Races like people have their own unique character, and the Yeti Trail Runners race series and the YETI 100 have a lot of character. AND I love it. The YETI 100 was an experience I got to share with a few of my running family, Andrea, Josh*, Elisa* and Ruthie along with a number of others runners I’ve made connections with along my ultra-running adventures.
(Elisa, Jason G (RD), Myself, and Josh)
(Elisa, Ruthie, Andrea and Horace)
The YETI spirit is trail running and more on point the ultra-running community as a whole. We run long distances, we help each other, we have fun, we suffer, we live in the moment, we look to the future and we dance in our success AND the success of those we run with.
The YETI 100 is an awesome event, held on the Virginia creeper trail. The race starts atop Whitetop mountain, runs downhill, approx. 1875 ft, through Damascus, on to Alvarado Station where it begin a approx. 600 ft climb to Abingdon (33.3 miles away) where runners turn around and repeat the leg two more times…to complete the advertised 100 mile race distance.
The short version of my race report is simple…HIGHLY Recommend this race!
A 100 mile race is always an adventure. An adventure filled with emotions, drama, pain, suffering, and triumph.
(RD, Jason and I at the finish)
The mighty YETI shined down on us as WE ALL FINISHED. My YETI 100 finishing time was 22 hours 47 minutes and 45 seconds with a ton of laughs, stories, pain (one epic fall), and some great new friendships.
I tried to capture the ultra spirit in my book Running to Leadville, and to celebrate my finish (2nd fastest 100 Miler) and to congratulate all YETI finishers I have a special offer.
Running to Leadville…the 100 mile trail race is my dream race, and the topic of my first novel. A story about a young man who lived a hard life full of rejection, judgement and the absent of that special person in his life. Unexpectedly he finds love, acceptance, and his passion for running and writing. In a twist of fate when life seemed nearly perfect, he loses nearly everything.
Running to Leadville is more than a running book, it is a tale about the small mining town of Leadville, Colorado, the 100 mile trail race in the extreme Rockies and it is a story about life.
YETI 100 Finishers, Crew, Friends, Family, Unicorns and Bigfoot himself can purchase a signed copy today for $12.99 with free free free shipping (US orders only). The Lochnest Monster and Jaws (my “other” two childhood fears)….they has to pay full price.
A more detailed YETI report is in the works…