Guest Post by Tim Twietmeyer
Hey, Craig says all the really smart ultrarunners read his blog (he needs something to bring up the average IQ of the site). So, I present the question to the brains of the sport – do runners really care if a 50k is exactly 31 miles? I ask as last weekend the Way Too Cool race lengthened the course to make it a “true” 50k. It’s nice to know you’re running the right distance, but in making the course change, it throws out all the great historical times that have been run on the traditional course. It’s a total reset on all the course records that have been set on the old course. There have been some REALLY fast times on that course by some great runners like Ann Trason and Uli Steidl and Carl Anderson and Rich Hanna and a few others. So, if you had your choice would you like to see the same course year-in year-out or would you rather ensure that the course is a true distance and change accordingly. Let the juices flow.
BTW, I hope Craig and Andy Three-names carried Meghan’s gear to her car and bought her dinner after she dropped a royal Smackdown on those boys at WTC. Nice work Meghan! Glad I’ve moved to an age group above her.