Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Recap Of The Crooked Road 24 Hour Ultra

DARTer Bobby Aswell recounts his experience at the Crooked Road 24 Hour Ultra, held recently in Rocky Mount, VA.  To read all about it, head to the new DART blog:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

National College Blue Ridge Marathon Entry Giveaway

DART has been given a free entry to the National College Blue Ridge Marathon.  For more details go to our official page:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

DARTer co-founder Chad Randolph finds out that there are more to running ultras than just the distance.  Recently he, along with Todd Hartung and Val Matena, ran in the 49th annual JFK 50-Mile Race.   Visit the new DART blog to find out.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 2011

DARTer Tommy Wagoner ran his first marathon, the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, this weekend. Did he visit the Alamo?   Visit the new DART blog to find out.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Opie At The Races: 2011 Recap Of The Mayberry 10K

DARTer Bobby Aswell ran the Mayberry 10K this weekend. How did he do? Visit the new DART blog to find out.

Click here to read Opie At The Races: 2011 Recap Of The Mayberry 10K

Sunday, November 13, 2011

DARTers have great races in Richmond, Charlotte

Over a dozen DARTers ran full or half marathons in Charlotte and Richmond yesterday. Want to find out more? Read the recaps over at our new blog at

First, Sarah Ferris recaps her experiences at Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon.

Then, Dave Munger recounts his effort to get a BQ at Richmond's Suntrust Richmond Marathon.

And make sure you update your bookmarks and readers to point to the new site, so you don't miss a thing.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The BARF Strategy for the Suntrust Richmond Marathon

by Matt Williams

About an hour before the start, BARFers (Birkdale Area Running Friends) will meet at Fleet Feet and run to the start (looks like the closest one is in Roanoke; pack an extra Gu).

Just before starting we will discuss a not too hilly route with Dave Munger. Dave will present various elevation graphs and maps showing markers for every water fountain and bathroom. We will also discuss if Todd Hartung unfairly elbowed out a 10 year old at the "Pumpkin Chunkin 1 Mile Fun Run."

In the early miles, Tim will complain about the pace after having done a speed workout two weeks earlier. Terry plans to run in the grass on the side of the course to prevent getting run over by other bigger participants.

Around mile 5 or so, Matt will eat a Gu, make bodily function noises, and blame Mark Ippolito. Competition will begin to drop like flies.

Between miles 8 and 11 we will debate why you can't see the light from the sun out in space at night time. If that is resolved we'll note how in low humidity the road noise from the interstate is amplified.

The course is primarily flat and rolling, but there are some hills around this point in the race. We will focus and repeat to ourselves, "It's easier than Grey Road. It's easier than Grey Road."

Around mile 16 there is a bridge we have been warned about. It is long and somewhat exposed, allowing wind to be a potential problem. But us BARFers are not concerned because we have run across the covered wooden bridge at the bottom of South Street many times. Although we didn't do any specific bridge repeats, we should be okay.

Some people say a marathon can be divided into two halves - the first 20 miles and the last 6.2. But BARF member Terry Ake is much better at math than those people and has assured us that you are way past halfway at mile 20.

The Wall often shows up around this time. The stategy for this is to shout "Hey Teacher! Leave us kids alone!" and push through.

Whatever energy the BARFers have left at this point will be used to silently cuss each other for the peer pressure to sign up for a marathon and to plot revenge.

At mile 28, Tim will vow to never again run a "marathon" course designed by Chad Randolph.