Race Report: Keep on Going at the Vermont 100

10:52 a.m. on September 29, 2017 (EDT)
Alicia MacLeay @Alicia
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In July I ran the Vermont 100 Endurance Race. I recently wrote a race report for my running club, and when one Trailspace member read it, he asked me to post it here too.

It includes trails and I wore a Trailspace hat, so here you go.


Race Report: Keep on Going at the Vermont 100


Knowing something is hard and doing something that is hard are not the same thing.

On July 15-16 I ran the Vermont 100, a race I’ve wanted to do for several years. It was hard. It was far. It was painful at times. It was incredible.

Established in 1989, the Vermont 100 is among the four oldest 100-mile races in the country and is part of the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning. The course covers 68 miles of rolling dirt roads, 30 miles of trails, and two miles of pavement. It’s considered a fairly runnable 100, but with more than 15,000 feet of elevation gain it’s not flat.

There’s a 30-hour cutoff, although the top runners complete the race in half that. My goal was to finish in less than 30 hours and earn my first 100-miler finisher’s buckle.

At 4 a.m. I lined up in a dark Vermont field with more than 350 other headlamp-wearing runners. In addition to managing acute pre-race anxiety, I hadn’t run a single mile in nearly three weeks due to shin pain.

Read the full race report>>


11:45 a.m. on September 29, 2017 (EDT)
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All I can say is Wow!  That is an impressive accomplishment and great report...glad your leg held up.  It's hard for me to grasp the concept of under 30 hours being a slower time than you expected for 100 miles!

12:23 p.m. on September 29, 2017 (EDT)
Jake W
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Jeeze, I had goosebumps reading that! What an incredible accomplishment Alicia. I'm sure it'll hit you, at some quiet, unexpected time, what you have managed to achieve. And what an incredible example to set for your kids (daughter especially)!

Thanks for taking us along for the run. 

3:12 p.m. on September 29, 2017 (EDT)
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Yeah wow! Super tough Alicia....great job. Thanks for sharing this. 

4:09 p.m. on September 29, 2017 (EDT)
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As I have told you privately, you are/were a major motivator in my choosing to run my first marathon. And NOW you have created an itch in me to try something even harder. No, I'm not signing up for a 100-miler, but I keep looking at long distance races, and thinking, "Hmmm!"

I don't know if I should thank you or blame you for this. :D

Great trip report!

10:17 a.m. on September 30, 2017 (EDT)
Alicia MacLeay @Alicia
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Thanks, everyone! I'm glad you found it interesting.

I'm very glad I did it, and I'd do it again. I think people generally are tougher than they think and can do more than they think they can. It helps to be accepting of discomfort or whatever is currently happening.

In the end, we're all pretty lucky if we can spend time moving ourselves outside in whatever ways we find meaningful.

Oh, and Goose, you're welcome!

7:55 p.m. on October 9, 2017 (EDT)
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9:42 p.m. on October 9, 2017 (EDT)
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Wow and congratulations!

2:51 p.m. on October 11, 2017 (EDT)
Alicia MacLeay @Alicia
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Thanks, Jeff and BigRed!

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