Race: Beebe Farms 24 Hour

Runner: Jeffrey Zawadzki

Race Date: 09/27/2019

Location: East Dorset, VT

Results: 1st place overall for the Friday 24 hour run

beebe farms 24 hour ultra race report
Photo Credit: Joe Vigor photography

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

Beebe Farms is beautiful, set with the back drop of Vermont colors and mountains. The organization of this race is top notch and with the variety of food they can make for runners. Lastly, the mug and fleece are wonderful swag and the granite 1st place plate is unique.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

Flying in across country the night before and driving 4 hours to the race. I only slept ~2 hours in 48 hours with travel and racing… No fault of the race, this was all personally induced stress.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

Pretty mellow east coast race… not much weirdness.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

I really set out to hone my nutrition, it is a huge part of these 24 hour runs and being keto has helped a lot. Also, stay on top of the little things so they do not become bigger problems later in the night is huge. I enjoyed going and not feeling much discomfort or nausea.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

“No one cares… try harder.” -Cameron Hanes

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Supplements and hydration can be a wonderful help in these long long runs.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

It gets cold at night… real cold.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

The course is lovely set around mountains and fall colors.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Course is mostly flat and not much uneven rocky areas. Tough course NO… racing 24 hours YES.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Nor-east did a wonderful job with this race. For multiple days they were on top of everything and no issues at all.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Not the strongest field Friday but apparently Saturday’s 24 hour had more competition. Next year Saturday for sure!

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

It’s in a small town in Vermont, so just playing with those logistics are fun. Also, it’s a multi-day event so camping on site is no problem. Yes, there are plenty of places to stay and Manchester is only 10 minutes away.

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Anything and everything you need was ready at aid stations, if not the next time around it was!

Weather and typical race conditions

Weather was perfect, cool, clear and breezy at times. High was ~75, low ~40.

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?

There are times it will get really warm, an ice bandanna will be key mid-day.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Very spectator friendly course, 360 degree views of runners.

How’s the Swag?

Swag is awesome, a mug, fleece, medal, and granite awards. And the buckle for a 100 of course.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

4/5… Wish they drew more runners but it’s a new race. Let see next year what come!

Jeffrey Zawadzki is a coach with Team RunRun. To learn more about him or to work with Coach Jeffrey, check out his coaching page.

beebe farms 24 hour ultra race report
Photo Credit: Joe Vigor photography