The 2010 Umstead 100-mile Endurance Run has come and gone. But the remnants and memories endure. On one weekend each year, near the first weekend of April (read: April FOOL’s Day), when the full moon shines and illuminates the forest of Umstead Park, people arrive from far and wide, attired in all kinds of get-ups, with support crews, suitcases, supplies, and all sorts of good luck charms, and they proceed to run, walk and even crawl over 100 miles. Up hills, down slopes, through cool weather, heat, sun, dark, and even heat, chasing the elusive dream of covering a century of miles in 24 hours.
Every complete loop goes by Sally’s Asylum, an aid station extraordinaire, proving that asylums are not just for crazy people anymore.
So who in the world would go out into the woods and spend the whole weekend running?
Girl in a Hurry
Tammy: No need to say more
Ready for a long hike in the woods
Girlfriend Support Crew
A hug before the next round
“I can’t talk now; I’m in the middle of a 100-mile endurance race”
Cheeseburger in Paradise
This fellow’s packed for his long journey; Everything but the kitchen sink and the dog.
Jonesin for a sponsorship – really!
Catching some refill action
Dirt Diva: Catra Corbett goes out for more trail
In the witness protection program, she’s disguised as an ultra marathoner
Dude! Get Down Tonight!
Number 268 – Feelin’ great!
Number 268 – Still Feelin’ Great!
Number 268 – Not So Great!
This guy had about 89 packages of Endurolyte tablets and wanted them all stuffed into the pockets of his shorts…clever way to get a butt massage. Miss Congeniality is happy to oblige.
Tammy in Paradise
The whole world’s a ballet stage
Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up
Guido the Duck
We’re all quackers for Guido
Catra loves her some tattoo
She didn’t need a headlamp for night running, as she glows in the dark
Stick a fork in him