- 50K, Other, Relay
- Road Race
The idea of an ultramarathon can be intimidating, but this one makes it far more approachable. The Carmel Road Racing Group - the folks behind the Carmel Marathon, Indy Women's Half and others - created this race in 2015 and broke down so many barriers to the traditional ultra. The race had 2 course options and runners could jump between them to keep things fresh. Being on a looped course also meant that we got to pass through the runners village every few miles, grab supplies from our drop bags, eat, hang out with friends, leech of the energy of our friends and families and even freshen up with a garden hose. Oh, and did I mention real, flushing toilets!?!
The looped course also made it easy to team up and turn it into a relay. I opted to run the whole thing as a training for my upcoming 50 miler, but loved watching the teams compete beside me (note to self: resist picking up the pace when getting passed by runners on fresh legs *wink*)
This race is low-key, well organized and rooted in having a good time. Tons of food and beer. Lots of support! Can't wait to see what kind of ground I can cover next year!
My race report: http://www.591miles.com/2015/07/all-in-8-hour-days-work.html