Posts Tagged ‘A Race for the Ages’



“The Race for the Ages will finish at 6:00 pm, on Labor Day Monday, September 7, 2015. The overall winner will be the runner who accumulates the most miles. Each runner will start the number of hours before the finish to match their age (with a minimum of 24 hours.) Essentially, there will be a “start” every hour, beginning Friday, September 4 at 6:00 am (the oldest currently committed runner will be 84 on race day) and continuing until the last runners start at 6:00 pm on Sunday, September 6. An analysis of the age-graded performance charts indicates that the advantage falls to male runners between 71 and 77; and to females between 55 and 63.

In addition to the overall race; Standings will be kept for 50, 100, and 200 miles, as well as 12, 24, 48, and 72 hours. These will be based on the actual times and distances achieved. The course is a flat and fast one-mile loop in the Manchester, Tennessee City Parks.” – from

Westbrook will start his race at 10pm on Friday, September 4th.

JULY 28, 2015 (TUESDAY)

On the Silver Comet Trail this morning for 10.6 miles.  The SCT is one of my favorite running venues in the Atlanta area.  And, it’s not very crowded on a weekday morning.  I ran in the old Brooks Glycerin 9’s which now have 2500+ miles on them…still feeling good, but I can tell that the days for long runs in them are over.  Will they reach 3000 miles?  I think so…in small doses.

I think I’m still recovering from the Vol-State Road Race in which I crashed and burned picking up a DNF (Did Not Finish.)  That was on the heels of a debacle of a finish in the Peach State 300 in May which hit me hard physically and mentally.  In fact, if it wasn’t for my daughter, Season, being with me and helping me in the Peach State over the last 15 miles…I might still be there trying to finish.

I didn’t want to feel that way again, especially in the Vol-State.  But, I could feel it coming on after 250 miles. However, the big problem then was in my back with the lower back hurting with increasing pain with every few steps.  So, I decided to stop…to race again another day.  It’s just that a “DNF” is hard to swallow, especially in one of my favorite races.

I did wear the Altra Paradigm 1.5’s in their first race.  The shoes from a somewhat revolutionary company (based on evolutionary physiology) performed very well.  They held up well…better than the Hoka Clifton’s I had used in the Peach State 300.

So, the good run on the SCT had me thinking of trying to get my running through the recovery and feel good for the next race coming up.  I have a couple of problems to solve that I will be working on in training.  One is biomechanical.  The other, I think, is related to electrolyte levels in the long run.  Hopefully, I can solve those before the next race.

The next race is probably going to be “A Race for the Ages” on Labor Day weekend.  It will be a 24-hour run with some handicapping for those over 60 years of age (me.)

*Richard Westbrook