Monthly Archives: May 2009

Pack Monadnock 10-Miler

Race #2 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit  (“Mountain Goat” Series)

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Pack Monadnock 10-Miler in Wilton, NH.

“Pack” is the 2nd race in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit (the “Mountain Goat” Series.) If you run all six races in the series, you get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year.

The 10-mile course is really two races. The first 8.5 miles are a pleasant, rolling tour of scenic Southern New Hampshire. But the final 1.5 miles is very steep. A spiral staircase. You climb and turn and climb and turn…and with every turn, you think This time it’s the summit. Has to be! This time for sure…

But it’s never the summit. Every turn just takes you to another stretch of road that seems intent on spiralling you right up to the sky.

I am probably giving the wrong impression here. The course is beautiful, and the final 1.5-mile climb to the summit of Pack is no big deal. (Certainly nothing like Mt. Washington or Loon.) But that road to the summit comes after 8.5 miles of rolling country roads…so it is TOUGH when you finally reach the mountain and have to dig.

My advice? Take it Easy. Treat the first 8.5 miles as a warmup. Don’t get carried away. If you wear yourself out before reaching Pack itself, you will regret it.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn’t stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the Pack Monadnock 10-miler:

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Wachusett Mountain Race

Race #1 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit  (“Mountain Goat” Series)

Wachusett is the first race in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit (the “Mountain Goat” Series.) If you run all six races in the series, you get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year.

In past years, this was a road race.  You ran up a very steep road (aptly named “Mile Hill Road”), and then up the winding Auto Road to the summit of Mt. Wachusett.  Steep…challenging…but pretty straightforward.  Nothing technical.  Just asphalt.

This year, however, the auto road to the summit was closed for construction.  So the race organizers came up with something new.  We ran up Mile Hill Road, and then turned into the woods for several miles of trails.  We never reached the summit…but we had a great run around the shoulder of the mountain.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn’t stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Wachusett Mountain Race in Princeton, MA:

Cape Ann Backshore Road Race

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Backshore Road Race in Gloucester, MA.

The 5 mile course is flat and scenic, going out and back along the ocean.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn’t stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Cape Ann Backshore Road Race in Gloucester, MA:

Margaritas 5K

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The Margarita’s 5K is a flat 5K road race…followed by the best post-race food and drink I’ve encountered in well over a hundred road, trail, and mountain races. It’s part of the Locorunning “Will Run for Beer” race series, and an absolutely first-class experience.

I’m running with my camera, so you’ll get vivid, first-person views of the other runners…the food…and of course the beer!

All right! Let’s get to the good stuff–an HD video that puts you right in the middle of this race. Go ahead! Click the ‘Play’ button below. (And be sure to view the video in Full-Screen, so you’ll see the photos in panoramic, high-resolution.)

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

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