The craziness of the Redeye 50K that was started by Team Slug fourteen years ago in Prince William Forest Park continued into a new decade on January 1st, 2010. Some commuting runners got a glimpse of the lingering blue (full) moon driving to the late “sleep-in” 8:00 AM start. For the 60+ participants, the day improved for perhaps the best overall weather day in the past two weeks.
Johanna Lockner and Bob Phillips measured and marked the course for the 9.82 mile “Redeye Loop” that runners chose one two or three circuits. To guarantee a 50K distance, Bob led all runners on a preliminary unmarked two-mile network of trails before unleashing the gang onto the marked loop.
With everyone bringing random unassigned snacks and beverages, almost all cravings and thirsts were satisfied. The last of the three-loop runners finished about 4:00 PM with plenty of daylight to spare. Thanks to Vicki Kendall and Linda Wack for helping with cleanup and sorting through unopened aid that will subsidize upcoming VHTRC training runs and events.
Considering the lack of chip times, the variation of loop choices, and each runner’s unique method of logging in times and distances, an attempt is being made to provide results. None of our accountant brethren were consulted for validation. I apologize if I missed your name on the list (Eric, I gotcha this year!) or if I really botched up your running time. Thanks to all those for coming out to start the new year the best way I can imagine – running with friends on some good trails.
Hopefully Redeye XV will be a happening event in 2011.