An ideal course layout for elite speedsters and those taking their first strides in the world of trail ultrarunning, the Endurance Challenge Madison course is run-able from start to finish, provided that you’ve trained hard enough. Located 60 miles east/southeast of Madison, in the southern reaches of picturesque Kettle Moraine State Park, a large portion of the course takes place on the renowned Ice Age Trail. http://www2.thenorthface.com/endurancechallenge/races/2009/wi/index.html
The forested area, massaged by monstrous glaciers many millennia ago, contains wake-up-call hill climbs of 200-300 feet and enough undulating terrain to challenge even those granite-legged mountain runners. Overall, the soft, forgiving course is 80% singletrack, with slightly wider, equestrian sections sprinkled in between. This is the least technical of all the Endurance Challenge courses.
The North Face® Endurance Challenge returns to Algonkian Regional Park, Great Falls Park and the Potomac Heritage Trail again in 2009. The course keeps runners on their toes with ever-changing terrain as stage 3 of the North Face Endurance Challenge series. http://www2.thenorthface.com/endurancechallenge/races/2009/dc/index.html
The Great Falls sections are highlighted by some intense elevation changes, with steep-but-run-able climbs up to 300 feet. The River Trail covers what is widely held as the marquee section the event: up to three miles of tip-toeing and hopping along bluffs high above the Potomac River. The tedious-but-scenic time it takes to cover this section is more than offset by cruising sections of undulating trail in the river basin.
3 Junior Team A Step Ahead athletes will travel to Chicago with me to compete in The Chicago Triathlon, billed as the "premier Olympic distance triathlon in the world,"
The Junior team will be competing in a sprint relay on saturday before the olympic triathlon held on sunday. www.chicagotriathlon.com
We will all travel to New Paltz Ny for our annual Junior Team A Step Ahead camping trip. This year we will add in some water adventures along with our Rock Climbing with the help of Rhino Guides of New Hampshire. www.rhinoguides.com