Friday, September 23, 2011

2012 Hundos

Fresh off of Sawtooth, Jordan Hanlon, Ben Bruce, and I (and hopefully Andy Sandor and Jason LaPlant) are discussing 2012 races.

The Hundos:

Rocky Raccoon
Feb 4, 2012, Huntsville, TX
A big maybe, and only to have the chance to run with some great ultra runners.  Last year saw Anton Krupicka, Hal Koerner, Ian Sharman, and Scott Jurek, to name a few.  The course is 5 20-mile loops with a few out and back sections, providing plenty of opportunity to share the trail with some of the top US runners, which would be pretty neat.  Though it is in February, there's a 30-hour cutoff, and training in Minnesota isn't the greatest for early season mileage.  We'll see.  It appears registration is open until race day, but fees start climbing after January 7.

Zumbro 100
April 13-14??, 2012, Zumbro Falls, MN
Can't miss this one.  I'm avenging the DNF at my first 100 mile attempt last year, which must be done.  The race is well organized and cozy, 23 runners last year on the 5 20-mile loop course, which is centered on a campground that makes it the perfect family/spectator race.  Registration shouldn't be a problem, but I expect at least double the 23 entrants from last year.

Western States 100
June 23-24, 2012, Squaw Valley, CA
The 'World Series' of US ultras.  Everybody who's everybody runs this, from Kilian Jornet to Geoff Roes, Andy Jones Wilkins to Dave Mackey, this race is super competitive at the front.  There's a lotto to get into this 100-mile point-to-point race and a 30-hour cutoff.  The chances are low of getting selected, BUT, with Jordan and Ben also registering, at least one of us should get in and the others can crew/pace.  Not a bad system.  Registration opens November 12 and closes November 26, and the lottery takes place December 10.

Hardrock 100
July 13-15, 2012, Silverton, CO
The toughest ultra in the US, with 34k feet of climbing and descent, 68k total elevation change between 7,680 and 14,048 feet!  Intense.  The cutoff is 48 hours for a reason.  This is an epic and relentless course, one I'm kinda hoping I get a chance to volunteer/pace/crew before I run, but what the hell.  Applications are accepted from Nov through Jan, with a lottery during the first weekend in Feb.  Only 140 are allowed on the course, with the big names getting no more love than the newbs.

Augt 18-19??, 2012, Leadville, CO
A legendary race that has grown exponentially the last few years to over 350 finishers out of 600+ starters in 2011, with everyone, including the likes of Anton Krupicka, chasing the ghost of Matt Carpenter's 2005 run!  Like Hardrock, acclimation is a must.  The entire race is between 9,200 and 12,600 feet, and the cutoff is a tight 30 hours.  Registration closed last year on June 11.  I haven't seen any details about 2012 yet.

Sept 7-8??, 2012, Lutsen, MN
Because last year was too epic to be the only one, and because I want 30 hours on this beast.  But, I got my jacket, and the lure of other races may come calling.  I'm really not sure how to approach this one yet, especially what looks to be 2 weeks out from Leadville, if that's in the plans.    

Sept 21-22??, 2012, Logan, UT
Bear and Sawtooth may be too much for one September, and depending on what other races I get into, it almost pays to try the Rocky Mountain Slam or the Grand Slam.  We'll see how things go.

We'll see how it all plays out, but with a few of these races as the centerpiece of the 2012 race schedule, filling in with some shorter ultras, it should make for an epic year.  At least I can say that nobody's accused me of setting the bar too low.  ;)

1 comment:

  1. Looks a lot like my list! I say go for them all. ;-)