Otisville Runner Goes 100 Miles In 26 Hours
Run Woodstock in Pinckney, Michigan is billed as "Three days of peace, love and running." Like the 60's music festival it is named after, all was cool and groovy until the rains came. That didn't stop Jeff Lewis of Otisville from finishing the Hallucination 100-mile run.
Shortly after the beginning of the race at 4 pm on Friday, rain turned what is usually a very runnable trail into a slippery, shoe-sucking quagmire. Only 27 of the 80 runners that started the race made it to the finish line. The average for 100-mile races is around a 50 percent finisher rate. Lewis earned his finisher's belt buckle with a time of 26 hours and 41 minutes. He has been on the other side of the coin in his other attempt at 100 miles, making it only 60 miles in that effort at the Mohican Trail 100 in June of 2010. This time, he was determined to go the distance. He entered the 100 miler at Run Woodstock because it was close to home and because it was supposedly an "easy" 100-mile trail course. The weather changed the "easy" course into a challenging one, but he kept going after many others had stopped and is now a member of a pretty exclusive club. Not many people can say they have gone 100 miles on foot in just over a day. Jeff Lewis can.
Run Woodstock featured trail races ranging from 5 miles to 100 miles and everything in between. Races had cool names like "Mellow Marathon", "Freak 50" and LSD (Long, Slow Distance) 100k. There were even some "natural running" (sorry, no photos available) options in some of the fun runs held during the 3-day festival at Hell Creek Ranch. For race results and more details: www.runwoodstock.com