Not the Toughest Thing He’s Ever Done
Chris Miller (Alexandria, VA) headed to Central Virginia on December 13 with a daunting task ahead. Not only was he nervous about the upcoming Hellgate 100K in Natural Bridge, VA—his longest race so far, but he had been seeded at #56, which he wasn’t happy with. So he was out to perform well, but also make a point to those who didn’t give him the credit he thought he deserved. Throughout the freezing cold night (the race begins at midnight) and treacherous terrain, Chris stuck to his race plan which was to not go out too aggressively and to maintain his intake of fluid and fuel. While being passed early by many anxious athletes, Chris kept stayed focused and remained steady. At one point a large group went by on a downhill section, using the ease of the gradient to pull themselves along, but beating their legs up at the same time. Again, Chris maintained his cool, dead set on finishing steady and strong. At the next aid station, Chris passed the entire group back and never saw them again.
Chris ended up finishing 6th overall in 13:19:51. So he finished just a little bit better (50 POSITIONS) than his seed.
Chris apparently rarely backs away from a challenge. As a veteran of the U.S. Special Forces, he’d come face to face with tough going before. So, Hellgate 100K wasn’t the toughest thing Chris has ever done, but he said it was close…