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Chippewa Moraine 50k

Posted by toddruns on April 26, 2009

I haven’t blogged in a bit,  so I thought I would throw down a few words about the second annual Chippewa Moraine 50k Trail Race.  Wynn Davis did a bang up job again with the organization. The course conditions were great – no snow but a little bit of mud, and a few downed trees in a couple of spots to make it interesting.

I started off with Jim Wilson and Kami Holtz. It was nice to catch up with folks I haven’t seen in a while, hearing about their race down in Kentucky. Jim was obviously having a great day and he took off after awhile. I was feeling under trained for this race and I was hoping to take it easy. It helped to run with Kami as she was also trying to take it easy. The course sure looked different than last year without any snow on the ground or covering all the branches of the trees. It was and is a beautiful stretch of trail. I was lucky to be out there enjoying it.

I ran from the last aid station to the finish line with Jenifer Flynn.  She announced to Karen as we were leaving that she and I were going to work together to finish. We introduced ourselves and headed out, agreeing to stick close and keep each other on pace. I think it worked well, as she seemed stronger on the uphills and pulled me along while I was faster on the downhills (her quads were complaining). It sure helped to run the last 5 miles with someone else – the presence of someone right behind me kept me from giving in the to temptation to walk when I otherwise might have.

Great food, good company and a gorgeous course. It is hard not to love this race.

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