Friends of the Enchanted Forest
444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville Florida 32780
Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary
INFORMATION ON THE 2001 RUN WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS IT IS AVAILABLE
100 MILE ENDURANCE RUN
Annually in December
Trails (101.75 +/- 0.35 Miles)
by Stu Gleman, Race DirectorThe Ancient Oaks 100 will start at 6:00 AM, Saturday, 9 December 2000, taking place at the Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary, south of Titusville, Florida. The course closes at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, 10 December 2000, so the runners will have 32 hours to complete the race.
This will be the second running of this event. Last year Jose Wilkie of Louisville, Kentucky set a record for most 100-mile footrace finishes in one year -- at 14 finishes. Jose will not be at this years AO 100, but Hans-Dieter Weisshaar of Germany will almost certainly set a new men's record of 20 finishes in one year. Hans is 60 years old and one of the toughest ultrarunners that ever lived.
Additionally, Monica Scholz of Canada will be here and, in all likelihood, complete her 16th 100-miler in one year, for the Women's record.
Though this race is brand new, is already an important international event, right here in Titusville, at our beloved Enchanted Forest.
There will be no more than 20 runners in this years' AO 100. At present, we have a total of ten, ranging from Hans and Monica to fledgling ultrarunners hoping to complete their first 100-milers.
Since the race is surprisingly tough (all of the seasoned 100-mile veterans of last year ran several hours slower than their usual times in the tough mountain races), the cutoff time will be extended to 32 hours, which will allow the beginners a little extra time to finish.
This is an unusual and unique race. The primary distinguishing feature is the short loop length (2.75 miles), which requires 37 loops to finish the 101.75 miles of the race. What this means is that even the last place runners will spend hours running with the first place runners, and this doesnt happen in many trail 100 milers. The race is of the "no fee, no awards, no aid, and no whining" variety which attracts the extreme end of an extreme group of extreme athletes.
However, I have made it a point to lie about the aid - actually, thanks to the Friends of the Enchanted Forest, we will have a well stocked aid station located near the Hike Desk. Helen English, Jan Lanoue, Mike Gleman, and Jon Kalbach staffed the station spectacularly well last year. Barbara Hoelscher provided real homemade chicken soup and fresh strawberries for the runners, and Martha Pessaro welcomed the runners at a predawn meeting. The runners were most impressed and grateful for all of the attention from the Friends. Anyone who wants to help this year is certainly welcome and will be appreciated by the struggling runners.
In any case if you get the chance to stop by and visit during the race, or even to run a loop or few with the runners, dont miss the chance to meet these tough athletes. And by the way, don't feel sorry for them, no matter how pitiful and tired they look! The kindest thing you can do for them is filling their water bottles, hand them something to eat, and tell them to hurry on down the trail! "Beware the Chair", is the operative term. Chase them out of the aid station so they can finish is the best thing you can do for them.
We all look forward to the race, and we thank the Friends for their help and encouragement.