Aug 24, 2017
Going into Anchor Down 24 Hour Ultramarathon... I made a bold statement. I said, just like I did before Ghost Train Rail Trail Race last year, that I was coming for a belt buckle. The only acceptable outcome of the race was a 100 mile finish. I did not finish 100 miles at Anchor Down... and I had to figure something out - how to define success and failure. In recapping the event... I'm pretty sure, at least in this instance, I've managed to map out the gray area and do just that.
This was my second showing at Anchor Down, and it did not disappoint. With a beautiful course, top notch support, and a supportive atmosphere, it's tough to go wrong with this race. I could go on for days about this race, but the bottom line is... it's simply superb. The course is 2.45 miles through Colt State Park in Bristol, Rhode Island - .95 miles of it is trail while the remaining 1.5 is paved walkways in the park. There's minimal elevation gain and a large chunk of the course overlooks Narragansett Bay - yes, right up along the water. It's a beautiful course that, despite its relatively short length, you will not get tired of looking at. The aid stations are fully stocked and the volunteers & crew are amazingly helpful - even the vendors show up ready to go! Anchor Down provides all of this in 6, 12, and 24 hour flavors, giving runners an excellent opportunity to flex their muscles and see what they're made of. At Anchor Down, you've got one of the best chances you could ask for to succeed. But... what is success here, really?
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