ET Full Moon Midnight 51k - Race Preview and Goals

10 days to go!!

This is what the race looks like on paper (or rather on screen).  It takes place in the Great Basin desert 2 hours north of Las Vegas.

  • Starting elevation and low point of 4523ft. (Similar to Banff).
  • High point of 5617ft - Coyote Summit at 12.8 miles. 
  • Calgary sits at 3428ft, so we are actually running at a higher altitude.  
  • In August the average high temp is 32°C (90°F) with an average low of 11°C (51°F).
  • We will gain 1094ft or 333m in the first 12.8 miles.

Challenges - altitude, elevation gain in the first half of the race, midnight start, trying not to fall on face in the dark.  (Running with the Mr is not a challenge, for some reason running together at night has gone extremely well - who knew!)

Awesome Race Reports

From 2 of my favourite people:

Lisa at Run Like A Coyote for 2012
Libby at Active Joe for 2013

I'm race-stalking Libby, first Kaua'i now ET - I blame her amazing race write ups.


This race is tougher than a marathon plus 9k due to its unique challenges. Finishing within 8 hour cutoff = Pharrell hat level happiness.  I mean holy crap I'll be an ultramarathoner!

Ideally I would like to finish the race and have time for a few photos at the Little A'Le'Inn before the last bus leaves at 8:05 to go back to Vegas.  Maybe even breakfast.  Note: this could possibly just mean not finishing last!

'A' goal = finish + happy dance + purchase alien tat + photos + pancake > bus leaves for Vegas.

Keep moving forward all through the night
 Cyndi Lauper


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