Saturday, December 16, 2000 -- Clifton, VA
Pang Pigu Wu Shi Gongli 50K
Story and photos by Dave McKain
So everyone could do the run, an honor system was used where everyone left at the same time on an out and back route and signed in at the finish using the time from the clock on the wall (this was a 50K - seconds don't usually count). The route followed Bull Run which, unfortunately, has some very steep banks and conversly, the trail is off-camber in many place. The combination of the frozen tundra and trail tilt at time slowed runners (and reporters) to a baby step mode - seeking out good footing and handholds.
We weren't able to hang out for the last finisher but reports from those getting in early were of trecherous trail conditions. Even so, smiles abounded as finishers hung out around the fireplace drinking hot cocoa. For a runners perspective, check out Joe Clappers account of the race at the Virginia Happy Trail Running Club web site.