Ultra Marathoner Wins 12 Hour Trail Race

Mosi SmithIn the words of Robert Frost, “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” And so it was with ultra marathoner Mosi Smith as he came across the finish line in 1st place in “The Big Bear 12 Hour Trail Race” in the solo runner division.

Held in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, at the Big Bear Lake Camplands, this was a multiple lap trail race in which teams relay ran (or solo ran) during a 12 hour time period.

Mosi SmithRacing along single track mountain bike trails with rocks, ruts and roots with gorgeous scenery all around, runners covered some of the best trail running in all of West Virginia. Final placing was determined by the number of laps completed by each solo runner and team. Racing started at 7am, and the runner’s last lap had to be started before 7 pm with each lap stretched out across approximately 6.5 miles and mandatory athlete check in on each loop.

“Trail running satisfies my need to connect with nature,” Mosi told us. “When I hit technology overload from computers, cell phones and other electronic gadgets, there is nothing like hitting the trails to clear your mind and get recharged.”

“I ran 65 miles in 11 hours and 30 minutes. I took a shot of Energy 28™ at the beginning of the race and another shot on loop 9 at about 58 miles and that helped see me through to a 1st place finish seven miles later. For that I am extremely stoked.”