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Martin Thorne
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Restless middle age runner seeking inner peace & personal growth while exploring the outer edges of my physical and mental capabilities
Restless middle age runner seeking inner peace & personal growth while exploring the outer edges of my physical and mental capabilities

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Agree completely with all points. There seems to be a trend for race directors on the east coast to talk down to runners telling them they hope the race has a high DNF rate, unreasonable short time limits or making the courses tricky by providing maps that are intentionally backwards. I vote with my wallet and will not run the races that are not well run and don't give runners a chance to be successful. There seems to be an elitist attitude to only want the top 10% of Ultra Runners in their races. I joined the Ultra world to be around people who like to run, enjoy nature and enjoy the company of like minded people. Because of the problems with Leadville, I would never consider the money to run the race. The good news is there are still many great races and series, we can all enjoy. I choose to focus on the 95% of the Ultra world which provides what I seek. The 5% who are taking the short term approach by concentrating on making the most amount of money and not taking care of the environment and runners will move on to the next big craze once the participant numbers drop. Keep speaking your mind and your head up!

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Quest For The Crest 50K- 23,000ft of Elevation Change; What I learned from this race
This past Sunday, I ran the Quest For The Crest 50K in Burnsville NC. Burnsville is right beside Mt. Mitchell in NC. Mt Mitchell is the tallest mountain on the east coast is 6,683ft (2,037m). While my friends from Western US laugh at the elevation of Mt. Mi...

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Rattler Trail Marathon: Running on Rocks and Roots
I went to the Rattler Trail Marathon (May 9th) at San-Lee Park in Sanford NC with little to no expectations. I had a flair up with my arthritic hip on Tuesday before the race. The only thing I did fitness wise was swim 36 laps (1 mile) on Friday. I was well...

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Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Race Recap: How I took off 7 hours off my 100 mile time (16:37) in one year
Last year, I had some running highlights: Running 3:00 at the Boston Marathon, Finishing my first 24 hour race with 103 miles (second place) and winning a 50 mile road race in June. I also ended the year on a low note as I was not able to train more than 30...

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Last year, I had some running highlights: Running 3:00 at the Boston Marathon, Finishing my first 24 hour race with 103 miles (second place) and winning a 50 mile road race in June. I also ended the year on a low note as I was not able to train more than 30...

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Grandfather Mountain Marathon
      I came into
the Grandfather Mtn Marathon (GFMM) with low expectations as I had not
recovered fully from the 50 Mile Dust To Dawn 2 weeks before. I also was having
an over-use niggle (injury pain) in my right shin. Whenever I over-train I
develop niggl...

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