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 FRESH DIRT

15 Excuses Overheard at Trail Races
Having the wrong gear, being too hardcore and other totally legitimate reasons why you're having a rough race

1. My Garmin says the course was 0.67 miles too long. I sure wish the race director had measured the course right. Running the unexpected distance destroyed my race.

2. I could have won if I’d actually trained. But, unlike others in this race, I’ve been really busy lately and just haven’t had the time.

3. I didn’t taper. Tapering is for road runners. I ran long yesterday, so my legs aren’t feeling very lively today.

Read on ...



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Pacific/Desert    
03/28 Badger Mountain Challenge 15K, 50K, 100M; Richland, WA ; www.badgermountainchallenge.com

03/29 4 MPH Challenge  Redding, CA
03/29 Chino Hills Trail Run Series 13.1M, 20M; Brea, CA
03/29 Dash Point 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Federal Way, WA
03/29 Gorge Waterfalls 50K 50K; Cascade Locks, OR
03/29 Griffith Park Trail Marathon 26.2M; Los Angeles, CA
03/29 Lagoon Valley Half Marathon/10k/5k 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Vacaville, CA
03/29 Laughlin/Runnercard Half Marathon & 5K 5K, 13.1M; Laughlin, NV
03/30 Golden Gate Headlands Marathon 7M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Sausalito, CA
03/30 Gorge Waterfalls 100K 100K; Cascade Locks, OR
03/30 Knickerbocker Canyon 10K, 13.1M, 30K; Cool, CA ; www.insidetrail.com

03/30 PCRF Reaching for the Cure Run 5K, 10K; Irvine, CA
03/30 White Mountain 100 100M; Fairbanks, AK
04/05 American River 50 50M; Auburn, CA
04/05 Catalina State Park 5.2 & 10.35 Mile Trail Run 5M, 10M; Tucson, AZ
04/05 Cottontail 6- & 12-Hour 6H, 12H; Seattle, WA
04/05 Crown King Scramble 50K; Crown King, AZ
04/05 Grizzly Peak 10K, 13.1M, 30K, 26.2M, 50K; Berkeley, CA
04/05 Oriflamme 50K; Julian, CA
04/06 Trail Less Traveled Trail Runs 5K, 6.55M; Oroville, CA ; www.underthesunevents.org

04/12 Alger Alp Trail Runs 5M, 13.1M; Bellingham, WA
04/12 Ayala Cove 5M, 10M, 15M; Tiburon, CA
04/12 Dirty Vert Zip Line & Hill Run 1M, 2M, 5K; Boulder City, NV
04/12 King of the Hill Trail Running Series - Rabbit Peak 6M, 15M, 22M; Borrego Springs, CA
04/12 Lake Sonoma 50 50M; Healdsburg, CA
04/12 Muir Woods Marathon 7M, 13.1K, 26.2M; Stinson Beach, CA
04/12 Rock Creek Ramble 30K, 50K, 100K; Lamont, WA
04/12 Squak Mountain 12K, 13.1M, 26.2K, 50K; Issaquah, WA
04/13 Peterson Ridge Rumble 20M, 40M; Sisters, OR
04/13 Woodside Ramble 10K, 13.1M, 35K, 50K; Redwood City, CA
04/13 XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run 5K, 15K; Rancho Penasquito, CA
04/13 XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run 5K, 10K, 21K; Henderson, NV
04/19 Alsea Falls Spring Fling 10K, 20K; Monroe, OR
04/19 Cave Creek Trail Run 2K, 5K, 10K; Cave Creek, AZ
04/19 Diablo Trails Challenge 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 50K; Walnut Creek, CA
04/19 Leona Divide  30K, 50K, 50M; Lake Hughes, CA
04/19 Mokelumne River 50 8M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; Lake Camanche, CA
04/19 Tehama Wildflowers 10K, 50K, 50R; Red Bluff, CA ; www.ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=18591

04/19 Yakima Skyline Rim 25K, 50K; Ellensburg, WA
04/20 Ka'ena PT Trail Run 10K; North Shore, HI
04/26 Capitol Peak Ultramarathons 55K, 50M; Olympia, WA ; www.capitolpeakultras.com

04/26 Folsom Lake Trail Runs 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Folsom, CA
04/26 Night Sweats Trail Marathon Series #2 26.2M; Sausalito, CA
04/26 OAT Run 12K, 13.1M; Port Angeles, WA
04/26 Ultimate Hike Sedona 26.2M; Sedona, AZ
04/26 Zane Grey Highline Trail 50 Mile 50M; Pine, AZ
04/27 Mt Si Relay & Ultra Runs 50K, 50M, 59R; Snoqualmie, WA
04/27 Presidio Trails Run 10K; San Francisco, CA
04/27 Soaring Eagle Trail Run 5M, 10M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Sammamish, WA
04/27 Spokane River Run 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K; Spokane, WA ; www.spokaneriverrun.com

