Thursday, March 31, 2011

This Weekend

This weekend kicks off the 2011 season for the Nike Fleet Feet Racing Team in Huntsville with a flurry of events.

George Heeschen, Eric Charette, Lisa Rawlings, David Rawlings, James Falcon, Shane O'Neill and Dink Taylor will be running the half marathon at Oak Barrel in Lynchburg, TN.   This scenic course runs through the countryside of rural Tennessee and has a climb from from 800' at mile 3 to 1050' by mile 5.2 and continutes to climb to 1,125' at mile 7 before a fast downhill finish.

Rob Youngren and DeWayne Satterfield will be at Frozen Head State park for the 2011 "running" of the Barkley marathon.  The Barkley is considered one of the toughest 100 mile races in the world. It has 52,900 feet of climb (and 52,900 feet of descent), more than any other 100 mile race, more than the 33,000 ft. of climb at Hardrock, and more than the 45,000 ft. at Nolan's 14.  The Barkley consists of 5 20-mile loops with no aid except for water at two points. The cutoffs for the 100 mile race are 12 hours per loop. The 60 mile "fun run" has a cutoff of 40 hours, or 13:20 per loop. To prove you completed each loop, you must find 9 to 11 books (varies) at various points along the course and return a page from each book.  Here is a link to pictures from 2010, including the newly added section of running under the prison.

Greg Reynolds, Lynn Curry and Marty Clarke will be at theScholarship 8km in Huntsville.  This two loop course is in downtown Huntsville and has continually rolling terrain.

Dink Taylor will run back to back 1/2 marathons with a Sunday appearance at the Talladega 1/2 marathon.

Good luck to the entire team where ever your fleet feet take you!