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2018 was our first year and we’re back with some changes from lessons learned. The race will now be known as “Shepherd’s Spring 50k & Other”. There will no longer be a 100k. There will be two (2) 50k races. Wait! What? Yes! We there’s the standard course with Aid … MORE
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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '18

    One of the goals of this race according to the race director is to provide an opportunity for older/slower runners to run an ultra without having to worry about finish … MORE

    One of the goals of this race according to the race director is to provide an opportunity for older/slower runners to run an ultra without having to worry about finish line cutoffs. Accordingly, the time limit for the 50K was 15 hours. Unfortunately, this inaugural race didn’t attract very many older runners, possibly because there were a lot of other races that same weekend. The course started at Shepherd’s Springs camp, and was supposed to go about 15 miles downstream along the historic C & O canal and then return back to the camp. Unfortunately, heavy rains earlier in the week caused the Potomac River to rise, flooding the road in two places on the drive in to the start, and flooded the course on the C & O towpath. Fortunately, the race director was able to make adjustments on the fly and allowed us to continue running three shorter out and backs to complete the 50K distance. This meant that we had to cross two flooded sections of trail, and also go up a steep hill to get back to the camp at the end of each out and back. My favorite part of the course was along the C & O canal, as it was cooler, shaded, and the dirt (mud) and gravel was easier on the feet and legs. I was disappointed that we weren’t able to see the whole course, but was grateful to the race director for allowing us to continue with the race.

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    4
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    5
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    M_Sohaskey Oct 02, 2018 at 5:18pm

    Ha ha, velocity challenged, first time I've heard that! Sounds like RD and runners both did a nice job of working together to tackle the challenges caused by the flooding.… MORE

    Ha ha, velocity challenged, first time I've heard that! Sounds like RD and runners both did a nice job of working together to tackle the challenges caused by the flooding. Then again, as a seasoned ultrarunner you're no doubt used to adapting on the fly. Thanks for another excellent review Tim, always love to follow where your next race takes you — I'll be running the C&O Canal towpath myself at the JFK 50 in November. And your ultra progress across America is wildly impressive! 👏 LESS

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    bioprofsd Oct 02, 2018 at 7:52pm

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The JFK 50 is a classic.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The JFK 50 is a classic.

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