The day finally came to lace up my trail shoes and toe the start line at the 54th Annual JFK 50-mile race – America’s oldest ultramarathon.
I had been waiting for over a year to pin the bib to my shorts. I knew this race would surely test my strength and mental fortitude. JFK would mark my third ultra-marathon for the year and the biggest.
I joined several friends from last year’s race, and a couple others I had met throughout the year at some USMES running events.
Several of us met up at the Holiday Inn Express in Hagerstown, MD Friday night. This hotel was in a perfect location for packet pickup and a pre-race dinner. Packet pickup was across the road at Homewood Suites. It was by no means your typical packet pickup in that it was very low-key. Once you entered the lobby, all you saw were a couple of white boards with all of the runners’ names and corresponding bib numbers. After finding my bib number, I was directed to another room where they had all sorts of WAY overpriced JFK items to purchase. I settled for a “JFK50” sticker.
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