Local Participant Ready to Compete in Sinnemahone 50k
Saul Solveson entered the 2013 Sinnemahone 50k with no experience in trail running. “I wanted to challenge myself,” says Solveson who has competed in mountain bike races for 10 years. He says the Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run October 21 is unique that it includes, West Creek Rails Trail, paved and dirt roads plus single track side hill trails. Many races just include one element.
On race day there are three distances, 10K, 25K and 50k. This allows all levels of participants to spend a day in the heart of the PA Wilds. Solveson says the most spectacular portion of the 50k race is from Ridge Road to Rock Run on DCNR trails of the Elk State Forest. Deer, grouse, turkey and beavers are a common site on the trail
The race is called an ultra-trail run, but that is misnomer. “The best strategy for me has been to run the level and downhill while hiking inclines,” shares Solveson. He has been successful taking home the coveted Caldwell Corporation Cup which is given to the top male and female finisher in all the race distances.
This year the 50k is a sanctioned state championship race for Road Runners Club of America. Top finishers in the 50k will receive custom medals. All finishers in each of the distances receive a wooden medallion created by Wennin Creations.
New this year will be an award ceremony at 2pm. All participants will be entered into a drawing to take home prizes including a 2 night stay in the newest bed and breakfast in Emporium (set to open in 2018), CamelBak hydration system, Eno singlenest hammock and other items.
The deadline to register and guarantee a t-shirt is October 7. Registrations can be done online at www.ultrasignup.com or print a form at www.sinnemahone.org.