What to do this weekend: 6/21/13

Manitou's Revenge

The Catskills are home to beautiful scenery and, now, a grueling ultramarathon.
Photo from Manitou’s Revenge Ultra.

Where to race

On Saturday, some of trail running’s most courageous pioneers will be heading to the Catskills to take on the inaugural Manitou’s Revenge, a 56-mile point-to-point ultramarathon. On the race website, the organizers warn, “THIS IS NOT LIKE ANY OTHER ULTRA YOU’VE RUN BEFORE! This is a grueling, gnarly, nasty course with approximately 12,000 ft. of climbing, much of it is rocky and precipitous. To be sure, there are some runnable sections, but you will more often find yourself hiking uphill or downhill, sometimes hand over hand.” You know it’s not going to be easy when a 56-mile race has a 24-hour cutoff.

Also on Saturday, adventure racers from around the country and the world will be in Maine for Untamed New England, which is offering a 24-hour race and a six-hour race. It’s too late to sign up, but MadAthlete will have live coverage at www.untamedne.com/live.

For those who want to get out and race, but aren’t quite up for Manitou’s Revenge, it looks like Maine is the place to be:

Saturday

Close to the Coast 5k and 10k, Freeport, Maine
The course runs along roads and trails in Winslow Park.
Race-day registration: yes
Start time: 9:00

Sunday

Ragged Mountain Run Around, Camden, Maine
4 mile and 9 mile: The 4-mile course has 400 feet of elevation gain, and the 9-miler has 1,200 feet of climbing. It’s in Camden, so you know it will be beautiful.
Race-day registration: yes
Start time: 9:00

Kennebec River Rail Trail Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, and 5k, Augusta, Maine
A race along the Kennebec River.
Race-day registration: yes
Start time: 7:30 for the half marathon and relay, 7:45 for the 5k

What to read

→In international running news, residents of the Latvian town of Kuldīga celebrate the summer solstice with a naked trail run. Whether you go naked or not, a trail run seems like a good way to mark the occasion.

→Do you enjoy solo adventures, but sometimes get a little weirded out when you are out there on your own and hear bumps in the night? You’re not the only one. Read one writer’s thoughts on the ups and downs of solo adventures from AMC Outdoors.

Will tracking everything you do make you more fit? (The old Soviet sport empire is mentioned, but not Ivan Drago, in an obvious oversight.)

Elevation Trail talks to Gary David, a sociologist at Bentley College and an ultrarunner. They discuss everything from last weekend’s TARC 50-miler (which David ran) to the changing demographics of the sport.

→And finally, Kilian Jornet has made his last episode of Kilian’s Quest, the video series that helped turn him into a household name (well, at least in some circles).