What to do this weekend: 6/13/13

The start of the Exeter Trail Race

The start (and only un-technical section) of the 2012 Exeter Trail Race.
Photo by SNAPacidotic.

Where to race

About 1,300 runners will be heading up Mount Washington on Saturday morning, but that still leaves many other runners who will be choosing other adventures. On Friday night, for example, the Trail Animals Running Club will hold 50-mile and 100-mile trail races, providing a rare opportunity to start a long race just as the sun starts to disappear. Other races this weekend include:

Saturday

Six in the Stix, Newport, N.H.
This race features six miles of a variety of trails, including a fast and fun downhill over the last couple of miles.
Race-day registration: yes
Start time: 9:00

Thad Thorne 5k, Attitash Ski Area in Bartlett, N.H.
Race-day registration: yes
Start time: 10:00

Sunday

Mount Greylock Trail Races, Adams, Mass.
The Mount Washington Road Race isn’t the only race this weekend that goes up and over a state’s highest point. The half marathon option (there’s also a 5k) starts by heading up Mount Greylock.
Race-day registration: yes
Start time: 10:00

Exeter Trail Race, Exeter, N.H.
10 mile and 4.6 mile. According to the course description, “This may be the most technical trail race anywhere in New England!”
Race-day registration: yes
start time: 10:00

Summer Solstice Trail Run, Hebron, Conn.
3.3 mile and 5.5 mile
Race-day registration: yes
Start time: 7:30

What to read

→The winner’s of both the men’s and women’s races at last weekend’s Cayuga Trails 50 have written up reports on their exploits. Kristina Folcik talks about surprising even herself with her performance, while Sage Canaday recounts the point where he considered dropping (and about his excitement at seeing Terra Chips at aid stations). Scott Livingston also has a recap of the race, including photos of some of the leaders.

→Crossfit enthusiasts have at times made some pretty extravagant claims about how much the fitness program can help, even with long-distance endurance events such as a marathon. Running coach and exercise science expert Steve Magness takes a close look Crossfit’s claims and how well they hold up to scrutiny (or, at least, to his scrutiny).

DFL Ultrarunning talks to Amy Rusiecki, who along with her husband Brian is headed to the World Trail Running Championships in Wales this summer. Plus, a 12-year-old ultrarunner and more.

→Sarah Lavender Smith has a wonderful essay about her relationship with legendary ultrarunner Ann Trason and how it has affected her own outlook on running.