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Chimera 100-miler

Posted Sep 09 2009 10:32pm

Unless somebody talks me out of this quickly, I am good to go for the first-ever running of the Chimera 100.

Why?

The race, the brainchild of sadistic Old Goats RD Steve Harvey, is in my backyard. Heck, one of the aid stations is 1.2 miles from my pad in Silverado Canyon.

There is a 100k option (62 miles), and if sanity prevails, I may opt for "only" that. But it's tough to turn down a 100-miler in Orange County.

Steve Harvey, sadist

This run, which goes around and over the two peaks of the Saddleback Mountains, certainly looks extremely daunting. Though I have run every inch of the course in portions, running it all at once certainly will be extremely brutal. This puppy has to rank as one of the toughest 100-milers in the United States.

Heck, the 100K version sounds insane: That 62-mile, figure-eight course has more than 32,000 feet of elevation change and is rated one of the toughest 100K trail races in the country.

I don't even want to think about the stats for the 100-miler.

But what the heck. If I can't finish it, I will walk home.
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