The Beasts of Burden

For the past 10 years, Lockport, NY, has been host to the annual Beast of Burden Ultra Marathon. Traditionally, there is a 50 mile and 100 mile distance. The race starts in Lockport, through Gasport; and into Middleport. No, it isn’t that simple. Once you get to Middleport, you have to turn around and go back to Lockport. To get to 50 miles, you need to do this twice! Just imagine the 100 mile!

This year, it was my pleasure to crew for my brother, who ran the 50 mile race. It was his first 50 mile race, and my first time crewing such an event. There were runners from all over the United States. Obviously, most were driven and focused people.

As Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” We were definitely prepared for this race. iPhones synced, so I could see exactly where we was at all times, fluids, snacks, salt tablets, sneakers, hats, etc. All coordinated to minimize the time he would need to stop.

In the end, he finished 3rd for the 50 mile distance. Not to bad for his first race! Congrats brother!