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STANFORD -- Endurance runners from around the nation will depart from Stanford Stadium at 5 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, in a 100-kilometer trail race to commemorate Stanford's Centennial
Runners can choose to make one or two circuits of the 50-kilometer (31-mile) course, or they may form a two-person relay team running one circuit each.
The course will follow hiking and equestrian trails across the campus and public open space, cresting at the Skyline summit of Windy Hill. The 100-kilometer winner is expected to re- enter the Stadium eight hours after the race's start, the last runners six or seven hours after that, as night falls across the campus.
Entry fees, which will benefit Stanford Track, are $60 per 100-kilometer runner and $40 per 50-kilometer runner. Entrants in the 100-kilometer run should have completed at least two prior marathon road races, and the 50-kilometer runners one such marathon.
While the hilly terrain and warm September weather will be challenging, a recreational runner in sound condition can adequately prepare for the 50-kilometer race with a series of ever-lengthening long trail runs each weekend during the heat of the day. By the end of August, the 50-kilometer runners should be able to run a marathon distance, or at least four hours on trails, drinking and eating on the way. They should taper off for the final three weeks.
The 100-kilometer runners should essentially double this effort, working toward a final training run of 50 miles or 10 hours by the end of August.
The Centennial Trail Runs were organized by Phileas Fogg Bookstore owner Fred Hornbruch III, MBA '69; Palo Alto publisher Doug Latimer; and Stanford Law School lecturer Tony Rossmann. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation will serve as principal race sponsor.
Western States race director Norm Klein of Rancho Cordova, Calif., will direct the Stanford Centennial 100- kilometer/50-kilometer run.
"We are presenting this event to show off our trails to the ultrarunning community," Hornbruch said. "There are only a handful of 100-kilometer trail races in the country, and none in California. But most of all, we want to allow Stanford folks to celebrate the Centennial in a special way. We hope that many alumni, faculty, staff, and students will see this opportunity to prepare for and achieve their highest athletic performance."
Further information, and forms to enter the trail runs or volunteer to support it, can be obtained by calling Norm Klein at (916) 638-1161, or writing him at 11139 Mace River Court, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.
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