Did anyone see the article on the last page of the Trail Runner Trophy Series magazine? It's an interesting article about how trail races aren't exactly "trail" anymore. What happened to the gnarly climbs? Dangerous single track? Rocky, steep or narrow sections? I haven't personally run many "sissy" trail races but apparently they are becoming more prevalent. Well groomed trails with no rocks, few steep climbs and sections on road are little more than road races with some soft (dirt) sections.
Then I saw this race. It's the USA Track & Field 100 mile trail championship race and the site says it is 75% trail. 75%??? Isn't it a trail championship? And don't even get me started about USA Track & Field's involvement in trail races :) It's one of the reasons why many trail races don't allow headphones. That's another topic altogether.
Anyway, if you haven't read that article, I suggest you check it out!