Saturday, June 20, 2009
From an idea for a long run for his birthday Chicago's Badwater bound Adrian Belitu dreamed up a run from Chicago to Milwaukee with a beer at each end. He posted the idea to the Chicago Ultrarunner (CHUG) group and the idea took off.
June 19th 14 group members gather at Goose Island in Chicago to celebrate with Adrian and two belated birthdays (Geof and Kelly) with a fun cake made by CHUG chief Torey - "Best Energy Bar Ever".
After a beer, cake, a short weather delay and waiting for Brian to change into his running costume; oh yeah they decided to make it a costume run, 6 took off along Sheffield Ave towards Fullerton and then onto the Lakefront towards Milwaukee. 4 others would drive cars for crewing and too run segments of the route sharing driving with 4 of the original 6 who would also be running segments only. Two had decided to run the full way.
So from a little idea another North America 100 was born. As I write this they are still headed to Water St in Milwaukee. I'll update sometime tomorrow when I hear anything.
For now here is the start line photo:
Back Row: Brian, Gary, Jim, Adrian, Tony
Front Row: Kelly, Paige, Torey
Photo stolen from Adrian's camera
UPDATE: They finished in 23:51 with Jim running the full distance and Tony getting in 70+ for his distance PR. I'll add some links to any reports the CHUGs write.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Just finished reading Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall.
What a great read.
This is what Amazon editors said:
Amazon.com ReviewBook Description Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.
Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.
With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.