|At the start|
|Ready at the start|
The JFK 50 Mile is the nations oldest and largest ultramarathon. It was first held in the spring of 1963. It is the only remaining 50 mile event of several held around the country as part of President John F. Kennedy's push to bring the country back to physical fitness. The military personnel that take part in the JFK 50 Mile are extremely well-prepared, disciplined and (even when greatly fatigued) always courteous to everyone involved with organizing and/or supporting the event. It is always a true honor --and pleasure-- to host U.S. Military personnel at the JFK 50 Mile.With Amy running the Philadelphia Marathon, I would be flying solo for this adventure. I packed up my stuff and drove about 3 hours to Maryland to grab my bib and hang out in the hotel. By ultramarathon standards, this race starts kind of late at 7 am, but I still had to get there early for the briefing and to make my way to the start line. I found a nice little local pub that night, and got some great food and beer. The drive next morning was quick. I dropped off my finish line bag and found a nice cozy spot in the gym. It was an honor to be in the presence of many JFK veterans, US military veterans, and many other great runners new and old. It definitely had an old school vibe. You could tell that some of these folks have known each other for many years. After a brief race intro, the RD gave the signal for everyone to make their way to the start line. It was a good 15-20 minute walk, and I was glad that I walked up right away, rather than waiting to use the bathroom one more time. At exactly 7am we were given a go signal, and over 1000 runners started heading up the hill. As we started there was still a large group of people making their way to the start from the gym.
|Man on a mission|
|Cramping after the race sucks|
Go forth and run.
I was able to run the entire race in a great combination of new Altra Olympus 2 and Injinji trail socks. They handled the entire race and 3 different terrains incredibly well. My feet were so happy. Great improvement on the already great Olympus line.