Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Miller's Defeat to Dusty Corners (Miles 35.3 to 38.0) (158 days to go!)

The seventh stage of the course takes runners from Miller's Defeat at Mile 35.3 to Dusty Corners at 38.0. Special thanks to the following people for their donations to the Wounded Warrior Project that make this stage tour possible: Kelly Glynn, Jenny Wittich, Abby Gabrys, and my grandma Lucy Tucker! Your generosity is appreciated by me and put to good use by the WWP!

From what I can tell, this stretch of trail will be a respite from the climbs behind us and those to come. It's a downhill route with a wider trail than usual. Snow could be an issue, if the trail photographs are are any indication, but it looks extremely runnable. That's a good thing...we're less than 10 miles from Devil's Thumb, which is as bad as it sounds.

There is crew access at Dusty Corners, a maximum of one vehicle per runner. Dusty Corners is in a remote location, though, and the volunteers bring their supplies into the aid station by horse trailer on Friday night, over 12 hours before any runners will pass through! Many choose to camp at the site, given the difficulty in reaching it.

The leaders will arrive at Miller's Defeat only 25 minutes after they left Miller's Defeat. The 24 hour runners will arrive about 30 minutes after their Miller's Defeat departure, while 30 hour runners will traverse this downhill stretch of 2.7 miles about 45 minutes. The aid station will close at 4:10 p.m. Runners will have 62.2 miles to go!

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