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(2018)
"Finished Without A "Reversal of Fortune"!"
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The Annual Hot Dog Run is one of the most fun one mile races I have ever run. Of course I'm completely biased because I started the annual race in 2015. I have run and finished it every year without ever puking. If you're curious what the Hot Dog Run entails, think beer mile with the beer being replaced by a hot dog. That's right, consume four hot dogs and run a mile as fast as possible. After four years of it being held as a private event for family and friends, I decided it was time to go public with it and invite all of my friends near and far to join in on the fun virtually (https://www.facebook.com/events/2097315863646977/). I can't wait to run it again this year!

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(2018)
"Two Years, Two Buckles"
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Worlds End Ultramarathon is an extremely well organized event that showcases some of the best of what the PA Wilds have to offer. If you're traveling and need overnight accommodations, I recommend camping at Worlds End State Park. It is a short drive from the campgrounds to the start finish area of the race. Just be sure to reserve far in advance as the sites fill up quickly with runners.

The trails that this race uses are rugged, technical, and not for beginning trail runners in my opinion. With the 19 hour cutoff that the race officials enforce, if you don't make decent time throughout the day you may get pulled from the course. If you're just getting into trail running, I'd suggest giving the 50k a try before going all in for the 100k distance. As brutal as the trails are, they will take you to some of the most beautiful vistas at the top of the climbs (of which there are many) and past many scenic creeks and small falls.

After two consecutive years of running the 100k distance, I have no complaints about this race and highly recommend it to any trail runners looking for a challenging and beautiful single loop course.

Read my full race report at http://scottcsnell.blogspot.com/2018/07/2018-worlds-end-100k.html

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(2018)
"Then and Now"
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Since I knew I had very little room for improvement, I figured my best chance to better my time would be to simply push myself closer to that proverbial red line for as long as I could. Considering I felt like I was pushing that way for the most part the race last year other than the early big climbs, that seemed like a good place to start. So that was my plan, attack the climbs from the start and hammer the downhills harder than last year. The plan started off working well. I cranked out a good pace on the short paved section (a little over a mile) of the course from the start to the trailhead. Then I hit the first climb, Humble Hill, a gain of roughly 1300 feet over the course of a little under two miles. I pushed myself hard for this first climb, a stark difference from last year where I tried to reserve my legs during this first climb for the next four big climbs that I knew lay ahead over the remainder of the 50k course. After the climb, I hammered the downhill trying not to even consider the possibility of blowing my quads out.

Read my full race report at https://scottcsnell.blogspot.com/2018/06/2018-hyner-view-trail-challenge-50k.html

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(2018)
"Then and Now"
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Since I knew I had very little room for improvement, I figured my best chance to better my time would be to simply push myself closer to that proverbial red line for as long as I could. Considering I felt like I was pushing that way for the most part the race last year other than the early big climbs, that seemed like a good place to start. So that was my plan, attack the climbs from the start and hammer the downhills harder than last year. The plan started off working well. I cranked out a good pace on the short paved section (a little over a mile) of the course from the start to the trailhead. Then I hit the first climb, Humble Hill, a gain of roughly 1300 feet over the course of a little under two miles. I pushed myself hard for this first climb, a stark difference from last year where I tried to reserve my legs during this first climb for the next four big climbs that I knew lay ahead over the remainder of the 50k course. After the climb, I hammered the downhill trying not to even consider the possibility of blowing my quads out.

Read my full race report at https://scottcsnell.blogspot.com/2018/06/2018-hyner-view-trail-challenge-50k.html

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(2018)
"A Rat Race To Kick Off Easter Weekend"
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During my first trip around the loop I was still catching glimpses of the last runner from the lead pack. After the first loop, the course hops back on to the straight gravel maintenance road that we ran in the beginning. This is the only section of the course where you can get a good look ahead for any amount of distance. Unfortunately, no runners were in sight ahead of me. I decided to try to crank up my effort for the second loop and see if I could catch anyone on the single track during the second loop. I was pushing and giving what felt like my maximum effort as I covered the miles and saw the familiar sights during the second loop. I developed a side stitch early on this loop and it continued for the majority of the lap. It was a bit surprising for me when I felt it because I usually don’t push to that exertion level during most races because most races I run are a much longer distance. During those races my goal is to only push as hard as I think I can maintain for the duration of 30, 50, or 100 miles which is never to the level of developing a side stitch. Nonetheless, I expect to incur a certain amount of pain and discomfort during any race so I did my best to bear it and continue to run through it.

Read the rest of my full report at https://scottcsnell.blogspot.com/2018/04/2018-rat-race-20k.html

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