Later this week I’ll write up my Dances with Dirt Hell ‘Extreme’ 50 mile race report but meanwhile I was able to quickly put together some footage I captured from my GoPro while on the run. Enjoy.

 

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One year later and we’re back in Hell, Michigan to embark on another 100 mile adventure around the Pinckney State Park trails.  Leading into the event this year I added four 50+ mile runs (three DWD races + Haven-Kal-Haven run) into my training plan hoping that these along with what I’ve learned from last year would possibly help me break into a new finish time (20hr). Read More


Third stop of the 2014 Running Fit Dances with Dirt (DWD) series was held this past weekend (07/12/14) on the beautiful rolling Baraboo hills in Merrimac, Wisconsin.  If you have never been to this area of Wisconsin you SHOULD find the time to get there.  The course is nestled in the foot hills of the Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area.  The race will take you onto the Ice Age trail and to some incredible 700+ foot views of Devil’s Lake below you from the East Bluff State Natural Area.  At one point there is an aid station on an exposed rocky cliff that you can refuel your gear as you look over the gorge below.  The overall course starts with a 5 mile loop up, around and down the Devil’s Head Ski Resort (double black diamond, just saying) then you head out to the Ice Age trail that connects into a double loop pattern (for 50 milers).

DWD Devil's Lake Elevation Profile

DWD Devil’s Lake Elevation Profile

This race was also a family fun weekend as just 30 minutes north of the event is the Wisconsin Dells and home to the largest gathering of water parks.  Yes, my kids and wife were really excited about this trip.  Quick blurb about where we stayed…Wilderness Resort.  This water park had an amazing amount of pools, slides (indoor & outdoor), arcade games, zip lines, laser tag, golf, go-carts and anything else you could think of.  We highly recommend staying here!

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This past weekend was the fourth annual Yankee Springs Trail Run hosted by Switchback Endurance (@MITrailRaces).  Nested in the woods of the Yankee Springs State Park in Middleville, MI, the event offers multiple races throughout the weekend.  Starting with a 10K on Friday night, your choice of a marathon or a double marathon on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday.  Again I planned on taking on the Ultra Challenge for the weekend which consists of completing the 10K, double marathon and the half marathon.  Last year I had a successful attempt at running all three events in which I ended up the overall winner for the ultra challenge.

This year’s plan was to aim for a PR at the double marathon.  My fastest time on the course was set in 2012 with a time of 10:36:13.  With the training I’ve completed this year plus the times I’ve finished at two of the DWD 50 mile race + plus my Haven-Kal-Haven adventure I thought I could be in good shape for a 9 hour +/- finish time.

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Gnawbone Feature

The second stop in the 2014 Running Fit Dances with Dirt (DWD) series was held in Brown County State Park, Nashville, Indiana on May 10th. One would think that a trail event in Indiana would be an easy run on flat trails. Wrong! Once again Randy Step (race director) and his Running Fit crew held an amazing event on some of the most beautiful and challenging trails in the Midwest.

We don't have this in Michigan just saying

We don’t have this in Michigan just saying

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