Rockies    
03/27 Pickled Feet Runs 6H, 12H, 24H, 48H, 100M; Eagle, ID
03/29 Behind the Rocks 25M, 50M; Moab, UT
03/30 Journey Challenge 5M; Colorado Springs, CO
03/30 Journey LITE .5M; Colorado Springs, CO
04/04 Zion Ultras 50M, 100K, 100M; Springdale, UT
04/05 Bruneau Beast 5K, 10K, 20K, 50K; Mountain Hone, ID
04/06 XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain Trail Race 5K, 12K, 24K; Colorado Springs, CO
04/06 XTERRA CMSP  5K, 12K, 24K; Colorado Springs, CO ; www.marathonmajic.com
04/12 Cedro Peak Ultra 45K, 45M; Tijeras, NM ; www.cpu45.org

04/12 Widowmaker 10K, 15K; Grand Junction, CO
04/19 CURE Ultra's 20K, 50K, 50M, 100K; Littleton, CO
04/19 Desert RATS Trailrunning Festival 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 52.4M; Fruita, CO ; www.geminiadventures.com

04/19 Red Mountain 50K 13.1M, 20M, 50K; Central, UT
04/20 Westminster Trail Half Marathon 10K, 13.1M; Westminster, CO
04/25 Ragnar Trail Zion 120M; Zion national Park, UT
04/25 Salt Flats 100/50 Mile Endurance Runs 50M, 100M; Wendover, UT
04/26 Cheyenne Mountain Trail Races 25K, 50K; Colorado Springs, CO
04/26 Fort Collins Trail Run 10K, 13.1M; Livermore, CO
04/26 Weiser River Trail 50K Relay & Solo Run 50K; Council, ID

Heartland    
03/29 Extreme North Dakota Sandhills Ultra Run Experience (END-SURE) 50K; Macleod, ND
03/29 Prairie Spirit Trail 100 & 50 Mile Ultra 50M, 100M; Ottawa, KS
03/30 Fools Run 25K, 50K; Peninsula, OH
04/05 Allerton Park 10K, 13.1M; Monticello, IL
04/05 DINO Trail Run Series - Eagle Creek 5K, 15K; Indianapolis, IN
04/05 Ni-Bthaska-Ke Trail Championships 4M, 12K; Louisville, NE ; www.rungurusays.com

04/05 Rockin K Trail Runs 26.3M, 50.6M; Kanopolis State Park, KS
04/06 Brew To Brew 44.4 Mile Solo &  Relay 44.4M; Kansas City , KS ; www.kctrack.org

04/11 Zumbro Endurance Run 17M, 50M, 100M; Theilman, MN
04/12 Daffodil Dash Trail Run 5K; Gray Summit, MO
04/12 Forget The PR, Mohican 25K and 50K 25K, 50K; Loudonville, OH
04/12 Iola Trail Run 5K, 15K; Iola, WI
04/12 Russell Hustle 5K; Genoa, IL
04/12 Twin Creek 10K; Dayton, OH
04/19 Double Chubb 25K, 50K; St Louis, MO
04/19 Free State Trail Runs 13.1M, 26.2M, 40M, 100K; Lawrence, KS ; www.psychowyco.com

04/20 Dirty Herd Spring Classic Fun Run 2.5M, 5M; Grand Rapids, MI
04/26 Chippewa Moraine Trail 10K, 50K; New Auburn, WI
04/26 DINO Trail Run Series - Town Run Trail  5K, 15K; Indianapolis, IN
04/26 Earth Day 50K/15 Mile 50K, 15M; Crystal Lake, IL
04/26 FlatRock 101 101K; Independence, KS
04/26 Hurt the Dirt 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Rockford, MI
04/26 Indiana Trail 100 50M, 100M; Albion, IN
04/26 Irish Ridge Trail Run 4M; Corning, OH
04/26 Lung Bustin' Justin 5k Trail Run 5K; Sparta, WI
04/26 O24-Outrun 24 Hour Trail Run 24H; Kirtland, OH
04/26 OWBC Redbud Trail Challenge 10K; Summerfield, OH
04/26 Screaming Eagle Ultra 1H, 3H, 6H; Hermitage, MO
04/26 Trail Marathon Weekend 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Pinckney, MI
04/27 Adrenaline Marathon on the Eisenbahn Trail 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; West Bend, WI
04/27 Kokosing Miles Trail Running Festival 5K, 10K; Gambier, OH

