this may sound crazy, but i haven't run an inch of this course. i volunteer there because it is the closest ultra to my home, and i have used it as volunteer time for the VT 100. usually only a few people run the 100k.<br><br>
you should ask "CT marathoner" (Emmy) or "run dangerously" (Frank), who i think both ran it last year for the soft shoulder question. i do know the road is winding and narrow in most places.<br><br>
i probably won't run vermont this year, but the RD at Waramaug is a really nice guy and i enjoyed helping out there the last two years, so i'll be there again. other than carl's (the RD) family, most of the volunteers are ultrarunners, so it's an enjoyable day talking running with people planning the VT 100 ot WS 100.<br><br>
last year both Jeff Washburn and Ray K. were there (running, but then hanging around at the finish), so i got a full dose of ultra history and war stories. that was great. ray has done literally hundreds of ultras spanning over 30 years and jeff ran 10 100s in 1999, and has started all the VT 100s (19 starts and i think 17 finishes). both great guys.<br><br>
fwiw i have run a 50 miler on pavement and found it tough on the knees. you get a fatigue from the pounding that is different from a trail run, but you also have no issue with footing, tripping or falling, or odd footplants that can also cause knee or ankle pain.