This past weekend I ran the 50 miler relay at Tussey Mountain. This is my second year running this race. Here's how it went this time.......
1. Sunday morning came way too early. It was a 5:30am show to meet at the gym to head up to the Tussey Mountain 50 miler race. You could have as many as 8 people on your team down or just one single runner that completes all 50 miles themselves (impressive). We arrived in plenty of time. We checked in our team, got a team photo, and made our way to the restroom. Our friend does ski patrol in the winter there so she took us to an actual restroom. It was so nice to be able to use a sink.
2. First off were the ultra runners to start, followed by another wave of runners, then our team in wave three. We started up the mountain to get to the first transition after dropping off our first runner. Then it was time to wait for him to get to the transition. During our wait time we had plenty of snacks to pass the time and we chatted to fellow runners waiting to run as well. Soon enough we saw our runner coming and it was off w leg 2. And the same thing happened with each leg afterwards. Each leg was broken down to the level(easy, moderate, or difficult),mileage, and elevation.
I had leg 4 which was 5.6 miles, difficult, with the highest elevation at 1,500 ft. It was pretty tough. But not nearly as tough as Leg 6 called the Stairway to the stars. Which was 4.1 miles difficult with the highest elevation reaching just under 2,300 ft.
3.During the course the runners were spread out so much that it was pretty quiet during the time you were running. The only time there was some excitement was when cars would drive by and cheer you on. In between each leg while waiting for our runner we would eat. We had so much food we ate like we were running the full 50 ourselves. It was so fun seeing what other runners were eating. We saw an ultra runner(walking at the time) eating a candy apple. At this one transition we saw someone pull a grill out of their trunk and were heating up pizza on it.
4. For as long as the day was, it went by fast. Pretty soon it was my turn up again. I had leg 12 which was the last leg. As hard as leg 4 was, it was all worth it so I could do the last leg. It was 4.2 easy miles mostly downhill with a flat road to the finish. There is nothing like running through the finishing shoot at the end of a race and having everyone cheer for you. After the race they had so much food, pulled pork, brick oven pizzas, subway, and cookies.
5. Overall the race went very well. The only thing that would have made it a bit better was the weather. It was comfortable running, but it was so cold while we were waiting around at the transition points. We thought it would warm up later in the day, but it felt like it was getting colder. This was great training for my upcoming 50k. I know it will be very challenging, but the course is nowhere near what Tussey Mountain was with the many hills and elevation changes.
Would you ever consider doing a race like this? -L
We are linking up with the gals from the Friday Five!