A mass email just popped into my inbox reminding runners that the deadline to register for the CIM is Nov. 1.
That's this Sunday, folks. No more time to procrastinate.
The email from CIM race director John Mansoor says that, as of today, 6,524 of the 7,000 slots have been taken. Click here for the CIM site.
And, speaking of deadlines, it's not too late to sign up for the Nov. 8 Paul Reese Memorial Clarksburg Run, a half-marathon, 30K and 20-miler that many use to prep for the CIM. I'll be doing the 20-miler as my last long run before the marathon, and Dan Weintraub says he's going to race the 30K distance. It's a fine race put on by Fleet Feet, supportive and homey but professionally done. Click here to register.
A while ago on The Bee's new running page, I posted a forum question about whether it's wise to race so far so close to the marathon. It got some interesting responses.
Here's an edited version of my original post:
I've been having a running (pardon the pun) debate with a friend as to the wisdom of running Clarksburg slightly less than a month before CIM.
I say, yes. My reason: You need to get in that Sunday long run, anyway, and it's a nice change to do a 20-miler when you're not out there all by yourself lugging Gu and Cytomax. Clarksburg is a flat run and there's good support along the course and camaraderie.
Now, my friend says no. He feels that when you strap on that bib number, people can't help but RACE, not do a training run. And racing too close to the CIM is not optimal for a good marathon performance.
Barring injury (which derailed me last year), I'll be out in Clarksburg in November, trying to take it easy on the 20-miler.
What's your opinion?
Do you use Clarksburg as a CIM warmup?