I DNF’d. There I said it. Speedgoat 50k was my first DNF (did not finish). I arrived three minutes too late into the Tunnel aid station (approx. mile 24) and got cut. The race takes place in the Wasatch mountains of Snowbird, UT and according to the race director it is the “toughest 50k in the US.” You can read my pre-race blog post here.
Speedgoat 50k is part of the Sky Runner Series, which means it attracts many of the top ultra runners. My friends and I were in the company of Anna Frost, Ellie Greenwood, Hal Koerner, and Sage Canaday. I’ve read about them in running magazines and have always been in awe of their accomplishments. Now we were running the same race as them. Anxious runners gathered at 6:15 am to hear race director, Karl Meltzer, provide a few important announcements and then it was time to move to the starting line for the start of the race at 6:30 am.
The climb to the first aid station (Hidden Peak) was brutal (it sat at 11,00 feet); however, there would be several more climbs that would leave me wondering if I could do this race. It was suppose to be 8.4 miles to Hidden Peak; though, it turned out to be around 9.35 miles or so, about one mile more than expected, which was a little disheartening. I ran most of this part of the course with my friend, Troy, and it was nice to have him by my side. [Continue Reading]