winners so far

beyond just serving as team championships each satellite event is also a national championship. . along with being a national champion each winner gets a golden ticket to bigs the following year to participate in the world individual championships. winners so far:...

hour 47

at this point it looks like it will be the us and australia down the home stretch. australia still has 10 running and the us has 12. . the question about the us team is what happens at 48 hours when the race switches back to the trail? it isnt an easy trail, and some...

hour 46

hour 46.grinding away towards the 48 hour landmark.this is where the runner has t have perfected the art of only doing one yard at a time..back to back sub 24 hour 100 milers is no joke.here on the USA course in tennessee there are a lot of challenges that come at the...

Justin is gone

justin is gone,leaving us with 12.he managed to add 8 more yards after he was ready to quit….one at a time..and he started the 9th,but could not complete it.he went out with honour,on the field of battle..after this yard the runners only face two more yards of...

Hour 44

hour 44.dont blink.i took off hour 43,thinking a nap would be a better use of the time.even tho this is only the second nighti was feeling the fatigue and needed to catch some sleep…..and the large country competition has not turned out at all like the small...

hour 42

hour 42.the us has taken what seems to be a commanding lead.it isnt the margin,it is the number of runners still active..our team is really battered,but no one will quit.and i think the sight of us on the leaderboardhour after hour with 14then 13 runnersbecame...

hour 42

hour 42 . the us has taken what seems to be a commanding lead. it isnt the margin, it is the number of runners still active. . our team is really battered, but no one will quit. and i think the sight of us on the leaderboard hour after hour with 14 then 13 runners...

hour 40

. how good is the field in the satellite championships? 117 runners are starting their 40th yard. last year there were a total of 102 forty yard or better performances in the entire year. we will top that in a single weekend. 358 runners reached 24 hours. 104 of them...

hour 39

hour 39 . every lap . justin is hurt. no question he is hurt. . the last couple of hours it has been all he could do to drag himself into the starting corral… . but, when the bell sounds he goes. every time we think he wont make it back under the time...

small country title

so the small country title is pretty much decided. iceland assist finally gave in, and thorleisson won the iceland championship. norway is going to take the small country title. . the nearest competitor now is austria, also with two. if norway’s two did stop it...

hour 36

hour 36. update short so i could overeat: belgium and the us did pass hungary.us about 5 yards behind. i think we are all just holding serve and waiting for someone to make the next move. iceland continued to peck away at norwayas lead, now down to 6 yards. almost...

hour 35

hour 35 , amidst the insanity it also came a pretty good rainfall here. very concerned about our guys and gal safely negotiating the slippery wet trails on the last trail loop. it will be a relief if we get them all back in time for the relative comfort of the road....

hour 34.

hour 34. . the backyard can turn on a dime. hungary looked invincible but just like that they are down to 11. the us and belgium still have 14. . talk about lifting spirits. . of course we are just on hour 34. it is still early in the race. and when we look back at he...

hour 33

hour 33 . we have a new name for the backyard (not the race, the actual yard) we are calling it disneyworld on crack… . only one ride, but it is a doozey! (do not exit until ride has come to a complete stop) . obviously my glasses are at least tentatively fixed....

hour 32

hour 32 . not to belabor a point, but when belgium lost a member hungary became the last full team in the race. . so the last full team in both divisions had the most women on their teams of anyone. each team had 5! . and my glasses just broke. i will have to get them...

hour 31

hour 31 . still belgium and hungary are unscathed. is this the right time to point out that 6 of the 30 runners on those two teams are women? or that 5 of them are on team hungary,,, . fully one third? . how about the 5 women on team iceland? or that team...

hour 30

hour 30 . thirty. there is something special about topping 30 hours. it seems like a whole different level than 29. . we humans love our numbers. and backyard offers so many of them. at every normal backyard you see a lot of people stopping at certain distances: 5...

hour 29

hour 29 . we are down to 2 clean teams now. france lost a member, so either belgium or hungary will be the first team in sole possession of first. after that happens, we enter the phase where everyone is in pursuit,.. . that is when the race really begins. . in the...

Hour 28

hour 28 . now there are only 3 intact teams. australia lost one. . small countries: iceland still has 6 and a 3 yard lead over norway (352-348) norway has 9 finland with 8 is another yard back

hour 27

hour 27 . it was not enough. we lost one this hour, and so did canada… . so much for the healing power of the morning! . only 4 teams remain intact now: hungary belgium france australia . there is a sense that the opening phase of the race is drawing to a close...