They play fast and loose with metric conversions too. Just another way they like to mess with you. It's a big mental switch from orienteering where participants expect detailed, accurate info on distance, climb, estimated winning time, water controls, how high a boulder is going to be, etc.
Haha. I think there's also the fact that it can be tricky to accurately measure a trail course. I'm guessing that the course description with km values is probably from a gps watch whereas the elevation chart is probably from a map tool, and it's not so hard to imagine that they are different by a couple of km over 30. That said, I want to be mentally prepared to have to run 4 more km when my watch hits 30 and the finish is nowhere in sight. :-)
All true. Last year I ran a “50K” race that runners measured as 54-55K. That one was a surprise but organizers often tell you in advance about extra distance in an “oh, by the way, no big deal” kind of way. They keep calling it a 50K though, which makes it harder to impress your friends with your time. ;)
Does "Boston people" mean you'll be here and want a running buddy? If so, yes.
Oh, cool! I will be in Sudbury for a good chunk of 20th-2nd. I imagine you are likely to be off skiing somewhere that has snow for most of that time but if you’re around I’d love company for a long outing. Seems like an Ari kind of thing, too, but not sure he reads my log. I’ll poke.
oh, yeah, that timing is actually terrible, as I'll be gone for the entirety of it. Sorry!!
Consider me a possibility though you may get better offers. I should be able to handle 25 km on trails.