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#1 of 13 Old 07-11-2008, 02:47 AM - Thead Starter
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The Knee Knacker 50 is this weekend.
It's the gold standard in this part of the country.
I've been course coordinator for the last 5 years & in the days prior to the race, course marking on the Black Mountain section has become a tradition. This year I brought a camera.
For those considering the "toughest...whatever" trail race...check out the first 12.5km of this bad boy.
SteveK will vouch for it.
Also, I will actually be racing this course for the first time in 5 years this weekend.

Rod starting out...


Muddy on a typical "flat" section


Up, Up, & away...


Rod on the Boulders. 1/3 of the way up.



Marker creativity


Another angle... we started near the small bay on the far right.


Rod works up the slabs


Rod & Muddy at the false summit....1/2 way


Snow, or mud...your pick


Seriously...that's the trail


Rod covers some ground


The Lions


Black Mountain


The Reward...a silver bag of goodies


Rod in Heaven
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The course looks gorgeous, and very difficult...which always make for great racing. Good luck on your race and thanks for the pictures.
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wow! Have a great race

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Asesome stuff. I read about this race and included it in my This Weekend in Running post. I'll add a link to this thread so people can see these awesome pics.
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Just remember, if I decide to come up and run this thing in the future, Pam and I are "staying with ya".

That course does look tough. Not for the faint of heart for sure. You look like you're ready to rumble. Thanks for the pics! -craig
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Jealous!
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Always room fo you guys!
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Get yer rear out here!
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Alright, I don't know when it will be, but next time I'm in Vancouver you have to show me this trail.
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I will vouch for this course as being the gnarliest one I've ever run!! It has just about everything in just 30 miles. In the early kilometers you could touch the ankle of the person in front of you (if you are close enough) by reaching up just a little - it is that steep.

I will submit my application for this run again - if not in 2009, then 2010.

Great pictures!

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Wow! Thanks Muddy for posting the pictures. I am always amazed at the many beautiful places in the world. We get so caught up living in suburbia, nature gets lost.
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