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Once again, over Labor Day Weekend, ultramarathoners will descend on Fred Deadman Park in Manchester, Tennessee. Led by a contingent of wizened warriors, a couple of hundred of America’s finest footwarriors will circle the famed Deadman Mile for days on end, culminating in the grand finish and banquet at noon … MORE
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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was a fun event. Crazy too! Lazarus Lake & his family organizes this event. Your time limit is based on your age, with the exception of those under 40 … MORE

    This was a fun event. Crazy too! Lazarus Lake & his family organizes this event. Your time limit is based on your age, with the exception of those under 40 who get 40 hours. Everyone finished at noon on Labor day so your start time was backed up from there. (I started at 8pm on Saturday). The oldest participant in 2019 was 87 years old. He completed over 100 miles. Several others hit 200 miles. The course is a 1 mile loop through Fred Deadman park. The course was partially shaded and where it wasn’t, it was brutal. I ran most of my miles at night and slept during the hottest part of the day. My goal was to complete 50 miles the first night, then continue after rest and food. But that proved to be difficult. Ended up with a swollen left foot which made running impossible. I walked the last 22 miles in spurts. Had I had more time, I definitely could’ve completed 100 miles, but regardless, I did as much as my body would allow.

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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '17

    My head is so full of pleasant memories that I don't know where to begin. I picked this race for my first 100 mile finish attempt because of the long … MORE

    My head is so full of pleasant memories that I don’t know where to begin. I picked this race for my first 100 mile finish attempt because of the long cutoff, and I wasn’t disappointed. The premise of this timed ultra is that you get to run the same number of hours as your age. This seems fair because runners naturally slow down as they age. What I learned at this race is that they may slow down, but they don’t necessarily stop. This race seemed more like a family reunion than a race. I was a little intimidated at first as I didn’t recognize many of the names, but I felt very accepted by the veterans. It looked like the majority of the participants either camped out in tents along the course, or camped out inside on cots that were set up in the dining area. I reserved a motel room for Saturday and Sunday, but this meant that I was losing time going back and forth from the course. Full meals were served every 6 hours with plenty of comfort food, and I couldn’t believe how much I was able to eat and still run. Surprisingly, instead of feeling full and uncomfortable, I found that I had much more energy after I ate. The timing was impeccable, with two independent timing systems used. We wore one chip on our bib and another on an ankle bracelet, so there was no worries about missing a lap from the total count. This seemed like more of a social run than a race, but I’m sure the top runners on the leader board were duking it out. The part that I appreciated the most was the friendliness and helpfulness of the veterans. Most of them will go out of the way to help you, even if it means they have to slow down or stop their own race. Yes, there were some that went into their “pain cave”, but I suppose everyone has their moments. I was afraid that once I finished this race that I wouldn’t want to do another 100 mile attempt again, but I think I fell in love with such longer timed ultras. I was thrilled to have completed a total of 105 miles, and am looking forward to setting many more distance PRs.

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    Evwatkins Jan 08, 2019 at 7:21am

    I'm running this race in 2019 for my first 100 attempt as well. I'm a bit nervous! My current plan is to bring my runaway (tiny RV trailer) and camp… MORE

    I'm running this race in 2019 for my first 100 attempt as well. I'm a bit nervous! My current plan is to bring my runaway (tiny RV trailer) and camp in it for the weekend. I'd like to know if you had a strategy for your miles? I've had several people tell me to start with completing 50 miles, then sleep for a few hours, then complete a couple more 10-20 mile sets with 1-2 hrs of sleep/rest in between. LESS

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 06, 2017 at 3:13pm

    Congrats on reaching the golden 100-mile(stone), Tim! This is fantastic stuff. We profiled ARFTA earlier this summer, but it's gratifying to hear you had such a positive experience and such… MORE

    Congrats on reaching the golden 100-mile(stone), Tim! This is fantastic stuff. We profiled ARFTA earlier this summer, but it's gratifying to hear you had such a positive experience and such a successful weekend. To run 105 miles and still be looking to surpass that is incredible. Look forward to seeing what you do for an encore! LESS

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