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Start List

This the start list based on pre registered racers.  Racers are not required to have USATF membership to race the Sleepy Hollow Mtn Race, but to score for the USATF New England Mtn Running Championships it is required. Day of race registrants will receive numbers starting with the next number in the sequence.  There are about 20 day of race reg spaces available before we meet our 250 racer max.

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Racer Update Email

Hello Registered Runner-
The Sleepy Hollow Mountain Race is a day away and we look forward to seeing you at Sleepy Hollow!  We have a couple of important updates about the race.

Mud Season Watch: Road Condition Alert

Important Notice:  While we are doing all kinds of sun & wind dances here, mud season is still underway in Huntington.  Sherman Hollow Road and the Sleepy Hollow driveway are both unpaved, dirt roads.  The frost heaves are still heaving under these roads and it has been relentlessly raining leading to soft road surfaces, deep ruts, and large surface irregularities.  There is a risk of bottoming out along portions of these two roads.  4-wheel drive cars and cars with a greater clearance are recommended.  (2wd drive cars with drivers experienced with these road conditions may be able to get up the driveway and should be ok on Sherman Hollow Rd.)  We may relocated some parking to the area down at the base of the Sleepy Hollow driveway, so please keep in mind that a little extra time to walk up from your parking space (up to a 1/2 mile) may be necessary.  The best way to help this situation is to have as few cars as necessary.  Please carpool!  Read the rest of the info about roads and carpooling.
USATF #s and scoring for USATF NE-Mtn Campionships

This is a reminder that the Sleepy Hollow Mtn Race will also serve as the USATF-NE Mountain Championships.  To score in the championship you need to have a current USATF membership.  The 2014 Membership numbers start with a “1”.  If you have a number that starts with an ‘8’, “7” or ‘6’, that’s an old number and you need to renew your membership before the race on Sunday.  Bring your new number to the race and we will have an update for you to fill out.

If you have a new USATF number please email Paul Krisch (pkirsch2@gmail.com) and he will update the registration list.  The email Subject: USATF #.  Include your first and last name and 2014 USATF #.

Here are a couple links that will help you determine your USATF number status.
1.  Look up your membership number: https://www.usatf.org/membership/reports/events/index.asp   (if no result returns, it means you do not have a current membership)
2.  Renew or join:  http://www.usatf.org/Products—Services/Individual-Memberships.aspx

 Race Day Details: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Start Time: 12 Noon

Day of Race Registration|Number Pickup: 10:30am-11:45am at the pavilion
Day of Race Registration – $25 cash or check.  There are still about 20 spots available for DOR before we reach the 250 max.

Start Location: In front of the Pond/ Gazebo
Finish: Molly’s Meadow
Snacks and drinks in the pavilion.
Awards to follow the completion of the race at the pavilion.  We have awards for top in each age category, overall winners and some fun awards.

Directions to Sleepy Hollow

Pre Registered Runner List—We will also post a start list at sleepyhollowmtnrace.com on Saturday afternoon.

Course Condition Update

Northwest Vermont has been rainy and wet for the past several weeks.  We expect this weather trend to continue through race day.  Most of the course is soggy interspersed with dry areas.  The single track is actually in pretty good condition.   Course Maps/Info  and NOAA Huntington, VT weather link

Water Station
There will be two water stations providing water and sports drink at 1 mile, 3 mile and 4 mile.  Note that the water station at 3 mile is at the same place as the 1 mile water station.  At 3 mile it is on a downhill and can be challenging to access.  The 4 mile water station is in the field with the lap and finish.

Staying at Sleepy Hollow
The Inn is fully booked with a wedding this weekend.  The wedding has reserved all of Sleepy Hollow through Sunday morning, so there is no camping at Sleepy Hollow this year. Other close towns to stay in include, Shelburne, Williston and Waterbury (depending on the direction you are traveling from). Click here for other ideas about places to stay.

Fun Awards
In addition to all the usual suspects, such as “age group” and “first to the finish line”, we have come up with a few more competitive opportunities including Muddiest Finisher and King of the Mountain Preme. Click here for more info.

Staying Connected
We will post results and links to race photos online after the race at  http://sleepyhollowmtnrace.com/  and on our Facebook page.

Visit the USATF NE Trail website for info/results/etc and don’t forget to Like USATF-New England Mountain Ultra Trail for race series updates and race info.

Mud Season Watch: Road Condition Alert

While we know you are all prepared to race in the mud and slop, we do want you to be forewarned of the road situation so you can plan accordingly.  Please read.

