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Posts Tagged ‘craftsbury marathon’

Quality time in Craftsbury

3.Feb.2012 by Clare Egan

For the last two weeks or so, I’ve been holding down the fort here in Craftsbury as my teammates travel and race all over God’s white acre. In the short span between January 19th and February 2nd, the CGRP has been represented at races in Italy, Germany, Estonia, Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Norway, and the western United States…AND at the Craftsbury Marathon, of course. While the adventure of travel is unbeatable, I’m happy to be staying close to home this winter. This is my first season of full-time training and racing, and that alone is plenty of excitement for me. Plus, I need all the help from Pepa I can get!


Holding down the fort at 739 Town Highway 19. That's 9 empty bedrooms, if anyone is counting.

So, am I losing it? (REDRUM). Well, not exactly. Though in the absence of no-dust Dylan and everything-in-its-place Pat, I have seized the opportunity to overtake the entire living room and have subsequently started to lose track of my own stuff. The only saving grace is that other, less well-organized teammates are also missing and so there is no one else’s crap with which to confuse my own. Clutter aside, as the single resident of the house, my newfound sense of propriety has inspired me to higher levels of responsibility: I regularly keep the stove alit. I bring in the mail every day. I have even felt the tinglings of an urge to clean the whole place, though they are as of yet unfruitful.


office/living room/music room/breakfast nook/napping couch/game room/fire place

Luckily, most of my time ‘alone’ here has not been spent in true solitude. For the first week, Nils Koons, our training partner and friend from the Rossignol team, kept me company in the house. Together, we forgot to get groceries every single day until we were eating questionably bygone raisin bran with unquestionably bygone yogurt for breakfast. (Raisin bran with yogurt is not good, even when both are decidedly un-rancid.) My friends Maura and Kenny drove up from Boston for a well-timed visit during the sunny and snowy weekend of January 21-22, during which we skied, shot biathlon rifles, and enlisted Lucas Schultz  to jump their completely dead car. (“Not to worry, I know someone who will be over here in 3 minutes to rescue us.”) Another well-timed visitor was my friend Dan from Burlington, who came to Craftsbury last Saturday night to celebrate my marathon win (and winnings). You may not believe this, but Parker Pie (local favorite pizza/bar establishment) was HOPPIN’… it was like a club scene in there! Not wanting to disturb Lucas a second time, I enlisted Brian Gluck when we needed to pull Dan’s car out of the ditch. (“Not to worry, I know someone who will be over here in 3 minutes to rescue us.”) Last but not least, our surrogate pet grouse, Mo (separate blog entry to follow), has been unwavering in his quest for human social interaction, in what seems to be an adamant rejection of the behaviors one would typically expect from his species.


During the week I have been at least somewhat diligent about getting work done around here, ranging from helping out in the Hosmer Point camp office (who knew that a person could get sore from doing a bulk mailing?) to visiting Greensboro Elementary to give a presentation about skiing and getting outdoors. I have also entertained the possibility of doing the compost for Brian, which delights him almost as much as when I actually do it.


Getting in some office hours. Rhetorical question: Is it possible to get any work done if Pepa is sitting across from you?

Training has been going really well, now that I can show up 10 minutes late and have only Pepa yell at me instead of the whole team. And, we have SNOW! I’ve done some good quality interval workouts with our junior extraordinaires, Hannah and Lauren, as well our visiting South American contingent, Federico (Argentina) and Leandro (Brazil). Communcation between the Brazilian and the Bulgarian is something to behold and is one of my favorite parts of our daily workouts. And, no surprise here– hitting the gym: even less sweet when you’re alone.


Lonliness is an empty gym.

I have succomb to accute, late-onset, residual hunger from the 50km. For some reason, this did not set in until Tuesday, after racing on Saturday. But it has continued full-force even into the wee hours of this morning (Friday), when I was forced out of bed at 4:30am by hunger pangs for a snack of fruit leather. The kitchen staff have been invariabely understanding of my issue, and generous in their provision of leftovers. Success: being greeted at the back door of the kitchen by a staff member who preempted by maple sausage prowl and had set some aside for me.

food steal

The staff shelf, God be praised.

The best part about staying home in Craftsbury? Getting to spend a lot of quality time with this person:


My First Marathon

2.Feb.2011 by Dylan McGuffin

The Marathon this past weekend represented the culmination of a lot of hard work by the Craftsbury Nordic Center staff. Whether it was planning, organizing volunteers, grooming or shoveling snow onto the course, everyone pitched in to make the 30th Craftsbury Marathon a spectacular event!

