…120 Days Until Race Day
How ironic and poetic that day 55 falls on the day that we are setting up for the Snowdrop Ultra 55 Hour Race & Relay?
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and since I’ll never be able to imitate Joe Fejes through my running, I guess the next best thing is to steal his “race predictions” and toss out my personal opinions about this weekend’s race the same way Joe does for significant timed races.
The 4th Annual Snowdrop Ultra 55 Hour Race & Relay starts tomorrow (December 30) morning at 7:00 (CST). The weather forecast is for warm temps, high humidity and rain.
Please understand that my predictions below are my personal opinion only and certainly do not represent the views of anyone else. I am also biased as I am participating in the event.
I also acknowledge fully that I have only predicted categories and runners that I’m familiar with and if your name isn’t on this list, it means ABSOLUTELY nothing in the whole grand scheme of things.
Legalese aside, below are my predictions for the top spots for the men and women:
Most Profanities Used: Patty Shadowens Godfrey…NOT…EVEN…CLOSE
Most Overworked: Kevin Godfrey…hands down
Most Underrated: Trish Snider Kline…as she is every day
Most likely to GRUNT about the weather: Traci Duck
And now for the actual race predictions.
Joe Fejes Defending champion. Only runner in Snowdrop history to reach 250 miles. 100 miles at last year’s race in 15:56. 55 Hour favorite if he decides to race the entire event. May use first 24 hours for US National qualifying attempt. Runs much better in cooler temps and is still in honeymoon phase after recent nuptials.
Jered Mansell Previous Champion. Hit 228.5 miles last year. Finished 100 miles just one minute behind Fejes. Great pacer and coach in Super Steve Maliszewski. Also in honeymoon phase after recent nuptials.
Whoever’s less “whipped” from their honeymoons should pull out the victory.
One the ladies side, it’s a pretty deep field.
Connie Gardner 3rd overall last year. Defending women’s champion with 200 miles. 14-time USATF record holder. May attempt a 24-hour team qualification like Joe Fejes. Even so, has major incentive to return and is my outright pick to run the MOST MILES.
Kelley Hanna Fejes Finished 2nd female last year with 168 miles but that was with a different last name. Does she still have honeymoon hangover or is she just hungover from too many pre-race IPA’s?
Linda Truong Previous women’s champion. 7th overall last year and 3rd female with 165.8 miles. 3rd in October 24 The Hard Way in OKC. No honeymoon hangover there as she had just returned from a globetrotting excursion after marrying Jered Mansell earlier this year. It’s bragging rights time for the Fejes/Mansell households.
Jean Hofschulte 5th female last year with 150.1 miles. Won 12-hour races at 24-The Hard Way and Jackalope Jam. Is looking for and is capable of some big miles. Been married for many years and is grateful to have the 55-hour marriage respite.
Becky Cunningham 4th place female last year with 151.6 miles. 2nd place female at 24-the Hard Way with 97.97 miles. Steady runner who will always be near the top. Mentally as tough as they come. Will have entire family crewing for her, minus her beautiful Gabby, who’s at doggy camp.
Obviously I’m just having fun with this because the REAL winners are the kids fighting cancer that this race funds support.
Let’s get ready to run friends.