The Goat is Finally Here!


April 29, 2015 at 6:05 PM

 
Last year's Mountain Goat medal. Wait until you see this year's!

 

Dunn Tire Mountain Goat Run week is here and just like clockwork, temperatures are on the rise. Although last year was cool and cloud covered, this year is going to be 15-20 degrees warmer. Expect temperatures in the mid 50's at the start and mid 60's at the finish.

 At any time this summer, a run at 65 degrees would feel great and we guarantee the Boilermaker would take that weather in a heartbeat. It is simply the change in temperatures from what everyone has been training at that will make it more difficult.

Last year, the Race Committee had 800 gallons of water and Gatorade to drink out on the 10 mile course and used about 600. Because the temperatures will be warmer, the Committee has adjusted and will have 1,200 gallons of fluids on the course - double what was used last year. Make sure to use it!

You know the drill, but let's go over it once again:

Hydrate consistently through the week.

Consider carrying your own hydration system (water belt, hand-held bottle) during the race.

Get fluids before the race and during the race. Be sure to use every water stop.

Studies show those who stop and get a full drink at the stops do better than those who don't.

Don't run above your limits and be realistic.

Don't get caught up in the excitement of the start.

If you are feeling a rough patch, slow down, walk a little or contact a race volunteer.

The good news is that this is not like 2012 and 2013, where temperatures went well into the 70's with very high humidity. At this time humidity will be in the 50% range, temperatures obviously a bit lower. You have this. Be smart and enjoy a beautiful day.

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