Saturday will see the running of both the Mount Washington Road Race—where runners head up the highest peak in the Northeast—and Manitou’s Revenge Ultra—where runners throw themselves up one peak after another for mile after mile after mile. It looks like we’re in for great weather, which means it’s a good weekend to do something, even if you’re not competing in this weekend’s big races. A couple of options are below, or just head out the door and see where you end up.
What to do
West Windsor Forest Five and Dime, West Windsor, Vt.
Distances: 5k and 10k
Start time: 9:30
Race-day registration: yes
Nipmuck South Trail Race, Mansfield, Conn.
Distance: 14.1 miles
Start time: 9:00
Race-day registration: yes (if the race doesn’t fill)
What to read
There’s a strong field set to compete at Saturday’s Mount Washington Road Race.
If you’re curious about just how tough Manitou’s Revenge is, check out our interview after last year’s race with second-place finisher Ryan Welts.
“I am running up Wildcat Mountain’s Polecat Trail. It’s a beautiful fall afternoon, midweek, and it’s just me, my dog Samivel, and the mountain. My pulse, my breathing, all settle into a familiar groove. As I move upward, I shed the day’s trivialities. My mind wanders. I am working hard, and yet I am totally calm. This moment is exactly why I love trail running. Then, without warning, another runner passes me.” Read more from Appalachia‘s recent in-depth look at trail running in the White Mountains.
Hal Koerner and Ellie Greenwood make their picks for top finishers at next week’s Western States 100
The essential dos and do nots of running your first marathon, as illustrated by the Oatmeal.
On June 7, at 7:10 a.m., with the temperature at four below zero, Kilian Jornet set out for the summit of Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America. Eleven hours and 48 minutes later, he arrived back at base camp, setting a new record for the climb.
Elite climber Steve House is bringing running-style training to the climbing world.
Ultrarunner Podcast has been doing a series of interviews with top contenders at the Western States 100. Here’s their podcast with Larisa Dannis.
Running up the Mount Washington auto road is hard, but at least you can’t get lost. That’s something you can’t say about the many trails on the mountain, as a few of the top runners found out last year on an attempt to run down.
Ben Kimball goes on a running exploration of Alander Mountain in southwestern Mass.
DC Rainmaker offers his summer 2014 sports gadget recommendations.
Finally, Karl Meltzer talks about why, to him at least, 100 miles really isn’t that far.