- View SourceSome of you already know this, but others may not. I posted this to
the ultra list yesterday and forgot the e-group, so you may have
already read it. Delete away!
Be forewarned: the horses aren't running with us this year. They had
to run a couple weekends ago "due to a qualifier that needed to be
done earlier than our event," according to Priscilla Tucker, the new
race director. "We are hoping that this will only happen this year."
Please do *not* write or call Priscilla about the horse race; she's
really swamped, this is her first year directing our race, and she's
out of town for a few days, too. If you have questions about the
foot race that aren't answered on the web site or in the information
the entrants have already received, I'm sure she'll be just as gracious
answering you as she was answering me. I'm looking forward to
meeting her and offering to help out in the days before the race.
I have mixed feelings about no horses. On the one hand, I loved
learning about that race, meeting the riders, and running alongside
the four-legged athletes when I ran the race in 1998. Part of the
reason I wanted to return to the race this year (besides avenging
my dnf at 85 miles) was to "run with the horses" again. It was a
great distraction! On the other hand, I came real close to having a
horse step on my foot one time on a deep, narrow trail when I didn't
move over far enough (probably my fault as much as the rider, who
came from behind me). But to me, the advantages of having the
horses run with us during the daytime far out-weighed any minor
I'm grateful the owners of Smoke Rise are allowing us to use their
beautiful horse farm to stage the race again, even though the horse
race isn't the same date. If you like the place, please let the Rojeks
know before or after the race so the foot race can continue to be
staged from there in the future. Again, Priscilla predicts in future
years the horse race WILL run concurrently with the foot race. But
if it makes a difference to you, check *before* you enter the race.
Now, let's all hope for cool, dry weather in Vermont on July 15-16!
- View SourceSue: I have only run with horses three times and I will not miss
them. The runs were one Groundhog and two VT. I had stomach trouble
at each of those runs (actually I have only had two ultras when I did
not have stomach trouble). The smell of good fresh horse droppings
a twisted stomach just did not seem to be the cure for nausea. Even
when piles were not visible, you could still smell the horses. Naw,
will not miss that at all. As you already pointed out, it can be
tricky getting passed by thoses big fellows on narrow trails. Will
not miss that either. It is bad enough that I get passed by all
those runners who go out smart and keep their stomachs under
control. There will be enough beautiful horses at Smoke Rise and
other farms we run by, so we will get to see horses. Last time I
saw playful otters and a mama wild turkey with a brood of half grown
younsters. I do not remember if I saw any deer as they are common
on a trail run and do not remember any squirrels. Where I live,
squirrels are very abundant, so I notice not seeing them as unusual.
Of course, if those big dogs out front would not scare everything
away, we would see more animals.