Sawtooth 100 Added to the “Where’s Chris Scotch” campaign for St. Jude Children’s Hospital September 8, 2010Posted by whereschrisscotch in Races/Events Schedule.
I suppose after running a 50km, a 50 mile, a 100km and a 100 mile stage race (over four days) the next logical step is to do a 100 mile race. If there is anything logical about any of these races to begin with. But let’s chuck logic out the window and remember how this all started – as a way to generate interest, awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital on behalf of Katelyn Atwell.
In that vein, I am excitedly and nervously announcing the next event for Where’s Chris Scotch:
100 mile footrace on the Superior Hiking Trail. The race starts at Gooseberry Falls and ends at Lutsen Ski Resort. The Superior Hiking Trail is a wonderful and beautiful trail. One of the best hiking trail systems in the country. I also happen to agree completely with the one descriptor I hear most often about the Superior Hiking Trail when it comes to running it – RELENTLESS. The Superior Sawtoth 100 is regarded as one of the more difficult 100 mile races in the country. The Superior Sawtooth 100-Mile Trail Race has 20,000 feet of elevation gain and 21,000 feet of descent and is actually 102.6 miles.
I have a strange feeling about this event – it is something different than what I have experienced in the other 4 ultras I have completed over the past 2 months. I can’t quite put my finger on what is different, but while I am feeling nervous about the distance, and the brutality of the course, I also have a christmas morning type of enthusiasm for this race. The cutoff time is 38 hours. Yes, people run for 38 hours straight. The winner will only run about 22 hours though. I hope to be somewhere in the middle of that range. I have joked with people that I believe I will spontaneously combust at some predetermined mileage that fate has set for me. After finishing Where’s Waldo I know that hellish number is at least 63 miles – here’s hoping that it is also somewhere north of 102.5 miles.
Why run 100 miles? On Trails? All at once? Simple. I am raising funds and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
What’s the big deal – a lot of people run? While I am starting to get arguments from people on this, I am not a runner. My first marathon was less than a year ago. In fact, running was something that for most of my life I have despised and found painful. I upped the ante July 5th when I completed my first “Ultra” marathon – the Afton 50k. The past two months have been a quest to continue to push the envelope in the hopes of continuing to spread the word about my campaign for St. Jude.