Monday, April 6, 2009

What Race Am I Doing?

Well, I could explain it, but I think the information on their web site says it all. Check it out below. The first video is an interview with the race director and the second video is specifically about the race I've signed up for; I'm doing the 50K event. This will be my first foray into Ultrarunning. While some ultrarunners might consider a 50K hardly an ultrarun and that it's not a real ultra until you crack the 50 mile distance, Dances with Dirt Gnaw Bone isn't your average 50K - lots of gnarly terrain, hills, water, mud, more hills, oh, and more hills.

After checking out this race, I couldn't resist signing up!

Here's some of the text from their site (

"Welcome to the dark side of running.

Weak, wimpy, treadmill running pansies who are afraid to get some dirt in their shorts need not apply.

Expect to be scratched, muddied and bruised by the beauty of this unpolished gem.

Expect to get out near the edge where life is full color.

Expect a day that leaves you knowing you are fully alive, awake and crankin' on all cylinders.

Expect insanity, stupidity and nirvana.

Ultra Course

Gnaw Bone, Indiana: This here course might just kill ya. The hills don't end, and because it's never been ran, we guarantee shock and awe!

As always, the course keeps a changin’. Due to your comments and suggestions, we continue to polish this diamond in the rough. Lots of it will be similar but as usual, somehow harder!

General DWD Course Information: The footing (What footing?) is rocky, muddy (a few river crossings) and loose in places. The trail is not maintained (non-existent) in some areas. We love this stuff and hope you do too. ILK RULES! Bring on the ILK! ILK me! Is the trail as tough as advertised? Yes and No. It’s no run down a nature trail (but at times it is just that), you will get wet and muddy. You won’t get swept down stream in any whitewater. Some big hills but no supplemental oxygen is needed. Our descriptions are a disclaimer. All in all, a great run in a beautiful environment...with stupid spots.

By the way....when you're out on the trail and you see a sign that says "Wrong Way Moron"...don't go that way (moron)!


Patti C. said...

I've been to Gnaw Bone, IN- Dances with Dirt sounds about right!
Good luck and most of all have fun ..well, your version of fun:)

ProMotion at Klipsch Fitness said...

awesome choice of events, coach chris!! good luck in your preparations! for it all comes down to preparations! A positive anticipation is the reward for proper preparation! Tosses apprehension out the window every time.


Chris said...

Hey Guys,

Thanks for the support and encouragement. I've been working with a new approach to my training and a different running technique, which in many ways has me all jacked up right now, yet I can feel things coming along and know it is very promising. Should be interesting to see how things translate come race day.

You guys rock!