Proposed Canberra 100 km & 100 mile
Distance: 13.35 km
Time: 71' 41"
Rate: 5' 22" per km
Weather: sunny, temp 7-9 degrees, humidity 80%, wind calm
Week: 29.45 km, June: 179.5 km, Year: 2035.55 km
First, today just a run home at lunch time and back to work. After the fog and low cloud lifted mid morning, the afternoon turned in to a nice winter's day.
Liz put on to a thread on "coolrunning" about a proposed 100 mile and 100 km event to be held in Canberra next year. Just plenty of discussion at present, both on a course and the time of the year the event could be held. A course around the nature parks and mountains should not be too difficult to find. An adaption of the Sri Chinmoy Triple Tri course would appear to me to be the most suitable. Of course ultra runners are not swimmers so the lakes would see no action. The rest could easily be modified to suit an ultra running event.
The real problem will be timing on a crowded ultra calendar. There are several events that any ultra should not clash with, most notably being Six Foot Track in March and probably the Glasshouse 100 mile in Sept.
Otherwise, Coast to Kozi in Dec is becoming an iconic event, there are several established 100 km events conducted by AURA as Aust championship events and selection for Worlds. As well, there are 12, 24 & 48 hour track events that need to be considered.
And, there are not that many runners in the real ultra family. Basically if you can run a marathon, then 50 kms is not that much further, and even 60 kms is quite doable. After that, training is specific and tapering and recovery take longer.
Any one with suggestions can find the thread on the recent forums part of " cool running" and offer their thoughts. Find a date vacant in the year would also be helpful.
A summer run in Canberra would be hot, a winter run would be nasty especially after dark. Point to remember is that 100 miles will take the best part of a whole day.