Craftsbury Marathon 2011 Start

Craftsbury Marathon 2011 Start

The Craftsbury Marathon  was actually my first 50k race in 10 years of ski racing. I enjoyed the marathon immensely for both aesthetic and competitive aspects. I went into the race not really knowing what to expect. It is said that when training for a running marathon, you can only prepare for the first 20 miles of the race, after that you have little idea what your body will do. This thought was in the back of my mind throughout the marathon. I went out reasonably conservatively with the lead pack, hoping to maintain this pace for the first half of race, but at about 10k the remainder of my first marathon turned into an individual start 40k race. I lost the 2 leaders, multi-time runner-up Justin Freeman and eventual winner GRP’s Pat O’Brien, but managed to stay ahead of the chase pack. I was just dangling out in no man’s land with the leaders in sight, but not able to maintain a connection due to sub par waxing, another rookie mistake.

At 35k I realized that I had never raced this far, followed by a second realization that I actua

lly still felt pretty good and there was only 15k left in the race. I think this was a turning point for me. I had been eating plenty, and my energy level was still high. I knew I’d have enough to hold my own to the finish.

It was a pleasure to do my first Marathon in Craftsbury, on my home trails with the support of staff and locals. The weather was perfect, grooming impeccable and race support was superb.  The 2011 Craftsbury Marathon undoubtedly goes right to the top of my list of favorite races. Only 363 days until next year’s marathon. See you there!

Lap Numero 3

30.Jan.2010 by Lauren Jacobs

This post is only going to cover the 3rd lap of my race in today’s Craftsbury Marathon. The first two laps went well but weren’t terribly exciting. The 4th lap was exciting in some respects, but only because I bonked half-way up the long hill out on Ruthie’s. (Ollie already wrote a bonking post.) A lot of stuff happened on the 3rd lap, hopefully I can remember all of it through my low blood sugar induced foggy memory.

The first exciting thing that happened on this lap was that I found the water bottle I had dropped on the 2nd lap. It was sitting next to the trail at the top of a hill on Lemon’s Haunt. I stopped to pick it up and put it back in my water bottle holder. Taking up too much precious time? Perhaps. But I needed some Gatorade. (long story short: they were only serving Subtle Strawberry Heed at the feed stations and I am allergic to strawberries. And believe it or not, Heed uses only natural flavoring. And yes, I know I’m weird.) Miraculously the water bottle wasn’t frozen, so that was a nice surprise.

Then at the bottom of the downhills on Race Loop I almost got taken out by a high school skier in the relay. She switched tracks without looking back but I averted catastrophe by yelling really loudly. I think I scared her pretty bad; however, she will probably always look now before switching tracks.

On the long uphill out on Ruthie’s I got passed by the leaders of the men’s race. It was great to see Tim in front with Juergen right behind. At the time I couldn’t tell who was in third, but I assumed (correctly it turns out) that it was Justin Freeman. I was extra happy to see Gould and Bates grad Tim Whiton in 4th – he had a great race!

Immediately after the boys passed me I tripped myself two times by sticking a pole between my legs. I may have sworn and I’m pretty sure the  people I had just passed were (understandably) laughing at me. I’d like to say it’s because I was so excited for the guys that I got distracted. But I’m pretty sure it happened because my hands were so cold I was having trouble controlling where I planted my poles.

Somewhere on the downhills after the feed station I passed Melanie, one of our awesome BKL skiers. She was doing the 25 km and looked great, if not a little cold.

The final exciting thing to happen in the 3rd lap was that before heading up into Wilbur’s Field I got passed by Matt. He looked really strong and seemed to be having a good race. I wondered where Ollie was. (Refer to previously mentioned bonking post.) At the time I wondered why Matt didn’t say anything to me. Only after finishing did I learn that it was because he never saw me, and even if he had known there was a person there he wouldn’t have been able to tell that it was me. I’ll let Matt tell his frostbitten eyeball story himself.

I’d like to give a giant “thank you” to our BKL kids (and my Dad) for giving us feeds. It was a huge help! Also, a huge thanks to the tons of volunteers that made this race happen. Thanks for braving the cold!!

Results and photos can be found on NENSA here. Congrats to everyone!