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Hey Guys and Gals..<br><br>
Ok.. lots of great questions lately about what races to run etc etc... so lets have some fun ranking your races. Only do Top 5's in each category. If you don't get to 5... Then so be it. I'll do mine first as an example. (include only races YOU have done!)<br><br>
Favorite Races:<br>
1: Pittsfield Peaks<br>
2: VT50<br>
3: VT100<br>
4: Wakely Dam<br>
5: Grand Tetons 100<br><br>
Toughest Races:<br>
1: Grand Tetons 100<br>
2: McNaughton Park 100<br>
3: Pittsfield Peaks<br>
4: Wakely Dam<br>
5: Rachel Carson Trails Challenge (50K)<br><br>
BEST 50Ks<br>
1: Wakely Dam<br>
2: Pineland Farms<br>
3: Rachel Carson Trails Challenge<br><br>
Best 50 Milers<br>
1: Pittsfield Peaks<br>
2: VT50<br>
3: Stonecat 50<br>
4: JFK 50<br>
5: Nifty Fifty<br><br>
Best 100s<br>
1: VT100<br>
2: Grand Tetons 100<br>
3: McNaughton Park 100
 

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Favorite races:<br>
1. Hellgate 100k<br>
2. Vermont 50<br>
3. Finger Lakes 50's<br><br>
Toughest Races:<br>
1. Hellgate 100k<br>
2. Jay Ultimate XC Challenge<br>
3. Pittsfield Snowshoe Marathon<br><br>
Best Schwag:<br>
1. Stonecat Trail Races<br>
2. Pittsfield races<br>
3. Hellgate (You want to see my finisher's shirt?? Do you?? Cause I can show it to you. Real easy...)
 

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Hmmm. I have run a lot of races, but a lot of them were the same race each year! lol. So I do not have much to chose from. Ask me again at the end of this year <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br><b>Favorites</b>:<br>
Fingerlake 50's<br>
Old Dominion Memorial 50M<br>
Grand Teton 100<br>
Umstead 100<br>
Seneca Creek 50K<br><br><b>Hardest</b>:<br>
Grand Teton 100!!!!!!!<br>
I have nothing else to add to that list yet! That takes the cake by a long shot and for some reason i am going back! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br><b>Most Scenic</b>:<br>
Grand Teton<br>
Fingerlake 50's (i love the view of the lakes!! and i like cows)<br><br><b>Best Organization</b>:<br>
Grand Teton 100M<br>
Umstead 100M<br>
Bull Run Run<br>
Rocky Raccoon 100M<br><br><br><br><b>Best Shwag</b>?<br><br>
Fingerlake 50's. I do not think i have a picture of my 1stAG award for 2008, but i have a pic of the one from 2006's race!<br>
Grand Teton 100M-- biggest belt buckle, ever!<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a290/merigayle/100_4366-1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Most Difficult:<br>
1. Zane Grey FA (same course, different date, unsupported)<br>
2. Jay Challenge<br>
3. Big Bear Lake 50K<br><br>
Best Race to DNF and Not be Too Upset:<br>
1. The North Face Endurance Challenge, Washington DC<br>
2. Just Another Mad Dog 50K<br><br>
Best Scenery:<br>
1. Grand Canyon R2R2R FA<br>
2. Crown King Scramble<br>
3. Cuyamaca Laguna 50K<br><br>
Best Schwag:<br>
1. Kinda Fulluna 50 Mile (hand painted bags and Shrinky-Dinks for medals)<br>
2. Crown King Scramble (beer and tequila at mile 22)<br><br>
Best Story:<br>
1. The time I ran/walked 30 miles back to my college house on a dare (hey, I came in first)
 

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Favourite races:<br>
1. Haliburton 100<br>
2. Run for the Toad 50km<br>
3. Vermont 100<br>
4. Ottawa 24-hour<br><br>
Best food:<br>
1. Ottawa 24-hour<br>
2. Kingston 6-hour<br>
3. All the 100 milers I've done (HF, SS, VT)<br><br>
Most beer consumed during:<br>
1. Conquer the Canuck 92.2km (two day stage race)<br>
2. Haliburton 100 2006 (OK, so I was pacing that year but I still ran 75km)<br><br>
Top fantasy races :<br>
1. Hardrock<br>
2. Arrowhead<br>
2. HURT<br><br>
Best stories:<br>
1. The kid at SS100 2006 who hadn't trained and was afraid of the dark<br>
2. Sleep deprivation and dehydration resulting in bizarre visual misperceptions at VT100
 

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Favorite races and # of times I've run each:<br>
1.Mt. Mitchell Challenge (once)<br>
2.VT50 (3x)<br>
3.Bull Run Run (once)<br>
4.VT100 (2x)<br>
5.Finger Lakes Fifties (once)<br>
6.H.A.T. Run (once)<br><br>
Toughest races<br>
1. VT100<br>
2. Mt. Mitchell<br>
3. VT50<br><br>
Favorite non-ultra distance race:<br>
1. Escarpment (30 km)
 

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Favorite Races:<br>
1: Bull Run 50<br>
2: VT50<br>
3: HAT 50k<br>
4: VT100<br><br>
Toughest Races:<br>
1: Escarpment Trail - Only a 30k but a mother of course, mile for mile<br>
2: VT100 - Cuz it's 100 miles and never easy<br>
3: VT50 - some solid elevation<br>
4: Bull Run - sneaky hard, you tend to run too much and ut can eat you the last 10-15 miles<br><br><br>
BEST 50Ks<br>
1: VT<br>
2: HAT<br><br>
Best 50 Milers<br>
1: Bull Run<br>
2: VT<br>
3: The Ground Hog fall 50 when it was a 50 mile race<br><br><br>
Best 100s<br>
1: VT100
 

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RunLongVT --please post a photo of your Hellgate finisher's shirt <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">-what a badge of honor, as is meridith's cow-door hanger<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Favorite Ultras so far:<br>
6. Sybil ludington 50K<br>
1. fingerlakes 50 (best bbq chicken dinner)<br>
2. VT 50<br>
3. Highland sky 40 miler (fun raffle and patagonia shirt)<br>
5. Long island 6 -hour birthday run (beautiful trail loops)<br>
6. stone cat<br><br>
Hardest -<br>
1. highland sky (even though only 40, it s equivilant to a 50 -but so beautiful.)<br>
2. Wakefield, MA 24 hour run around the lake (for the humidity, heat and pavement)<br>
3. Escarpment and soapstone mtn. trail run (short but tough )<br><br>
Want to do -<br>
1. stonecat 50miler (only did the marathon)<br>
2. VT 100 (only paced)<br>
3. Laurel highlands or Pittsfield peaks<br>
4. Marin headlands ultra -august in SanFran<br>
good road race shirt - Martha's vineyard 20 miler has 'no weenies' on the back<br>
most used -stonecat gym bag and shirt with black cat!
 

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It's a simple Patagonia top, but man oh man do I love it. The idea of it was the only thing that kept me going at the end.<br><br>
Other races I'd love to have run:<br>
1. New England 100<br>
2. Grindstone 100<br>
3. Western States, mostly to compare it to the East Coast runs.
 
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