Race: Conquer The Castle 100k
Runner: Mark Cliggett
Location: Cleveland, OH
Results: Just under 15 hours
Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1284555983
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
- The volunteers at east coast races are just as stellar as the volunteers at west coast races.
- This is a small park and yet they fit in a very fun, interesting 16 mile loop.
- The finishers medals are handmade by the race director.
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?
The race starts at noon – good in some ways for someone traveling from the left coast, but it means you finish in the wee hours.
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
I didn’t fall! Last year, I fell and ended up with a nasty cut just under my eye. It was beautiful at times, with a light snow falling in the light of my headlamp.
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
Be ready to run through leaves hiding roots.
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
It is deceptively hard even though there’s only about 5000 feet of climbing – lots of roots, constant up and down. The winner finished in about 11 hours. Oh, and the same winner just measured the course with a wheel and it’s closer to 67 miles than 62.
Full race report and more photos at: https://pointlenana.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/conquer-the-castle-then-take-the-crooked-road/