24 Hours of Turin

We have been asked by our Italin friends to post some information about the 24 Hour of Turin.  This race is a candidate for the 2015 24 Hour World Championships.

Below is the press release with general information about the race including the particulars for this year’s event.

For more information go to www.giroitaliarun.it

2015 World Championship 24 hours. Turin candidate city

The scene of the Italian ultra particularly in recent years has demonstrated a capacity for relentless growth. Just think how from 2008 to now have been three occasions they have seen our country to host a World (100 Km Tarquinia 2008 – 24 hours Bergamo from 2009 to 100 Km Seregno 2012) and everything not to mention the myriad of titles earned by our athlets in the two specialties queens of ultra distances on all Giorgio Calcaterra and Ivan Cudin. He added that according to many, leading Stefano Scevaroli (JUTE national secretary and a member IAU), the 24 Hours of Turin is running on one of the best tracks of the world, as it benefited from a location entirely immersed in a green area pedestrian, sheltered by the shade of trees and well lit for what concerns the nocturnal phase. Participants also can count on the support of the large audience. The Parco Ruffini, then, is also home to two of the most important sport facilities: the indoor stadium, ideal for the opening ceremonies and the awards ceremony, and the stadium Nebiolo First, the ideal place to welcome the breakthrough area, already seat of Athletics Gala held in June each year. To this was added another nomination, again for 2015, advanced by the City of Turin for the title of European Capital of Sport. A good opportunity to check on the goodness of the application is imminent. The next 14/15 in April, will host the fourth edition of the 24 hours of Turin. To learn more simply visit the website of the organization, www.giroitaliarun.it, where you can register and view all the detailed information required, which are summarized below:

24 hours of Turin

• Departure: Saturday, April 14 10.00 – 10.00 Arrival Sunday, April 15
• Location: Torino, Parco Ruffini
• Circuit length: 1 km (measured and approved FIDAL)
• Type of location: surrounded by barriers in the pedestrian area, fully paved, sheltered from sun exposure, perfectly lit for night-phase
• Distances: 6 hours – 100 Km – 24 hours
• Registration fee: 6h € 25, € 30 100 Km, 24 hours € 40, € 120 relay (paymentby bank transfer)
• Hospitality: Hotel 3 stars located near the park Ruffini. Rates are per room, including breakfast: single room 40 €, double room 50 €, Triple € 75, children under 12 free.

Everything, as always, accompanied by the attention that the organization Asd Il Giro d’Italia Run against each competitor. Also new this year, finally, remember the first Italian Championship ultramarathon Banking & Insurance, and among the confirmations, the relay race of the proven elements of 8 for 24 hours (3 hours for each runner). You, too, as we love the ultramarathon?  Support the nomination of Turin, sign up for 24 hours, or at 6 hours or 100 Km, come and experience the thrill of racing on a beautiful track. “Torino, the passion live here,” was the slogan of the 2006 Olympics. “Torino, the passion is back” could be 24 hours for the Championship World 2015.

The 24 hours of Turin, confirmed his high popularity abroad, there are in fact at the time entries from Argentina, Germany, Czechoslovakia, France, Spain.

Good races.



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Nueces 50 Mile – USA 50 Mile Trail Championships

Setting for the USA 50 Trail Championships

Evidence of the Rocks

In the remote, rugged, and beautiful setting of Camp Eagle in Rocksprings, TX, the USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships took place March 3, 2012. The course was a rugged and rolling three loop route with plentiful amounts of rocks. The runners joked that the number of rocks on the course seems to multiply every year and speculate that race director Joe Prusaitis imports rocks to the camp and throws them onto the trails.

Jordan McDougal & Dave James near the end of second loop

With a $3000 prize purse up for grabs, the runners cam ready to race. In the men’s race, the 2011 USATF 100 Mile Champion David James (Pheonix, AZ) took an early lead. He was followed by a chase pack of six talented runners. Twenty-four year-old Jordan McDougal from Gainesville, VA broke away from the pack around mile 10 and caught James near the end of the second lap of the race. From there, McDougal extended his lead over hi s competitors, finishing in a time of 6:30:47. James was second in 6:43:48 and perennial USATF Championship competitor Jason Bryant (Elkin, NC) rounded out the top three in a time of

A group together at the Wall on the first loop

6:47:53. Top masters runner was Dan Vega from Colorado Springs, in a time of 7:13:14. After the race, McDougal commented on how much he enjoyed the course and attested to its difficulty, especially as the sun warmed the air in the last lap. McDougal was seen cooling himself during the race in the low water crossings, even getting down and rolling in a small muddy stream at one point.

Melanie Fryar and Michele Suszek were together much of the day.

In the women’s race, Michelle Suzeck (Lone Tree, CO) and Melanie Fryar (Englewood, CO) ran together for the majority of the race before Suzeck, a member of the 2011 USA Mountain Running Team and competitor at the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials, broke away in the third lap to run 7:25:41, a new course record. Fryar finished 20 minutes back in a time of 7:45:28, happy with her silver medal finish only 5 weeks after having her gall bladder removed. Lorena Devlyn took third place in 9:54:50 and Rochelle Frazeur won the women’s masters title in a time of 10:44:43.

Results - Nueces style

After the race, runners lounged around the finish line, enjoying some Texas sunshine. Others gingerly made their way down the steps to the river to chill their tired legs while enjoying their recovery beverages. Camp Eagle served as an excellent host for the weekend, with tasty meals, a zip line for kids and adults alike to ride, and opportunities for rock climbing. In the evening, kids threw sticks into the bonfire while the runners sat around telling war stories from the day and planning their next events. For many, this will include a trip back to Rocksprings, as Nueces will again host the USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships in 2013.

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One Weekend, Two USATF National Championships

The weekend of 3/3-3/4/2012 is a busy one for USATF Ultrarunning National Championships.  There will be two races being contested, the 50 Mile Trail Championship on March 3rd, and the 50k Road Championship on March 4th.

The Nueces 50 Mile will be the site of the 50 Mile Trail Championship.  The race is held in Rocksprings, TX and is a Teja Trails event.  This is the third running of the Nueces 50 mile, the course is made up of (3) 16.7 mile loops, which are said to be rugged and beautiful.  As of this writing there are 15 men and 7 women that will compete of the USATF Championship, so if you are not a USATF member, and plan on running in this race, sign up with the USATF now!

In contrast to the rugged trails in Texas, you have the flat pavement in Lloyd Neck, NY, the site of the Caumsett 50k and 2012 USATF 50k Road National Championship.  The race is held in Caumsett Park on a 5k paved loop and is hosted by the Greater Long Island Running Club.

Good Luck to all those competing!

2011 Caumsett 50k Start (photo by Dave Dunham)

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2012 Bandera 100k Results

1/7/2012 – Bandera, TX

The Bandera 100k was the first USATF Ultra Championship of 2012.  There was deep competition in both the men’s and women’s fields, but only one male and female could take top honors.  This year it was Timothy Olson taking the men’s title in 8:28:38 over Dave Mackey in 8:38:28.  On the women’s side, Cassie Scallon backed up her win at the 2011 JFK, running a 9:40:18, 16+ minutes over Liza Howard (9:56:27).

Full results

iRunFar’s Report & Links
Tim Olson Interview with iRunFar
Cassie Scallon Interview with iRunFar

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