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Five runners to tackle 500 mile trail race

first_imgAgain this year runners will take on a rugged 10-mile loop with a 2,400 vertical in Vermont’s Green Mountains during the annual McNaughton Ultra Trail Run, an ultra-marathon, with five runners signed on to repeat the loop 50 times in a 500-mile stretch. Others will compete in 100, 150 and 200 mile events.Racers tackling 500 miles begin Saturday, April 30, and can race for up to 198 hours or just over eight days. The course closes at 6 p.m. May 8.The 200-miler starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5; the 150-miler at 6 a.m. Friday, May 6; and the 100 at 6 a.m. Saturday, May 7.Andy Weinberg, race director for Peak Races www.peakaraces.com(link is external) that is staging the event, said this 11th annual McNaughton Ultra Trail Run is the only one of its kind in North America . Due to the nature of the event the athletes will be in the woods running the entire time. These guys will continue moving most of the time and will only stop to change clothes and shoes and to take short naps, said Weinberg.As of April 19, five athletes will try to tackle 500 miles, 18 for 200 miles, 14 for 150 miles and 21 for 100 miles. There are contestants representing over 30 states. This is an epic event because of its nature. There just aren ‘t races like this, said Weinberg, noting that lots of people don t like to ride in a car for 200 miles let alone think of running that far. There are some events of this type in Europe and Asia, but nothing else like this in North America .Weinberg said there s a regular starting line. We say ready, go for a 72-hour run. Most will finish before that or quit. The course is in the woods in and around Pittsfield, said Weinberg.Weinberg predicts that a top 200 mile runner may finish the course in 44 hours, if he does not have to sleep. He said most runners have support crews; some set up tents along the trail; some sleep in the woods by the side of the trail.The race was held previously for nine years in Pekin, IL, where Weinberg lived until moving to Middlebury when he brought it to Pittsfield for the first time in 2010.For more information please email Weinberg at [email protected](link sends e-mail). For more information on the event please see www.peakraces.com(link is external). Race headquarters is at Amee Farm on Rt. 100 in Pittsfield .WhenStarting April 30 in Pittsfield, VT, First of Four Races in 11th Annual McNaughton Ultra Trail Run 200, 150, 100 – Mile Events Staged over May 5, 6 and 7Source: Sara Widness, [email protected](link sends e-mail), 802.234.6704last_img read more