27 Nov '17, 5pm

Stumbling through Rocksylvania at the Eastern States 100 Miler

Stumbling through Rocksylvania at the Eastern States 100 Miler

Somewhere I’ve seen Eastern States referred to as a “Massanutten 100 on Steroids.” While I’m not completely sure how the chemistry behind steroids work, the moniker holds true: everything at Eastern States is bigger, harder, and more remote. The course is a work of art: one giant loop through the Tiadaghton State Forest with a scenic lakeside finish area in Little Pine State Park. Pine Creek Gorge, the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania,” cuts through the center. I agreed to pace my friend and training partner Erick Kuhlman, who I met at Old Dominion in 2016 where he edged me out in a strong debut 100-mile finish. Even after churning out consistent sub 3-hour marathons, he admitted to losing sleep over this “real” mountain ultra challenge. Jon Nicholson taking care of some blisters at mile 81. Photo: Karen Allen As a newer hundred (103.476 miles to be exact) I had some concerns...

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