Two moons of madness, thats what director Chris Scott put on for Easter! The inaugural ultra offered both 100 mile and 100k distance; I ran the 100 miler only to discover the course to be tough as or even tougher then the Wasatch 100. The vertical included 7 massive out and backs off this huge ridge that towers over the cool town of Ojai, California. The Wasatch 100 course gives you chances to recover on those short climbs unlike the Two Moons which sends you straight up or down with no mercy. The out and backs were any where from 12 to 16 miles long with 6 – 8,000 combined vertical. When I reached the ridge for the last time Chris Scott was in a full Easter Bunny suit handing out peps to the runners. These guys will certainty entertain you while you suffer through one of the toughest 100’s around! Warning, this course will crack your will if you are not prepared!
The race was a experiment for me! I was injured and only ran 9 times since last October, I always rest November December and hit it hard in January, but the thirty feet of snow and the AC separation halted all training until March 1st. I decided not to race but Karl Meltzer said, “what do you have to lose?” So I told Chris I will be there. I remember the year Meltzer had a budging disk and didn’t run all summer, sure enough he lined up for the Wasatch 100 and won it! That was the real “off the couch 100” which convinced me I could at least finish! My result was 30:16, 11-12th overall?. Go figure ~
SUPER THANKS to the boys at Frozen Valley and Cozy Dell aid station, these guys pulled me out of the swamp and gave me some hot soup when the temp was 24 degrees! Thanks to Cheryl Meltzer for kicking me out of Cozy Dell aid were things were getting ugly before the last 4,286 ft. climb of the night! This race was mind over fitness levels for me.
Race diagram, very deceiving! Check out Karl Meltzer’s results, he destroyed the course!
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