Chris started seriously training a little over two years ago when a co-worker convinced him to sign up for the NYC Triathlon. Since completing that triathlon in the summer of 2009, he has transitioned to longer endurance events, completing numerous trail 50K’s, other longer distance triathlons, and even running a six-day stage race in the Colorado Rockies. In an effort to connect the growing local trail running community, Chris with the support of other local runners, created the NJ Trail and Ultra Runners website, with the goal of promoting trail and ultra running in the NJ area through weekly group runs and an online forum. Chris’ race goals for 2011 include completing his first 100 mile race, becoming more competitive in shorter ultra distances, and trying his hand at off-road triathlons.
Chris's Race Reports, Reviews & Adventures
It’s 6 am on Sunday morning and I am waiting at the race start. Despite what you might think, I’m not nervous at all. Mainly because I started and finished the 50 mile race I had entered over 12 hours ago. I now had the privilege of helping to crew a runner attempting to finish his first 100-mile race.
It’s that time of year again, Mountain Madness 50k (aka MoMa)! For the last 3 years, this race has been a staple of my race calendar, and no matter what other events I had planned or injuries I sustained throughout the year, I have always managed to make it to the starting line of this race.
“The Bull Run Run is a beautiful, tough run on the Bull Run Trail in Northern Virginia.” The Bull Run Run (or BRR), sponsored by the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club, is a 50 mile trail race first held in 1993. Due to the race’s history, popularity and long list of returning runners, race entry is decided through a lottery that opens the January before the race.
Out of all the NJ Trail Series races, this is one of my favorite events. Mountain Madness is a rugged 50K with approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain held on the rocky trails throughout the Ramapo Mountains of Northern New Jersey.
Within the first two months of 2011, I had already raced two 50K’s and a marathon. I had a heavy upcoming race schedule for the year and was feeling as fit as ever. Unfortunately, at the NJ Ultra Festival 100 mile race in March, I suffered a tendon injury in my foot and had to drop out of the race. As all too common after coming back from an injury, I rushed back...
The first generation Saucony Xodus and I have had a long past. It was my first “true” trail running sneaker, and the shoe in which I ran my first ultra. I probably ended up putting close to 500 miles on those sneakers before they were retired