Everything is in place and runners will start arriving in a few short hours for the 26th running of a great event - the MMTR 50 Miler. As this is my first year directing this event, I just hope that everyone involved will continue to enjoy the MMTR experience as in year's past.
In many ways, coming to this race is like homecoming. You get to see so many runners that are like family - some who have run the race over 20 times all the way to many who are newbies to the sport.
The women's field this year is not a deep as in years past but will nonetheless be an interesting race. The men's race is gonna be a barn-burner! Returning champ, Zach Miller (7:04), and past Champ, Eric Grossman (6:53) just went head to head at the Tussy 50 Miler and will do it again tomorrow along with Lon Freeman, Sean Andrish, Jeremy Ramsey, Jonathan Basham, and about 3 or 4 others who could vie for a top spot. Remember, as part of the Montrail Ultra Cup, the top 3 men and women have automatic bids into the 2009 Western States 100 mile Endurance Run.
Also, in addition to this excitement, David Horton (former RD) is running the race! David's last time racing MMTR was the very first year, when he started the event in 1983. David won that year and, in honor of that and all he has done for the MMTR and the sport, he will be wearing number one tomorrow.
Follow the link above to the MMTR website and click on the Live Results link to follow all the action tomorrow.
Visit this blog through the day as well for audio blogs, updated pictures, videos and as much content as we can offer - it all depends on how our coverage will be throughout the race! CZ