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The annual Bound for the Hounds 6 Hour Ultra is being held to raise funds to support our free local dog park created by volunteers and local contributors. Runners and walkers will have 6 hours to complete as many 2.3 mile loops of the Manchester Gateway Trail as they choose. … MORE
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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This is a 6 hour race located in Shortsville, NY that raises money for a dog park. Shortsville is about 30 min East of Rochester. The race takes place on … MORE

    This is a 6 hour race located in Shortsville, NY that raises money for a dog park. Shortsville is about 30 min East of Rochester. The race takes place on a rail trail that is next to the dog park. The race consists of a 2.3 mile out and back on the trail that you can run as little or as many loops of during the 6 hour time period to be counted as an official finisher. I was on call this weekend and this kind of race works great for me as a fun way to get my long run in on call. The races is from 9am to 3pm. Luckily I didn’t have to go in the hospital today but I confirmed with the RD you can start after 9am but it would obviously mean you have less total time to run. The start is at the sort of trailhead. There was a tent with bibs and raffle items. I was very excited to see a Noxgear light up running vest as a raffle item as I was planning to buy one tomorrow now that it is getting dark so early so I bought some tickets. I wasn’t planning to push myself today so my goal was just to run at least a half marathon so it would count for the 100 half marathon club. My initial plan was just to do 6 loops (13.8 miles) and leave but I had a feeling I was going to win that Noxgear vest so I wanted to stay until 2pm when the raffle was and changed my game plan to running about 10ish miles and then walking a couple laps to kill more time until 2pm. The course is pretty nice. It is either gravel or paved rail trail. It is just gradual inclines and declines. There are no hills. The only difficult thing is in is net downhill to the turn around point then net uphill back to the start. I didn’t notice it the first couple laps but noticed it the later laps. At the start/finish there is a timing mat and the race was professional timed with a board that had your miles so you could make sure you went your goal. The trail was mostly pretty a lot of it next to the canal. A few areas not as pretty. It was a little past peak fall foliage but still nice. There is one road crossing. There was no police or course marshal which is understandable for a low budget race like this. But there were cones and a large sign that said “Race in Progress” and I had no issues with cars not stopping. The trail easy to follow and turn around was obvious. At the start there was also a bonfire and a table with snacks. For drinks there was water, sodas and an electrolyte drink. There were a bunch of snacks. They were mostly all junk food (candy, chips, donuts, cookies) except some fruit. I didn’t mind this but if I were taking the race more competitively I would have liked more healthy options. Around noon they had pizza which was amazing as I don’t think I could make it to 2pm without real food. At a little before 1:30 I finished 7 laps or 16.1 miles and decided to call it a day. At the end you get your medal. It is a little wooden medal but it is cute and pawprint shaped. I like that every participant gets a medal whether you walked 2.3 miles or ran 30+ miles. It was definitely a race for athletes of all abilities and there were people of all abilities pushing themselves which was awesome. At 2pm there was the raffle. And guess what? I won the Noxgear vest so now I don’t have to buy one tomorrow

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