What to do this weekend: 7/19/13

2011 Vermont 100

On the road at the 2011 Vermont 100.
Photo by Nancy Nutile McMenemy.

The Vermont 100 gets started at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday. After all the heat we’ve had lately, it looks like the temperatures shouldn’t be too bad, although there is a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. The race has been sold out since December, so no possibility for last-second entries here, but volunteers are still welcome, especially those willing to stay up late into the night. You can contact Maria at vt100volunteers@gmail.com for more info.

If you haven’t already, check out our stories about the race, including an interview with Amy Rusiecki (last year’s second-place female), an interview with Ian Sharman, an account of pacing a runner at last year’s race, and the story of 100: Head/Heart/Feet, a documentary being made about a runner in this year’s race.

Here are a few options for other races this weekend, including the USA Mountain Running Championships at the Cranmore Hill Climb.

Saturday

Frenzy in the Forest, Sunapee, NH
Part of the Western NH Trail Running Series
Distance: About 5 miles
Start time: 9:00
Race-day registration: yes

Goshen Gallop 10.2k, Goshen, Vt.
Distance: 10.2k
Start time: 4:00 p.m.
Race-day registration: yes

Sunday

Cranmore Hill Climb, North Conway, NH
The USA Mountain Running Championships
Distance: 11k
Start time: 8:15 (women), 9:15 (men) (Note: the race starts at the top of the mountain, so you take the chair lift to the top before the start.)
Race-day registration: yes (Note: you can register in person on Saturday at Cranmore Mountain for the preregistration price of $22. Look for the inov-8 tent to register. Race-day registration will be $30.)

Merrimack River Trail Triathlon, Concord, NH
Distances: 4k mountain bike, 3k run, plus a paddle
Start time: 10:00 (individuals), 11:30 (team)

What to read

→When you enter a running race, you’re pretty much guaranteed to end up a loser. After all, only one person will be the first to cross the finish line. Compare that to the experience of playing recreational tennis or basketball, where half the players come out on top. Jon Pike thought he was okay with being just an average runner, one with no chance of actually winning a race. Then he unexpectedly found himself in a sprint to the finish for a chance at victory.

→In 1969, Rickey Gates’s mom ran the Mount Marathon, a crazy race up and down Mount Marathon in Seward, Alaska. This year, Gates followed in his mom’s footsteps. He tells the story of his second-place finish, including a brief stop to reset his shoulder after separating it in a fall. Strangely, he calls this “America’s last great mountain race,” but he doesn’t explain why he thinks that to be the case. C’mon, Rickey Gates: are there really no other great mountain races in the entire country?

→What is the best thing in the world after a tough run in high heat? Lemonade. Here’s the scientific proof.

→Ben Nephew was one of several New England trail runners who took part in the World Championships of Trail Running earlier this month. He writes about the experience on iRunFar.

→Have you ever ridden your bike somewhere, locked it up, then gone back to ride it home only to find that it’s gone? That happened one too many times to Patrick Symmes, who goes vigilante to find out what happens to stolen bikes and what can be done to stop bike thieves.