Thursday, December 28, 2006

An Offer I Couldn't Refuse (XC Revolution)

A tantalizing message appeared in my e-mail this morning:

"I am directing a low-key racing event called XC Revolution on New Year's morning. The event is true European style cross-country, which means you will have to run through brush, mud, and hurdle (or slowly climb over, for those not trusting their jumping abilities) various obstacles.

If you want to experience an off-road adventure and possibly cure a hang-over, please consider coming to the event in Ventura, CA. Please be aware you may get muddy."

Come on. Could you resist an invitation like that?

I rushed to the website, registered online, and then tried to learn more about what I'd gotten myself into. I discovered on the Buenaventura Golf Club site that the course we'll be running on, Olivas Links, is in the process of being renovated. No wonder they're willing to let a bunch of crazed harriers tear up their precious turf! The same site includes a plan of what the course may look like when it's completed this spring, but who knows what it'll look like when I'm there next Monday.

So... Do you want to undertake this adventure with me? Online registration is open until 12 a.m. on December 30, and there may even be on-site registration; contact Race Director Josh Spiker at or visit the race website for details.

I am so excited about starting the new year getting covered in mud, I'm beside myself with anticipation.
Here's to a playful new year!

(This will be me on Monday)

See you on the trail!
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah! I can now access your blog easily and effortlessly - which are essential qualities for a dedicated uncle who is a self-admitted lazyass - you certainly didn't get your trailrunning genes from me! Have fun on this run - it sounds wild. I know Boo and Bien would love to run it with you!

9:00 PM  
Blogger bo said...

Hey Ash...You mentioned the word "harrier". Have you ever had the pleasure of counting yourself among the ranks of any number of Hash House Harrier organizations? I have hashed in two countries so far and I am looking forward to adding a whole ton more.When I am back in the states in 6 months or so I should be checking out a hash in DC or Bmore. I hope to get out to LA to see you...and perhaps add another Hash to my repetoire. Most of the runs I went on in Africa sound exactly like the invitation you received. I'm jealous. There aren't too many trails here in Jerusalem.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Oh, Bo - I have been meaning to try a Hash House Harrier run for years and really need to stop the procrastination. Please do come to L.A. - we have a whole calendar's worth of hashes out here and we'll definitely do one when you visit. On, on!

5:38 PM  
Blogger Jessica Deline said...

I'd be in if my foot were up for it :(

5:39 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Yay, mud! I love it! : )

8:00 PM  
Blogger Neese said...

Hi Ashley..just found your blog tonight hope it was a grand time in the mud, how fun! Happy New Year!

5:18 PM  
Blogger matt said...

i wish i had known about this race. i live close to ventura and love to hear about events like this in my area. how much longer will they be able to tear up the old golf course? is it open to the public for running at any time or just these kind of planned events?

i look forward to your write-up!

by the way, i am going to be running a lot of unsupported 50Ks this year on my own through the trails in my area...including Bulldog 50K. let me know if you would be interested in joining me for all or part of one. i am always glad to have the company on the trails.

3:30 PM  

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