Category Archives: Race Reports

WSYR’s Bob Lonsberry Talks Badwater with OneAverageRunner

Two days after the 2012 Badwater 135 Ultra, Tim Hardy looks out over the valley from the roadside on the way up to Whitney Portal. Click here to see more from the race. (Doug Hardy photo)

We’re all back from Death Valley and are busy again with our jobs and families, but the memory of 135 miles from Badwater Basin to Whitney Portal are still fresh. We’ll have more to say as we catch up on work and such, but OneAverageRunner Tim Hardy was on the radio in the Syracuse region today for an interview with marathoner/radio host Bob Lonsberry of WSYR.

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Follow Our Progress at Badwater With These Tools

Hi all – I’m Tim’s brother, Doug, and will be on the support crew at Badwater with Greg Hardy and Dan Hartley to help keep Tim hydrated, fed, safe, and on a pace to finish next week.

We’re going to be using some new tools to provide updates on our progress, but I’d be lying if I said I was sure about how this will work since there are no cellphone towers or wifi access in Death Valley. We have set up a new Twitter account – @1averagerunner – and hopefully will be sending some updates through a some satellite-based gadget called SPOT Connect.

So click on the button below to follow Tim on Twitter or, if you just want to watch his feed through your browser you can visit here. His Twitter feed should also update his Facebook page, so if you’re following Tim on Facebook you should be kept up to date. We’re not sure exactly how it’s all going to work but check back to see what we’ve posted here for info.


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Mistakes Costly at the Barkley, Ultra-Running’s ‘Heart of Darkness’

I can’t speak for anyone else, but the Barkley Marathons 100 Mile Run sure reduced me to a coward in just over half a lap (12 mi in 08:30). This is a tough post, but if you write about the good events and the good races you’ve got to write about the bad ones, or utter failures. I haven’t thought about too much else since I tapped out 1/4 of the way up the Lookout Tower climb late Saturday at Frozen Head State Park in Wartburg, Tenn.

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3,314 Minutes at the Arrowhead 135

On my second attempt, I managed to complete the Arrowhead 135 Ultra. Below are my thoughts posted during the race, where I finished 16th overall among those running the frigid course. There were also competitors on bikes and skis.

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215 Minutes at the Louisiana Marathon

15 January 2012
www.louisianamarathon.com
I made a late decision to sign up for the Inaugural Louisiana Marathon (LAM) after working on Fort Polk for most of the week leading up to race weekend. I had visibility on the race after checking our race calendars the previous weekend and found the LA 26.2 on www.marathonguide.com. I’m glad for several reasons that I was able to register for this race Saturday and race on Sunday. It’s always a terrific experience to cross any 26.2 mile finish line and this was no exception in Baton Rouge. I like taking part in Inaugural races, and I got to run in a major event in Louisiana and “check” that block in my 50-state mission. I learned a lot in this race, and while this certainly was not a targeted race on even a weekend in the calendar as late as Christmas, in a lot of ways this was maybe the best race I have run to date.

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227 Minutes at the 2011 Empire State Marathon

I finally qualified for the Boston Marathon with a net race time of 3:26:33 in the 50-54 age group at the Empire State Marathon.

October 16th dawned crisp and clear, the most excellent running conditions runners could have hoped for but had no right to expect in mid-Fall in central New York. I was brimming with energy as I headed across the Alliance Stadium parking lot at a trot and really felt I was as ready as I ever would be to run on the high side of my comfort zone for 26.2 miles.

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2050 Minutes at the 2011 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Race

One Average Runner’s Adventure
4 AM Saturday 14 May to 2:10 PM Sunday 15 May 2011

The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club planned and executed a tremendous ultra-marathon under Race Director Kevin Sayers’ leadership this past weekend. I found the Massanutten Mountain Trails (MMT) 100 to be an incredibly challenging yet richly rewarding experience from my perspective as one average runner and this race report reflects only my participation and limitations in that epic trail race. Any omissions or mistakes in this report reflect shortcomings of the author and not the event or people that were part of it.

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