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Race Review: Hell Hath No Hurry

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June 23, 2012 is the 4th Annual “Hell Hath No Hurry” Trail Challenge! This low key event is aimed towards those who like to go into the woods and see what they are made of. The event takes place in Settler’s Cabin Park near the Pittsburgh International Airport, where you can expect temperatures that will range from comfortably to hot and humid.

2012 will be setup a little differently than your normal race.  There are three events going on at the same time at Hell Hath No Hurry 2012.

The one mile stroll is setup to give anyone coming to the event something to do. It is a loop that is close to 1 mile in length of rolling trail and a small portion of road. It’s not timed, but it is marked.

There is a 25K trail run that does not stop with the completion of the distance.  Rather, the distance is the minimum distance needed to be completed under the four hour cut off to be honored as an official finisher.

The true winner of the event will be the person putting in the most number of miles in the 4 hour time limit.  The trail will be a roughly 5 mile loop.  Terrain will primarily be single track trail with a small portion of road. There will be hills, mud, vegetation, and/or other obstacles. It will be well marked, but it is up to each racer to navigate his/her own way.

The main event is a 50K trail run that does not stop with the completion of the 50K distance.  Rather, the race is not over until the eight hours of time has expired.  The 50K distance is simply the minimum distance needed to be completed to be honored as an official finisher.

The actual winner of the race is the participant that runs the most number of miles in eight hours.  The event will have racers complete a 5-ish mile loop of single track trails 6 times before switching to a 1 mile trail loop to complete the 50K distance.  At that point it will be up to the runner to decide if they want to run 5 mile or 1 mile loops for the remainder of the event.

The final mileage is based upon laps completed within 8 hours. Therefore, any entrant still on the course when the eight hours arecomplete will not receive official credit for his/her final lap.  Terrain will be indentical to the course in the 25k / 4 hour endurance event.

In order to qualify for the hand made finishers award participants must complete a minimum of 25k. For the 50k / 8 Hour event, the rules will be exactly the same except participants will have eight hours to get their miles in. The actual winners of each event will be the participant which completes the most number of miles in the given time.

For more information on this event, contact Peter Kozlowski by email at Peter_Kozlowski@fastmail.fm or visit www.hellhathnohurry.org.


Top 10 Reasons to Host a Fun Run

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It’s that time of the year again, the 3rd annual Greek Trail Runs that we host from our house tomorrow morning at 5AM. It’s continued to evolve just like any race with plenty of fun additions.

Have you considered hosting a fun run (any distance)? If not, it’s a great way to get together a bunch of passionate runners to enjoy and of course race (always fun to keep it a bit competitive) for some unique prizes. Personally living in a great park with access to 30+ miles at the end of our driveway is perfect for hosting an event. It’s easy for us; the aid station is in the front yard so no problems shuttling in water, etc. to various aid stations.

It’s not that difficult to organize and host a fun run especially if you can plan a loop course and have one aid station or make it all self supported.

Here are my top 10 Reasons to Host a Fun Run

  1. Don’t need any permits, licenses, fees to runners
  2. No ego’s allowed – just pure fun
  3. Our prizes are of course Greek pastries to the fasted runners covering the most distance.
  4. A great way to get everyone out for some exercise, no matter what age.
  5. Meet new runners in your area that you never met before that live within a few miles of your house!
  6. Of course a huge food picnic at the end of the event.
  7. Personal satisfaction of giving back to the sport that I have loved for the past 26 years.
  8. Recruitment of future younger runners to keep the sport alive (especially ultra runners)
  9. Great way to spend a Sat. in the summer to get everyone ready for their key fall races.
  10. Of course it’s so much easier to run 6 or 12 hours with a big group vs. running alone.

Consider hosting a Fun Run in your area, it’s personally rewarding, no question!