Saturday Training: 5-3-08 Marian’s Western States Big Mileage Day

Aloha Athletes,

June 28th is the start of the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and two lucky Hawaii runners will be there, Ernest Tay and Marian Yasuda. While Ernest might be running an easy 14 miler as described by Mike M. here as the Eastside Shuffle, Marian has chosen to run 54 miles up on the N. Shore in the Peacock Flats area.

Now I can’t speak for the route on the Eastside Shuffle and it’s been a long time since I’ve been to Peacock. From what I remember though, the scenery is so pretty up at Peacock, you hardly notice you have run a 27 mile loop.

Here’s the details according to Marian:

5:30 a.m.  Starting from the parking lot behind the control tower at Dillingham Airfield. We are doing two 27 mile loops ("Gordon’s Loop").  I anticipate 8 hours per loop, so I should be starting out on loop two at about 1:30 p.m.  We have special permission to leave our vehicles in the parking lot after closing of the airport gate.

People that will be joining in for one or both loops should carry a minimum of 80 ounces of fluids.  On the way out to the start, they can leave a small, discreet stash at the bottom of the long asphalt road.  That will be our refueling station (about 17 miles into the loop).  Those doing two loops can use their vehicle for aid at the halfway point. 

Have fun runners! Don’t forget your electrolytes. Remember, you can always choose to do less mileage.
Marian would love to have some friends join her for part or all of the day. If you need more info, call Marian at 221-5171.