C&O Canal 100 Mile 2013 Race Report
The inaugural run of the C&O Canal 100 Mile Run was held on April 27-28, 2013. After many months of preparation and training, race morning was finally here. We arrived at Camp Manidokan, in Knoxville, Maryland a little after 6 am.
For those that wanted to camp, you could drive your car up to the top of the hill, near the covered shelter that was acting as race headquarters.Those just parking were lined up by parking volunteers down by the road (Harpers Ferry Road).
As soon as we arrived, I went over to the race HQ to sign my waiver and pick up my race bib (number).
In the meantime, Paolo and Telly started setting up the tents.
|My supporter’s campsite on the morning of the second day,
awaiting my return to the finish area.
|The miles of towpath to cover.|
On to the Race
|Gil shows up at the start.|
|Heading down to the canal from the hill at Manidokan.|
The trail down the hill was steep and somewhat muddy, and I was thinking how hard that would be to get back up, after running 50 miles, and even more difficult after 100 miles! Once on the canal, I settled into an easy 12 minute per mile pace with a pack of others running a similar pace – Jim, Diego, Marathon Maniac John, Dani and Dustin are the names I recall. We kept together until I decided I should take a walk break, paying heed to some advice that my wife Telly had gotten from a co-worker, Rick, to take walking breaks early and regularly.
|My supplies for the various drop bags|
|At the halfway point, taking a protein drink and
replenishing my energy supplies before heading
|Church of God Cheering Squad|
|Midnight at Brunswick AS|
|At the Keep Tryst AS, the sign reads “If the word Quit is part of your vocab. then the word Finish is likely Not!”|
|Passing Harpers Ferry for the final time on the way back.|
|Laughing all the way to the finish.
Photo Courtesy of Hai Nguyen
When we got to the bottom of the last hill up to the finish line, I was elated to see my sister-in-law Lienne, and Bret waiting to cheer me on, and then looking up the hill saw the rest of the “crew” – Telly, Yvonne, Paolo and Lakan. They had the large poster (on canvas) that Yvonne had made to cheer me on.
|The final few steps at the end of the 104 mile run, heading for RD Lance Dockery’s congratulatory shake.|
|Race Director Lance Dockery and the coveted
belt buckle. It’s mine.
|My son, Paolo with me after signing in at Race HQ.|
|Preparing Drop Bags for Brunswick AS and Nolands Ferry AS|
|Race Director Lance Dockery doing the Pre-Race Briefing|
|Stocking up at an Aid Station during the night portion.|
|Yvonne and Lakan with the sign Yvonne made for me|
|My left knee bruised and swollen.|
|Gil insisted he share his chocolate milk with me, so we have a toast 🙂|
|Relaxing after it was all over|
|Icing my busted knee|
|Paolo congratulating me on my finish|
|The black toenail was already there, but the
blister around it was new. I didn’t even notice
this though, until I took my socks off.
|A C&O Canal Companion guidebook for my
C&O Canal companion! A little token of my
|The crew’s campsite|