It's been a busy 2013 this year already. I've already had 2 races and have been so excited about the races I plan to run the rest of this year. Some of these races I've been signed up for since early December, and one even back last September! It was time I put together a list of all the races. If not for any other reason than my mother keeps asking me what my next race is (although I know she has now put them all on her calendar). ;-)
I already declared that for me 2013 would be the "Year of Rugged", and I alluded to some of the races below. This may be a better theme than my friend Brian, who has declared 2013 for him to be the "Year of Stupid." In this list of races, there is 1 trail marathon, 5 trail 50Ks, 1 trail 60K, 2 50 Miles, one crewing gig, and one pacing gig. 319 miles of races. I hope to pick up 6 states too in my goal to complete at least a marathon distance in all 50 states. And this all encompasses my "rugged" theme with frequent challenges, remote conditions, giant elevation climbs, altitude efforts, and technical terrain.
If anyone is going to these, let me know to look for you or maybe we can grab pre- or post-race food together. If anyone wants to join me on any of these, I'm always up for company on these adventures.
January 12 - Bandera 50K - TX (Race Report)
February 2 - Rocky Raccoon 50 Mile - TX (Race Report)
April 20 - Indiana Trail 50 Mile - IN - couldn't help myself. One more 50 miler after a fun race at Rocky.
May 4 - North Face Endurance Challenge Bear Mountain New York 50K - NY - my first New York visit outside of NYC (1 hour away)
June 2 - Deadwood-Mickelson Trail Marathon - SD - very runnable trail in gorgeous surroundings
June 15 - Bighorn 50K - WY - beautiful technical terrain through the Bighorn Mountains
June 29 - Western States 100 - Crew Chief - CA - crewing for friend Tim Steele
July 20 - Tahoe Rim Trail 50K - NV - altitude and lots of climb will make this a hard race but scenic
August 11 - Angel's Staircase 60K - WA - Runners have to qualify by completing two mountain 50Ks. Race Director has already told me I qualify. The 37 miles are straight up the mountain, circle it, then back down. About 10000 gain/loss makes this a HARD course.
September 7 - Volcanic 50 - WA - circumnavigating Mt St Helens. Remote, lava fields, and I have to sterilize water taken from a brook in the middle of a race for the first time.
October 26 - Javelina Jundred - Pacer - AZ - good friend Lesley will be completing her first 100 miler and I'll be there to help however I can.
I look forward to this year's adventures, sharing some with old friends while making some new ones too!