Today was the Mt. Greylock Trail Races, a Father’s Day tradition. Greylock is one of the WMAC Trilogy races and also one of the original New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series races. It was even featured in today’s Hartford Courant, as one of the top ten toughest trail running races in New England. Courant reporter, Lori Riley, gave Debbie and me a call earlier this week to get our thoughts on this list. With the big initial climb straight to the summit of Massachusetts highest peak, and the rugged descending, Greylock is worthy of being on the list.
Debbie ran it for the 17th year in a row. She has run it single, run it married without kids, run it pregnant, run it after having kids, and now run it as a 40 year-old. When you have a streak like this, you use it as a measuring stick. She had another streak broken earlier this year when she skipped 7 Sisters, after 16 in a row, in favor of running the Miwok 100K.
I’m sure she will return to Sisters, but this year, the change was good. Debbie started running the Grand Tree circuit as a 24 year-old and now is one of the veterans of the series. It’s kind of cool to think about the number of friends that we have made in the trail running community. It’s always great to return to Greylock Glen and exchange war stories.
Today, the day dawned chilly with heavy rain, but by afternoon when the runners were finishing, it was warm, and the sun was peeking out of the clouds. We never saw the tower at the summit of Greylock because it remained shrouded in fog and clouds, but we knew the top of the mountain was there.
I opted to hang out in the Glen with our daughter and take photos. My left foot isn’t ready for the pounding of the Grand Tree race courses. I’m nursing it through 2015 with only short races on easy terrain. Our son ran his third Greylock 5K (short course) and had a blast. I think I know where he gets his competitive desire.
First place in the long course went to Mark Rabasco. He was followed by Karl Young and Stanislav Trufanov. First woman was Kehr Davis. She was fourth overall. She was followed by Athena Eyster and then by Debbie.
We hung out after the race and then enjoyed a meal in Northampton on the drive home. Greylock is a tradition, that for now, continues.