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New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby Robinandamelia » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:19 am

This is a new event being organized by Jeff Rowthorn and Heather Borsellino and looks like a fun one. Great time of the year, in early October. Come out for the inaugural evemt October 5, in Hamilton.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sticks ... 6?aff=estw

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Re: New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby tayken » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:41 am

Sucks that it's 'loops' though.

Sure a better course design could have been sought or is this just laziness on the part of organizers these days? 10 loops for the 50k, they might as well just have it on a school track
On the books for 2017

Winterman 10km - (1st in age group) - Feb 19,
Chilly Half Marathon - Mar 5 (Done)
Around the bay 30k - Mar 26, (Done)
Limestone 1/2 - Apr 30,
Ottawa race weekend Voyager Challenge - May 27-28,
Spring Fling Toronto - June?
World Record Kilt Run Perth - June 24
Foam Fest 5k Ottawa - Jul 22
Pure Protein Night Race - Aug 12
Army Run Vimy Challenge - Sep 17
Marathon Du P'tit Train Du Nord Quebec - Oct 22

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Re: New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby ultraslacker » Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:23 am

10 laps?!?!?! shoot me now.
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Re: New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby ian » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:06 am

Loops aren't everyone's cup of tea but I wouldn't chalk it up to "laziness on the part of organizers" if it means that they can do a better job marking the course, managing the aid stations, and coordinating a finite pool of volunteers. Whenever I've raced looped trail races, I've appreciated the ability to pick up or drop off an item at my drop bag, as well as the more frequent interactions with other runners. Looped courses are also preferred by speedier folks who are looking to establish qualifying times for other races.

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Re: New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby tayken » Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:32 pm

Ahahahaha...that's too funny :lol: :lol:

ultraslacker wrote:10 laps?!?!?! shoot me now.
On the books for 2017

Winterman 10km - (1st in age group) - Feb 19,
Chilly Half Marathon - Mar 5 (Done)
Around the bay 30k - Mar 26, (Done)
Limestone 1/2 - Apr 30,
Ottawa race weekend Voyager Challenge - May 27-28,
Spring Fling Toronto - June?
World Record Kilt Run Perth - June 24
Foam Fest 5k Ottawa - Jul 22
Pure Protein Night Race - Aug 12
Army Run Vimy Challenge - Sep 17
Marathon Du P'tit Train Du Nord Quebec - Oct 22

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Re: New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby Robinandamelia » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:22 am

I don't mind loops myself. I'll be doing a 24 h our in NJ in May - 1 mile loops :)

I'm looking forward to Sticks n' Stones as it's apparently a fast course. Loops can be fun as you see people a lot, doesn't get lonely, you get to be near your stuff regularly. Lots of advantages.

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Re: New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby Dstew » Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:06 am

I had always avoided any loop race because of my short attention span and ADD, I thought it would drive me crazy. For a 50 K race in Calgary, had to do an 8 K "loop" and that was okay. So entered the Kelowna marathon. Two loops of 21 K each. The second loop was painful as I was overwhelmed with a sense of been there and done that. All a matter of personal preference and what is right for you.

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Re: New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby tayken » Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:51 pm

^ It's the deja vu' that makes it painful for me and just throws me right off. I maintain my initial stance that laziness on the part of the organizers plays into it
On the books for 2017

Winterman 10km - (1st in age group) - Feb 19,
Chilly Half Marathon - Mar 5 (Done)
Around the bay 30k - Mar 26, (Done)
Limestone 1/2 - Apr 30,
Ottawa race weekend Voyager Challenge - May 27-28,
Spring Fling Toronto - June?
World Record Kilt Run Perth - June 24
Foam Fest 5k Ottawa - Jul 22
Pure Protein Night Race - Aug 12
Army Run Vimy Challenge - Sep 17
Marathon Du P'tit Train Du Nord Quebec - Oct 22

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Re: New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby NMG » Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:25 pm

Never done a loop race or a 50K (would like to one day!) but sitting here on my couch, I'm envisioning one of my standard 5K trail routes and I have to say, that thinking of doing that loop 10 times seems allot less daunting than a single 50K loop. No idea why. It sounds ridiculous I know, LOL.

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Re: New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby Robinandamelia » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:50 am

tayken wrote:^ I maintain my initial stance that laziness on the part of the organizers plays into it


Knowing both of the race directors personally, I know that this is not the case.... Loop courses very popular in ultras for a variety of reasons.

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Re: New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby HCcD » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:06 pm

Robinandamelia wrote:
tayken wrote:^ I maintain my initial stance that laziness on the part of the organizers plays into it


Knowing both of the race directors personally, I know that this is not the case.... Loop courses very popular in ultras for a variety of reasons.


So, you coming back to Ottawa for the 24 hr Transcendence Ultra around the 400m Terry Fox track this year? Ha !!! :what: :lol:
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Re: New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby Robinandamelia » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:31 pm

HCcD wrote:
Robinandamelia wrote:
tayken wrote:^ I maintain my initial stance that laziness on the part of the organizers plays into it


Knowing both of the race directors personally, I know that this is not the case.... Loop courses very popular in ultras for a variety of reasons.


So, you coming back to Ottawa for the 24 hr Transcendence Ultra around the 400m Terry Fox track this year? Ha !!! :what: :lol:


Don't think I'll do Ottawa again, but I may go back to Kingston and run loops there for 6 hours :)

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Re: New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby Annelizabeth » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:48 am

Was excited about the new race idea... but 5k is a tad to short for me. Have done horror hills 2.5k loop and Dirty girls 8ish k loop and realise that perhaps loops are not for me. You never know though..

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Re: New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby deerdree » Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:02 pm

i'll be out cheering for the 50k!

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Re: New Trail Race - Sticks n' Stones Trail Race

Postby tayken » Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:19 pm

It's NOT for most people...that feeling of deja vu just sucks the energy out of you.

Annelizabeth wrote:Was excited about the new race idea... but 5k is a tad to short for me. Have done horror hills 2.5k loop and Dirty girls 8ish k loop and realise that perhaps loops are not for me. You never know though..
On the books for 2017

Winterman 10km - (1st in age group) - Feb 19,
Chilly Half Marathon - Mar 5 (Done)
Around the bay 30k - Mar 26, (Done)
Limestone 1/2 - Apr 30,
Ottawa race weekend Voyager Challenge - May 27-28,
Spring Fling Toronto - June?
World Record Kilt Run Perth - June 24
Foam Fest 5k Ottawa - Jul 22
Pure Protein Night Race - Aug 12
Army Run Vimy Challenge - Sep 17
Marathon Du P'tit Train Du Nord Quebec - Oct 22


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