The Mount Washington road race follows the toll road. It's kind of a stretch to call it a trail run. That's not to say that Sage wouldn't do well in trail racing, but you can't really tell one way or the other from this event.
yummy tuna wrote:
This is why people have no respect for trail runners. Any semi-elite runner can jump in crush the competition. I think it was a good move for Canaday to go this route after the trials. He can legitimately dominate the field with his speed.
To say Max King only looks good because he races in a lot of weak fields is pretty lame. King may run in some weak events, but he races all over the country, often on tired legs, and also won several US Championship races, ran well in the marathon trials, is the defending mountain running world champion, etc. King is a great runner at many different distances and disciplines (went 8:36 in the steeple recently as an example).
Max is not tired he was out classed. The field was good. People need to realize he is good but this is a different race than the ones he wins. He wins alot of weak events so its easy for him to look like he should win everything
Yes, and it isn't just green road runners going to trails having trouble. Elite american trail runners are having a hard time keeping up with the steep, technical downhills on the europeon trail circuit. It's strange since that's where you can make up the most time for lesser effort instead of the small gain for a huge effort on an uphill. But there's more glamour in going fast and powering up a hill.
I run them all wrote:
Every runner has strengths and weaknesses and the type of course often dictates how well they will do. For example, a runner can easily beat another on an uphill road race, but may not be able to stay close on a course with huge, steep, technical downhills.
12% average grade, 4,600' elevation gain.
Damn that must be a rough course, with the winner running over 7:40 pace. How much elevation gain is there?