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USATF 50K Trail Championship

Written by Cody MoatKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

The USATF 50k championship at Bootlegger Canyon in Boulder City, NV, took place on Sat, Nov. 8.  I went hoping to claim another National Championship title.  I was excited to finally wear my Team Inov-8 uniform, since I had to cancel a few of my trail races earlier in the year.  The weather was perfect at the start.  We lined up on the line and I was prepared for a pretty fast pace, since the winner last year went 3:38.  We got started and the pace was really fast!  I was in perfect position coming into the first aid station at mile 3.8.  I was in 5th place and the top 5 were all very close in proximity.

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About mile 8 I started to feel a pain in my right calf.  I was hoping it would go away and loosen up, so I kept running. It seemed like the longer I went the tighter and tighter the muscle got.  At mile 12.9 (aid station) I was thinking I wouldn’t be able to finish. My tight calf muscle had turned from slight discomfort to a stabbing pain every time I went up a hill, but not wanting to quit, continued to the next aid station at mile 15.5.  I stopped at this aid station to stretch and put some Deep Blue Rub on it, and really tried to decide if it was worth continuing.  I knew the next aid station was in about 4 miles.  I pretty much knew it was hopeless, but I didn’t want to just give up, so I decided to go to the next aid station.  This proved worthless because I ended up limping and going even slower.  I finally pulled out of the race at the next aid station. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

I have never taken a DNF before and it was a bummer.  I couldn’t feel too bad about it though, because I had done everything I could think of.  I’m sure I would have injured something else had I continued to run with a limp.  Anyway, the course was fast, fun, and challenging!

Thanks to my sponsor, Inov-8 and thanks to all who sponsored and put the race on.  Congratulations to Alex Varner, and Michelle Yates for pulling off the win!

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