Yesterday I arrived in Snowbird, UT and it’s beautiful and scenic. I’m here to run Speedgoat 50k on Saturday, a challenging trail race. The race’s website describes it as the “toughest 50k in the US.” It consists of 11,420 feet of total climbing all above 7,600’ with the majority above 9,200′. I like to say that I’m prepared to take on this race, but I’d be lying. Perhaps if I had another month or two to train, I’d feel differently.
Although I may struggle at times during the race, I’m ready for the challenge. I’m looking forward to the comradeship that is so prevalent in the trail running community; however, I’m also looking forward to the solitude for those moments when I’m running by myself through the mountains, alone in nature. Prior to the start of every race, I often wonder if this will be my first DNF (did not finish). I’m hoping it isn’t, but I guess we don’t always have a say when it comes to how our bodies will react when we put ourselves through extraordinary conditions.
Despite what happens on Saturday, this race will be special for me. Speedgoat 50k is my first Small Change race, an initiative I created to donate money to organizations in each of the cities I race. For this race, I chose Push to the Finish, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for children with physical disabilities to experience the enjoyment, competition, and sense of accomplishment of participating in a road race. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find out why I chose this important organization.
I’ll be running on Saturday with friends who will most likely be ahead of me during much of the race, though we may rely on each other at times to push us to the finish— we will certainly celebrate together after we all cross the finish line.