The Vermont 100 is a major east coast 100 miler in the hills of Vermont. The course is 70% rolling hard gravel road between farms and wooded areas. 25% was jeep/single track and 5% pavement. The race is a triple clover format with 30manned and unmanned aid stations. Only one station Camp 10 Bear is repeated at miles 47/70 with a mandatory medical checks. Also, there is a an optional 100k race that my girl friend Kelly joined and to make the event interesting there is a corresponding horse race that shares the same course.
Since I made the lottery to run the Western States 100 (three weeks earlier), I made the decision to pursue the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning and this was to be the second of four 100 mile races this summer (Leadville and Wasatche are the others).
Friday morning we drove to Vermont after arriving very late to Boston on Thursday. We enjoyed the race briefing at 3:45 followed by a pasta dinner at 5:30 pm. Finally, after checking into our hotel I went to sleep about 9pm.
The next morning we woke up at 2am and the race began at 4am with clear skies and temperatures in the 70s.
(Super Slammer Ernest Stolen of Alaska)
(Old rock fences)
(Country Side at Mile 46)