What to do this weekend: 6/28/13

Timothy Olson at the 2012 Western States 100

Timothy Olson at the end of his record-breaking 2012 Western States 100. Photo from iRunFar.com

It’s been a rough spell for running in the Northeast—the trails are already wet and more rain is on the way. So this Saturday it may be tempting to glue yourself to coverage of the Western States 100. But remember that even the fastest runners will be on the course for about 15 hours and give yourself a break from the Twitter feed to stretch your legs. Here are some places to get in a run.


All Out Trail Run, Claremont, NH
This is the third installment in the Western NH Trail Series
Distance: 5 miles
Start time: 9:00 (kids 1-mile race at 8:30)
Race Day Registration: Yes

Bear Brook Trail Marathon course preview, Allenstown, N.H.
There will be a 10-mile course preview (about a 1.75 to 2 hour run). Meet at the Start/finish on Deerfield Rd. in Allenstown, N.H., at 7:30 am.


Falmouth Flash Five, Falmouth, Maine
Distance: 5 miles
Start time: 9:00
Race Day Registration: yes

Nipmuck South Trail Race, Mansfield Hollow, Conn.
Distance: 14.1 miles
Start time: 10:00
Race Day Registration: Maybe. The race is capped at 100 runners. As of Wednesday, there were 30 spots left. Online registration is available through Friday, and then you can check on nipmucksouth.com to see how many spots are left. Race day registration starts at 8:00 if available.

Weekly links

→Okay, so you went for your run, and now you’re ready to obsess about the Western States 100. Live coverage, interviews, and all kinds of other info are available from iRunFar. Wondering who you might know in the race? There’s an interview with Vermonter Aliza Lapierre, who finished third last year. Also, check out our interviews with a few New England runners—Scott Patnode, Alex McDaniel, and Bob Ayers—and our interview with Dr. Martin Hoffman about the scientific studies on human endurance being conducted at the race.

→Meanwhile, in Europe the big race this weekend is the Mont Blanc Marathon and Skyrunning Vertical KM. Kilian Jornet and Emilie Forsberg are taking on both races, and a number of other elite runners will be joining them for at least one of the races.

→NPR has a story on a study of sleep deprivation and muscle fatigue in the multiday Tor des Geants ultramarathon. Surprisingly, the researchers found that runners at the end of the race had less muscle fatigue than runners who were at the halfway point.

→In other science news, the New York Times covers a study of pronation and running injuries in novice runners.

→Last weekend, adventure racers battled a tough course—plus rain ands bugs—in western Maine in the Untamed New England adventure race. One team put together a great recap of their experience during the 24-hour race. Full results are available on the Untamed New England website.

→After more than 10 years of planning, explorer Ben Saunders will finally have a chance to follow in the footsteps of Robert Falcon Scott (and, hopefully, beyond) by travelling by foot all the way from the tip of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. He writes about why he is drawn to what is sure to be a difficult and painful journey.

→Finally, if it seems like it has rained every day in recent memory, here’s some proof that there have been a few clear days (and a beautiful 360-degree view of the Adirondacks).