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Eastern States 100

10-Aug-2019 Waterville, Pennsylvania, USA

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Trail Race Race Terrain
161KM / 100Miles
2 Days - 200 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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marathonmom217

03:08 02-09-15

I did not run ES100 myself however I crewed/paced for my husband this year, 2015. It is a very difficult course as far as elevations and technicality of the course but it is beautiful. I would agree that it's not really a course for beginners. My husband had never done a 100 miler however he had done several extremely difficult, technical ultras so he was prepared. For the most part, we really enjoyed our experience. The atmosphere and being around other ultra runners was awesome. There are some logistics though that people should be aware of before signing up. Crew only has access to a handful of aid stations due to them being in remote areas that are difficult to access. And due to this, pacers may have to run much longer sections than they might want, it was fine with me but FYI. Also, the distance between aid stations was much longer than what was listed by the race. For example the section I paced was 2 extra miles than what the race listed which caused some issues for many runners as far as hydration, fueling and pacing. The cutoffs are not very generous and then adding the extra miles is what caused so many runners to get cut. The results on the website are deceiving as they list the results as if it is a 100.8 mile race and indicate that you can make all cutoffs even if you run 21 min/mile pace which is actually not true. The race ends up being somewhere between 107-108 miles so you actually cannot make the cutoffs even at a 20 min/mile pace which is what led my husband to being cut off. It's a great event and we would love to see it succeed and take off but there are definitely some adjustments to be made for this to happen. Here's my full story if you are interested. http://runningmarathonmom.blogspot.com/2015/08/eastern-states-100-crewingpacing.html

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Aaryn

06:15 22-08-15

ES100M definitely not for beginners. Mainly Technical single track with relentless straight ups and downs, and a few runnable grassy sections through the beautiful PA, USA allegheny mountain range. Not recommended for anyone afraid of snakes, bears, or cliffs which drop straight down from a Narrow single track slanted towards the edge. No ropes and there are a few sections which scream "scary" at night. Pacer recommend for last half. 20000 feet elevation overall. Awesome aid stations who were well packed and helpful. This is a course for those who enjoy climbing, descending, crossing rivers over logs, and running the few areas of grassy flats if your quads still work. Well covered by trees so I didn't need sunglasses or sunscreen. This 2015, only 57 finishers, 9 of which were female. It definitely rocked everything out of me, but I enjoyed the challenge.

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