Sunday, September 7, 2008
For the past 11 years, my mom and Aharon have been in charge of the 39-mile point Big Mountain station for the Wasatch 100 mile Endurance run and pretty much every year since my first time volunteering at the race back in 1998, I have said "Someday I'm going to run this race." The race happened this weekend and, unfortunately, I was unable to help out because I was in Utah last weekend and needed to be back in L.A. to work this weekend. At work last night, around 3 a.m., I was checking out how the runners were doing, since most of them were still running at that hour (wow!). The winner had already finished and he did it in a scorching time of 20 hours and 14 minutes! The race will continue until 5 pm today, giving the participants 36 hours to finish the 100 mile course.
So I got to thinking... which, at 3 am isn't always the best idea. I will definitely be living in Utah by this time next year... and I will also be 30 (eek!)... so why not celebrate the milestone of both starting a new life in a new state and starting a new decade by finally doing what I've always dreamed of doing... RUNNING THE WASATCH 100!! I scoped out the application process and looked at how the race directors select the race participants and since I've volunteered for more than 3 years at the race, I have a better chance of being one of the 250 runners that are chosen to run it. And hopefully I'll be a shoo-in because my mom, Aharon, my sister, 3 of my aunts, and 5 of my cousins and me have volunteered consistently over the last 11 years.
I mean, I've run 9 marathons (# 10 is in less than 2 weeks) so how much harder can it be to add an extra 73.8 miles onto a measly 26.2? ;-)
Seriously, though... I'm gonna do it. Registration starts Jan 2nd, 2009. I'm putting the word out now for those who would be so kind as to pace me during the race. Any takers?