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in: Ari-o; Ari-o > 2020-07-29

Jul 29, 2020 8:15 PM # 
I saw that it was happening. For a brief moment I was like "ooh racing!" and then I was like "oh wait, that's dumb." With a limited entry and a socially distanced start, what's the difference, psychologically, from just chasing another Strava segment? The people you want to race might not even show up.

And then there's the whole idea of traveling somewhere to do a thing that other people have traveled to from other places. Skipping this is a sacrifice I'm willing to make for the greater good. I don't think it's responsible for race organizers to be organizing races right now, because by hosting something that gathers people, you run the risk of becoming a source of the virus. Making the problem worse, making it longer until we can actually race again.

Jul 29, 2020 9:40 PM # 
That's pretty much true. Maybe a start in a wide field to spread the field out, but still.

The value add for a race is the support, and for a race like People's it's some trail markings and a timekeeper at the end, which doesn't do much. What will be more interesting is Pisgah in September, because having aid stations is always nice, but I wouldn't be surprised if the aid stations were done away with. A self-supported 50k? Maybe bottles of water at each aid station?

Probably just a year to go on runs. Hopefully the worst of the heat/humidity has passed, the last few days have been brutal.
Jul 30, 2020 11:06 AM # 
The Ragged Mt - Kearsarge Mt - Mt Sunapee 3-day stage race is on (August 7-9) and has 7 spaces left at this moment. I will sign up momentarily. If interested you find generic info on webpages of Six03 Endurance or Ultra Signup, but they are all the old pages. For up to date info on COVID safety/format go to the Facebook page and read the recent posts from the bottom-up.
Jul 30, 2020 3:23 PM # 
Oh that's interesting. It seems like a fun run, but lots of logistical issues this year. Glad they seem to have worked it out, though, but I probably won't do it (it's also a relatively long drive). Plus which it seems like 5-6 hours of running each day and then a lot of time to avoid people in the encampments. Not sure how all that would work. Maybe just make it a single-day ultra :)

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