Thursday, January 25, 2007

Arctic Air

Here I sit gearing up for this weekends Frozen Fat Ass 50k and it looks like Frozen is just the tip of the ice berg. Check this picture out from NOAA that pink (gale warning) is not good and purple really bad, you know its bad when Alaska and the eastern seaboard have the same weather colors! Meanwhile, on Cape Cod there is the added problem of ocean effect snow showers. They could persist through Friday evening and may result in several inches of wind-blown snow falling on the outer Cape. Looks like temps on Saturday morning will hold in the teens and are expect to get up to the 30’s as the day progress’s…..gosh almighty…this is going to be interesting! I will bring my digital camera along to capture some of the fun.
Here are some more details on the course I pulled from a thread on cool running:

We are going to start in the parking lot. The flare gun goes off, and we head down the ramp to the beach 40 yards away and take a left (west) and run along the beach parallel to the ocean as far as we can go, or about 2 and a half miles, where we dead end at Scorton Creek. Go left there into the dunes, where we find a trail that immediately reverses our direction back toward the start. The trail goes through the dunes a mile or so, where it re-enters the beach. We follow the beach back to the parking lot, check in at the start/aid station (which is a little camper we'll have there) this is the five mile point. Then we head down the entrance road a quarter mile until we see the dune trail sign to the left immediately before the gate house. We take the left onto the trail and follow that about four and a half miles, with the dunes on our left and the marsh on our right until we reach the sign that says #5 trail, which we take LEFT thru the dunes until we hit the beach, where we take a left (west) and follow the beach 4 1/2 miles back to the parking lot and the aid station. This is 15.7 miles, or one LAP. There we write down our time on the "official" pad, and go out for lap #2, where we repeat the process for the whole 50K.Bob Jensen, the race director, ran the whole course last Thursday and said one lap (both loops) took him 3 hours twenty minutes. He is your basic tough but slower runner, usually does marathons in the 4:30-5:00 range, so the nine hour time limit for both laps or the whole course should be doable to all runners who want the commemorative quohog shell.
Hope this helps, and hope to see you & your friends there.
Best regards,
Pete Stringer
Cape Cod Ultra Society

Wish me luck!