I ran the 9 miles of trail on the Great Adirondack Trail Run course today in order to mark it for Saturday's race. Yesterday's heavy rain really changed the track--there are a lot of sections that are under water.
It will be a tough race for runners with waterlogged feet and mud and water splashing everywhere, but at least it's going to be nice and sunny!
The GATR has been run on a longer course than the original for the last four years. The course record is 1:44:09, set in 2012 by four-time champion George Adams (Juergen Uhl ran 1:44:10 in 2011, beating Adams by two seconds that year). Also in 2011 I ran the course five days before the event, clocking 1:42:32--this is the fastest known time for the course. The Garmin data to the right is from that run, as it's more interesting than my slow easy run today.
With all the water on the course this year it will be quite the feat to set a course record. With returning champions George Adams, Juergen Uhl and Tim Reynolds all expected back, as well as perennial contenders Matthew Harrison and Pat Hamel and newcomer Keith Iskiw, I expect the competition to be fierce!
Total Miles: 9mi
Weekly So Far: 27mi