Saturday, December 12, 2009

It's Boogie time!

One of my favorite runs last year was The Bethel Hill Moonlight Boogie Marathon. It was a tough course, and the heat and humity and the fact that it started late and much of the race was at night made it tougher.
Here are my write ups from last June: The Boogie Marathon and More thoughts on the Boogie. Oh, and Jimbo is on Youtube.
The race is described on the website as, "There are several long hills and some smaller ones too. This is not mountainous but is definitely not flat."

It took me 5:44 last June to run the 26.2. So, this week, I mailed my entry in for the 50 miler on June 12th 2010, I am looking forward to my T-shirt, and all being well, my finisher's coffee mug sometime in the early hours of the morning on June 13th.

There are a few other good lines on the Boogie website:

This is not your normal marathon. This is all rural, not a city marathon. The course is not certified. You will be in the middle of nowhere all the time with no porta-potties, no splits, no mile markers, no spectators, and late in the run possibly even no other runners. There are only 6 houses on the courseand they have dogs.

Even the race waiver makes me smile:

I realize June in North Carolina is hot and humid. Most people and doctors advise against running in heat and humidity. Also, running at night presents special problems such as seeing where you are stepping and watching out for cars. I understand that this area has specific hazards such as rattlesnakes, copperheads, polecats, wildcats, and rednecks who like to drink and drive and throw things. I know that 50 miles is a long, long ways and many people get tired just driving that far. Nevertheless, I want, no, I insist I be allowed to do this event regardless of the risk. Therefore, I want everyone to know that I am not being forced to do this event and that I agree for myself and any survivors or possible claimants that I may leave behind, to save, release, and keep harmless the Mangum Track Club, its members, the Runners From Hell, and any volunteers or sponsors or any other helpers that may be involved with this event, from all liability, claims, or demands for damages incurred by participation in this event or any of its parts. I assume all responsibilities for my participation in this event and certify that I am properly trained, mentally fit, and medically able to participate in this 50 mile run. I agree to use a light after dark. I certify that I am 18 yrs old or older. I will not litter. I will not kill snakes. I am aware that this event is limited to the no more than 75 entrants and that registration may close abruptly at the race director's discretion. I realize that the race director's {or his delegate} authority is all encompassing and will abide by anything he tells me. Knowing everything in this waiver has not deterred me from entering this event and my signature below indicates that I have read and agree to all this stuff and still intend to participate. I also promise to have fun.

1 comment:

  1. All right Jim! I'll see you there! I've got a lot of training to do if I'm going to make the 4 am 40 mile cut-off!