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Rocky Mountain Double Marathon Pre-Race Report

On this long Memorial Day weekend most Americans will be hovering over the grill while watching race cars burn ovals into race tracks. In Wyoming, some of us lucky souls will be gathering to toe the line on May 27th for the 35th Annual Cheyenne Track Club/Road Runners Club of America’s Vedauwoo 5k, Medicine Bow Half Marathon, Wyoming Marathon and Rocky Mountain Double Marathon.

The race motto is “Where the race director promises you nothing, and he delivers.” While that seems harsh, it is a throwback to the good old days of affordable racing that focuses on the celebration of running not the perks or payouts. Race director Brent Weinger knows his trail running. He was one of ten finishers at the 1st running of the Leadville Trail 100 in 1983. Even with the budget-minded theme finishers of the 50-miler will receive a beautiful belt buckle and the shorter events will have medals.

Aid stations will be provided every 4 miles and provide water, Gatorade and snacks. No cups will be provided as runners are instructed to carry a water bottle. The “no cups” rule has been adopted to cut down on litter in the Medicine Bowl National Forest.

Course: Hilly out and back on mostly dirt and gravel roads (100% for the Half and 77% for the Marathon) in Medicine Bow National Forest. The race begins at 8,700 feet and drops to 8,000 feet at the turn around. Weather is variable. Temperatures range from 40-60 degrees.

Past winners include Hal Koerner, Micah True, Jamie Donaldson and Corey Hanson.

The first three people that find me (Missing Nail) at the event and shout “Vainglorious” will get autographed Headsweats schwag. What could be more vainglorious than that?

For more information or to register for this event click here.

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