Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Bartlett Park Ultra

Well, I have made a decission. It was easy and difficult at the same time. I have decided not to run the White River 50 on July 26 and instead to run the Bartlett Park Ultras 50 miler on August 2. It was difficult because I really wanted to run up in Washington in the Cascades. It was easy because I am not up there and I decided that I would rather not spend the money on a plane ticket to go up there right now. The downfall is that this run will be in the south in the hot, humid summer. It shouldn't be too bad though because this is the weather I've been training in. Maybe my hat will get some good use.

The Bartlett Park Ultra is located just outside Memphis Tennessee. It is about an eight hour drive from here. I'm going to take leave and spend some time with my family up there visiting all the sites.

Bartlett Park looks like a pretty nice place to have this race. There are some trails and this race will run several eight mile loops. Durring the race you can choose which distance to run 50k(really 32 miles), 40mile and 50 miles. I of course will strive to do the 50 miles. If it is extraordiarily hot and humid that day, and I'm am literally dieing, then I might consider stopping at the 40 mile, or if is really really bad, the 32 mile mark. so, I will do six, eight mile laps and then one mile out and one mile back to finish the fifty miles. It is a mostly flat course. The website says that the highest point is about 75 feet higher than the lowest point.

I guess I don't have much else to say about it. I'm really looking forward to actually doing an Ultramarathon. It is just four and a half weeks away. Until then I have a couple birthdays and a holiday. I hope I can resist the cakes. I need need a fruit and veggie cake.


Anonymous said...

Astonishing that other go throug the same situations.

Germany/ Richard

Mike Hudson said...

I look forward to meeting you at the BPU! We have a great race on a great trail...the only negative will be the weather! It was close to 100 degrees last year!

pilotboywa said...

I'm not looking forward to the heat. I've been training here in Florida so I'm used to it, but that doesn't mean that I enjoy it much. I go running two or three times a week here when it is mid 90's and high humidity.

Jolly Green Thumb said...

The heat index was aroun 107 last year. The good thing is that the course is heavily shaded. Another plus is that the aid stations are located at mile 4,6 and the start finish area of 8. You also come directly past your car at the start finish area. I stowed spare shoes and sock, and all the stuff I didn't want to carry in the car. I will see you there for at least 40 miles. I got tickets to Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson that same night. Its gonna be a fun day.

Gans said...

Direct Link to Bartlett Park TOP HOT VIDEO FOOTAGE!!!


Anonymous said...

Heat forced me to stop last year. 2 DNF on my career. Will go back this year and finish.