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DIFFICULTY
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Upstate Ultra is presenting its annual Knock on Woodstock Ultra Series held at a Pleasant Ridge in Marietta, South Carolina. These particular events will be held on a 5-mile loop that wraps around the entire Camp Spearhead which is home to year long camps for children with disabilities. It is … MORE
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    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '24

    Overall Rating: Excellent! Course Difficulty: This course is a 5ish mile loop, run 6 times for the 50k. While runnable and technical generally don’t belong together, this is not a … MORE

    Overall Rating: Excellent!

    Course Difficulty: This course is a 5ish mile loop, run 6 times for the 50k. While runnable and technical generally don’t belong together, this is not a rock picking high stepping kind of technical, it’s more of “you are going to go fast, and you are going to trip and fall kind of technical! I tripped and fell more on this course than all of my other races combined. 100’s of trips!!! While I guess that’s par for the course on something called Knocking on Woodstock, it’s a different kind of tripping than they were doing back then. Here’s a nursery rhyme I wrote on the third loop:

    I fell while running
    I fell while walking
    I fell while quiet
    I fell while talking

    Sometimes I fell up
    Sometimes I fell down
    But no matter the fall
    I ended up on the ground

    The roots were like fingers
    Grabbing my toes
    The rocks like a fighter
    Delivering blows

    I laid on the ground
    looking up through the trees
    Assessing the fresh scrapes on my knees

    I mumbled to myself
    I’m too old for this
    But I was halfway done
    So I got up and finished

    lol…anyway.

    Course scenery: All shade and beautiful SC scenery. Couple of stream crossings (on bridges) that were really pretty.

    Race Production: Outstanding. Everything was where it was supposed to be and when it was supposed to be there. Pre-race communication was sparse, but there were no surprises. The RD was on site the whole time, even the day/night before, which gave the three of us camping at the start line a good chance to sit and talk with him. Chip timed with one self serve aid station at the start/finish line. Tailwind and standard AS fare.

    Race Swag: Good. No t-shirt, but a custom finish woodallion and race company socks, stickers, etc.

    My Performance: Ok. This could be a very fast course, as long as you don’t get discouraged by trips and falls or your gps being off (it will be short). Finish time was right where it should have been on this course.

    Final notes: This is an excellent race, with excellent production. There was a nice depth of field with lots of experienced ultra runners and fewer first timers than several of my previous races; it was a very friendly running community. Something else I found interesting, is that in all the trips and falls with all the runners, I didn’t hear one foul word all day. I know that doesn’t mean anything to most people, but it is the culture I was raised in, where you just don’t use profanity; it was honestly quite refreshing. This is a good SC race, with an RD and volunteers that care about the runners and the integrity of the event. Go give it a shot.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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