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[RC] VT 100 runners - Carolyn Burgess

In 2006, my husband and I managed the last hold at the Vermont 100.  It is at 88 miles for the 100 mile runners.  It was before any of the horses came into the hold, If I recall it was about 5 or 6 pm.  The hold is up on a hill and it overlooks the driveway to the house that hosts the hold.  We saw this "jogger" come in and run down the driveway.  My husband commented it must be one of the runners.  I said it couldn't be.  This guy could not possible have run 88 miles and look like he did.  He had his t-shirt in his hand, running in just running shorts.  He looked like someone who was out jogging a few miles.  He came down the driveway and started looking around, and then started yelling hello.  We called back to him and he asked if this was the runners hold.  We had to tell him no, and with that he muttered a few expletives under his breath and sprinted the 1/4 mile back down the drive to the trail.  We couldn't believe this after running for 14 hours. 

The year I rode the Moonlight, we were in line at brunch the next morning and were talking with two runners.  One had finished in the top 5, the other in the top 20.  You would never have guessed that they had just run 100 miles.  Both of them looked great.  And they don't really look like runners.  I think of runners as thin and well muscled, these people look like regular people and some of them have a few extra pounds on them.  I guess that is the fuel tank they need. 

If you every have the chance, this is just the most amazing ride.  The funny part is that you can be out on trail (on the dirt roads) and there is traffic at 9pm.  All of the support people for the horses and the runners.

Carolyn Burgess

Greenall <greenall@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
 And I want to stress, they are RUNNING, not walking.  Amazing!  Dr. Nick Kohut was at the finish for the first runner who blazed across the finish around 8PM last night looking like he had perhaps been out jogging. 

[RC] VT 100 runners, Greenall