Chocolate Bunny is quickly becoming my new favorite holiday tradition. What better way to celebrate Easter than by running 26+ miles on gnarly MMT trails with good friends in the middle of the night? If ultrarunning is my religion, then the mountains are my church and running the night section of the MMT 100 course seems like an adequate way to pay homage to the trail-running gods… or something like that. Or maybe I just love this run because you get a chocolate bunny at the finish line? Yeah, that’s probably it.
It was a beautiful night with temps in the 80′s. About 30 folks showed up to run the supposed 26.2 miles of the MMT course, the section commonly known as Gap-to-Gap (roughly miles 69-95 of the course). We started just before sundown and ran into the wee hours of the night.
While running with Mario Raymond, the two of us missed the turn onto the purple trail and continued running downhill for a mile and half or so. This turned a long 11 mile stretch into an even longer 13.5 mile stretch that had us begging for fluids by the time we reached the second (of two) aid stations. Aside from that one small mishap (and it seems we weren’t the only ones to miss a turn), everyone had a great time while polishing up on their rock maneuvering and mountain climbing skills.
All in all it was an absolutely beautiful night with bright stars filling the clear sky and abundant rocks filling the not-so-clear trail. It had been a few months since I had been out on my beloved MMT Trails, but as with every run out there the pain just makes me love these trails even more.
I finished up around 1:00am, running 28.65 miles in 6:03 – definitely not the fastest run out there but not bad considering the additional mileage. I was the 3rd one in behind Sean Andrish and Keith Knipling.
Now if only I could actually get off the MMT waiting list and be able to run the damn thing…