Monday, October 6, 2008

Stump Jump 50K Race Report

Well.... It's another 50K under the belt....not to say it was easy.....in fact it was really tough! Race results were just posted and it looks like I was 7th overall female!....which is an accomplishment for me.


The weather was rather cool at the start of the race and I could not decide if starting in short sleeves was a good idea. Some of my friends convinced me that I'd warm-up quickly...so...I left my arm warmers in the car. Thankfully I had warmed-up in less than 5mins! The course was longer this year compared to when I raced it in 2006. Apparently it was measured incorrectly and was like 3 miles short! Those extra 3 miles made you wanna cry for mamma toward the end of the race! These trails are not easy once you pass Mushroom Rock going out. There are a series of steep descents and ascents that wear on your legs. Combine that with the rockiness... and it can get dangerous real quick if you let your guard down!

Trey and I decided we would skip the first two aid stations so we did not get stuck behind slower runners. Once we got to the Indian Rock House we stopped and very speedily filled our hydration pack bladders and off we went. On the way to Snooper's Rock we found ourselves behind a group of fellows that were not moving quite as fast as our legs wanted to go and finally passed them on the left of the trail. We were moving at a steady pace and passing people who normally would have been way ahead of us. At one point Trey said to me "I think we might be going too fast because we just passed so-in-so and I bet we will pay for it later in the race"! Somehow... we were able to hold the same pace. We skipped the aid station at Snooper's Rock and kept plugging.. passing more and more people along the way. We hit a point right before Haley Road where we were stuck behind the Ooltewah Cross Country Team and felt as if we were handicapped as none of them would move out of the way! They were nearly at a hiker's pace and it drove us nuts!!! As the trail dumped out onto Haley Road....we once again fueled up and were stuffing our packs while walking/jogging to get ahead of the slower runners. Whew... mission accomplished we had gotten away from the group that had us "boxed" in! From there to the next aid station after the Rock Garden it was smooth sailing! We had even made up enough time to catch my friend Sergio. This aid station was our last one for refueling and we spent the longest amount of time here. Sergio had regained his lead on us up until right after the Indian Rock House where we caught and passed him again. We were getting tired, but knew we were getting close to being done... it must be what kept us going. On this leg of the race we passed a ton more people and knew we were carrying a good pace when we passed Dave Buntin! That's has NEVER happened before! After crossing Suck Creek Road we learned that the 11milers had stirred up a yellow jacket's nest and the trail was slightly detoured to avoid the mess. We made our trek up the hill and then down to the swinging bridge.....and up Signal (at a very slow pace). At the top I decided to keep going and Trey slowed a bit. We finished very closely and were less than 2mins apart!



I would recommend this race to anyone looking to run a 50K. It is very well organized, the swag is great and the raffle prizes are like no other! We won a Patagonia messenger bag and a pair of North Face shorts in the drawing alone! The race packets were filled with a Mountain Hardwear shirt, Smartwool socks, La Sportiva water bottle, edurolytes, and much more!

Notables from the day include: Michael Green (aka Lucky) taking 2nd overall. Jaclyn Greenhill taking 1st overall female. Natalie Sims taking 3rd overall female. Robyn Wilham, Hope Hessler and David Yann completing their first ever 50K trail race.

1 comment:

cheryl said...

wat to go Dreama!