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Race Web Site<br><a href="http://www.mas50.com/redhot/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.mas50.com/redhot/index.html</a><br><br>
Flat out the most beautiful race I've run so far. The slide show on the web site do not do the vistas justice. If you want to run the southwest, this race is a must! If you cannot do the 50k+ (34 miles), the race added a 33k this year with the best bits.<br><br>
I decided I wanted to run this course as a medium-hard long run. That meant my HR would be around 85% max. I also wanted to test my new hill strategy: run up until the HR monitor beeps, walk until 70% then start running again. I'm convinced if I run up more hills, I'll get better at them.<br><br>
The strategy worked for the first 17 miles with fairly easy to follow jeep trails and only a few big hills. There was some slickrock but mostly dirt and sand roads. Towards the second aid station, we were on top of the butte/mesa that overlooked US 191 and you could see Canyonlands in the distance. WOW. At the end of the 17 miles, I had 5 minutes in the bank for a 12 min/mile pace.<br><br>
The second 17 miles were almost all slickrock. There were times I had wished I had brought the road shoes. The ascents were deceiving because there were no trees or single path trail to compare against. Time was also lost trying to find the road. However, it was all worth it when I made it to aid station 4 at mile 22. It took what little breath was left as I overlooked Arches, the Colorado River, and La Sal mountains. Now I was 5 minutes behind the the 12 min/mile pace.<br><br>
The next 7 miles were a rollercoaster up and down. I did not make much time on the downhills since more time was lost trail hunting and the slickrock was always at a horizontal angle. We continued to get different views. I lost another 10 minutes and was 15 minutes behind when I reached the 5th and final aid station at mile 29.<br><br>
After mile 29, I took a wrong turn and lost ~10 minutes before reaching the correct trail again. Oh well. It led to a nice overlook of the Colorado River.<br><br>
Final time was 7:23. Not the 6:48 I was hoping for but I felt strong running into the finish line and was able to run 6 miles comfortably today.<br><br>
When I commented to different runners that this was my most scenic race, I had two disagreements: a) the Big Horn 50 Mile cource and b) Hard Rock 100. Since I won't be running Hard Rock EVAR, I need to make sure I check out Big Horn next year.<br><br>
I also need to work on a good camera solution. My camera did not fit into my race belt so I left it at the motel room. It was probably for the best because I would have been stopping every 100 feet to take a picture.<br><br>
The results were posted at the post-race party. If I remembered times correctly, Chris Gerber improved his time by an hour! CONGRATS!!!<br><br>
Chris G
 

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I am sure it is a very scenic race!! Sounds so beautiful. Hardrock is not in my future ever, unless i magically get over my severe fear of heights! lol. I did find a pouch for my camelback that my camera could fit in, but i have yet to bring it with me, because i would probably lose too much time, though i may consider it for Western States. The pictures on your race's website are incredible, i cannot imagine how nice it was in person.
 

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Hey ChrisG! Great job and thanks!<br><br>
I agree, it was a beautiful race! It's so nice to get out of the snow and run in the desert in shorts and a t-shirt. If you liked this course, be sure to do the Moab Alpine to Slickrock 50 mile in September... it's even more scenic!<br><br>
I had forgotten how brutal that stretch from A/S 4 to A/S 5 is... darn selective amnesia! Seven miles of sidehilling on slickrock is hard on the lower legs!<br><br>
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A friend of mine posted his photos from the race, if anyone's curious:<br><br><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/charlesdanforth/BestOfMoabRedHot50k" target="_blank">http://picasaweb.google.com/charlesd...fMoabRedHot50k</a>
 

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wow. i am totally jealous. Thanks for sharing <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Great Report Chris!<br><br>
I'll bet this course is very scenic in many ways.<br>
I'll also throw in the Devil's Backbone 50M course <a href="http://www.winddrinkers.org/DevilPic07/index.htm" target="_blank">(Photos)</a>. It sits in the Gallatin Mountain Range in Montana.<br><br>
Here is one photo from when I was out there. This road leads up to the trailhead.<br><br>
Sleeping Giant in the Background<br><img alt="" src="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q278/cmerun100m/2007%20Devils%20Backbone%2050M/SleepingGiantinBackground.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Yikes - so many beautiful places and not enough vacation time! <img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><br><br>
Devil's Backbone was the race with the "aid station" at the turn around point if I remember your race report from Cool Running, correct?<br><br>
I've already forgotten the ugly climb and ready to run the course again! Especially, if its sunny and > 35 degrees. I'm sick of only wearing shorts once every other week. I had even forgotten all the sand until I had read Anton Krupicka's race report.<br><br>
Moab Alpine to Slickrock 50 Mile. My husband and I are planning a road trip to Utah this fall. I was thinking if the Red Hot 50K+ was well organized (it was), I would end the road trip with the run. After I complemented the RD about Red Hot's course, I asked if he had a date for MAS50. Chris said he was in school and wouldn't know for another month if he was going to hold it again. Apparently, organizing an ultra takes a lot of time???
 

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Here is a good alternative the the mas50. Danelle Ballangee, world class athelte will be the course setter for the race. The whole series is pretty spectacular<br><br><a href="http://www.ultimatexc.com/MOAB.html" target="_blank">http://www.ultimatexc.com/MOAB.html</a><br><br><br>
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I finally got around to posting a little race report with photos, if anyone is interested:<br><br><a href="http://www.chrisgerber.com/outdoors/trip-reports/moab-red-hot-20080216.cgi" target="_blank">Chris's Moab 50k report</a><br><br>
- Chris
 
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