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in: Possum Trot XIX Weekend (Nov 17–18, 2018 - Lee's Summit, MO, US)

Nov 9, 2018 1:10 AM # 
Possum Trot XIX Weekend information updated
Nov 9, 2018 1:10 AM # 
Nov 12, 2018 6:05 PM # 
Will poison ivy be likely in the Saturday or Sunday map areas?
Nov 12, 2018 6:34 PM # 
Saturday will be on a campus + in a building/underground. There should be no poison ivy.

Sunday is forest terrain. I'm sure there is poison ivy in the terrain, but with the leaves down, most people won't have any problems.
Nov 12, 2018 6:45 PM # 
Surely whatever grows underground in those tunnels is worse than poison ivy.
Nov 12, 2018 6:56 PM # 
You can still get poison ivy oils from vines even without leaves. For instance, don't touch hairy vines growing up trees!
Nov 12, 2018 8:05 PM # 
OK, thanks for the input. I'll pack a 3-oz bottle of Tecnu in my carry-on just in case... :-)
Nov 12, 2018 10:32 PM # 
I think "Don't touch hairy vines" is good advice no matter what they are growing up, under, between, etc. Also, do not taunt happy fun ball.
Nov 12, 2018 11:01 PM # 
I only got poison ivy rash in the winter when I carried young Zan out on my shoulders at end of a hike -- ox-bow pattern around my neck. I suspect that she'd swung on one of those "hairy vines" - she wasn't allergic.
Advice: if you pick up any kids on the course, don't put them on your shoulders!
Nov 13, 2018 12:12 AM # 
Swing from a hairy vine, I can be your backpack while you...

(Anybody? No?...)
Nov 13, 2018 12:21 AM # 
CDC has range maps for poison ivy and poison oak:
Nov 13, 2018 12:49 AM # 
I do not recall any poison ivy -- I ran in that forest in April 1997.

In Missouri the major danger is chiggers, I was bitten badly many times,
they get thru athletic socks.

Here is an article about them in WaPo
Nov 13, 2018 1:45 AM # 
jjcote that was a nice rabbit hole you just sent me down.
Nov 13, 2018 2:28 AM # 
Glad it worked for somebody. :-)
Nov 13, 2018 2:36 AM # 
I encountered chiggers this year, but don't think they'll be a problem at the Possum Trot:

The good news is that after a frost or freeze, chigger season is over. During late fall and winter, our region is chigger-free. Roam the woods and fields and enjoy the crisp air without the worry of chigger bites.

After the first snow, you can definitely forget about chiggers for at least another six to eight months, before the terrible chigger cycle repeats.

(From the article in WaPo)

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