Friday, December 21, 2007
New River Trail 50k-This photo taken at what will be mile 5.5 and 25.6 of the race.
In 2008 I am adding Race Directing to my resume of Ultra experiences! Yesterday the website for the New River Trail 50k went online-and we already have several folks registered! (Thanks to Joey and Bedford with guidance on how to create a link!) Registration is at ACTIVE.com
The course is 100% dirt, flat, FAST and is run completly on the New River Trail in New River State Park out of the Fries, VA entrance. The New River Trail is a rail trail-(photo above). It is out and back along 2 branches of the New River Trail. There will be at least 5 aid stations.
What I am really excited about-and what is proving to be a good challenge, is that this is a "green" event. I have made a commitment that at least 75% of the goods we purchase or are sponsored with are either made locally (within 100 miles of course start), are recyclable/recycled or from companies that have demonstrated committement to lightening their impact on the Earth.
Some of the "green" aspects of the event so far:
-all registered runners get a choice of a Nathan handheld bottle http://www.nathansports.com/our_products/hydration_nutrition/quickdraw.html or locally made pottery cup (we are encouraging use of water bottles to cut down on disposable cups at aid stations-and gave the pottery cup option to those of us that already have plenty of handhelds.)
-Finishers shirts will be LS Capilene from Patagonia (view mens: http://www.patagonia.com/web/us/product/product_focus.jsp?OPTION=PRODUCT_FOCUS_DISPLAY_HANDLER&style_color=44810-305), view women's: http://www.patagonia.com/web/us/product/product_focus.jsp?OPTION=PRODUCT_FOCUS_DISPLAY_HANDLER&style_color=44831-306Colors may vary!
-All registration is online to do away with paper and fuel used by "snail mail"
-Flowers Bakery of Winston-Salem and Jamestown, NC have agreeed to supply aid station goodies (fig bars, etc)and bread baked in these cities.
-The few flyers that we produce from race promo are being printed on 100% recylced paper.
-Montrail will be providing some of the top finisher prizes (we hope it might be a couple of pairs from the new "green line" to come out in '08!)
-All proceeds from the race will go to The National Committee For The New River
Please share with me your thoughts, ideas and questions that will help make this one of the "first intentionally green ultramarathon in this part of the country!" Last year the Uwharrie Trail Races (including the 40 miler) raised awareness and funds for a carbon offset and do have some expanded "green goals" for this year! Thanks to TrailGoat for pointing this out to me!