Arizona 6 Day Race Updates

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Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2007 21:10:50 -0700
From: Lynn Newton
Subject: six-day report from Douglas, AZ

This evening Mark Dorion called me from the six-day race in Douglas, AZ that is now in progress. This is a proxy report, as assembled from a few notes and my memory.

The race started today. He’s not planning on running the whole thing. He’s just there partly to help out RD Gary Cross. He’ll run just a while longer today. (I think he said he was at about 37 miles, and so is one other person, a guy from Canada.) Possibly the most experienced multi-day runner in the race, maybe with the exception of Mark, is John Radich, who intends to do the six-day in New York next month, and is in Douglas to do well. There are a few others like high school kids who are sort of just there, one guy banging out sub-7:00 miles for the last hour or so. Why John is knocking himself out on this race is anybody’s guess. Jerry Schuster is also in it. Jerry is from AZ and has put in some big miles at ATY on occasion.

Mark’s description of the course is hilarious. It includes sidewalk, curb, cuts across grassy areas, and a journey through a park that is absolutely pitch dark at this hour. There are no glow sticks. There are some hairpin turns. There are rocks, and Mark says there’s one section of about 50 yards that’s comparable to Rocky Racoon for its roots — in the dark stretch. I don’t know how long a single loop is.

Apparently local support is not as good as it has been the previous two years. Something to do with the local baseball season getting started two weeks late. I didn’t quite get what that was all about.

Lap counters are whoever Gary can get. They include college students, whom Mark, who teaches college, describes as “unreliable”. They may show up or maybe not, and who knows whether they’ll count the laps right?

As for the motel Mark stayed in last night — he said he would have slept better in his car.

On the positive side, the weather has been beautiful. I wonder. It was in the mid-eighties here in Phoenix today, which is not exactly ideal for a very long race. At least it won’t be too cold at night.

I figure it could be worse. He could be at Barkley.

— Lynn David Newton Phoenix, AZ The home of multiday running news and events.

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