Ran (walked, climbed, crawled) the Rut Run 50k yesterday, by far the toughest run I've ever done- my goal was simple- finish!
I'm happy to report that I accomplished that- in a mere 10:21 (about an hour before the mandatory cutoff). This race boasted almost 9000' of elevation gain (pretty close to the same of descent), w/ the entire course above 8500', including the summit of Lone Peak (12,200'). The course was the brainchild of Mike Wolfe and Mike Foote, two North Face sponsored ultrarunners- this should have been warning enough to leave this one alone. Race day started at 7:00 AM with the temp hovering around 40 degrees with rain- it was cold and it didn't bode well for such a technical/steep course. Fortunately the rain quit a couple hours in, but it stayed cool- a godsend.
The ascent of Lone Peak is reminiscent of something out of the Eiger Sanction,
, 2400' of elevation gain in a little over a mile, this wasn't a mere scramble, but much closer to a Class III climb.
Not my pic, but you get the idea (these fellas are a long
way from the summit.
the aid stations were littered w/ folks who were broken down both physically and mentally-I saw several cases of twisted ankles, cuts/bruises, hypothermia and folks that simply couldn't continue- it definitely took it's toll
anywho, I'm alive to run another day (in a couple of days that is