Thursday, September 22, 2011

This Saturday: UROC at Wintergreen

The inaugural TrailRunner Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) 100K will be held this Saturday, September 24th, at Wintergreen Resort.  The race, directed by Charlottesville Running Company owners Gill and Francesca, has as its goal the creation of  "the championship event for the sport of ultra distance running."  To this end, the inaugural race features an impressive collection of elite ultra runners including Geoff Roes, Anita Ortiz, Devon Crosby-Jones, Ian Sharman, Michael Wardian, Anne Riddle Lundblad, and David Mackey. These top-names will compete against other elite and citizen racers, including local fast talents like Ragan Petrie and Eric Grossman, for prizes totaling $10,000.

Race-day promises to be an exciting one for spectators, as over half of the course will be held on roads in and around Wintergreen and on the neighboring Blue Ridge Parkway, and the race will be covered live by iRunFar.com's Bryon Powell, with commentary help from local ultra running great, Andy Jones-Wilkins.  Friday evening features a "Meet the Elites" panel from 7-8 pm at Wintergreen's Discovery Ridge, preceded by an Expo and TrailRunner interviews with some of the top racers. To top things off, Wintergreen is also hosting its annual Oktoberfest which features food, oompah bands, and a beer tent!

Most importantly, CAT runners Bob Clouston, Nick Hamblet, and Chris Engle will be running the UROC sister event, the Uber Rock 50K!  So come out to Wintergreen Friday and Saturday to see and greet the elites, drink some beer, and cheer on our CAT runners!