I have done both. My time at Bull Run was about an hour slower than Stonecat, but I'm not sure how good a comparison that is because the year I did BR, the weather was terrible and there was a ton of mud. I would agree that the course at Bull Run is harder. There are definitely more hills. One thing that I think is harder at the Stonecat course is the fact that the rocks and roots on the trail are hidden under all the fallen leaves, so you have to watch your footing a lot more as it's easier to trip.
I've run 7:18 at BRR (06 - mud year) and just under 8 at Stone Cat ('03 on old course). I ran a 7:28 at BRR six months after my 8 hour Stone Cat. However, I don't think that's typical. I'm not sure which I find "easier" but Stone Cat surely has fewer hills. Stone Cat also isn't likely to be among the first hot/humid days of the mid-Atlantic spring, which is often the case with BRR. ... Personally, I'm hoping for snow at SC this year!
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Stonecat 50 will be my first Ultra too! I can use all the advice I can get.
I ran the Baystate marathon about 3 weeks ago.
Anyway, does anybody have a checklist for things to be left in a bag at the start line ? How does it work in terms of logistics ?
I'll be volunteering early morning. Decided not to run the marathon due to the proximity to JFK. I'll be the short dude wearing last years Bull Run jacket. No idea where they'll have me or what I'll be doing, but I'm sure I'll see y'all out there.
Reji, the course is very well supported, with plenty of food and beverages at the aid stations. You should plan to leave in your drop bag any additional food or drinks that you want, plus any other items that might come in handy. I'm planning on putting in several extra gels and a couple of pairs of socks in my bag. A change of shirt or an extra layer, hat or gloves, might be a good idea too. Who knows what the weather will be like.
You should also be sure to put a headlamp in your bag in case you'll be finishing in the dark.
As for logistics, you can just leave your bag on the ground near the start/finish area. I would suggest putting your stuff in something waterproof in case of rain or snow.
This will be my second Stonecat and fourth official 50 mile race. Good luck!!
Thanks for some of the responses. I had heard the ultra community was close knit and supportive! I think I understand now.
I made the decision to run Stonecat only a few weeks ago and so am a little nervous but it's more of nervous excitement! I just want to finish and I will be very happy with the season.
Thanks for all the support.
You just want to finish?
I just want to spend 8 to 12 hours running with a bunch of other crazy runners. I have no idea how long it will take me, I could run the first 3 laps in 2 hours each and the last lap in 6 more... who knows, but I'm sure it's going to be "fun" all day long.