December 20 was the date for our annual URINEO FA-Ultra Runners in North East Ohio Fat Ass. This was the eight annual URINEO, and here is the history of the event.
I had a 215 am wake up call, to drive to Mill Creek Park, Youngstown, Ohio, in order to start with the five am group. I wanted to make sure I was done with my 50K in time to have some socializing. Usually I am still out on the trails at the end of the day, and miss out on the partying!
We had a good group of runners starting off at 5am. There were a few runners not familiar with the park/route, and we made sure everyone had a partner/group that did know the park.
I was with Doc Winkle and Chris Biswick and Heather until I stopped for two bio breaks, and then started up the Big Bear Spur alone. After I crossed the street, I managed to run into a log that was not perpendicular, and took a hard whomp down on the ground-on the same leg that I fell on last week. Sigh.
I finished the loop early, but stayed at the Log Cabin to meet and greet and start with the 8 am group.
The 5am and the 8am group intersected on the trails right by Volney Rogers Field-trail gridlock, mon!
(At URINEO, the practice is to reverse direction after each loop. That way you tend to run into more runners to interact with.) The Professor stopped to run some laps with The King, who was the only NEO Trailer stepping up for the Monkey Hill Marathon Challenge this URINEO.
Trail miles go by faster with friends, and we were at Lanternman’s Mill in no time!
Will Bill and Tara decided to tour Lake Newport, the lower loop of the YUTC course, while Jay and I headed north toward the Big Bear Spur. The URINEO loop is 8.33 miles if you include Big Bear Spur and the Lily Pond.
I love the bridges on the URINEO/YUTC course.
Jay and I finished our loop together, and I headed out for number three. I ran into Gombu (Bob) and he ended up joining me for my third/his fourth loop. This gave us a chance to talk Hardrock-Hardrock-Hardrock (Bob is a five time veteran of Hardrock) and not bore anyone else silly.
We ran into Allison toward the end of loop three, and she ended up going out again, as did Cam. Cam ended up accompanying me for my full fourth loop, (more Hardrock-Hardrock-Hardrock chatter) which made the time go by!
I finished in time to enjoy some socializing for a change!
Another wonderful URINEO in the books. Thanks everyone for coming out!