be a while before we see results for the mountain bike event. I traded e-mails with the race leadership and it is clear that they recognize the seriousness of the number debacle, so there is no reason to pile on. My number fell off at the two mile mark, but I was able to grab it and stuff it under my shirt. Eventually, it turned into a tiny wad of mush. I would have needed a forensic scientist to read it. Thankfully, I remembered my number…86…see, I still remember. Most of the 600+ mountain bikers had the same issue. With all the moisture and mud, the paper numbers just disintegrated.

I vote that a larger share of the 2009 $125 entry fee should be devoted to the numbers and timing system. This race has gotten far to big for a manual system and it is time for the promoters to migrate to a chip timing system. Our running club, the Shenipsit Striders, had tons of issues at this year’s Soapstone Mountain Trail Race,  so we know how critical accurate timing is. We took a lot of heat for inaccurate and late results. Having instant results is expected in the internet age. No excuses.

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