D - Thanks - I am training for the Wagathon IV.
you would have been a likely candidate for buying that first round. If there is a IV we will look forward to seeing you there. Again congrats on that NY time,: I can not comprehend it myself but can admire the dedication and training that goes into such an accomplishment. My friends son just did his 2nd NY, an unassuming 27 year old from Beacon, NY, He trained at 100 mile weeks. Phil Shea Jr. took 109th place with a 2:40:03. Won't be at the WAG though - his father won't tell him!
as for this years WAG the weather forcast looks to be perfect which will enhance the wonderful views along the course. There is a point along the Smiley Carrigeway where you just look up the ridge, breathtaking really. Also, conditions in the badlands are a bit drier this year.
part of the appeal to this "event" is seeing who might actually show up come run day. This is only the third year but the interest seems to be growing and at least a couple of local accomplished distance runners will be doing there first WAG. I believe most of last years crowd will show up as well, and like I say, who knows who else?
rock & snow is "unofficially" offering up a pair of INOV8 trail shoes to both the mens and ladies top finisher. That should offset the cost of having to buy the first round. But that won't be me, as usual I am woefully unprepared, last run being a lackluster performance at Paltz Point.
but we go....