We loved this post from Robert Youngren, who recently ran the majestic and grueling Upchuck 50K.
“After a long late Summer into early Fall of road racing and training, I was so happy to get back out on the trails. I think I’ve signed up to do the Upchuck 50km the past three years only to not be able to go for various reasons. So finally I got to go!
The race itself was extremely rugged, remote and difficult point to point 50km trail race outside Soddy Daisy, TN (just north of Chattanooga) that has a cumulative elevation gain of over 5,500′. The race is small (only 75 participants accepted) and definitely considered a “post-graduate” type 50km as a prior 50km is required. The race is no joke as there are only two official aid stations (8 and 18 miles) so you must be prepared to carry what you need!”