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The summer 50km is the classic course. Out-and-back BT starting in the Brecksville Reservation going south on the BT with the turn-around at Pine Lane parking lot down near Rte 303 in Peninsula.
Until a few years ago, this course used to be longer. They routed everyone up to Rte 21, before heading south on the current course.
I've only been here for 4 years, so I don't know the entire history. I do know that the BT50km was started as a birthday fun run. If you see Joe, wish him a happy birthday. The traditional race date at the end of July was moved up 2 weeks to accomodate the Burning River 100 Mile
coming in 3 weeks.<br /><br />I can't remember how many years this is now for the summer edition...15th year? I wish I could remember. The winter version spun off a few years after the summer fun run began. The winter version used to be the same course as the summer, but it was extreme when run in the normal 10F temps. The new winter course (the one you've run) is a loop course that was adapted two years ago. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/Forum30/HTML/001393.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/Forum30/HTML/001393.shtml[/URL" target="_blank"><br /><br />Check this link from last year's race. Weather was hot and humid in the 90s. Several runners' reports are there as well.<br /><br />I'm not running this year, but will be out there somewhere. Have a good race.<br /><br />~Lloyd<br /><br />--
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Although the individual links don't work, its shows some history that the summer race started in 1994 and the winter in 1998. I remember once seeing those results; just a dozen or so runners for most of the first years.
So yes, the race has really blossomed and I believe that this is now the 4th year with 100+ entrants. Entry closed, as the race had a 175 runner cap. Its a blessing that the NPS has accomodated this race to this extent.
I know I'm going to miss running it this time around.
I'm in for the fun for my 3rd year. I need 1 good long run between MOE100 and BR100. I will try yet again to get under 6 hrs.
The weather report keeps inching up towards 80 degrees but the trails look to be nice and dry even if we get some rain between now and then.
Tim - I don't think there's all that much difference between the winter and summer courses. All the legs have a good 200 ft climb in them. Snowville to Boston store has 2. Now that the BR100 section maps are out you can actually see the elevations changes for each leg. To save you some time just look at sections I (slightly different route), J1 and K. Section J2 is a slightly modified version of the Winter route to Brandywine if you want to use that to compare as well.
Sounds like we'll have a good crowd. Get there early for parking. If you want to avoid a slow slog through the first half mile of single track get out to a quick start on the first quarter mile of road or you'll be stuck waiting for the crowd to thin out just to enter the single track.
Originally posted by runnertim17011:
I I remember from winter buckeye seeing someone slip off into a small stream after trying to walk the icy plank. I was surprised they didn't get seriously hurt. After that I avoided the plank. The plank probably has slippery moss/mold on it now. Just as dicey as in the winter.
ah yes - I remember that plank well. I slipped and pounded my shin on it at the winter version 2 years ago. It sounds like you're talking about a good friend of mine who had the big slip and fall into the drink this year. He was trying for his first 50K and ended up stopping at the marathon because of it.
Usually all the log/bridge crossings are very stable when dry. They get enough travel on them to keep the moss/mold off. However, I haven't seen it in awhile so we'll find out when we get there.
Good to know Kim and Lloyd will be there. Sorry you guys aren't running it.
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I just posted this to the vertical runner board in response to a elevation profile question. I'll add it here too for any cool runners that don't see that board.
I didn't run it today, but got to witness a record day at the Buckeye Trail 50km.
Relatively cool temps (for July in Ohio) and a dry trail produced multiple course records (unofficial.)
It was a wicked fast race up front, with three men in the lead pack thru 20 miles. Godale led until about Mile 27 when Lee took the lead for good. Both men ran under the old CR.
Event records: 181 registered, 149 finishers
Course records broken (unofficial): Men's Open (3:55), Men's Master's (4:33), Men's Grand Master's (4:42), and Men's 19 & under (4:56)
Those are smokin' fast times. Congrats to all!
Check my blog link for the Unofficial results.