Northeast    
03/29 Mile Run Trail Challenge Half Marathon 13.1M; Mile Run, PA ; www.parunners.com

03/29 Wolfes Run 5K, 10K; Staten Island, NY
03/30 Virginia Creeper Marathon 26.2M; Abingdon, VA
04/04 DirtFest RVA Night Race 4.5M; Richmond, VA
04/04 R.A.D. Trail Run (Race After Dark) 4.5M; Richmond, VA
04/05 Dirty Kiln Trail Race 5M, 13.1M; Hollidaysburg, PA ; www.alleghenytrailrunners.com/dirty-kiln-trail-race/

04/05 Hungry Mother Trail Run 2M, 12K, 13.1M; Marion, VA
04/05 Lost Brook Trail Race 5M, 10M; Tenafly, NJ
04/05 Muddy Marathon 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Vernon, NJ
04/05 Night Flight 5K, 10K; Mifflinburg, PA
04/05 Tyler Arboretum 10K Trail Run 10K; Media, PA
04/06 Bimbler's Bash 10K; Guilford, CT
04/06 Brandywine Valley Association Race 5K, 10K; West Chester, PA
04/06 Spring Backyard Burn Trail Running Race #3 5M, 10M; Fairfax Station, VA
04/06 Tussey to Whipple  11M; Boalsburg, PA
04/06 XTERRA Courthouse Creek 7K, 15K; Richmond, VA
04/12 Bull Run Run 50M; Clifton, VA
04/12 Kessler's Trail Race 5M; Harrisburg, PA
04/12 Mill Mountain Mayhem Trail Race 10K; Roanoke, VA
04/12 XTERRA Seneca Creek 5K, 10K; Gaithersburg, MD
04/19 Babcock Gristmill Grinder 13.1M; Clifftop, WV ; www.gristmillgrinder.com

04/19 Bel Monte Endurance Run 25K, 50K, 50M; Love, VA
04/19 Mt Penn Mudfest 15K; Reading, PA
04/19 Muddy Sneaker Trail Run 20K; Italy, NY
04/19 Pittsburgh Wild Bunch Half Marathon 13.1M; Pittsburgh, PA
04/19 Trail Animals Don't Run Boston Fun Runs 50K, 50M; Milton, MA
04/19 Traprock Trail Run 17K, 50K; Bloomfield, CT
04/26 Hyner View Trail Challenge 25K, 50K; Hyner, PA ; www.hikerun.com

04/26 Promise Land 50K 50K; Bedford, VA
04/26 TARC Spring Classic 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Weston, MA
04/26 Triple Crown Trail Races 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Newark, DE
04/26 Whale Of A 5k Trail Race and Fun Run 5K; Rye, NH
04/27 Blue Hills Trail Races 3M, 10M; Milton, MA
04/27 Ironmaster's Challenge 15K, 25K, 50K; Gardners, PA ; www.ironmasterschallenge.com

04/27 Leatherman's Loop 10K; Cross River, NY
04/27 Spring Backyard Burn Trail Running Race #4 5M, 10M; Triangle, VA
04/27 Treehugger 5k 5K; Owings Mills, MD

South    
03/29 Croom Fools Run 16M, 50K, 50M; Tampa, FL
03/29 Lake Martin Trail Runs 27M, 50M, 100M; Alexander City, AL ; www.lakemartin100mile.homestead.com

03/29 Sticks & Bones Trail Race 5K, 10K; Charlotte, NC
03/29 Yeti NIGHTmare Run 5M, 10M; Douglasville, GA
03/30 Mountains-to-Sea Trail Challenge 12M, 50K; Raleigh, NC
04/04 Ragnar Trail Atlanta 120M, R; Conyers, GA
04/05 Blackwater Trail Challenge Series #1 10M; Munson, FL
04/05 Dirty Spokes - Olde Rope Mill 3.1M, 6.5M; Woodstock, GA
04/05 Hell's Hills 10K, 25K, 50K, 50M; Smithville, TX
04/05 Muddy Trails Bash 5K, 10K; The Woodlands, TX
04/05 Nantahala Hilly Half Marathon/5k 5K, 13.1M; Bryson City, NC
04/05 Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run 50M, 100M; Raleigh, NC
04/05 Xterra Hickory Knob 5K, 12K, 23K, 42K, 50K; Mccormick , SC
04/05 XTERRA Power to the Tower Trail Run 8K, 21K, 50K; Kingsport, TN
04/05 ZOE 5K Run/Walk 5K; Oviedo, FL
04/06 I.C. King of Trails Race 7M; Knoxville, TN
04/06 Trillium Trek 5K, 10K, 21K; Gainesville, GA ; www.elachee.org/trilliumtrek

