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Ok ultra runners, as we enter the 2008 season, let's weigh in on the one "must do" race for your home state.<br><br>
If you could recommend only one ultra in your state, which would it be?<br><br><img alt="wav.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wav.gif"><img alt="wav.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wav.gif">
 

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Plain<br><br>
And no, I'm nowhere near a good enough runner to even attempt it myself.<br><br>
It's interesting that I live near the border of WA and OR but in WA. OR has no 100 mile races, where WA now has 3: Plain, CCC, and NB2V.
 

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oh boy. I do not think i have run an ultra in PA! lol. Tussey Mountainback 50M is in PA and is supposed to be a great race. Unfortunately, the date always conflicts with something else, hoping to run it in 2008. Most of the races i do are in MD and VA.
 

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I was going to say the Tussy Mountainback <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I haven't done it as an ultra, just as part of a relay team.<br><br>
How about the Laurel Highlands?
 

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Illinois sounding off: McNaughton 150 Miler!<br><br>
When 100 miles just isn't enough "ultra" for you... <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
kestrou
 

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Knee Knacker 50km. Despite it's "short" nature, it is the one race in which many locals will focus their entire season. From the build-up of the lottery, to the weekly training runs on the course, to the finisher's banquet..it's all first class.<br><br>
...or it's freakish cousin, the Vancouver 100...essentially a double Knee Knacker done in early June, so there is a heap of snow to contend with in the high country. Mile per mile, it has the same elevation gain/loss as Wasatch. Acceptance is by application only as there are no aid stations, no markings (even veterans with intimate course knowledge can get lost), & no prizes. The course record is over 14 hours (by a past winner of the White River 50).
 

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For many areas, this will be a toughie, as so many have their unique aspects that represent the area they are in. For Western Washington, I'd have to go with the White River 50 miler. Fifty miles is within the grasp of most ultrafolks. There is single track, forest service road, climb and descent, rolling technical stuff alongside a river, views of Mt. Rainier and much of the Cascade chain.<br>
Now this doesn't necessarily mean it's my favorite (2 dnf in 3 attempts maybe), as that probably belongs to the Chuckanut Mt. 50 Km.<br><br>
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Hard to give a recommendation in Colorado without mentioning the Leadville 100.<br><br>
Also, there's the San Juan Solstice, an incredibly beautiful 50 miler... much more scenic than Leadville.<br><br>
Nolan's 14 would have to rank up there as one of the most insane unofficial ultras in the state (or the world, for that matter)! <img alt="evil.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/evil.gif"><img alt="evil.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/evil.gif"><br><br><a href="http://www.mattmahoney.net/nolans14/" target="_blank">http://www.mattmahoney.net/nolans14/</a>
 

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It's hard to choose, since every race in the Oregon Trail Ultramarathon Series has something unique to recommend it, but for toughness I'd say Where's Waldo? 100K. It's my most spectacular DNF from last year.<br><br>
Kate<br><br><a href="http://www.oregontrailseries.org/" target="_blank">http://www.oregontrailseries.org/</a>
 

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Lake Waramaug in April 50K, 50M, or 100K take your pick but all on pavement.... I plan on it for this year.<br>
Washington CT, beautiful lake though, 7.6 M around the lake several times, with an out and back for each.
 

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this year lake waramug is same weekend as boston. tough little conflict <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br>
you can preview the course (one loop of the lake) at end of february at the polar bear run.
 

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In New Hampshire I guess the "must do" Ultra would be Pisgkah 50K.<br><br>
Though we do have one other official race in the Wapack 50.<br><br>
But I think the REAL ultra's to do in NH are the Ultra-Distance runs many do on their own. The MMD50, The 24 Hour Hut Traverse, The Pemi-Loop, The Presi-Traverse, etc.
 
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