Well I really don't have much to say about the Rock Creek 50km that's taking place this coming Saturday out at Lake Perry. I thought I'd be a little more amped up than I am. Still its a week away and I have plenty of time for that. I tried to find some pictures on the web that showed what the course was like. I thought there would be more of them out there then what I found. That's a good thing I guess. It just means that its still a fairly unused trail which is what I prefer to have when I train. Unfortunately the pictures I came up with are the ones I posted here. They really don't do the trail or the lake much justice. Hopefully this weekend I'll get some great pictures of the really technical parts for everyone to see.
As far as the race goes. I'm not putting very high expectations on myself this time around. I feel if I don't and set my goals low then I'll be happy no matter what. Which right now is what I really want. If I podium then great. WooHoo!!! Yeah me! If I don't then that's cool too. I just want everyone to have a great time this weekend being that its the first year for this event. I want everybody to stay safe, run smart and have fun. That's the important stuff right?
We should have a pretty good first time field of entrants. With runners coming from MN, CO, IA, MO, KS, CA and NB. Hopefully a lot more of the Trail Nerds will show up and enter on race day. We could always use another solid performance from Kyle Amos even though he just run a 50km in Ohio this weekend. Paul Schoenlaub will be in attendance and says hes running it easy but we'll see. We got Matthew Becker from Galva, Ks signed up. As well as Greg "THE FOURTH" Burger. Hot off his 5TH place finish at the Flatrock 50km this last month. Another 2007 Flatrock stud Gary "Luddite" Henry will be running too. My god that's four out of the top six finishers this year at the ROCK showing up. I'm getting a little nervous now. The two guys I predict to run an excellent race though are Dave Halferty and Eric Weinrich of Topeka, Ks. Neither of these two gentleman scholars have ever run an ultra before. However they are standing #1 and #2 in the Rock Creek Trail Series after three races which demands some respect. It'll be interesting to see how these two speedsters handle the run after they hit the 26 mile mark.
We are also well stocked with experience in the form of Stuart Johnson, Randy Albriehct and Dann Fischer. Three iron horses from Kansas. So with a handful of speedsters. A hearty dose of cagey veterans and a sprinkling of old school this should shape up to be a great inaugural event.
Now I said I wasn't going to make any predictions for this one but I can't help myself. I think that my buddy Dave Halferty is going to break the tape for the win. If he can get himself a 10 minute lead with 10 to go nobody will catch him. He just needs to run a smart first loop and he'll be fine.
Happy Trails as BadBen would say and may the forest be with you.