04/12 Dirty Spokes - Mt Tabor 4M, 8M; Dallas, GA
04/12 El Chupacabra de DFW 5K/10K Night Trail Run 5K, 10K; Grapevine, TX
04/12 Lake McMurtry Trail Run 12K, 25K, 50K; Stillwater, OK
04/12 Maria's Spring Fling Run for Epilepsy 3H, 6H; Kennesaw, GA
04/12 Possum Kingdom Trail Run 20K, 55K, 52M; Graford, TX
04/12 TNT - Toughest N' Texas 5M, 10M, 20M, 50K; Waco, TX
04/12 Tranquility Lake Trail Runs 3M, 6M; Birmingham, AL
04/12 Ultimate Hike Lone Star 22M; huntsville, TX
04/12 Wild Sebastian 100 Spring 26.2M, 50M, 75M, 100M; Sebastian, FL
04/19 Battle of Allatoona Creek 5K, 9M; Acworth, GA
04/19 Laurel Run Ascent 11M; Church Hill, TN ; www.RunTriCities.org

04/19 Morris Broadband Half Marathon at DuPont Forest 13.1M; Brevard, NC
04/19 Rock/Creek Chickamauga Chase  8M; Chattanooga, TN
04/20 Backside Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Louisville, KY
04/26 Augusta Canal 24 Hour Endurance Run 6H, 12H, 24H; Augusta, SC
04/26 Augusta Canal Adventure Race 6H, 12H, 24H; Augusta, GA
04/26 Bluebonnet Adventure Race 2H; Burnet, TX
04/26 Bluebonnet Trail Run 5K, 15K; Burnet, TX
04/26 Brazos Bend 50 & 100 25K, 50K, 50M, 100M; Needville, TX
04/26 Durty Spur Trail Run 10K, 30K; Hamilton, TX
04/26 Ft Clinch Endurance Runs 50M, 100M; Fernandina Beach, FL
04/26 JW Corbett 50M/50K 50K, 50M; Loxahatchee, FL
04/26 Ouachita Trail 50 50K, 50M; Little Rock, AR ; www.RunArkansas.com

04/26 Owl's Roost Rumble 3.5M, 13.1M; Greensboro, NC
04/26 Scenic City Trail Marathon and Half Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Chattanooga, TN ; www.rockcreek.com

04/26 South Padre Island Sand Crab Nighttime Beach Run 5K, 10K; South Padre Island, TX
04/26 Turtle Trot 5K; Largo, FL
04/27 Xterra Claw Trail Run 5M, 15K; Lithia, FL

International    
03/27 Eco Trail de Ouarzazate 111K; Ouarzazate, Morocco
03/29 Eco-Trail de Paris« 18K, 30K, 50K, 80K; Paris, France
03/29 Roller Coaster Run 21.5K, 43K; Mt. Dandenong, Australia
03/30 Hysan Healthy Hike n Run 5K, 13K, 21K; Tai Tong Shan, Tai Lam, N.T., Hong Kong
04/05 Cotswolds Way Challenge 58M; Chipping Campden, United Kingdom
04/06 Run Fred Run 5K, 10K; North Vancouver, BC
04/11 100 Miles of Istria 65K, 105K, 100M; Umag, Croatia
04/11 Madeira Island Ultra Trail 20K, 42K, 85K, 115K; Machico, Portugal
04/12 Cauberg Trail Run 9K, 19K; Valkenburg a/d Geul, Netherlands
04/12 Desafio Valle Central  100K; San Jose, Costa Rica
04/12 Patagonia Run 10K, 21K, 42K, 63K, 84K, 100K; San Martin De Los Andes, Argentia
04/18 Iznik Ultramarathon 130K; Iznik, Turkey
04/19 Orhangazi Ultra Marathon 80K; Buras, Turkey
04/19 Salomon City Trail 5K, 10K, 21K; Vancouver, BC
04/20 Trail Des Citadelles 73K; Lavelanet, France
04/26 Rose Valley Trail Race 8K, 16K; Kelowna, BC
04/26 TrailCross - Chilliwack 1M; Chilliwack, AB ; www.trailcross.ca

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