Sept. 11, 2013– Parts of the R.O.X. trail course (Vado, NM) are UNDER WATER, with significant erosion in spots.  We have had unusual, steady September rains for several days here in the high desert.  I see many hours of trimming brush, moving rock etc. for the trails to get “up and running.” BUT we will have a nice, scenic, runnable course ready to go by November 16.

I ran 7.5 miles with some much faster runners last night, and my shoes were a tad heavy with water running right into them over the top edges.  I would run on relatively firm ground for a while, then suddenly sink in and feel I was about to have my shoe sucked off.  But my Saucony Mirages did manage to give me pretty good traction, much better than some other shoes I have tried in slick conditions.  HAPPY TRAINING to all ultra runners around the globe!

 

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About the CUT-OFFS and typical finish times for Nov. 16 R.O.X. event: We have a suggested cut-off of 5 hours 20 mins. (1:30 p.m.) at 21 miles for those wanting to continue to 50Km (31.5 miles according to our course certifier).

A runner who does a flattish road marathon in 5:00, or easy 50Km in 6:15, might take 8 hours for our 50Km. There are some easy runnable stretches, including over 1 mile of road at the start, but also some DECEPTIVE ups-and-downs through arroyos and canyons. The elevation varies from 4,020′ to about 4,400′, with no single climb greater than 120′
BUT many endless 20-40′ grades. Footing varies tremendously from sandy to packed dirt to rocky.

Come join the fun!