Press release by Race Director’s Brian Polen & Chad Thomas.
On September 16 at 12:000m, over 150 runners from over 30 states and Canada, will converge on Cleveland’s Edgewater Park and battle for the right to be called a National Champion! In its 9th year, NorthCoast 24 Hour Endurance run has become known as a runner friendly course as many of the top performances listed on the US National Team Standings have been accomplished here. The course is slightly different from the past years as the Cleveland Metroparks added a beautiful new Beach House on the property, so the route is now a .8822 mile closed loop on 10’ wide asphalt and very little elevation change.
The anticipated weather looks to be favorable for great performances. With highs expected to be in the mid 70’s and much cooler temps expected overnight, participants will be able to take advantage of the cool winds coming off adjacent Lake Erie to keep their own temps down. While rain, wind, and other inclement weather coming off of the lake can certainly be present, the overall outlook for the weekend weather is positive.
Although the World Championships put a strain on the top endurance runners who competed for the US National Team, many of whom will not be competing this year, the participant field is still very strong. Upon breaking down the field of runners on both the Men’s and Women’s side, it is certain that it will be a highly contested race at the front of the pack. On the Women’s side, endurance legend Connie Gardner looks to attack some big goals while Tara Langdon looks to continue her strong comeback. Keep an eye out for local Emily Collins who had a strong showing at Olander 24 just a few weeks ago. The men will include annual participant and National standout Harvey Lewis as well as Adrian Stanciu who pushed 150 miles at the World Championships . They are joined by Serge Arbona, Amos Desjardins and plenty of other gentlemen who could push for the win.
This is just a SMALL list of the runners competing. The field is full of vets, first-timers and inspiring personalities. Check out the complete participant listing here: http://verticalrunnerrm.com/2016-north-coast-24-participants.html