Important Notice:  While we are doing all kinds of sun & wind dances here, mud season is still underway in Huntington.  Sherman Hollow Road and the Sleepy Hollow driveway are both unpaved, dirt roads.  The frost heaves are still heaving under these roads and it has been relentlessly raining leading to soft road surfaces, deep ruts, and large surface irregularities.  There is a risk of bottoming out along portions of these two roads.  4-wheel drive cars and cars with a greater clearance are recommended.  Some parking may need to be relocated to the area down at the base of the Sleepy Hollow entrance so please keep in mind that a little extra time to walk up from your parking space (up to a 1/2 mile) may be necessary.  The best way to help this situation is to have as few cars as necessary.  Please carpool!

5 Ways to Carpool to Sleepy Hollow 

1. From home – Fill up your car with people before leaving home.  Link to pre-registered runners.

2. Richmond Park & Ride (coming from Interstate 89) – On Route 2 at Exit 11.  Link to all Vermont Park & Rides

3. Hinesburg Park & Ride (coming from NY State) – On Charlotte Rd behind the Hinesburg Town Hall. Follow the signs from Route 116 to the lot adjacent to the soccer field.

4. Audubon Parking Lot – Along Richmond-Huntington Main Rd just before reaching Sherman Hollow Rd.  A second, smaller lot is also at 255 Sherman Hollow Rd.

5. Sunday long run?  Park somewhere fun and go for a warm-up adventure! ;)

On the Sleepy Hollow driveway last month.

On the Sleepy Hollow driveway last month.

SHMR on FB

That’s right folks- we are on Facebook!  It’s a great way to keep in touch and see what’s going on with the race.

Course Maps 2014 Version

SHMR 2014 course map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHMR 2014 detail map moved bathrooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Streamwater, Sap, and Kasie had a run-off on the race course today…

Kasie test ran the course today and encountered a little bit of everything.  The streamwater challenged Kasie and the maple sap to a run-off.  The sap relied on its zen-like state of “flow” to gain an advantage.  The streamwater was disqualified for cutting the course.  Kasie ruled the uphills, although she was a bit wary as she crested Adirondack view and saw that Josh Ferenc had been there first and marked his territory as King of the Mountain.

KOM marks terriority



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the blow by blow:

The starting line is looking less like a ski trail.  It is wet, muddy, and rutted out by an errant truck.  Mud is surfacing nicely.

Mud is surfacing nicely.  The starting line is looking less like a ski trail.  It is muddy, wet, and rutted out by an errant truck.

 

First turn onto Butternut Cabin Trail

First turn up Butternut Cabin trail.  The frost is still very much heaving so while it looks benign, if you don’t stay to the side you might lose a shoe, or foot, or leg.  That should settle down by race day though.  :)

 

High Point/KOM

The high point of the 1st and 2nd loops.  Looking good at the KOM preme spot.

Entering ascent to King of the Mountain summit

Revisiting spot where there was 36″ of snow. Now just leaves.

 

Saving it's mud for later.

Mud corner saving it’s mud for later. That hideous spot that you get to go through twice reveals why it is always so muddy.  It’s the last hold-out for ice melt, and is very popular with the streams.

Stream goes for a test run.

Stream goes for a test run.

 

Some parts of the course are looking good!

All clear on the 2nd loop single track. Some parts of the course are looking good!

 

Bottom of first descent

The base of the first descent still calls for Katoolahs or ice skates of some variety.

 

View from Liberty Meadow, heading to 2nd ascent

View from Liberty Meadow heading to 2nd ascent.

Running Sap along the course

Sap lines running along the course.

 

Standing water on 2nd ascent

2nd climb is wet as usual.

Not actually that bad.  Mud didn't get to far up my leg.

Not actually that bad. Mud didn’t get too far up my leg.

 

Mossy stretch on 3rd loop

The 3rd loop in all its mossy, single-track glory.

Heading into 3rd loop

Entering the 3rd loop.

 

3rd loop is in good shape

View from the final descent down Ridge Road.  The 3rd loops is completely clear of ice and snow now.

 

Finish line area is currently a vernal pool :)

The finish line is looking more like a vernal pool.  Ribbet Ribbet.

 

With this much change in the past week, can’t wait to see what course conditions will be in another week’s time!

Who are the 74 racers pre registered?

Are you wondering who is registered?  As of 5:19pm on April 7 there are 74 racers registered! Click here to look at list and check out if your running friend or competition is registered.

Current trail conditions are still a bit white, but melting fast!!!

Course conditions 4/7/14 at Start Line.

Course conditions 4/7/14 at Start Line.

Course conditions 4/7/14 in Molly's Meadow at Finish Line.

Course conditions 4/7/14 in Molly’s Meadow at Finish Line.

Course conditions 4/7/14 heading up into Molly's Meadow & Finish Line for the final time.

Course conditions 4/7/14 heading up into Molly’s Meadow & Finish Line for the final time.

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