It’s been a busy week in the FLRC Challenge! In case you missed the announcement, we all now have three more courses to choose from. I opened the 6-mile Danby Down & Dirty course, the 5-mile Tortoise & Hare course (thanks to Mickie Sanders-Jauquet for leading a group run on the Tortoise course on Saturday the 17th), and the 8.5-mile Thom B. Trail Run course. We’ll get more accurate distances as more people get out on them. I plan to open Forest Frolic sometime this weekend too.
First Mud awards go to Bob Talda for Tortoise & Hare, to Bob Walters and Gabrielle Woo for Danby Down & Dirty, and to Caitlin and Jamie Loehr for hiking Thom B., with honorable mention to Ana Riley and Steve Desmond for other first-day Thom B. runs. Don’t miss the gory details of Steve’s wardrobe malfunction.
Huge props to Heather Cobb this week for taking on last week’s quad dare and putting together a single run that encompassed four Challenge courses: Waterfront Trail, Black Diamond Trail, South Hill Rec Way, and East Hill Rec Way! At some point, this will become impossible, but is anyone up for a fiver? Which clearly needs a good pseudo-German name like Fünfenlaufen. Or, even crazier, what about Gabrielle Woo’s idea of completing all ten courses in one week?
All those runs mean that Heather is also nipping at Pete Kresock’s heels in the overall Most Miles competition, with Aaron King not far behind in third. Other overall standings are in flux right now, thanks to all the new courses, but that will settle down soon enough.
Also last week, Jullien Flynn took back her top spot on the East Hill Rec Way with a commanding 5:36 mile and held onto her lead at the Waterfront Trail even as Liz Hartman got some pacing help (a totally legit strategy!) to lay down a 20:50 5K for second place.
A big leaderboard welcome to Makoto Endo and Ezbon Jacob—if you’re registered but haven’t yet hit a course yet, now’s the time to get out there. And if you’re not registered yet, will you join our game?
The FLRC Kids Challenge has its second group kick-off run Saturday at 1 PM at the Cornell Botanic Gardens. Run with your kids and notch Challenge efforts during family time. Over 40 kids are participating, and in the first week alone, they’ve run over 110 miles.
Finally, some admin messages.
The Department of Data Quality has noticed a few manual time submissions for the wrong course, resulting in wacky times that need fixing. Please be careful to choose the right course and enter your time correctly. It’s worth checking your page on the leaderboard to make sure everything is right.
To make looking at your page more interesting, we’ve added more data about your performance on each course, as you can see on my page.
To keep the teams competitive and make sure everyone feels included, we’re merging the teens into the 20-29 team and the 70+ into the 60-69 team.
Until next week then, enjoy getting out on the new FLRC Challenge trail courses!