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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run

I will be running the MMT100 starting Saturday May 19th at 5:00am EST. You can get live updates by visiting the mainpage: http://www.vhtrc.org/mmt/update.htm

The MMT is a challenging 100 mile trail ultra over a demanding, rocky course in the Massanutten Mountains of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The course includes short but rugged mountain climbs that total over 19,500 feet. While the May date usually avoids Virginia's brutal summer weather, we have had rain and violent storms in prior years. The event is noted for its well-stocked, friendly aid stations and good course marking. The starting field is limited to 150 runners.

Course Summary: The MMT 100 starts just below the Massanutten Mountain's northeastern ridge, which overlooks the south fork of the Shenandoah River. After running the eastern Massanutten Trail and connecting trails, the MMT 100 crosses the Crisman Hollow Road and ascends the Jawbone Gap Trail to the Massanutten Trail on Kerns Mountain. The course then crosses the Crisman Hollow Road again, going down Waterfall Mountain to the Massanutten Mountain Connector Trail to Route 211. At that point there is an out and back on the Massanutten South trail that goes near Bird Knob. Upon returning to US 211, runners then take the Massanutten Connector Trail to Gap Creek, up Jawbone Gap again, and eventually up the western Massanutten Trail before returning to the Skyline Ranch Resort.

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