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Topsfield, Ma. Anyone??? I'll be there!<br>
10K loops, not too hard trail, great running group!! I love the guys and gals in GAC! If I lived there I'd join 'em!<br>
No fee, just bring aid station food or drink!!
 

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We have FA the same day in my back yard(Staatsgurg, NY) only it's a 5k loop. Its the only race that I do with a short lap venue and it is very informal. We use this event for our long run for the week. By passing my car every 3.1 it makes self service easy plus you get to watch those that come to run hard - at least harder than I/we do.
 

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I'd love to go but I may have company in town... which would have me bringing them to the Whites for a scenic day. <img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif"><br><br>
Hopefully I can make it.
 

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I'll be there.<br><br>
I e-mailed the RD to ask about how much snow there is going to be on the trails, but haven't heard back yet. Up here in Maine I've been doing most of my trail running in snowshoes, which is really slow but makes you super strong. Now things have warmed up a bit and we've gotten some rain so the trails are a combination of snow, slush and ice. Whatever the conditions this is sure to be a good "race", GAC folks are great.<br><br>
This was kind of a last minute decision for me, meaning I haven't really trained for it. But I did the Stone Cat 50 miler on not much more than marathon training so I figured I can get through it and still have a good time. This will be a great way to kick off my training for the VT100.
 

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Trail Monster, I was at Stone Cat too but did the marathon. The 50K is a training run for me too. I have a TON to work out before my 100, learning to eat, learning to walk more, and most of all learning to drink A LOT more than I do now.<br><br>
Sherpa John, Hope you can make it!!
 

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Well, I have that day open and it's not far from me in Maine, so I'll probably come. Haven't been running much lately, but have had three 50k+ xc skiing days lately with all this great snow. So do folks just run these fat ass events at a fun pace or really race it; I'm not sure I want to get caught racing wicked hard this time of year! I'm up for whatever though.<br>
Tom
 

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Tom,<br>
It is a fun run! Some of the runners just show up for 1 loop, some the whole thing. It is relaxed, except for the woman who finished first last year I don't remember anyone really "racing" it. Just one clock on the loop at the aide station and you run right by your car so you can bring your stuff and leave it there.<br><br>
Are you near Trail Monster? I miss Maine! I went to UNE (long ago).
 

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I know Tom, kinda. If I remember correctly you helped pick up the course markings after the Bradbury Bruiser (a 12 mile trail race I direct). I'm going to be coming down for the 50k with 2 other guys from Maine and am working on rounding up some more.<br><br>
Here's the response I got to my question about trail conditions in Topsfield:<br>
"<span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;">Something like YAK tracks might be just the thing"<br>
Not very helpful. I'm guessing they have less snow than us here in Portland, and after the rain were getting now and the above freezing temps this coming week things shouldn't be too snowy, probably wet though. Can anyone out there offer any insight?<br></span></span>
 

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I started running with the GAC last year and will be at the fatass this weekend. I doubt i'll do all 50k since I havn't trained any mored than a couple 1-2 hour runs each week but maybe 30k. The trails should be fairly muddy with some slushy snow and possibly patchy ice depending on the temps over the next week. Gilly was right on that yacks are probably the max you will need. But honestly even in heavy snow most of us don't really wear any types of traction devices and fair pretty well.<br><br>
Just expect definitely a lot of mud if it stays this wet, and possibly slushy snow and ice if the temps are low for the week.<br>
I'll see ya there.
 

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Ok correction there is still a solid base of snow yak trax would be best it may melt but i doubt it. plan for them some spots you can see dirt but for the most part it is solid base pack with choppy footing.
 

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Last night we got at least 6" of new snow in Portland and it's still coming down heavily. We're supposed to get more tomorrow and it looks like Topsfield will be getting more too (and some rain?).<br><br>
I'm bringing my snowshoes just in case.
 

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10 inches of Fresh snow have fallen so far today in the area. Another storm is coming in Tomorrow with the chance of MIXED precip (but mostly snow) followed by a HUGE temp drop. Highs friday are supposed to be in the teens.<br><br>
Your trail conditions just changed <img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif">
 

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Yup snow shoes are an option with this added snow. We only got about 2 inches of snow that stuck today, but added on top of the previous 3 or 4 inches of packed snow and the snow tomorrow the trails should be covered pretty good. I may actually do a couple loops in snowshoes as well.
 

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I don't own snow shoes <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br>
I'll just have to tough it out the best I can in the yaxtrax!<br>
We'll all see how I fair!
 

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I'll be there. I won't be using snowshoes, just shoes with ice screws. Weather reports show the area is currently getting rain, not snow. Also says that as it gets colder tonight, they may pick up around an inch of snow if that. See you guys there!<br><br>
-Jamie
 

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You're right Jamie, looks like the trail may end up being icy early in the day on Saturday but will probably soften as temps warm up. I think I need to screw another pair of shoes.
 

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Storm #1 was a bust down there... maybe got an inch or two... then todays; storm dropped rain. Temps supposed to soar this week! Great day to run 50k!!! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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Yeah, 0F to 30F will definitely be soaring temperatures. I'm so glad I don't live in some boring hot place like Florida!<br><br>
I've tried screws on mountain bike tires but not shoes yet; sounds like the thing to do though for this. I'm feeling a little burned up from some great XC skiing New Years Day, but we'll see if I can muster up at least a lap or two!<br>
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Nice to see a few KickRunners at the GAC Fat Ass 50k last weekend.<br><br>
My belated race report is <a href="http://trailmonsterrunning.blogspot.com/2008/01/gac-fat-ass-50k-race-report.html" target="_blank">HERE</a>
 
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