Latest reviews by Brian Burk

(2015)
"Heat, Hills, Bigfoot, Donuts and a new Friend...That's a Boogie"
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The Bethel Moonlight Boogie 50 Mile Race is a unique race in that it starts at 6 p.m. It’s run out in the middle of nowhere, ran in the heat of the day and in an environment that is not always runner friendly. Throw out all the other quirkiness and this is a one of a kind race.

I tried to sleep in Saturday morning, but my body clock just would not let me. I was up by 6 a.m. Like it or not my race day had started. To conserve as much energy as I could I decided to forego any “work” around the house or fishing trips to keep myself fresh before I traveled the 2.5 hours south west to Ellerbe, NC and the advertised heat and humidity of the Moonlight Boogie 50 Miler.

Arriving on site two hours early I knew instantly as I turned off the ignition, the motor stopped rotating and the AC compressor/blower stopped directing cool air into the driver’s compartment that the heat was on. As I cracked open the door a rush of hot, muggy and relentless air entered my once cool oasis causing my forehead to instantly bead with sweat. I then wondered what I had gotten myself into and was there time to leave?

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Since I decide I would stay and run this inferno, I wanted to take in some of the local charm. Braving the radiating beams of heat that were pounding the area I walked around the parking lot of a stand-alone church. Scanning the area I noticed a small gravesite, a nice grassy area, some wonderfully tall trees and the blazing sun. Simply walking around had me sweating and feeling over heated. I headed back to my car and the comforts of air conditioning. While on my short walk about one of the local runners mentioned that this might be one of the “cooler” Boogie races.

Say what???

To read about this race click here: http://briansrunningadventures.com/moonlight-boogie-50-mile-ultramarathon-race-report/

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(2014)
"Race Day 2014 – JFK 50 – Ultra Marathon – Trail Run"
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JFK 50 – Seems like only yesterday I was filling out an application by hand, writing my name on an envelope, applying a “Forever” stamp and mailing in my request to run the oldest continuously run ultra marathon in the U.S. Now as you read this I’m sitting back trying to collect my feelings about my finish and this race. I’ll start off by saying this was an awesome event. I found the race very organized, well supported and everyone I came into contact with was very welcoming. I also found this race more challenging then I had anticipated.

You can read my whole race report with video here at: http://briansrunningadventures.com/race-day-jfk-50-ultra-marathon-trail-run/

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(2014)
"Wicked 10K – The Longest Touchdown Run Ever"
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Sometimes we run for time.

Sometimes we run for a goal.

Sometimes we run for the win…

And some times we run the LONGEST TOUCHDOWN RUN EVER!

Read the race report and see the photos and video where I ran this race in full Cleveland Browns game gear: http://briansrunningadventures.com/wicked-10k-longest-touchdown-run-ever/

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(2014)
"Virginia 24 Hour For Cancer 2014 – Ultra Marathon"
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Virginia 24 Hour Run For Cancer, There are few races that really capture the spirit of Ultra Running, this is one of them. I first ran this race when I began my venture into ultra-racing. In the years since I first toed the line at Sandy Bottom Nature Park, Hampton, VA I’ve learned a ton about the sport and met an equal number of good people along the way. This would be my fifth running of this event (52.5, 50, 75, 71.5 and this year 75 miles again) and second year as Captain of team Run4Life.

For me the event fell 20 days after completing my first 100 mile race. The weeks prior, much of my time was spent dealing with some nagging issues leftover from Umstead. Next thing I knew I was packing my gear bags for the 24 hour run and putting final touches on our team logistics. You’ll notice I did not say tapering nor carb loading. While in recovery mode both of these staples got over looked. On top of that I had not given much thought to what my goals should be. Race morning all the logistics fell into place and after the rules/safety brief and our team pictures it was time to roll on down the trail. Taking that first step of the day I still had no idea what my plan would be.

To read the full report and how my team did: http://briansrunningadventures.com/virginia-24-hour-for-cancer-2014-ultra-marathon/

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