Quick race report- it was a rainy, cold, wet, muddy, muddy, muddy Lookout Mountain 50 mile. The first part went well, reaching the mile 22 aid in 3:03, 22 min ahead of pace and tied for 5th, 9 min behind the leader. Unfortunately, poor course markings saw most of the top 20 runners miss a turn, including my group. We unknowingly ended up on the 10k course, running a loop we weren't supposed to (I was with Troy Shellhamer, 4 time finisher and 1 time winner, so we did have some idea of where to go). We found the course eventually but then went backwards for 10 min before turning around. Lost 30 min in all (most lost people only did an extra mile or so). Kind of lost my killer instinct at that point and just enjoyed the rest of the mudfest (literally knee-deep shoe sucking mud at points). Moved up from 30th to finish in 9th overall. Had a fun time. Running buddy Barry finished it as his first 50 ever, so congrats to him, barely edging out Jason. Overall a bit disappointing to get lost, but still had fun in the mud and beautiful mountains. It would be fun to try this course when it wasn't rainy, muddy, and foggy all day.
Race report http://greenshortsrunning.blogspot.com/2014/02/getting-lost-lookout-mountain-50-mile.html