A recap of 2017 events

A short recap of sports events I have ‘participated’ in 2017. I said ‘participated’ because a friend once said that only those who’s goal is to win do the ‘race’. We merely participate to achieve our own goals.

12/31-01/01. Coastal Runs New Year’s Eve One Day. My first 12hr event, covered ~60miles. This would become the catapult in my ultra-running participation in 2017.  Blog entry here.

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Coastal Runs New Year’s Eve One Day

03/04. Myrtle Beach Marathon. A vacation marathon in Myrtle Beach, enjoying an off-beach-season.  This was a cold marathon, considering that this is already in the Southeast area, and it’s March!

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Myrtle Beach marathon with my Boston angels, MR, LL, KC, SC

04/15. Breakneck Point Trail Marathon. A very technical trail marathon covering the rocky trails in Cold Spring, NY, including the popular Breakneck Ridge. And this is closer to a 50k distance than a pure marathon distance!

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Breakneck Point Marathon

04/22. Hyner 50k Challenge. A steep and challenging 50k in the Rocksylvannia. Although not as technical as the Breakneck Point Marathon, this was still hard.

Shared blog entry here.

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Hyner 50K Swag

04/30. NJ Marathon. A last-minute pacer for this marathon, which I always loved doing. Seeing people achieve their goals by pacing is very rewarding.

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NJ marathon. Pacing with my Boston angels MR, LL, KC, SC

05/13. TNF Bear Mtn 50Miler. My 1st official 50Miler. It was cold and RAINING! from start to finish. I almost quit because of hypothermia, but managed to continue and finish. My whole body was numb after the race.

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TNF Bear Mtn 50 Miler

06/17. Manutou’s Revenge Ultra. Considered as one of the toughest 50+Miler in the east coast, if not the whole US. The course is in the popular hiking areas in the Catskills region, including the famous Devil’s Path.  Blog entry here.

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Manitou’s Revenge elevation profile

07/09. Whiteface Sky Race. I wrote an entry saying that this is the hardest short distance I have ever done. And I would love to do this again in 2018.  Blog entry here.

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Whiteface Sky Race

07/30. Escarpment Trail. DNS (Did-Not-Start) because of injury.  But my friend and I went camping and hiking in the area.  Blog entry here.

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Catskills Peaks

10/06. Grindstone 100. My 1st 100 miler! And I chose the Grindstone 100! With no pacer or crew.  With a swollen left foot after the race, I earned my 1st buckle. Now I really feel sorry for not writing an entry about this event.  I would like to remember the simple things that helped me and use them as a guide for the next 100 miler(s) in my schedule.

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Grindstone 100 with my Boston crew, MR, LL, KC, SC

11/05. NYC Marathon. My 2nd NYC marathon, the 1st one back in 2011. 6 years after and almost identical finish. But I was more relaxed this time. I guess it’s true, age slows you down, but age also makes you a better and more efficient runner.

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NYC marathon with my Boston angels, MR, LL, KC, SC

12/02. Rehoboth Marathon. The last event for 2017. And the best post-event-party EVER! Imagine Dogfish beer waiting for you at the finish, with a party until every runner has crossed the finish line!

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Rehoboth Beach marathon with my Boston angels, MR, LL, KC, SC

 

And for 2018, hoping to do more of these, while I can …

 

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