Run Haiti Ultra Marathon

Run Haiti Ultra Marathon March 29-31, 2012 Day 1:  Urban Assault.  Port-au-Prince -> Kenscoff; 16.5 miles; 5750 ft vertical. Day 2:  Magic Mountains.  Kenscoff -> Parc la Visit -> Seguin; 17.5 miles; 4 MTN passes. Day 3:  Caribbean Descent.  Parc la Visit -> Kabic Beach; 25 miles; 6000 ft downhill. In early February, 2010 I remember flying over the...

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Back in the Saddle Again…

I’ve been back in Haiti now for 2 weeks. The variance in my emotions and perceptions are as dichotomous as the extremes of this strange land I now call home. After spending two months in the US, coming back to Haiti was a stark contrast and the experience beat me down rather pungently. On the day following my return I came to realize that several things had been...

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2011 “Bisiklet for Haiti” Stages 26-29: Welcome to the Dirty South

Rest Day:  Hidden Springs Farm & Haitian Art Auction    We arise to the sound of Kelly Phillips bringing over a homemade breakfast.  Kelly was part of our original volunteer team to the Cloud Forest Medical Clinic last June and Haiti has been near and dear to her heart ever since.  An enormous fruit bowl was the quintessential compliment to fluffy pancakes and...

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2011 “Bisiklet for Haiti” Stages 21-25: So Glad to Reach the Ozark MTNs

Stage 21: Wichita, Kansas -> Fedonia, Kansas (88 miles) Sleeping in feels so good. I make my way up the steps and arrive to the lovely site of breakfast. French toast and eggs dot the landscape and we settle on the couch to conclude the remainder of Transformers II. None of us really want to leave but we realize the road awaits us. A persistent drizzle makes the...

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2011 “Bisiklet for Haiti” Stages 17-20: The Great Plains & Headwind Pains

Stage 17: Manitou Springs ~> Eads, Colorado (139 miles) A rest day was much needed and our legs have regained some strength from the recent assault across the most mountainous state in the lower 48. My dad will be joining us for today’s ride and his excitement is palpable. We mount up and roll out across the Bohemian streets of Manitou Springs; its eclectic shops...

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2011 “Bisiklet for Haiti” Stages 11-16: Colorful Colorado & MTN Madness

Stage 11: Shiprock, New Mexico -> Cortez, Colorado (44 miles) Don’t let the miles fool you; this was one of the hardest days of the whole trip. The day started out relaxing enough as we lounged around the apartment in Shiprock all morning; Kyle and I even took some much needed naps. Today we leave the high desert and enter God’s Country (the Rocky...

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