Anchor Down Ultra is in the books. This is a well run affair on a great course. I was
hoping for 80 miles but finished at 51 miles. Was it possible to squeeze out one
or two more laps? Maybe but it would have been riasky given the heat and my
worn down condition. I'm happy with the 51. Also met some friends like
Larry Macon(Guinness Marathon record Holder) and Lou Loban.
|Larry Macon in the middle with Ed Peters|
|Lou Loban and Ed Peters.|
This course is part trail and part paved path. The trail section
was covered with protruding roots. Not usually a big deal but we started at 7PM and quickly had to use headlamps. It was very difficult to distinguish the roots so to avoid falling we had to slow down. The twisting of my feet and ankles over these roots created a nagging pain. No damage but just plain sore. The 6 hour runners finished at 1AM so the course became surreal after that. Thick brush with a moonlit sky. We were usually alone in the woods with so few 24 hour runners. Half way through each loop we came out on the paved path along the coast. We all shut off our headlamps at this point because with the light of the moon we could see everything. Just beautiful and quiet...no breeze and no waves. After sunrise I took a 30 min nap in a tent then hit the trail again. It soon became apparent the sun bearing down in the open section was taking its toll on me. I could have pushed through a few more loops but wasn't worth it. My final time was 16h58m. 21 laps. 51 miles.
This was a well run race with tons of volunteers all night long. Lots of food and water. This was the second year and I believe it will become a top draw in the future for ultra runners. As I write this there are 24 hour runners still on the course. Some of them were near 100 miles at 1PM and going strong. There should be a bunch of 100+ results.
|Taking a break at 4:30am|
easy access. The RD had plenty of food and drink options. Lots of volunteers as well.
This is very similar to Lake Waramaug for support and amenities.
|Tired dogs after 51 miles|
Anchor Down should easily be one of the more popular ultras in
New England for all the reasons above. I probably will be back next year.