Snowfall has been prolific so far this Winter in the Sierra Nevada, which straddles the border between California and Nevada.
The feet of snow that have piled up in recent days in multiple atmospheric river events vaulted snowfall totals this season over 200 inches at the highest elevations.
So sometimes we need to cast aside our spring and summer running goals and take to the snow. This has been a ski season to remember.
January 22nd, 2017 my registration for the 2017 running of the Vermont 100 Endurance Race was accepted. A few California friends are also among the race entrants – Brian Purcell, Ace Ewing and Chris Jones.
The Vermont 100 Endurance Race is in it’s 29th year and was started by the same woman who founded the adaptive sports program. The VT 100 is put on every year by a committee of 10 dedicated volunteers who work year round, 200 volunteers who come out for race weekend, over 30 private land owners and many donors of funds, products or services. Every penny raised by the VT 100 goes to the continuation and improvement of the programs offered by Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.
The course is a “shamrock” loop, consisting of 70% dirt or jeep roads with the rest on woods trails with just a couple miles of pavement. The course both climbs and descends 14000 – 15000 feet. Participants have 30 hours to complete the race and many strive to finish in under 24 hours. All participants must have completed a 50 mile race in 12 hours or less to qualify and are required to volunteer for 8 hours at an ultra race to enter.
Eric Litvin – Every year around this time I begin to reflect on professional and personal accomplishments and disappointments. This year was a particularly stressful year and for the first time in my life the stress kicked my butt and prevailed. I had signed up for a a bunch of races, but only finished the Lake Sonoma 50m in April. Otherwise, UTMB CCC was a DNS, Miwok was a DNF, Tahoe Rim Trail was a DNF, and Rio Del Lago was a DNF.
As I begin to plan for 2017 professional and personal goals, I’m excited about my prospects. The biggest source of business stress I’ve been carrying around for almost 2 years will soon be resolved. It’s time to get back into great shape and a regular running and training regimen. Happy Holidays everyone!